Yesterday (April 2nd) was World Autism Awareness Day – a day where monuments and landmarks around the globe are lit up blue in support of the cause. Even though Jeff Gordon’s award-winning dealership in Wilmington is not (yet) considered a historic landmark, it will be joining the rest and lighting it up blue with its puzzle piece display, now up near South College Road! Every night throughout the month of April, these pieces will be illuminated to show support for Autism Awareness and get the word out for the dealership’s annual fundraising campaign. If you’re local to the Chevy dealership and see the display, snap a pic (only if it’s safe!) and post it with the hashtag #JGCFamily so we can see it!
Jeff Gordon Chevy’s Annual Fundraising Campaign
For the third consecutive year, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has pledged to donate $25 for every new and pre-owned vehicle sold throughout the month of April to Oasis NC – A local non-profit here in Wilmington, NC dedicated to providing Outstanding Autism Support & Instructional Services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
Oasis NC use evidence-based practices and highly individualized services & support to target a broad range of educational, behavioral, social, and communication needs. Funds raised through Jeff Gordon Chevy’s Autism Awareness campaign will go towards supporting all of these helpful practices to its students.
Help Us Support Oasis NC!
Jeff Gordon Chevy is calling on the community to help spread the word on this campaign throughout the month and there are several ways to do that:
Make a purchase! If you’ve been considering upgrading or getting an additional vehicle, now is a great time to explore your options; Not just because of this campaign either – There are some really great incentives available right now, and plenty of selection!
We understand that you may not be in the market now, or even for some time. But maybe you know someone that is… Tell them to at least come by and shop around with us! If they do purchase with us, that will mean money in your pocket for the referral as well (just make sure they mention you sent them.)
Share the Facebook Event on your Facebook profile or Twitter feed to help get the word out about the campaign! Or, just hit the “Interested” button – Every little bit helps!
Buy stuff on Amazon! When you make a purchase via Oasis NC’s Amazon Smile account, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase totals directly to them. Follow their link on OasisNC.org or log in with your existing Amazon account at smile.amazon.com and search Oasis NC to add them as your charity to support and make sure you always start on smile.amazon.com to make sure your purchases count.
Jeff Gordon Chevy is eagerly awaiting a visit at the dealership from the awesome kids and faculty of Oasis NC later this month. In the meantime, check out their visit from last year below! Feel free follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on their upcoming appearance and more throughout the month! And of course, make sure to follow and keep up with Oasis on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on the school and all the fun videos starring the students themselves.
OASIS NC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing Outstanding Autism Support and Instructional Services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families in southeastern North Carolina.
Wilmington NC Dealership to Donate $25 for Every Sale, School for Children with Autism Hold Art Auction
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the team at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is working hard to help our local non-profit day school for children with autism, Oasis NC. Our General Manager has made a promise to donate $25 for every new and pre-owned vehicle we sell throughout the month of April to contribute to the school’s scholarship fund.
To help spread the word, the amazing kids of Oasis NC took time out of their very busy schedules last week, before they went on Spring Break, to stop by the dealership to check out some new Chevrolets, meet some of the dealership staff, and tell us a little more about their school. Check it out here:
Starting on April 20th, 2017, Oasis NC will also be hosting their art auction through eBay featuring the students’ original masterpieces that they created on a field trip to Painting with a Twist. Throughout the month, the pieces are on display at Pinpoint Restaurant in downtown Wilmington but you can also check them out here:
100% of the funds raised during “Painting Outside the Lines” will go towards scholarships with students with ASD to attend a 4-week summer program at Oasis NC.
To join the auction, you can visit OasisNCPaints.comdirectly or search for seller: OasisDaySchool on eBay. The auction will be open from April 20th-30th 2017.
OASIS NC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in New Hanover County created by two special education teachers that provides services and support for children with autism and their families. Their regular school program helps children grades K-6. Other services provided include their Social Learning Program, Help-at-Home, STEM Club, Social Groups, Tutoring, and Summer Camp. You can learn more about the school and other ways to contribute by visiting them on Facebook or at oasisnc.org.
