The 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

We believe in being a positive force in something bigger. And it all starts right here in our community. Not just by our donations, but by our actions.

That's why we stay true to our Love Promise Community Commitment by partnering with a wide variety of community nonprofits and charities.

Every year, we join hands with our owners in the "Share the Love" event, giving back to our community-a community that's given so much to us.

So, every day, we strive to ensure our love is felt not just by our customers, but by all in our community. We do this because we feel it is the right thing to do.

We are proud to participate in the Love Promise Community Commitment. We're grateful, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve and support the causes and passions that are closest to our hearts, right here in our neighborhood.

All of the organizations we support have one thing in common: the unwavering dedication to improve the world and the lives of ­its people.

Subaru Loves Pets

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Subaru Loves the Earth

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Subaru Loves Learning

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Subaru Loves to Help

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Subaru Loves to Care

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Pets

Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated close to $14 million to the ASPCA and helped support nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.

Environment

Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.

Over a decade ago, Subaru became the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill, and now, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association, Subaru is leveraging that same environmental expertise to help the National Parks reach zero-landfill too.

Education

It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Total donations to teachers: $92,233
Over 200 teachers adopted
More than 15,000 students impacts

Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America worked together to make volunteering easier, by launching a tool called the Meals on Wheels Online Volunteer Drive.

Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Subaru has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to
Make A Wish, helping to grant 610 wishes in the U.S.

How is Tom Wood Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well. We are proud to partner with Miracle Place this year as our local charity of choice.

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana
TerraCycle
Edison School for the Arts
St. Vincent Hospital
Peyton Manning Children's Hospital

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Love Promise Stories from Tom Wood Subaru

Subaru and Tom Wood Subaru believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Subaru warming our hearts  –  Holly D

On July 15, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Indiana Chapter and Tom Wood Subaru had the pleasure of delivering 80 blankets and 30 arts & craft kits to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital as part of the Subaru Loves To Care program. We loaded our carts and wagons filled with crafts kits and blankets, then proceeded into the hospital meeting Chelsea who is a part of the Peyton Manning Children’s staff. We set up a display in the lobby where we took a few pictures, and then stored blankets and kits for later distribution to patients.Thanks to Shannon at Tom Wood Subaru and her dedication to the patients these comforting gifts were accompanied by personalized messages of hope written by the customers and staff of Tom Wood Subaru.This incredible act of generosity by Tom Wood Subaru was warmly received by the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital staff who were thrilled to distribute these comforting gifts to their patients.Tom Wood Subaru and The LLS Chapter had the privilege of delivering a blanket and a few craft kits to a young boy at the hospital who was there for treatment. He was accompanied by his twin sisters and dad. They were ecstatic to receive the kits and thankful to Subaru for their generosity. LLS is proud to partner with Subaru to spread hope, love and warmth to those fighting cancer, across the country and right here in the Indianapolis, IN community.


Be the Hope Now for Riley Kids!!!  –  Shannon C

Over the past year, a special fleet of vehicles from Tom Wood Subaru were loaned to Riley children’s hospital to help raise awareness for the Be the Hope Now campaign. These vehicles were driven by the Governor’s Board members, Riley staff, high-level constituents, the media and so many others, shuttling around Central Indiana for key engagement meetings and campaign activities. This helped to create the buzz and the call to action for the Riley Be the Hope Now Campaign! The goal for this campaign is to raise $175,000 by 2020 to transform Riley hospital at IU Health through three high priority programs: Pediatric Research &PatientCare, Maternity & Newborn Health and finally, Health Support Programs. The Need: One in every eight children diagnosed with cancer will not survive without new discoveries. Riley's investigators at the Wells Center for Pediatric Research needs donors' funding to speed up discoveries for children with: cancer; heart defects; lung disorders; infectious disease; and diabetes. In the past 20 years, only three new cancer drugs have been approved specifically for children. Your Impact: Donations help Riley recruit world class researchers and provide seed and bridge funding to get new ideas off the ground. Every dollar donated leads to $10 in additional support for Riley research. Riley is now among the nation's top 10 pediatric research hospitals because of donors. If you would like to know more about this great cause, go to: http://www.rileykids.org/bethehopenow/ Tom Wood Subaru is such an amazing company and I am so blessed every day to be a part of this organization and see so many lives changed! Won’t you help today? #Be The Hope NOW to help them by spreading the word and sharing your Riley story.


