Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Meet a Sponsor: New Car Dealers Association of BC

7 September 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how long-standing support from the New Car Dealers Association of BC has helped SOBC change lives through the power of sport.

Since 1984, the New Car Dealers Association of BC has been committed to supporting Special Olympics BC through the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC. These dedicated supporters contribute to the empowerment, health, and skill development of SOBC athletes through important initiatives such as the highly successful New Car Dealers Foundation / Special Olympics BC Auction.

This annual auction began in 1987 as the popular Casino Auction in support of SOBC, chaired by Sherrold Haddad. Over the last three decades, the auction has continually grown and changed, adopting new technology and tools to strengthen the event and provide significant funding to the New Car Dealers Foundation and Special Olympics BC.

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteer committee and New Car Dealers Foundation staff, the auction has become a multi-day event that includes hundreds of incredible items and bids coming in from all over the province. The long list of prizes offered at this private online auction includes everything from new cars, computers, and bicycles to travel items, home and sporting goods, and advertising pages.

In 2017, the New Car Dealers Foundation / Special Olympics BC Auction raised $178,000 and reached a much-appreciated milestone: Dealers donated the most cash pledges to date, helping ensure vital support for the charities. This year’s proceeds brought the total to just under $4.7 million in support of SOBC and the work of the New Car Dealers Foundation.

The NCDA also generously gives Special Olympics BC a presence at the Vancouver International Auto Show and Auto Show Gala, which takes place each year in March. In 2017, SOBC Past Chair Pamela Keith and SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Adam Advocaat were afforded time at the Gala to make a presentation, and SOBC athletes helped welcome guests.

Pictured at right: Marnie Carter of the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC (centre) with SOBC athletes Vincent Li and Alison Rodrigues with at the 2017 Vancouver International Auto Show and Auto Show Gala

Individual Dealers also regularly look for ways to support Special Olympics athletes, ranging from fundraisers to awareness opportunities and supporting Special Olympics events held in their communities.

We are so grateful to the New Car Dealers Association of BC for their dedication to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. Their support has been instrumental in helping SOBC grow from two weekends of games with about 500 participants to involving more than 4,600 athletes in 57 communities around the province. It has helped change the lives of thousands of athletes and, in turn, the lives of everyone they touch.

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