When Connecticut dealer Ken Crowley's granddaughter Kate was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 7, he decided to promote research for a cure.
"It became a cause for my wife and I," said Crowley, who owns five new-car dealerships plus a motorcycle and RV store in suburban Hartford. "We wanted to do something, and we thought a golf tournament would be a good idea."
During the 14 years Crowley and his employees have been running the Crowley Automotive Golf Tournament, they have raised $700,000 for a local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"We're anxious to make it a million dollars," he said.
Local businesses sponsor the tournament and provide items for raffle.
"It's one of the most pleasant rides I have home," he said. "It's very satisfying that we did something good and had a lot of fun."
Crowley has also made donations to soldiers serving overseas and National Guardsmen serving at the state armory in Hartford. He has eight franchises -- Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Volkswagen, Kia, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge -- and through the Ford store he has made another commitment to servicemen.
Ford Motor Co. offers a program that allows deployed soldiers to train for a mechanics license while overseas. Crowley said he has hired six or seven soldiers for service positions when they return.
"It's like the old thing," he said. "You can feed a person or teach them to fish and they can feed themselves."