Entries in Charity (18)


Neighborhood children rally to raise funds through sales

2013 over $700UPDATE: 2013 was the best year yet. The Kids raised over $700 for Roswell. We are so proud of them.



You may have seen them last year at the corner of Fairway Drive and Freeman Road, selling sugar cookies and lemonade for 50 cents apiece.

By the day’s end, after flagging down cars and promoting their products under a hot summer sun, the children had pocketed $200. All of it went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

These children, ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade and most of whom attend South Davis Elementary, grew up together in Orchard Park. If ever the sun was out and homework done, they’d be outside, playing together in the neighborhood.

But recently, cancer upended their young lives, touching two of the families in the neighborhood. Megan, Erin and Brendan discovered that their mother, Denise Sass, 39, has neuroblastoma. Joscelyn Wabick, 8, and Jude Wabick, 6, discovered that their grandmother has multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer. Suddenly their world was — and still is — filled with tests, diagnoses and many hours spent in hospitals.

Joscelyn Wabick, left, Erin Sass, Annabelle Betz and Megan Sass sell lemonade near their home to raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The children rallied together to organize a lemonade stand, the proceeds of which will benefit the Team West Herr in the Ride for Roswell event. Jason Wabick is a salesperson for the company, and both he and his wife, Bobbie, will be riding in the event, an annual effort that raises money for Roswell through people riding varying distances throughout Western New York. Bobbie Wabick’s mother, and the children’s grandmother, is the one who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

This year, the neighborhood children hope to raise $500 through their lemonade stand, said Bobbie Wabick. It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the corner of Fairway Drive and Freeman Road. The lemonade and cookies will be $1 each. Sweet Annalines, a cookie business started by one of the mothers in the neighborhood, will be donating the cookies.

“When you feel it and you experience it, you tend to want to go out there and do whatever you can to make things better for the future,” said Bobbie Wabick.

“We want to help everyone, but it’s tough to do everything. We do what touches our heart.”

To donate to the Team West Herr Ride for Roswell, call Jason and Bobbie Wabick at 662-2215.

Thanks Orchard Park Bee for this article


It's Almost Hospice Walk Time

The 16th annual Buffalo Hospice Memorial Walk is on the horizon.   These walks have raised raised $1.9 million so far for Hospice and West Herr is proud to be involved.  

The walk will take place on Sunday May 20th starting at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf (near the HSBC Arena and the Naval Park).  The 5K walk (3.1 miles) will take walkers through Buffalo's scenic waterfront and historic Downtown. 

"The Hospice Foundation has been so helpful to my family, our employees, our customers and their families," said John Wabick, Vice President of West Herr. "I am looking forward to this event as an opportunity to express our gratitude for the valuable services they have rendered."

The walk average 2,000-3,000 participants each year.  The turnout is always impressive as is the enthusiasm level.  

As with every walk Hospice Buffalo hopes to "pay special tribute to those loved ones that are no longer with us and honor our current and future Hospice patients."

For more information on the walk or to get involved visit them online here: http://www.hospicememorialwalk.com

Ride For Roswell

West Herr Sponsoring Ride For Roswell

We are proud to announce we are the full sponsor for the Ride For Roswell this year.  We have been involved with the ride since 1994 and it has been an incredible experience overall.  We look forward to it every year.  

We are also proud to introduce Gregory Cavanaugh, the manager of Buffalo Felt Products, as our team captain.  We are thrilled to work with Greg and know he will lead us towards our goal.  

Our Vice President, Bill Loecher, is going for the 100 mile challenge and has already recruited others.  We have set up a full page for the West Herr team.  You can donate or get more information here:


We also have a great team of volunteers who will provide refreshments at stop number 8 along the ride. A huge thank you to everyone who helps out each year!  

About the Ride:  

The Ride is in it's 17th year and is by far the largest fundraising event in the Western New York.  The Ride is a homegrown, community event that now has more than 10,000 participants each year.  