Miracle Place Inc  –  Paula H

Miracle Place is so fortunate that the GM of Tom Wood Subaru Scott Reckley was already familiar with the story of Miracle Place, which led to the dealership nominating our non-profit for the Hometown Share the Love program. Our co-Directors Sister Rita S.P. and Sister Barbara McClelland S.P. were former principals at Holy Cross where the Reckley family had once attended church and school. The Sisters’ began their ministry serving the neighborhood poor at Holy Cross, which evolved into Miracle Place. Miracle Place was established in 2000 as a secular neighborhood outreach serving low-income families on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. In 2019, in our first year with Tom Wood Subaru we received over $25,000. With that donation, we were able to purchase a brand-new “public park quality” playground structure for children to climb, swing and play on at our pocket park. At the beginning of 2019, our neighborhood pocket park was in a dire need of revitalization. The new playground equipment benefits the 40+ Miracle Place youth, ages 3-17 that attend our daily after school enrichment and three-week summer camp. As our playground is open to the public, it also benefits the 553 households within our St. Claire neighborhood. The neighborhood is a diverse mix of families and individuals that includes the homeless, new homeowners, short stay renters, (HUD housing), and low-income seniors that have lived in the area for years and years. Additionally, the purchase of new playground equipment has enabled Miracle Place to be able to apply for grant funding to receive an “Art Intervention” for the pocket park through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Lilly Endowment. The art structure will only help to enhance the beautification of the area. Miracle Place as a neighborhood outreach works to bring neighbors together to build a community and strengthen good will within the St. Claire neighborhood. The playground equipment illustrates our commitment to the neighborhood and helps strengthen our relationships across perceived boundaries such as ethnicity and income. Miracle Place is open to anyone seeking comfort, companionship and hope. At Miracle Place, we welcome all neighborhood residents that are in need. Miracle Place offers hospitality, care and concern. Our goal is to be a place of spiritual refreshment where all who come may find refuge, where all who are severely tried may be comforted, where all who are lonely may find companionship and where those without hope may find a renewed spirit. We believe the new playground structure will also support and furthers our mission by enabling us to serve more children, families and seniors within the neighborhood. The playground structure will become the focal point of our pocket park: drawing the attention of the neighborhood, the homeless and our low-income neighbors to our free community garden, food pantry, to our community center for events, programming, celebrations and to our free breakfasts on Saturday mornings. Another part of the mission of Miracle Place is to provide cultural experiences for our Miracle Place kids. The last two years during our summer camp program, we have been focusing on exposing our youth to arts and cultural events within Indianapolis. Our youth all receive free or reduced lunches at their school. Unfortunately, it has never been within our means to take the kids to a professional sporting event. Attending a Pacer, Colts, or an Indians game were the top three suggestions of our middle school and high school youth for a “cultural” event when surveyed in 2016. The Tom Wood Subaru employees reached out to Miracle Place on two different occasions this past year to treat our middle school and high school youth to a fun day of caring and experiences. The first outing was to see the Indianapolis Indians in July of 2018. They purchased admission tickets and provided transportation for our group to and from our community center. Tom Wood Subaru went above and beyond their commitment, picking up pizzas to bring to the community center to ensure our kids had eaten lunch/dinner before the event. The employees of Tom Wood Subaru ate with the children together in fellowship and began to build relationships with the youth, resulting in other adults knowing the children’s names. Having adult role models and adults outside of your family and school know your name is a key developmental asset for children and youth.During the baseball, game Tom Wood Subaru also purchased drinks and snacks (sometimes two) for all of the children. It was a beautiful day and outing. It was also the first time some of the children had ever been to a see professional baseball game - they had a great time! We were blessed once again when the same Tom Wood employees treated our middle school and high school youth to a similar outing to see the Pacers in February 2019. Again, it was the first time for a majority of the youth to attend a professional basketball game.


