RED DEER, ALTA. – Auto dealers are competitive by nature, but market share takes a backseat to sharing the wealth when the members of the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta (MDA) come together to support Special Olympics.
The 29th annual MDA Charity Classic raised $215,013 for Special Olympics Alberta (SOA), pushing the event’s cumulative tally to almost $5.5 million.
“I am so proud to be part of an industry that has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many. Providing Special Olympians the opportunity to dream, to achieve, to learn and to thrive is extremely rewarding,” said the event’s chair, Garrett Scott of Scott Subaru in Red Deer.
SOA offers sports programs in communities across the province for over 3,000 Albertans with an intellectual disability.
What began as a dream to unite auto dealers across the province in the effort to make a difference to their communities has grown into SOA’s most significant fundraiser, representing 30 per cent of its annual budget.
“Special Olympics Alberta is grateful to be the charity of choice for the MDA,” SOA chair Karen Saunders told participants. It is the extraordinary dedication and leadership of the committee, along with (its supporters) who help make a solid impact for athletes all across the province to let their spirit shine through sports.”
The MDA Charity Classic is the culmination of months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours by association members and staff. The MDA Charity Classic encompassed two events: a gala dinner and auction, held at the Sheraton Hotel Red Deer on September 15th and a golf tournament at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club the following day. “We’ve been blessed with success because of the dedication of our members and the generosity of our guests and sponsors,” says MDA president Denis Ducharme.
The MDA strives to serve the collective interest of its members and promote positive relationships with government, industry, suppliers, consumers and media. Members include over 90% of Alberta’s franchised new vehicle and heavy truck dealerships.