Now drawing pledges and participants from across the country and Canada, The Ride For Roswell uses its collective strength to help ensure cancer research is always funded and that the most advanced treatments and world-class care are always available to patients.

Again, we'd like to thank everyone involved and appreciate everyone who donates or who takes the time to help out.  We can't wait for June!


Share The Love With Subaru

Subaru To Donate To A Choice Charity For Every Car Purchased 

Subaru needs your help for some philanthropy.  

As part of their 4th annual "Share The Love" campaign, the automaker will donate $250 to one of five charities for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased.  This year, theyre adding a social media twist. Voting will take place via Facebook.  

"Our customers inspired us to create this program to help give back to the community and help those charities that they believe in most," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and CMO, Subaru of America, Inc.

The charities customer can choose from are:

For more information visit subaru.com.  To buy a Subaru and help someone in need, visit West Herr Subaru online or just stop by our Orchard Park dealership.  Share the love! 


Cars For Good

Toyota Puts Charity In The Hands Of The Public 

Toyota is giving away 100 vehicles over 100 days to nonprofit organizations.  The destination of these cars is entirely in the public's hands.  

Registered 501c organizations can apply online at Toyota's Facebook page,  then fans can vote there to decide where the cars will go.  Organizations can submit videos, pictures or any other form of media to make their case.  

“Over the past two decades, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the United States, and now 100 Cars for Good will put the public in the driver’s seat for one of our philanthropic efforts,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc,

The vehicles up for giveaway are the Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna, or Sienna Mobility. A six-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle awarded.

Applications submitted by March 21, 2011 will be reduced to 500 finalist organizations that will be in the running to win a vehicle.  These final organizations will be selected by an independent panel of judges who are experts in the fields of philanthropy and social responsibility. Finalists can submit videos, create their own online profiles and rally their friends and supporters to encourage voting for their organization.

So if you have a nonprofit organization in mind, send them some love at www.facebook.com/toyota and they just might have a new car to play with! 


Ford Takes Aim At Hunger 

Automaker Helping Families In Need For The Holidays

For more than 37 million Americans, Thanksgiving Day is another day of food insecurity, described in the 2010 study by Feeding America as not knowing where they will find their next meal. Ford Motor Company is partnering with Feeding America affiliate food banks and other organizations on a number of initiatives aimed at providing needed support.

For thousands of families that depend on southeast Michigan agencies, Ford’s support will mean weekend food backpacks, holiday food packages or holiday meals. More than 500 Ford employees in the Ford Volunteer Corps will sort and pack food, and prepare and serve meals at about 30 agencies as part of the Ford Accelerated Action Day on Dec. 3. Ford Motor Company Fund is providing $50,000 to ten agencies to support this effort.

For those that depend on food banks as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, Boise, Idaho, and Providence, Rhode Island, Ford’s support means new refrigerated trucks on the road delivering fresh produce and other perishable food items. Nine trucks in those cities and elsewhere are joining a nationwide fleet of 98 vehicles in all 50 states -- part of a ten-year partnership with Newman’s Own and Feeding America.

“Along with our community partners, we are committed to the possibility of every family having enough to eat,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “This season is a reminder of the privilege we all have to get involved and make a difference.”

Ford also has transformed Transit Connect vans into Ford Mobile Food Pantries for use by organizations in Michigan and Tennessee, and has provided support to community organizations in dozens of states nationwide.


Share The Love With Subaru

Subaru To Donate To A Choice Charity For Every Car Purchased 

Subaru is coming of a record setting sales year, and now they're looking to give something back. 

As part of their 3rd annual "Share The Love" campaign, the automaker will donate $250 to one of five charities for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased.  The campaign runs from November 20th to January 3rd.  

"Our customers inspired us to create this program to help give back to the community and help those charities that they believe in most," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and CMO, Subaru of America, Inc.

Over the last two years, Subaru of America, Inc. has donated nearly $10 million to 5 great charities.  The charities customer can choose from are:

For more information visit subaru.com.  To buy a Subaru and help someone in need, visit West Herr Subaru online or just stop by our Orchard Park dealership.  Share the love! 