Donations of Love That Save Our Planet!  –  Penny G

Through our Subaru Loves the Earth campaign ( which started in April ) but will continue over the next year, working with Terracycle, we collected 3 waste streams: 1) Snack wrappers/bags 2) All types of disposable cups/lids/straws 3) Coffee/tea/creamer capsules Through this initiative, we were able to collect enough recyclables to create items that we could then purchase and donate. We purchased this nice Flat Bench, which we donated to Edison School of the Arts, our chosen school this year, for our Subaru Loves Education campaign ( coming up in August ). The bench was delivered to the school on May 31st, with a nice donation plaque placed on the bench, from Tom Wood Subaru. Yesterday we received a great letter from the school and wanted to share the love and enjoyment that goes into seeing what comes from all the donations, from customers and employees and how one by one, we can help save the world and change lives through our initiatives! Thank you Penny Guthrie and Edison School of the Arts for the nice letter and for all you do for the children: https://bb.myips.org/edisonschoolofthearts. We’d also like to give a big shout out to Terracycle for helping to change our planet: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/! As I always say, I love working for Tom Wood Subaru and gain so much pride from all we do for the community! How can you help save the planet today?


Susan B. Jordan Memorial Golf Outing  –  Susan J

On May the 20th, the Susan B. Jordan Memorial Golf outing was held in memory of the wonderful Principal Susan B. Jordan who risked her own life to save the life of her students, who were in harms way when an ongoing bus was coming up over the curb. Each year they old the golf outing, which raises money to benefit the students, teachers and staff of Amy Beverland Elementary school where Mrs. Jordan worked as the principal. We at Tom Wood Subaru are always so proud and willing to help in any way we can to honor this wonderful hero! It is people like this that make our world a better place!


Miracle Place Check Presentation  –  Sister Rita Ann S

Miracle Place, our chosen hometown charity for the year, is a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, which offers hospitality, care and concern to those in need. It is a place of spiritual refreshment where all who come may find refuge, where all who are severely tried may be comforted, where all who are lonely may find companionship and where those without hope may find a renewed spirit. Where the miracle of God’s presence becomes a reality. With the help of Subaru & Share the Love, we were so proud to have raised over $25,000 for this amazing organization!!! Sister Rita Ann and Sister Barbara are such a blessing to these children & the community! I am so proud to work here and for all of the wonderful things we do for so may organizations!


Blessings Bestowed Upon Children In Our Community  –  Shannon C

Our wonderful GM with a heart of gold, had the idea to take the children from Miracle Place to a Pacers game, stating, “Many of these children may never get to attend something like a Pacers game. Miracle Place, which was launched in 2000 by Sisters Rita Ann and Sister Barbara, offers a haven of hope for senior citizens, families, and hundreds of children who have entered through its doors! http://amiracleplace.org/mission-of-miracle-place/ Sales Managers; Josh Boyd & Dave Southern, GM; Scott Reckley, his wife Kim, Redelivery Specialist; Hunter Radke, as well as Brandon & Shannon Cook, all ventured out around 5:00 pm, to pick up the pizzas and join the folks at Miracle Place. We were welcomed with open arms by volunteers Paula Hartzer, one of the grandmothers and who can forget the smiles of all the children, as we shared our blessings upon the meal and ate in fellowship together! Then it was off to the game!!! We all ventured into Bankers Life Fieldhouse, weaving in with the crowd, but making sure to all stay together, as we watched the children burst at the seams, excited to see their first Pacers game in person!!!! And what an exciting game it was! The children watched in awe, as they enjoyed popcorn and sodas, so enthused by the game and the halftime show! Wesley Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points during the third quarter, while Domantis Sabonis had 18 points and 12 rebounds! The Indiana Pacers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 126 to 111, how exciting! At the end of the night, we delivered all of the children and volunteers back to Miracle Place, where they shared how grateful they were, thanking us numerous times for their wonderful night! Thank you to Tom Wood Subaru, as well as the volunteers, and all the wonderful people who create places like Miracle Place, to bring so much love and provision into the world!


