Team Grappone Fights Youth Homelessness

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The Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut is an annual event to raise local consciousness and funds to help youth homelessness in New Hampshire. The community truly came together to make SleepOut 2018 a major success. A total of $301,463 was raised to support youth homelessness; that’s 121% of their $250,000 goal!

Youth homelessness is not as obvious as one may believe. Kids with backpacks or walking down the street— homelessness could look differently for any child. Some go to school, some have jobs and some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes. Others struggle with trauma, mental illness, or addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared; taking desperate measures to survive. Most are flying under the radar of their own communities.

Child and Family Services has an array of services for young people experiencing homelessness. The CFS Street Outreach Team offers the basics to survive and resources to succeed. Runaway & Homeless Youth Program is another service, which provides crisis intervention, along with a Youth Resource Center where young people can access basic needs such as food, clothes, showers, laundry. What’s more, is they provide mental health counseling, substance misuse treatment, educational advocacy, and job skills training, which are life changing services. Their Transitional Living Program provides housing and support services as they advance toward independence and success.

Team Grappone played an active role in SleepOut 2018. Participants include Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward, Scott Martin, Toyota Service Support Team Leader, and James Cortez, Toyota Parts Counter Representative. The Team slept out during the event in downtown Manchester on Friday, March 23rd from 9 pm to 5 am, in an effort to raise money and awareness. There were 125 community members on Friday night sleeping in the cold on tarps under a tent. Special guest Sleepers included Governor Sununu and Mayor Joyce Craig. The Grappone Team raised $2,530! Scott and James presented Child and Family Services with a total of $500 dollars donated through the Grappone in the Community program, on their behalf. Thanks for making a difference in your community Team Grappone!

Team Snowspeeder Completes the 2018 Junior Iditarod

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Team Snowspeeder is the Lakes Region Sled Dog team from New Hampshire, which is lead by Lara Renner who is 15 years old. Lara followed her dreams for competing in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska this past weekend, February 24-25, 2018.

Lara and Team Snowspeeder have been rigorously training for this competition for years. Lara’s hard work, dedication, and lifelong passion for Siberian Huskies have led her to this monumental race. She started mushing when she was 10 years old and says “My passion for mushing only grew when I learned more about the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest and the bond between mushers and their dogs that only comes through training and racing a dog team.” You can read her full biography on the Junior Iditarod website at Lara is coached by her father, Steve Renner, who shares Lara’s interest for mushing and provides his unconditional dedication and support.

Cost estimates from Alaska Airlines to fly their gear and dogs from Boston were $16,000, which did not include Lara and her father Steve’s travel expenses. Therefore, it was apparent that the Team would need to drive from Alton, NH to Wasilla, AK in order to participate in the 2018 Junior Iditarod. Team Snowspeeder purchased a 2017 Ford F-250 from Ruth Stephenson this Fall. Grappone Automotive Group was happy to provide a sponsorship discount to assist with getting the Team, dogs, and gear to Alaska safely.

Larry Haynes, President and CEO of Grappone Automotive Group, shared his wishes for Team Snowspeeder before the race, “Please know how impressed I am with you and what you are trying to accomplish. Stay safe, good luck and please give each of your teammates a hug from Team Grappone.” Many team members followed Lara’s progress using the GPS tracker on the Junior Iditarod website, in addition to frequent updates through internal emails and Facebook.

Team Snowspeeder finished the race strong in 8th place. The Team averaged a speed of 9.5+ mph and held a steady pace throughout the competition. We are very proud of Lara and Team Snowspeeder. We look forward to watching her career grow in the years to come.


Grappone in the Community- Salvation Army

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Thirty-seven team members from Grappone Automotive Group volunteered at the Salvation Army in Concord, NH, during the Christmas season. Team members sorted, packed and delivered toys and clothing for children in need. At the end of two weeks of volunteering, Joe Dubois, Grappone Senior Team Leader, presented the Salvation Army with a $500 donation from Grappone in the Community, on behalf of all Grappone volunteers.

The Salvation Army’s mission each year is to distribute toys and clothing as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. They served over 800 children in the local community this holiday season. The goal is to spread hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. Their primary objective is to unite all members of the local communities in a common cause each year and to contribute to better communities in the future. The Salvation Army mission is very similar to our mission statement here at Grappone Automotive Group. “We are dedicated to building lifelong relationships with our team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness and respect.”That being said, what a perfect opportunity this was for our team members to serve their community here in Concord, NH, and spread kindness during the holiday season.

Grappone in the Community- Child and Family Services of NH

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Marc Catino, Grappone Guest Experience Coordinator, volunteered for Child and Family Services of NH on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Child and Family Services is a non-profit that works to advance the well-being of children and families through many social services.

Grappone in the Community is an employee volunteer program that allows team members to spend a day volunteering at a not-for-profit organization of their choosing. It is our hope that by engaging our staff in volunteerism that they will have a chance to share their skills and talents with our community while experiencing the true joy of charitable giving.

