Over a 40 year period, the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association has donated more than $7 million to numerous charities, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, the Boys and Girls Clubs in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Sheridan House, Easter Seals, and others.
“Our association exists to not only advance the automotive industry in South Florida, but to also make a genuinely positive impact on the communities that welcome our businesses into their neighborhoods and daily lives,” said Richard Baker, president of the dealers group.
“A primary focus of our organization, and a personal motivator for many of our members, has and will always be charitable giving.”
This year, the auto show will again donate $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, bringing the total during the years to more than $270,000. The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a temporary “home-away from home” for families to find rest, support and time away from realities of the hospital procedures and routines. The Miami House opened in 1981 and is located on the campus of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The South Florida Auto-Truck Dealers Association began in 1933 and originally was formed to share marketing opportunities and control costs. Today, the Association comprises more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, making it larger than some state-wide auto dealer groups.