Helping the children in this great community!!!  –  Shannon C

The numbers are in!!! Tom Wood Subaru, along with all of the Tom Wood Automotive group, raised over $45,000 collectively, which gave us the ability to purchase 3 toys per child and 150 new bikes for this year’s YMCA Holiday Toy Drive!!!! Breakfast with Santa was held on Dec. 9th, where employees from many Tom Wood locations, from all over Indianapolis, as well as the YMCA and many other great volunteers, were on hand to put together the 150 bicycles and bring in even more toys!! A great breakfast was served and there were coloring and craft stations for all of the kiddos! And of course, the highlight…….seeing Santa Claus! A big thank you to Bill Demaree & Gina Federman who head up our toy drive every year, and to Marsha Putt & Anne Hartwick, as well as many other Santa’s helpers, for all their hard work in setting everything up! Overall, we served 3300 children in our community! How amazing is that! Like I always say, the Tom Wood organization is the greatest place to work and I love how much we do for this community!!! To learn more about this drive, visit the event page here: https://indymca.org/event/18th-annual-ymca-holiday-toy-drive/


Poinsettias for a cause!  –  Marilyn M

Marilyn Mathioudakis is one of the volunteers for the Boy Scout Troop 514, that we support here at Tom Wood Subaru. We purchase our wreaths and poinsettias, seen throughout our dealership from the Scouts, which helps to support our local troop! Below is a story I would like to share, written by Marilyn:Thanks, Tom Wood Subaru for being a supporter of Boy Scout Troop 514 fundraising in 2018! My name is Marilyn and I am an adult volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 514. I have been involved with Boys Scouts since 2009 and Cub Scouts before that. My husband and 22-year-old son are Eagle Scouts and my youngest son is currently a Life Scout. Tom Wood Subaru helped support our boys last year to do the following: • Attend summer camp at Camp Ransburg on Lake Monroe, Bloomington, IN. • Zip line and bike in Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN • Canoe at Chain of Lakes, Northern Indiana• Backpack in Deam Wilderness Park part of Hoosier National Forest • Rock climb at Red River Gorge, KY • Attend youth leadership training Boy Scout Troop 514 can be seen lending a hand around their charter organization St Monica Catholic church and school with landscape and clean-up projects or helping at the annual parish festival. Troop 514’s recent Eagle Scout projects (that have helped Indianapolis area organizations in need): • Baseball field drainage and concession stand renovations at Eagle Creek Little League baseball fields on West 59th Street • Empty city lot converted into the grass soccer field and fenced in area for St Phillip Neri Catholic School • Enhanced Nina Mason Pulliam Eco Lab at Marian University with bee houses for Indiana native bees • Improved front entrance landscaping to St Monica Catholic Church• Roof added to picnic shelter area at the Indiana School for the Blind - award-winning project • Outdoor Stations of the Cross added to St Monica Catholic Church - award-winning project Your support truly provides incredible learning opportunities and fun outdoor adventures!! Much appreciated!! Marilyn Mathioudakis Boy Scout Troop 514


