Each time I drive around South Florida and see one of those license plate frames that say “Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay” I beam with pride. What fabulous publicity for our town. This prodded me to want to learn more about this wonderful business partner within our town.
I sat down to talk with general manager Pete Blackwell. Of course I know how they donated the use of their showroom for our State of the Town gathering as well as allowing us to host the League of Cities on behalf of Cutler Bay. This in itself was very generous of them but my affiliation now with the South Florida Boys Choir allowed me to learn even more. They are donating the use of this beautiful facility for a fundraiser to be held there on Oct. 27 of this year. (Call 786-242-0460, ext. 222 if you wish to contribute or attend this exciting dinner/function.)
If you are not familiar with it, the South Florida Boys Choir is essentially the same as the Harlem Boys Choir, which many of you have seen and heard on TV. The program seeks to find less privileged youths that at their present stage of life, may not have too bright a future.
Through instrument training and music history classes from the Boys Choir and the group’s requirement for parent or guardian involvement, these boys are given a chance for a much better life. I was amazed at the number of high profile people from our area that are devoting their time and effort as well as money to this little known but excellent charitable organization.
If these were the only things that Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay did for our community we would all be happy, but when I asked Mr. Blackwell what other organizations they support he printed out a list of 34 others to which they contribute, beginning with Angels in the Outfield (benefiting the Police Officer Assistant Trust) through St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church and everything in between including virtually every charitable and youth organization needing help.
Of course none of this could be done without the support of the owners of this Mercedes-Benz franchise, Bob and Paula Brockway. They have run Mercedes-Benz dealerships for over 55 years and are one of the most successful franchises in the country. Thank you, Bob and Paula, for all you have done and continue to do.
The dealership itself is something to behold. I wouldn’t hesitate to have my appendix removed in their service department — it is that immaculate. The second floor is like a museum with classic documents and photos always on display on their walls. I am sure any of their staff would be glad to show them to you.
In my mind, this is what our great American system is supposed to be — people that are very successful, contributing to and helping those that are less fortunate. They don’t have to do these things and in most cases only the actual recipients are aware of their charitable activities, hence this article.
In order to comply with our disclosure laws I must admit that I was allowed to actually hold in my hand a gull wing Mercedes-Benz. I wasn’t allowed to take it home, but holding it was probably as close as I ever will get to owning one of these wonderful cars.