Ford Bringing The F150 To Your Doorstep

Automaker Offering Home Test Drives For 2011 F150 Models

Ford is willing to come to you.  One-on-one test drives will be held throughout the country from mid-November through end of January. Ford will go to a customer’s home, workplace or a convenient community location for the test drive.  

“The F-150 with EcoBoost offers the best combination of capability, power and efficiency in the segment, and to prove that, we want to give as many customers as possible the opportunity to drive it before it’s even available at their local Ford dealership,” said Marc Lapine, F-150 Consumer Marketing manager.

The test drives are also for a good cause.  For every test drive conducted, Ford will donate $10 to the customer’s choice of two charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Future Farmers of America.

The test drives will definitely be in Buffalo too.  

David Jemiolo, who tows a 27-foot camper for recreation, will take a test drive when the tour stops at his home in Niagara Falls, New York, later this month.  He spoke to Ford directly on the subject.  

“I’m really excited to drive the new F-150 with the new EcoBoost engine,” he said. “I understand it has electric power steering. I’m eager to see how that feels and how the truck handles overall.”

Ford is touting this EcoBoost engine as being just as powerful as a V-8, with its 365 horsepower, up to 11,300 pounds of trailer tow capacity and up to 3,060 pounds of payload capacity.

To schedule a test drive visit www.drivef150ecoboost.com.


Buffalo Ford Dealers Donate To Good Causes

Boys and Girls Club and Homespace Inc. Get Keys To New Vans

Ford dealers in Buffalo and Northern Pennsylvania teamed up to continue a 15 year tradition.  As part of the Ford's Friendship Express program, the Boys and Girls Club and Homespace Inc. each received a 2010 Econoline Van Thursday at Delaware Park. 

This is the 15th anniversary of the program.  Since 1996, the Friendship Express program has donated over 60 vehicles each year to different charities.  

West Herr President Scott Bieler was on hand along with other Ford representatives.

"We try to pick organizations with a positive impact on the community and that affect a lot of people," Bieler told the Buffalo News.   

The vans will be used to help charity participants learn about the Buffalo area and meet their basic needs, according to charity representatives.

The Boys & Girls Club of America is a national organization serving underprivileged children between the ages of 6-18. Homespace Inc. is a local charity aimed at assisting pregnant teens and teenage mothers.

This is just one of the many charity ventures West Herr is involved with.  Recently multiple West Herr Employees set up a rest stop with food and beverages at the Ride For Roswell. Pictures are available here.


Honda Riding For Kids

Automaker Sponsoring Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Event

Each year, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) sets up the Ride for Kids event in multiple US cities.  The idea is to gather motorcyclists and embark on a group ride to raise money for pediatric tumor research. 

Since it's inception, more than $34 million dollars have been raised to support brain cancer research and family support programs.

"We're going to fast forward the field of Pediatric Brain tumor research like never before, " said Dianne Traynor, President of the PBTF.

The Honda Riders Club of America, a division of American Honda, sponsors the event each year but all brands of motorcycles are welcome to participate.  This is one of just many ways Honda America contributes to the community and charities.   

Registration generally costs $35 but some riders get sponsors to cover their entrance fees.  There are also incentives.  For every $300 raised, participants are entered to win a new Honda motorcycle, an AGV helmet, Tourmaster luggage and other prizes.  Complete registration info is available here.

The rides tend to go against the grain of traditional fundraisers.  At 3:42 into the video below you'll even see Darth Vader making an appearance. 

"We've had riders come here and call these events the Disneyworld of motorcycle rides," said Rod Gilvey, a Ride For Kids volunteer. 

Honda has been involved with the event since 1991.  Each year, Honda also auctions off a motorcyle at Cycle Magazine International Motorcycle Shows.  All proceeds go towards the PBTF.   

Visit the Honda Riders Club online or the Ride For Kids site to get involved today.