Wishes Granted for Some Special Children!!!!  –  Shannon C

Morgan James; Development Associate for the Make-a-Wish foundation, invited 3 employees from Tom Wood Subaru; Brandon Luft, Cheyenne Barnes, and Shannon Cook to participate in the Make-a-Wish Request-a-thon on December 7th. 15 area Wish kids and their families visited the ZPL studio (WZPL 99.5 ZPL/INDIANAPOLIS) to share their wishes with listeners. The average cost of a wish is $8,000. Over the 2 day period, all of the volunteers and WZPL helped to raise over $730,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation!!! How amazing is that!?! This was the 22nd annual “REQUST-A-THON”, held on December 6th & 7th in Indianapolis. The money that was raised will grant the wishes of more than 90 children and exceeded all previous years’ total funds raised!!!! The 36-hour event was hosted by personalities from 99.5 ZPL’s morning show “Smiley Morning Show,” as well as volunteers from various organizations, who accepted donations via the station’s phone bank. Food was provided for all volunteers, as well as a nice t-shirt and glass to take home! They also collected toys for the Make-a-Wish children. On Friday, they had Luke’s Flapjack Bash, pancake breakfast to raise money as well. We all had a great time and were so humbled listening to the children & parents stories from phone calls received. It was a very touching day and we were so blessed to be a part of it! From everyone here at Tom Wood Subaru, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and hope that all of your wishes come true in 2019!


We Love to Help Out a Great Cause!!!!  –  Shannon C

We had our American Cancer Society Memorial Golf Outing this year at the Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville, IN. There were 36 registered teams, who played both the north and south courses including the shotgun, which started at 11:00 am. The wonderful volunteers, who came from all Tom Wood locations, as well as many of our sponsors and vendors, were there bright and early at 9:00 am! The American Cancer Society/Relay for Life is always such a great event, for a great cause!! All of our volunteers proudly wore their Tom Wood 50th Anniversary t-shirts in support of our wonderful owner, who passed away from this horrible disease. It was a very windy day, but we all had the best time! Did you know that the Tom Wood Auto Group has been the largest contributor to the American Cancer Society for 9 years running! How amazing is that! All the more reasons why we truly love this company! If you have anyone in your family who has been affected by this horrible disease, won't you help out today and follow the link below: https://www.cancer.org/


RECYCLING WITH OUR YOUTH!!!!!  –  Shannon C

Lindsey Berry and her wonderful kids came to visit us last week, here at Tom Wood Subaru. This is the 2nd time this wonderful group of kids has stopped by to bring items they had been saving for our Terracycle initiative, including coffee cups, lids, Keurig cups, and snack wrappers. These 50 kids are amazing and on a quest to change our world!! What an inspiration!! When kids are willing and can successfully interact and socialize with peers for a cause, there really is a reason to celebrate! Helping Ninjas has become a movement to inspire others to educate youth on how to help the planet, themselves and each other. Helping Ninjas' mission is to create opportunities for children to learn how to help the world!! Their vision: Learn. Help. Share. is to create awareness on important issues and educate youth to learn how to help! Lindsey & these children are such an amazing inspiration to us and we are so proud to work with them and share their story! Thank you, Helping Ninjas, for helping to save our planet, from everyone here at Tom Wood Subaru! For more information on Helping Ninjas and their initiatives, you can visit the following websites or social media handles: helpingninjas.com (@helpingninjas) standup4ourplanet.com @standup4Rplanet standuptostraws.com (@standuptostraws) standuptoplastic.com (@standuptoplastic) learnhelpshare.com (@learnhelpshare) thankafirefighter.com (@thankafirefighter) How to Join the Helping Ninjas Movement? Anyone can be a helping ninja and can join the movement simply with the use of the Helping Ninjas hashtag: #HelpingNInjas. When you see an individual or organization helping each other, the Earth, or oneself -- post and tag #helpingninjas!


Giving Them Vision & Sight!!!  –  Glen H

Whether you want to give the credit to Edward Hickson or Thomas Palmer for, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” that’s exactly what the Fishers Optimist Club did when it came to completing the 2018 “Help Them Hear & See Classic” children’s benefit golf outing. September 18th Pebble Brook Golf Club in Westfield stepped up to the plate and did a wonderful, almost seamless job holding the "Help Them Hear-n-See Classic, helping supply children with hearing aids and eyewear. Nearly 90% of the golfers of the original 72 re-scheduled their plans (from the previously rained out event) so they could partake in the outing that helps so many children in the Hamilton County area. The $12,000 generated this year by those great sponsors, which included Tom Wood Subaru and local patrons, will be used for just about anything you can think of, from medical and school supplies to clothing and home furnishing needs, and even college scholarships. Whether we are alerted by a nurse or administrator at a school, or from our contacts with first responders, we always try to do our best to give a helping hand. After all, Optimist clubs are known as the “Friend of Youth.” Thank you again Tom Wood Subaru for helping us out with this great cause! Glen Heppner Integrity Insurance, Inc. Tom Wood Group


