The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

We believe in being a positive force in something bigger. And it all starts right here in our community. Not just by our donations, but by our actions.

That's why we stay true to our Love Promise Community Commitment by partnering with a wide variety of community nonprofits and charities.

Every year, we join hands with our owners in the "Share the Love" event, giving back to our community-a community that's given so much to us.

So, every day, we strive to ensure our love is felt not just by our customers, but by all in our community. We do this because we feel it is the right thing to do.

We are proud to participate in the Love Promise Community Commitment. We're grateful, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve and support the causes and passions that are closest to our hearts, right here in our neighborhood.

All of the organizations we support have one thing in common: the unwavering dedication to improve the world and the lives of ­its people.

Subaru Loves Pets

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Subaru Loves the Earth

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Subaru Loves Learning

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Subaru Loves to Help

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Subaru Loves to Care

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Pets

Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated close to $14 million to the ASPCA and helped support nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.

Environment

Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.

Over a decade ago, Subaru became the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill, and now, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association, Subaru is leveraging that same environmental expertise to help the National Parks reach zero-landfill too.

Education

It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Total donations to teachers: $92,233
Over 200 teachers adopted
More than 15,000 students impacts

Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America worked together to make volunteering easier, by launching a tool called the Meals on Wheels Online Volunteer Drive.

Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Subaru has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to
Make A Wish, helping to grant 610 wishes in the U.S.

How is West Herr Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

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Love Promise Stories from West Herr Subaru

West Herr Supports Cradle Beach with the Crusaders  –  Chuck H

West Herr Supports Cradle Beach with the Crusaders

West Herr's Director of Variable Operations, John Conciardo, created the Crusaders as a way to further assist Cradle Beach in their mission. A Crusader is someone willing to go above and beyond for the Children of Cradle Beach by agreeing to raise/donate at least $100 a month. At West Herr Subaru, we are proud to have multiple Crusaders, including Dan Kowsky, Frank Comisso, Chuck Hardy, Mike Budniewski and Ryan Klass. West Herr Subaru also donates to Cradle Beach annually as part of the Love Promise program.


Corporate Spotlight – West Herr Automotive Group  –  Patrick F

Corporate Spotlight – West Herr Automotive Group

West Herr Automotive Group, led by partners, Scott Bieler, president, Brad Hafner, Bill Loecher and John Wabick has been supporting our community’s local non-profits for over four decades. Many of us know the popular jingle from their famous ad campaign – “Welcome to West Herr New York.” This saying rings true in so many ways, as the West Herr family supports many worthwhile organizations. West Herr Automotive Group began its relationship with the Hospice Foundation in 1998 after partner, John Wabick’s, parents were cared for by the Hospice Buffalo team. West Herr’s partnership spans the entire calendar year, and their financial support benefits not only our major fundraising events, but gives back to our patients and families as well. After their personal experience with Hospice Buffalo, the West Herr Automotive Group presented Hospice with a $150,000 gift in 2004 to renovate & complete a full service on-campus Bistro. The West Herr Comfort Café serves as a relaxing environment for family members, volunteers and staff to go for a hot lunch or dinner, coffee or a soda. John Wabick is a Hospice Foundation Board member. His son-in-law, Nathan Wintringer, is the team captain for the Hospice Memorial Walk West Herr corporate team and before that, Nate’s wife, Jamie, served as their captain. Since 2008, the West Herr team has raised more than $207,000, making them the top corporate fundraising team every year. In addition, West Herr is the number one selling corporate pre-sale company for the Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale, selling more than 500 bouquets through their dealerships. They provide an annual donation to offset the cost of rental cars to deliver bouquets to 450 schools and corporations in the Western New York area. West Herr has supported the Harvest Fest through table sponsorships and donated a luxury car for the event’s raffle for several years. They have sponsored the annual Summer Affair event at RiverWorks. West Herr and John Wabick have also lent their time and talents to produce television spots to promote Hospice Buffalo’s mission in partnership with WKBW-TV and Linda Pellegrino. Since 1998, West Herr Automotive Group has given in excess of $557,000 to support Hospice Buffalo. According to John Wabick, the need and want to support Hospice was a “natural fit.” Hospice Buffalo has touched the lives of many West Herr associates and employees. “In all that time, we have never had one complaint. Our employees have been blown away by their experiences with Hospice Buffalo. This is a true testament to the organization,” states John. On behalf of Hospice Buffalo and all those in our community, thank you to our West Herr family for their many years of support. The lasting impact West Herr has on our community truly makes our community “West Her New York."


West Herr Subaru Goes the Extra Mile  –  Stacy R

 West Herr Subaru Goes the Extra Mile

The Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase is one of the oldest road races in Buffalo. A near record crowd withstood record-breaking heat to make 2018 one of the most successful in its 38-year history. With the help and support of the team from West Herr Subaru, we were able to draw over 1100 runners. All proceeds from the Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase directly benefit ECMC's plans to build a new state of the art Level 1 Trauma Center and Emergency Department. ECMC is proud to be there for our community when it needs us most, and we thank the West Herr Subaru Team for being there for us when we need support.