Marc was excited to share his time and talent with Child and Family Services. This is what he had to say about his experience volunteering; “Thank you for helping me volunteer at the Child and Family Services’ Christmas Is for Kids Telethon. I had decided that I was going to volunteer my time to Child and Family Services because of the work they did in helping my son find my wife and I, his forever family, after spending more than three years in a dozen different foster homes. At the telethon, I fielded more than thirty calls from people who were willing to open their hearts (and wallets) to help Child and Family Services provide underprivileged families with the means to have a great Christmas.”

At the end of his day of volunteering, Marc presented his chosen non-profit with a $250 donation, made on his behalf, through Grappone in the Community program. Thanks for volunteering Marc!

Parenting New Hampshire 2017 Family Favorite

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Grappone Automotive Group is proud to announce that we have been selected by the reader’s poll of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as the 2017 Family Favorites winner for Favorite Place to Buy a Family Car. This is very exciting news for a fourth generation, family owned and operated business.

Family Favorites, now in its seventh year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places from across the Granite State in more than 50 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire. Categories included local children’s book store, bike shop, dentist, pediatrician, family restaurant, ice cream place, martial arts studio and more.

“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. “Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with all of our readers.”

Grappone Automotive Group has been established since 1924. Being named a New Hampshire Family Favorite aligns with the mission of Grappone Automotive Group for dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests, and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. We are a family-friendly and also pet-friendly dealership. We have many team members that have been with the company for decades and have grown to become family.

The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from July 1 through Aug. 15, 2017. The magazine received nearly 1,000 votes over the time period. The results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2017 issue of Parenting New Hampshire. A complete list of winners is posted at

Parenting New Hampshire is the state’s premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.

Parenting New Hampshire ( is a publication of McLean Communications of Manchester, which also publishes New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Magazine, and New Hampshire Home. McLean Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc.


2017 Manchester Educator Leadership Summit

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September 19th was not a typical day at Manchester Community College, located in the Queen City of our Granite State. Over 300 middle school faculty members gathered together for the 2017 Educator Leadership Summit, organized by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC). The leadership summit provides valuable insights for educators in the Manchester School District. A primary focus is the importance of developing soft skills early-on, to provide students with a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by the New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner, Frank Edelblut and Manchester Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas. Next, business professionals were welcomed to the stage for the “Skills Needed for Success” panel discussion- moderated by Mike Skelton, President and CEO of GMCC. Panelists included Sarah Currier, Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward of Grappone Automotive Group, and Brian Giguere, Vice President at BAO. A common theme was expressed for skill sets across the panel; attention to detail, organization, solid communication skills (both written and verbal), problem-solving, critical thinking, and prioritizing the way authority, process, and policy are perceived. “It’s becoming increasingly uncommon to see applicants who meet each of these skill sets. We set our hiring standards at a high level to ensure we’re able to carry out our mission of building lifelong relationships” states Osmer. 

Mr. Rich, National Touring Rock Drummer, Founder and Director of Youth Beatz cranked-up the volume during his keynote presentation. “Let’s have fun and be kids again!” he commented while engaging the entire audience in a team building exercise. The sound of hundreds of people drumming on Home Depot buckets with duck-taped wooden dowels resonated throughout the lobby. Mr. Rich delivered an energetic and heartfelt speech, to say the least. He describes his journey from being labeled “hyper” and “disruptive” during adolescence to becoming the leader in sustainable enrichment for the past 12 years. Youth Beatz provides a myriad of enrichment programs through positive mentoring. To learn more about Youth Beatz or to schedule a program, check out

The summit continued with highlighting, “The Coolest Businesses in Manchester” ranging from hospitality to healthcare, and represented by top executives. Mike Decelle, Dean of UNH Manchester delivered his closing remarks before the faculty members transitioned to touring local businesses.




Car Show Nights- Grappone Ford

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This September, we decided to switch things up at our Grappone dealerships by hosting our very first, “Car Show Nights”. The idea originated from our Marketing department, which organized invitations, promotion, and event logistics; yet the event grew into an “all hands on deck” operation due to the amount of interest we received. Our inventory team, fixed operations, human resources, corporate and service team members formed a collaborative team that helped make our first car show, which took place on September 13th, a huge success.

“The cars kept rolling in, one after another, after another,” stated Dave Hammond our Director of Fixed Operations, “what an incredible turnout!” he concluded. Our first show took place at our Grappone Ford dealership and we had approximately 80 vehicles participate. All makes and models were welcomed, which generated an awesome mix of domestic and imported vehicles. In fact, we also had the New Hampshire Mustang club join us.

Prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vehicle, which were determined by voter’s choice.  Additionally, the event served as a fundraiser cookout with proceeds to benefit the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire for Walk a Mile in her Shoes 2017.

Our next Car Show Night will be held at Grappone Toyota on Wednesday, September 27th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm with a drive-in style movie beginning at sunset. Be sure to checkout the event on our Grappone Toyota Facebook page.