Allisonville Elementary Book Donation  –  Shannon C

As part of this year's "Subaru Loves Learning" initiative, Tom Wood Subaru donated books and learning materials to Allisonville Elementary to help promote education.Through our Subaru Loves Learning initiative, we are working toward making the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible by donating numerous classroom supply kits and impacting over 8,000 students in our local communities. Since 2015, Subaru and our retailers have donated over $90,000 to AdoptAClassroom.org, which impacts over 200 schools across the country. The supplies donated to Allisonville Elementary will aide in helping to educate over 800 children! At Subaru, we know the deepest learning happens when students have the tools they need to inspire new ways of thinking and seeing the world!


Subaru Pet Adoption Event  –  Cheri S

During the month of October, Tom Wood Subaru https://www.tomwoodsubaru.com/ showed their love of pets by partnering with Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana! In addition to holding a month-long donation drive, Tom Wood Subaru also hosted a fun afternoon event on October 13th! The dealership was filled with adoptable animals, and pet owners were encouraged to stop in for a free microchip, nail clip and vaccination coupons. Outside the dealership, grills were fired up, as Tom Wood Subaru staff cooked for everyone – all free of charge! It was a great day and the best turn out we have ever had! Thank you to everyone at Tom Wood Subaru for all you have done for SNSI and all of our furry friends! Cheri Storms Executive Director Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 205 Indianapolis, IN 46208 w. 317-762-0912, ext. 102


Subaru Loves Learning - Allisonville Elementary  –  Shannon C

Throughout the month of September, we collected backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, and rulers from our employees and the community. We received 150 books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS, celebrates outstanding science writing and illustrations for children and young adults.On 9/27/18, we delivered a diverse array of award-winning science books, with a personal label & bookmark to Allisonville Elementary. Subaru’s goal was to engage with students K - 12.I met with principal Mike Pomerenke and many of the children, who were excited to find out more about what their school would be receiving. Pictured here are Principal Pomerenke, several of the lovely children and Operations Support Specialist; Shannon Cook. The children were excited and eager to receive their new educational items!Once again, through the generosity of Subaru, those at Tom Wood and our great customers, we have successfully completed yet another year of our Subaru Loves Learning Campaign!!! Have a great 2018-2019 school year everyone!