Cradle Beach Loves Subaru!  –  Sue N

Cradle Beach Loves Subaru!

Cradle Beach Camp located in Angola, NY serves children with developmental disabilities and from low-income backgrounds. This year we were able to send over 700 children to our camp. It is a 8-10 day residential overnight camp where kids can be kids. Cradle Beach is a safe place for kids to be themselves and it provides new and joyful experiences for them to grow into their best selves.


Buffalo Bisons Ice Hockey  –  Hannah H

Buffalo Bisons Ice Hockey

West Herr Subaru has considerately decided to donate to Buffalo Bisons 19U Girls Hockey. The impact of every donation is felt and appreciated as this is a travel team that is wholly supported by the families and fundraising efforts. The impact is even greater when a company such as West Herr Subaru chooses to recognize the hard work and dedication of the girls on the team. The generosity of this donation will help in acquiring new jerseys for the team.


West Herr Subaru Sponsors Girls' Soccer Club  –  Roxanne T

West Herr Subaru Sponsors Girls' Soccer Club

The Hamburg Soccer Club's Young America U11 Girls preNPL Soccer team would like to take this opportunity to thank West Herr Subaru for their generous donation. Their kindness will help our club fulfill our goals and teach our girls about the core values of teamwork, trust, commitment, pride, accountability, character, community, and perseverance. Companies like theirs make Western New York a great place to live and raise a family.The girls will wear their uniforms proudly displaying West Herr and will remain grateful for the generosity they have shown to us. Thank you West Herr Subaru. Sincerely, The HSC Young America U11 Girls preNPL Soccer Team Addy, Elliott, Gwen, Bella, Izze, Lilly, Marijana, Olivia, Reagan, Reese, Sophie, Tessa


West Herr Subaru does meal deliveries!  –  Rachel L

West Herr Subaru does meal deliveries!

Some employees of West Herr Subaru have taken on the task of in home meal delivery. Recently we had a few managers and sales consultants alike come with us on a run in the Orchard Park NY area. Many hands make light work, even small ones!


Ride for Roswell top fundraiser has persistence  –  Maria D

Ride for Roswell top fundraiser has persistence

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Ride for Roswell kicks off this weekend, and thousands of people have been busy fundraising for the event for the past several months. The top fundraiser though, went above and beyond many others. John Conciardo is that top fundraiser... and he has been for the past seven years. "I believe that your level and position in Heaven is based on your generosity on earth," Conciardo said. "And I also know that there's only one thing you can take with you when you die, and that's what you've given away."When you meet Conciardo, he might hand you a business card. He's the sales director at West Herr Automotive Group. On the back of that business card, is a link to his Ride for Roswell fundraising page. "This company is all about philanthropy," he said. You could say Conciardo lives for this. He'll tell you others are alive because of the cancer institute in our backyard. That includes his twin sister, and his older brother. Both his siblings beat lung cancer. His mother, though passed away of the disease at age 58. John was just 20 years old when he lost her. He tells News 4, she didn't go to Roswell for treatment. "At the end, we went to Roswell," he said. "Roswell back then isn't wasn't what it is today and they told her, 'had you come here sooner, we would have taken out one of your lungs. We would have given you an oxygen tank and you would've lived to a nice ripe old age.' But again, it was too late, so mom died of lung cancer at age 58."Today is John's birthday. And what better way to celebrate than knowing you raised about $100,000 for the Ride for Roswell just this year alone. Yes, that number is correct. And, yes, he's raised it all through emails and phone calls. "I'm persistent," he said. To date, John Conciardo has raised more than $600,000 for the Ride for Roswell. He tells News 4, West Herr, as a whole, typically raises around $300,000 each year. He was recently honored at Roswell for his contributions. "When it comes to fundraising, I truly feel like it's my duty and privilege to do it," he said at that ceremony.


Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY  –  Rachel L

Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY

West Herr Subaru is a tremendous corporate partner of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY (MOW) and we are continually grateful for their support. Over the past five years, West Herr has selected MOW as a local beneficiary of Subaru of America's annual Share the Love event, contributing $227,252 to our organization. These contributions help Meals on Wheels for WNY provide more than 900,000 meals each year to 3,400 homebound seniors and disabled individuals who have a limited ability to prepare meals for themselves. In addition to the support of the organization as a whole, West Herr Subaru General Manager Charles Hardy is a dedicated board member of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY. In addition to West Herr's financial and advisory support, they helped MOW secure a new delivery van through the Ford Friendship Express program that allowed us to expand our services to an additional 72 individuals. We are so grateful to West Herr for all they have done and continue to do for our organization and the vulnerable population we serve.


