WASHINGTON - Seven dealers won community service awards from the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
The All-Star Dealer awards will be presented during the AIADA'S Annual Automotive Congress here on Tuesday, May 21.
The winners are: Dennis Cook of Herman Cook Volkswagen in Encinitas, Calif. Cook founded and is director of the Encinitas Rotary Soccer Tournament, which has raised more than $300,000 for local causes. Jack Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Auto Malls in Kensington, Md. Fitzgerald organized child safety seat training for dealership employees. More than 100 Fitzgerald employees have volunteered to teach people how to install child seats properly. Bud Gordon of Gordon Automotive Group in Corona, Calif. Gordon co-founded an organization in Corona eight years ago to fight youth crime. The organization sponsors sporting events, youth camps and parenting classes for single mothers. William Jacobs Jr. of Bill Jacobs Automotive Group in Joliet, Ill. Jacobs helped raise more than $1.5 million to create a center that helps children with learning disabilities. Rich Liebler of Hillside Auto Mall in Hillside, N.J. Liebler founded a center that trains at-risk and troubled young adults to become auto technicians. More than 150 men and women have completed the course since 1997. Peter Pohlmann of Lujack's Northpark Auto Plaza in Davenport, Iowa. In 1986 Pohlmann founded a group of high school volunteers to help feed the hungry at Thanksgiving. Last year the group donated more than a million pounds of food valued at more than $2 million. Bobby Rahal of Bobby Rahal Automotive Group in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The former race car driver founded Central Ohio Children's Charities, which has donated money for bone marrow transplants and other efforts.