The Miracle Place Story  –  Shannon C

Once upon a time, there were 2 wonderful Sisters of Providence; Sister Rita Ann Wade, and Sister Barbara McClelland. These Sisters had a dream…..to establish a wonderful facility for those in need, to give them a place to go, provide meals, fellowship and a compassionate heart, to show that someone does care. In 2000, Sister Rita Ann Wade, and Sister Barbara McClelland witnessed this dream turn into reality……..when they established “Miracle Place”!! The Sisters rented and renovated the non-profit’s first building on the east side of Indianapolis, with the efforts of several generous people in the community. As part of their mission, the Sisters crossed cultural boundaries to serve and love their neighbors. In 2010, the property directly across the street from Miracle Place was sadly burned to the ground by an arsonist. Through the generosity of a single donor, they were able to purchase the lot and construct a “pocket park”, installing a playground and a garden to help feed the children and the community. The park is considered “a little area of peace and serenity” in the neighborhood. In the spring of 2016, Miracle Place completed the construction of a new community center, to better serve the neighborhood. Miracle Place helps anyone seeking comfort, companionship, and hope! Having grown up with the Sisters, and being familiar with the story of Miracle Place, Scott Reckley; General Manager of Tom Wood Subaru, along with his employees, decided to reach out to the youth at Miracle Place and treat them to a day of fun and caring. They purchased tickets for an Indians Baseball game at Victory Field and partnered with their rental company; Sixt Rent A Car, and Tom Wood Nissan, who were both gracious enough to loan them 4 large passenger vans. So off they went……11 employees, family members, and friends, heading down to Papa John’s, who blessed them with a great deal on their pizzas for all of the wonderful children! They arrived at Miracle Place with their hearts full, and were thrilled when they saw the joy on the children’s faces! The Sisters and wonderful volunteers provided the remaining needs, so they all sat down to enjoy a meal and fellowship! When lunch was over, they loaded the vans and off they went to Victory Field! The children gazed in awe, as they pulled into the field, beaming with joy because, for many, this was the first time they had ever seen a baseball game! It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky and they couldn’t have asked for better seats. It just so happened that it was “PJ Masks" day at the game, so many of the children were thrilled to meet the characters out on the field! After the 5th inning, they passed out vouchers to each of the children to enjoy a snack and refreshment during the game. The children carefully watched in awe, as the balls soared into the stands, hoping to catch one for themselves. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” rang out above, and they all stood together, swaying back and forth and singing out loud with the children…….oh how they had so much fun!! When the game came to a close, they took everyone safely back to Miracle Place, thanking them for touching their hearts on this special day. When inquiring on the following day two of the adults shared; “They hoped their children would be able to go to another game because they absolutely loved it!!" When the children were asked, what their favorite memories of the day were, they declared; “Standing to cheer as a group”, “Singing Take Me out to the Ball Game”, and “Free food”. Other children chimed in saying, “They were happy to be able to learn more about baseball!” and they loved the day because “it was the first time we’d ever seen a baseball game!” Many just don’t realize how much they are blessed, until they see so many others who are less fortunate and may not even know where their next meal is coming from.


Changing lives one wish at a time.................  –  Haley L

On Friday, 7/20/18 we sponsored the Make-A-Wish "Polo At Sunset" event, held at Hickory Hall Polo Club in Whitestown, IN. Make-a-Wish is such a great foundation and helps to bring life changing wishes to children in the community, by giving those with critical illnesses renewed energy and strength. It brings families closer together and unites communities! At 6:00 pm the polo match promptly began!!! Having never attended a polo match before, we were all excited to attend! During half time, at 7:00 pm, they had an airplane candy drop for all of the children! During the event there was a silent auction and face painting to raise money, as well as a Gymboree station to entertain the children! The evening concluded at 8:00 pm with a lantern release to celebrate all of the wish kids! We were proud to sponsor and participate in this event and help to grant more wishes to the children in our great community! You can read more about the Make-A-Wish foundation and donate at: http://wish.org.


Sharing blankets & craft kits with young patients  –  Alison S

Shannon from Tom Wood Subaru is a dynamo. She is passionately committed to the partnerships that Tom Wood Subaru invests in, sharing her enthusiasm with their community outreach efforts with her cheerful attitude. “I am thrilled to be a part of this!” Shannon told me. In June visited Tom Wood Subaru’s showroom, met Shannon and General Manager Scott Reckley and were impressed by their display of blankets, arts & crafts kits, and messages of hope for young cancer patients served by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Shannon was committed to making sure staff and customers completed all messages of hope for their young friends facing cancer, saying that she wanted to make sure every patient receiving a blanket would get a personal message to go with it. She lived up to her word – this week Shannon, Scott, and their colleagues Jerry and Josh came to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital loaded with blankets, tote bags, craft kits, and stacks of messages from Subaru Loves to Care. They handed out several gifts to families on their way out, and then Amy, a child life specialist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, led us through the clinic. Outside each patient room we paused, sanitized our hands, then Scott, Shannon, Jerry, and Josh greeted patients and shared their gifts. One young patient, Ellie, carefully opened up her arts & crafts kit and named each item as she removed it from the kit. “Wow!” she said once she’d emptied the kit, “thank you for this!” Her mom smiled as she told us how much Ellie loved art materials and would be busy with these shortly. Thanks to Tom Wood Subaru for your generosity to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and patients like Ellie at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital!