West Herr Subaru Sponsors Local Baseball League  –  Michael B

West Herr Subaru Sponsors Local Baseball League

West Herr Subaru Co-Sponsored the Elma Marilla Wales Baseball/Softball Summer Program. Over 300 children participate in this program between travel baseball/softball and they start as early as age 5 with tee ball. The main purpose of this organization is to provide the opportunity for boys and girls to play, learn and enjoy baseball and softball in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and fair play. It is essential that all of us conduct ourselves in a manner that will encourage this ideal. Many hours of time are spent by volunteers to help make this program a success. It is their desire to create a community project in which parents may participate with their children in the baseball and softball programs.


WEST HERR IS ALL ABOUT: HOPE,HEALING & SAFE HAVENS  –  Mary M

WEST HERR IS ALL ABOUT: HOPE,HEALING & SAFE HAVENS

West Herr helps emphasize the 'family' in Family Justice Center thanks to its over-the-top generosity. We cater to people in abusive relationships, in which one partner controls every aspect of the other partner's life. Abusers are phenomenally gifted at this type of control and leave their victims traumatized and also brainwashed into believing they caused and deserved the emotional and physical violence. No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship and victims absolutely do not cause the abuse! The FJC brings together in one place all the services someone needs to safely escape and heal from a controlling relationship. We provide safety plans, the ability to file charges, secure an order of protection, injury documentation, civil legal representation, trauma informed counseling, SPCA Paws for Love therapy dogs, safe housing, court advocates.You name it, we've got it covered in three, soon to be four, safe, beautiful locations. We are proud of our efficient model and see more than 2,000 new clients annually. It's rewarding, lifesaving, difficult work and funding is always a challenge. Here's where West Herr jumps in and saves the day. The company sponsors our annual Voices Ending Violence fundraising breakfast with a $10,000 donation ($40,000 to date) and then invites employees to the event who make personal pledges West Herr matches. And it doesn't stop there. West Herr (and Scott Bieler!) are currently funding a $50,000 outreach initiative aimed at educating people on how to talk to someone they suspect may be in an abusive relationship. Education is key to stopping the cycle of violence and abuse! The project, rolling out shortly, will be state-of-the-art. Our goal is to end this public health crisis and West Herr is doing everything in its power to DRIVE our mission forward! We are forever grateful to Scott Bieler and the entire West Herr family. From the Family Justice Center to our West Herr Family: thank you one million times over!


WEST HERR IS ALL ABOUT: HOPE,HEALING & SAFE HAVENS  –  Mary M

WEST HERR IS ALL ABOUT: HOPE,HEALING & SAFE HAVENS

West Herr helps emphasize the 'family' in Family Justice Center thanks to its over-the-top generosity. We cater to people in abusive relationships, in which one partner controls every aspect of the other partner's life. Abusers are phenomenally gifted at this type of control and leave their victims traumatized and also brainwashed into believing they caused and deserved the emotional and physical violence. No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship and victims absolutely do not cause the abuse! The FJC brings together in one place all the services someone needs to safely escape and heal from a controlling relationship. We provide safety plans, the ability to file charges, secure an order of protection, injury documentation, civil legal representation, trauma informed counseling, SPCA Paws for Love therapy dogs, safe housing, court advocates.You name it, we've got it covered in three, soon to be four, safe, beautiful locations. We are proud of our efficient model and see more than 2,000 new clients annually. It's rewarding, lifesaving, difficult work and funding is always a challenge. Here's where West Herr jumps in and saves the day. The company sponsors our annual Voices Ending Violence fundraising breakfast with a $10,000 donation ($40,000 to date) and then invites employees to the event who make personal pledges West Herr matches. And it doesn't stop there. West Herr (and Scott Bieler!) are currently funding a $50,000 outreach initiative aimed at educating people on how to talk to someone they suspect may be in an abusive relationship. Education is key to stopping the cycle of violence and abuse! The project, rolling out shortly, will be state-of-the-art. Our goal is to end this public health crisis and West Herr is doing everything in its power to DRIVE our mission forward! We are forever grateful to Scott Bieler and the entire West Herr family. From the Family Justice Center to our West Herr Family: thank you one million times over!


Buffalo Philharmonic Free Summer Concerts  –  Wendy D

Buffalo Philharmonic Free Summer Concerts

For the third year, West Herr will be supporting the Buffalo Philharmonic's free summer concert series! The BPO's mission is to reach the largest audience possible; bringing the orchestra out into the community for free outdoor concerts in the summer helps us achieve this in a very significant way. Taking the orchestra "on the road" is costly and the BPO seeks community businesses to help us make these concerts a possibility. West Herr immediately understand the need for accessibility of these concerts throughout all areas of Western New York and has helped the BPO breakdown geographical and socio-economic barriers. Music is for everyone - and thanks to West Herr's financial support, you can hear the BPO perform free of charge at six locations this summer! Please visit bpo.org for the full summer concert schedule. Thank you West Herr for your commitment to the BPO and Western New York!