Best of NH 2017 for Best Automotive Group

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Grappone Automotive Group has been selected by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine as “Best of NH 2017” for Best Automotive Group. The winners will be celebrated at the Best of NH Party on Thursday, June 15, at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will benefit Stay Work Play.

This is the second consecutive year that Grappone has won Best Automotive Group for New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH. In 2016, we also won the Best of Business award from NH Business Review.

The stadium, home to the NH Fisher Cats baseball team, has recently undergone a major facelift- and that’s not all that’s new. “This is our first year partnering with Stay Work Play,” notes New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard, “and the relationship is bringing lots of fresh energy to the party.” Broussard says the mission of the Best of NH dovetails perfectly with that of Stay Work Play. “It’s all about spreading the word about what a cool and lively state we share, and encouraging appreciation and exploration.” Guests at the party will stroll the concourse and sample food and drink from more than 60 Best of NH winners from all around the state. The evening ends with a not-to-miss fireworks display. “It’s a perfect finale for an evening that sizzles with great food and fun,” says Broussard.

Plus, there will be prizes! One lucky party-goer will have the chance to win an all-inclusive week’s vacation for four at Squam Lake, provided by RDC Resort.

The 2017 Best of NH Party is presented by Coca-Cola Bottling of Northern New England. Other event sponsors include BEI Networks, Hornitos, AutoFair, Bacardi, Atlas Fireworks, CR Helicopters Inc., Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, Freedom Energy Logistics, Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Travel and Tourism, and Samuel Adams. Media sponsors are 95.7 WZID and 92.5 The River.

New Hampshire Magazine is also excited to announce that Stay Work Play is the new beneficiary for the 2017 Best of NH Party. Stay Work Play works collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work, and play when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.

New Hampshire Magazine is the state’s premier lifestyle magazine. It is published by McLean Communications, a media based in Manchester, NH. McLean’s other publications include New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Home, Parenting New Hampshire, Destination NH and BRIDE. McLean, which also specializes in event and custom publishing projects, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc., publishers of Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Built Ford Tough Scholarship Awarded to Local Student

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Here at Grappone Automotive Group, we are all about community. We lend support to numerous organizations expanding over various industries and we’re very proud to do so. With this in mind, Grappone has a longstanding commitment to the environment. Our reach extends from land preservation to farmers markets. This year, we are proud to announce our support of the National FFA Foundation and their Built Ford Tough Scholarship Program. Our very own, Bob McCullen, Ford Senior Team Leader, had the pleasure of presenting the $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship to this year’s recipient from the Winnisquam FFA chapter.

1,883 scholarships were awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently, 115 sponsors contribute more than $2.7 million to support scholarships for students. For more than 30 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.

Ford is one of the largest corporate sponsors of scholarships in the National FFA scholarship program. Since 1997, Ford has awarded more than $9,200,000 in scholarships to FFA members.”When approached with the idea, we were happy to partner with Ford Motor Company on these scholarships,” comments Larry Haynes, President of Grappone, “We support the importance of farming in our local communities.”

Scholarship recipients were selected from 8,337 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals. Our local scholarship recipient will be pursing their passion in the field of study for Wildlife Science Education Writing and Natural Resources.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

To learn more about the National FFA Organization’s support of the National FFA Foundation, visit their website at:


NH Scholars Day and BIA

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NH Scholars Day 2017

Thursday, May 18th set record high temperatures in the Granite State, however it made for a perfect day to spend at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH. The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) work together as a partnership to support the New Hampshire Scholars Program. NH Scholars Day is an annual celebration held at the stadium. The event brings together thousands of high school seniors across the state to celebrate their academic achievements and upcoming commencement.

Grappone Automotive Group was proud to sponsor this year’s NH Scholars Day. It may not seem like a big deal, however sponsoring bus transportation for this event allowed for thousands of well-deserving high school students to attend. Sarah, our Corporate Communications Specialist, teamed up with a group of volunteers, including Beth San Soucie, Program Manager at Stay Work Play. The goal was to make connections with students and discuss their plans after graduation. This information allows Stay Work Play to carry out their mission to, “work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work, and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” The NH Scholars ceremony is an annual event, which is always followed by a Fishercats game!

33rd Business in the Arts Awards

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Althea Haropulos Photographer

Grappone Automotive Group, Filtrine Manufacturing Company, Bellows-Nichols Insurance and Sullivan Creative were announced as the winners for the Business in the Arts Awards on May 8th. The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) hosted the 33rd annual evening gala in Manchester, NH. More than 300 business and arts leaders were in attendance.

The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money, and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide. Grappone won this year’s Business in the Arts Award for the large business category. We were recognized for our broad support for the arts, which includes hosting benefit concerts in our Toyota showroom, using our media time to promote various art organizations, and offering our community and training center to non-profits to use free-of-charge.

To learn more about the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts and what they do, visit