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Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association Donation Fuels IMPACT Kids Program


SIGNIFICANT GIFT: TADA donated $34,000 to CCI IMPACT Kids. Left to right are TADA member Tom Bloomfield, CCI Executive Director Philip Abode, IMPACT Kids program coordinator Leah Pickard, and TADA member Greg Kach.


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It can take more than drive to get ahead. An early start accelerates the potential of a successful career for elementary students facing significant odds against realizing their potential and full contribution to our community.

“Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) chose the Crossover Community Impact (CCI) award-winning IMPACT Kids After School and Summer Enrichment Program at Hawthorne Elementary as our 2018 philanthropic partner because it is dedicated to students’ success, beginning at the elementary school level,” says Tom Bloomfield, Don Thornton Automotive Group general manager.

Bloomfield was joined by other TADA members at a recent reception at Hawthorne to present the TADA $34,000 donation to CCI IMPACT Kids.

“The proceeds from the Tulsa Auto Show allow the TADA to make this generous contribution to the community,” says Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group. “We thank Tulsa Auto Show attendees who make it possible for TADA to assist in supporting important programs benefiting our community.” In 2017 TADA made a donation to Pencil Box following the 100th anniversary Tulsa Auto Show.

“CCI is a Tulsa-based Christian organization committed to restoring the north Tulsa community through reconciliation, love and justice,” says CCI Executive Director Philip Abode.

Both a united community and an individual mentor are powerful forces to direct young students living in an area where 46.4 percent of eligible residents are not in the labor force, average household income is $22,000, and 41 percent live below the poverty line. Addressing the educational needs of its students, IMPACT Kids matches north Tulsa high school students in CCI’s StreetLeader or Youth Jobs Program with Hawthorne students. Each high school student mentors, counsels, and tutors the elementary-age students while developing both soft and hard job skills, experiencing daily coaching or professional development, and receiving ACT prep and academic support in a nurturing environment. CCI operates several additional programs directed at community medical, economic development and housing needs.

Other TADA members attending the reception included Greg Kach, Tim Hensley and Nip Karn of Jackie Cooper Auto Group, Don Thorton with Lexus of Tulsa, Jerry and Ryan Ferguson of Ferguson Superstore, Dave Croteau of Jim Norton Auto Group, and David George and Brandon Murphy of Nelson Nissan Mazda. The Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Tulsa and is the owner of the Tulsa Auto Show, one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma. Among the 27 automaker brands participating in the show are Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

For more information on Crossover Community Impact, visit crossoverimpact.org.

Updated 07-23-2018

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