West Herr Subaru Supports Environmental Education!  –  Jonathan R

West Herr Subaru Supports Environmental Education!

For the third year in a row, Earth Spirit Educational Services held their annual fundraising 5K race called The Tortoise and the Hare. This year we were excited to connect with West Herr Subaru and bring them on as our main sponsor for the event! Thanks to their generous $3000 donation, we were able to raise enough funds from the event to call it a success! The money raised goes directly to support environmental education within the Western NY area as Earth Spirit sees approximately 20,000 students each year! As a non-profit, it is vital to have donors and partners like West Herr Subaru in order for us to achieve our goal to educate as many students as we can about the value of connecting with the natural world. We can't thank West Herr Subaru enough for their support! We hope to continue to strengthen our partnership into the future.


West Herr Subaru Loves to Care  –  Nancy H

West Herr Subaru Loves to Care

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thanks West Herr Subaru for generously donating blankets, craft kits and messages of hope to cancer patients. West Herr Subaru General Manager, Chuck Hardy, was joined by LLS Representatives Nancy Hails and Luann Burgio to present these gifts to Dr. Eunice Wang, head of the Leukemia Department at RPCI. Dr. Wang was thankful for the donation and the cancer patients who will receive these blankets will find comfort in the warmth of knowing that Subaru Loves to Care! Funds raised for the LLS will help to fund lifesaving research, support patients and their families, and educate the community. Thank you so much to West Herr Subaru for helping find cures and helping to create a world without blood cancers! For more information, please visit www.lls.org/wcny or call 716-834-2578.


West-Herr Subaru Donates Garden To Eggert  –  Terence T

West-Herr Subaru Donates Garden To Eggert

This past Spring West-Herr Subaru presented a Eggert Road Elementary School with a garden kit from the National Wildlife Federation. Included in the kit were tools, plants representing local species, bird feeders, a birdbath, several seed packets, and many more garden related items to support local plant and wildlife. Eggert's fifth grade classrooms took on the responsibility of planting and maintaining the garden through the school year. Mrs. Burakowski, Mrs. Couell, Mrs. Duggan, Mrs. Musterait, Mr. Washburn, and Mrs. Wilcox allowed their students opportunities to plan, plant, arrange, and manage the garden. During this year's fifth grade picnic, several students painted rocks to decorate and personalize the garden. Eggert's principal, Mr. Tryon shared, "The opportunity afforded to our students through this very generous donation from West-Herr Subaru and the future benefits this garden can provide to our school are greatly appreciated." In September, when the students return to school, a new group of fifth graders will be invited to maintain and expand the garden.


Meals on Wheels for WNY Thanks West Herr Subaru  –  Rachel L

Meals on Wheels for WNY Thanks West Herr Subaru

West Herr Subaru is a tremendous corporate partner of Meals on Wheels for Western New York (MOW) and we are continually grateful for their support. Over the past four years, West Herr has selected MOW as the local beneficiary of Subaru of America’s annual Share the Love event, contributing $183,142 to our organization. These contributions help MOW provide more than 900,000 meals each year to 3,600 home bound seniors and disabled individuals who have a limited ability to prepare meals for themselves. In addition to the support of the organization as a whole, West Herr Subaru General Manager Charles Hardy is a dedicated board member of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York. In addition to West Herr’s financial and advisory support, they helped MOW secure a new delivery van through the Ford Friendship Express program that allowed us to expand our services to an additional 72 individuals. We are so grateful to West Herr for all they have done for our organization and the vulnerable population we serve.


Cradle Beach  –  Felicia G

Cradle Beach

This year, West Herr Subaru chose Cradle Beach as one of their beneficiaries and donated over $37,000 from Subaru's Share the Love Event. This money will benefit the over 1,200 children with disabilities and children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds that Cradle Beach serves per year. Every summer, 800 children attend Summer Camp at Cradle Beach. Even though the cost for camp is based on a sliding fee scale, most of the families we serve cannot afford to send their child to camp. Most of our families are living below the poverty level. The funds raised during Subaru's Share the Love Event will allow us to bring those children to camp this summer. Our Summer Camp Program is a safe place for children from all walks of life to be themselves. Over 7-10 days of our Summer Camp Program, children learn the true meaning of friendship. They play, learn and grow in a diverse atmosphere filled with love & acceptance. Because of West Herr Subaru, we can continue to provide new and joyful experiences to the children of Cradle Beach. We cannot thank West Herr enough for their hard work, dedication and continued support. This means so much to the children of Cradle Beach. Thank You!


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