Auto Dealers United for Kids raises money for children's charities in the Toledo, Ohio, area each year at a gala before the Greater Toledo Auto Show. The group has teamed up with the Toledo Automobile Dealers Association to create a scholarship fund of $500,000 over five years to benefit students through the University of Toledo, Owens Community College and the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. A check for the first installment of $100,000 was presented recently to the University of Toledo. Scholarship recipients will be the children of dealership employees who plan to pursue a career in the auto industry or a related field, such as business or engineering.
Steve Ekegren, left, and Jonathan Ekegren of Barber Honda in Bakersfield Calif., received a 40-year award from American Honda Motor Co. Steve is dealer principal; Jonathan is general manager.
Bob Penn, left, of Penn Toyota in Greenvale, N.Y., receives a 40-year ceremonial sword award from David Christ, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s New York region.
Lou Fusz Jr., right, of Lou Fusz Nissan in St Louis receives a 35-year award from Aric Shimkus, dealer operations manager in Nissan North America's Midwest region.
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