Tal Anderson made time for everything: running a growing multifranchise dealership group, raising a family and giving back to the community.
Since Anderson, owner of Performance Automotive Group, co-founded the Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha in 1999, the charity has raised more than $17 million. That was enough to send 18,321 kindergartners through eighth graders in northeastern Nebraska to private schools as an alternative to public schools. The chapter is the fourth-largest of 33 in the nation in terms of money raised.
"Tal had an almost effortless way about raising money and making people feel good about giving," said Judy Tamisiea, recently retired executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha. "He would call me three times a week and say: 'What can I do?' and I would say 'Tal, don't you have enough to do running all those car dealerships?' He was an amazing volunteer."
Anderson, who died in 2009, loved visiting the schools and mingling with the kids, Tamisiea says. And his heirs, son Mickey and daughter Angie Quinn, co-owners of Performance Automotive Group, have picked up where their father left off.
"They're an amazing family. They're always willing to give back," Tamisiea says. "They have totally carried on with what their father started."