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 …

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 jriditarod.com. 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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 Grappone Automotive Group, Filtrine Manufacturing Company, Bellows-Nichols Insurance and …

Grappone and Toyota Match

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Grappone Automotive Group has been proud to be a part of the Bow community since 1924. Throughout that time, we’ve supported a variety of non-profit organizations with a focus on children & families, animals, land preservation, healthcare, arts, leadership, and many more. Today we’re proud to announce a contribution of $2,500 to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), which will also receive a matching grant from Toyota. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The donation money will be used to support their conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and the work associated with maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. “We are committed to providing youth with formative outdoor learning experiences that increase their understanding of the natural world and their outdoor skills while connecting them to the beauty of the outdoor landscape,” said Andrea Muller, North Country Youth Education Director at AMC. Amanda Grappone Osmer personifies the great outdoors, which influenced the connection with AMC and their Youth Education Programs. Osmer shares her thoughts for supporting the organization, “The more people you expose to nature, the more people will appreciate their surroundings during crisis, in turn lending positive and constructive ways to overcome hardships.” With every Toyota Match donation, Osmer also includes a gift, “The Soul of Money”, written by Lynne Twist. “I feel this book relates to the non-profit sector because it encourages …

Millennial Education Day at Grappone

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In our 93rd year of business, we have a goal to transition younger generations into the future car buyers of Grappone. Mackenzie Duval, Luke Hynes, Olivia Imprescia, and Cameron Scotia are seniors at Southern New Hampshire University in the Martin Bradley Three Year Honors Program. These students implemented Millennial Education Day for their senior project. The mission was to help Grappone bring future generations into the dealership. These four students complimented each others strengths and weaknesses.  In an effort to meet this goal for reaching millennials, they gathered information on Grappone’s car buying experience through shadowing, interviews, and surveys. This enabled the students to develop a general understanding of the process. Next, they felt it was important to educate other millennium buyers on the unique, negotiation-free sales process that Grappone fosters. This way, individuals could be prepared with knowledge and confidence when purchasing a vehicle after college. The idea to host Millennial Education Day at Grappone surfaced. The vision of this strategy was to bestow trust in students with a warm welcome. Additionally, we want them to feel comfortable when visiting Grappone as first-time car buyers. The Education Day involved lunch, raffles and multiple seminars with Grappone team members. The seminars covered specific aspects of the company. Topics included Entrepreneurship & History, Financing & Leasing, and Environmental Awareness. Mackenzie Duval shared her thoughts on the project, “We hope the students that attended took full advantage of what the day had to offer and the dealership …

Fiddlers in the Showroom

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For the second consecutive year, Grappone Automotive Group was pleased to host the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble during their April concert series. Peaceful sounds resonated throughout the Toyota showroom on the evening of Saturday April 1, 2017. The snow storm was no match for the radiance that characterizes the Ensemble and their drive to put on a great show. The NH Fiddle Ensemble raised over $9,000 for the child abuse efforts of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust. The Ensemble kicked off this benefit concert with a two set performance at the dealership. The group embodies many styles of music and plays a wide-variety of instruments in addition to the fiddle. These include banjos, cellos, harps, an accordion, and even a trumpet. Moreover, the concert highlighted beautiful singing and a yodel performance. Main ensemble coach, Ellen Carlson shares her comments on the event, “The ensemble members just love doing the concert at Grappone Toyota. The acoustics are great and the members love that they can interact with the audience. All of the employees at Grappone are so accommodating and welcoming — even providing a “green room” for our members and having the parking lot clear on such a snowy day. The NH Children’s Trust and I find Grappone so easy to work with! I think this partnership of the arts, a community-minded company such as Grappone and a not-for-profit like the Children’s Trust has done some amazing things for a lot of people. We really appreciate their support.” …