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Donates a Portion of Vehicle Sales for Autism Awareness
April was Autism Awareness Month, and throughout the entire month of April, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet created an on-site program to assist Oasis NC in their 2016 “Buy the Bus” Campaign! For every new and pre-owned vehicle sold in April, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet donated a portion of vehicle sales to the bus campaign for a total of $7,025!
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet also ran a Malibu Giveaway for all donors to Oasis’ campaign. For every $50 an individual donated, they would get a chance to win a 2016 Chevy Malibu. Unfortunately, our winning donor didn’t win the Malibu in the final game, but she did get two tickets to this year’s Coca Cola 600! And, we got some great photos!
Our #DayItForward efforts were part of Oasis NC‘s “Buy the Bus” Campaign – A fundraiser to help the school get a bus or van to allow them to transport the students to and from activities around Wilmington without having to take multiple trips by having to use their personal vehicles. We look forward to seeing what they pick out and watch them grow in the near future! Visit their website or Facebook Page for additional details on how you can get involved.
The Million Dollar Different Not Less Golf Tournament
Saturday April 2nd, 2016 is worldwide Autism Awareness Day with the Light It Up Blue campaign where buildings and monuments across the country and globe will be lit up blue in support of Autism Awareness. Surfers Healing NC is hosting the “Different Not Less” golf tournament at Castle Bay Country Club in Hampstead, NC on Autism Awareness Day to benefit Surfers Healing and the surf camps for children and families with autism.
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will be sponsoring the event, offering the chance for participants to win ONE MILLION DOLLLARS and a brand new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu! Registration for the tournament will begin at 8AM and will include golf cart, range balls, on-course beverages, breakfast, lunch, on-course contests, and prizes for best “Light It Up Blue” outfit. Start time will be at 9AM.
Half of Proceeds to Go Towards Buy The Bus! Campaign for Oasis NC
Oasis NC is a non-profit day school for autistic children in Wilmington, North Carolina. The school is currently running a campaign to raise funds to purchase a school bus that will allow the teachers to shuttle kids to their various activities around the city easily and more often. As partners in the autistic community, Surfer’s Healing will be donating half of the proceeds from the golf tournament to assist in Oasis NC’s cause. Jeff Gordon Chevy is also encouraging donations to the school, offering the chance to win a new Chevrolet Malibu for those who donate $50 or more. Click here to learn more about the Buy The Bus! Campaign and make sure to check out the video below!
About Surfer’s Healing
Surfer’s Healing’s mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. They are the original surf camp for children with autism and offer all events free of charge. Learn more by checking out their website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Help Us BUY THE BUS! For Local Non-Profit Center for Autistic Children
A Leap Year gives us a whole extra day just once every four years. This Leap Day (February 29th, 2016), Chevrolet launched a campaign asking: “What would you do to #DayItForward?”
“Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet vice president of Marketing. “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them towards doing unexpected acts of kindness for people – something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.”
Upon hearing about this campaign, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet came across this story through a local news outlet that inspired what we could do to #DayItForward. The Oasis NC Day School is a local non-profit center for children with autism that makes regular trips around the city of Wilmington to help the kids learn more and boost their social skills. Currently, their only method of transportation is the teachers’ personal vehicles, forcing them to take multiple cars with only 3-4 kids in each one. In order to expand the range of activities for the kids, Oasis set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to afford a school bus.
In an effort to make a memorable day for these kids, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet reached out to two existing partners, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Soccer for a day of fun (and pizza) at the Hammerheads’ indoor soccer facility. It turned out so much better than we could have asked and the kids just had a blast, as you can see from the photos below. The local news station also came out to do a follow-up story on the school’s fundraising efforts.
Of course, letting the kids play somewhere new for just one day won’t get them a bus. So Jeff Gordon Chevrolet set up a plan to help campaign for their cause and meet their goal a little quicker…
Get A Chance to Win a New 2016 Malibu When You Make Your Donation!
From now until May 6th, 2016, anyone who donates a minimum of $50 to Oasis NC Day School to contribute to their fundraising efforts will automatically entered for a chance to win an All-New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. Twenty donors’ names will be chosen during Oasis NC’s volleyball tournament at Capt’n Bills Backyard Grill in Wilmington, NC on March 7th, 2016. The following Wednesday, the lucky 20 will each be given their chance to win a car at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. (See here for Official Rules.)
For more information about fundraising efforts, click here. And then donate!