Share The Love  –  Shannon C

Chaucie’s Place was our chosen charity for our “Share the Love” campaign this year. Chaucie’s Place is a child advocacy organization that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse and youth suicide. They educate both children and adults through prevention and educational programs. On Thursday, May 24th, we proudly presented Olivia Cloer; Director of Development at Chaucie’s Place, with a check for $12,000! We at Tom Wood Subaru are thrilled to be a part of this great community and help out great organizations such as Chaucie’s Place, to help change the lives of others. Thank you Olivia, Chaucie’s Place and all those who participated in our special day!


Miracle Ride For A Cure  –  Shannon C

The Tom Wood Auto Group participated in the Miracle Ride June 2 – 3rd. The Miracle Ride Foundation, Inc. is made up of more than 250 volunteers who are motorcycle enthusiasts from many different backgrounds. They share a great passion for keeping children healthy. They believe that helping to fund Riley Hospital for Children is the best way to demonstrate that shared belief. Riley is the only hospital in Indiana dedicated to providing comprehensive care to seriously ill and critically injured children. Many of the services provided by the hospital are outside the typical revenue stream and must be funded exclusively by donations. By directing the revenues raised by the Miracle Ride to Riley Hospital, participants in the event can be certain that their money is going to a cause with statewide reach that assists all children with a wide range of illnesses and injuries.Thank you to all of the participants in this wonderful event! We here at the Tom Wood Auto Group will work daily to help children and our wonderful community! You can find out more about this great organization and those who sponsored at: https://www.miracleride.net/miracle_ride/


Tom Wood Subaru Loves To Care  –  Shannon C

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance. Together, Subaru, our retailers and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will again spread hope, love and warmth by donating and delivering blankets and messages of hope cards to cancer patients, being treated at hospitals across the country. We will also donate art & crafts kits that hospitals can distribute to children undergoing treatment or to adult patients for art therapy. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. This year we will be working with the fine folks at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. We will be donating all of the blankets, messages of hope and art & craft kits, July 11th to all of these special people. Let’s all help to make a difference in these children’s lives!!!


Biking Can Set You Free!!!!  –  Shannon C

On June 8 – 10 at the Brown County State Park, the Sundance Skills Mountain Bike Clinic was held and Tom Wood Subaru was a proud sponsor of this event! We worked with the wonderful Sally Marchand Collins, who sadly lost her husband to Leukemia in 2001. It was her re-connection with the bicycle that kept her moving forward. Sally started training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team, aiming to conquer the annual 100-mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe. Her father, Normand Marchand, took her husband’s place on the tandem bicycle and they began training together. Participating in that ride made her realize the bike gave her wings to live life minus one. The following year she became a coach for that same TNT team, and she remains committed to raising money until a cure for cancer is finally found!! Tom Wood Subaru was proud to sponsor this event and we look forward to helping with the next 2 clinics this summer! Thank you Sally and the team, for all you do to help find a cure!!!! You can read more about Sally and this great clinic right on their website at: https://sundancemtbskillsclinic.com


Share the Love with Chaucie's Place  –  Shannon C

Chaucie’s Place was our chosen charity for the “Share the Love” campaign this year. Chaucie’s Place is a child advocacy organization that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse and youth suicide. They educate both children and adults through prevention and educational programs. On Thursday, May 24th, we proudly presented Olivia Cloer; Director of Development for Chaucie’s Place, with a check for $12,000! We at Tom Wood Subaru are thrilled to be a part of this great community and donate to great organizations such as Chaucie’s Place, to help change the lives of others. Thank you Olivia, Chaucie’s Place and all those who participated in our special day! Pictured from left to right – Josh Pettee, Jeff Wood, Scott Reckley, Olivia Cloer, Tim Stallings, Andrew Weiss


HOW TOM WOOD SUBARU HELPS SAVE THE EARTH!!  –  Shannon C

Tom Wood Subaru was Indiana’s first LEED-certified dealership driven by SIA’s example. Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) set the bar in eco-friendly car manufacturing, becoming the first zero-waste auto plant in the US. In 2016 a solar powered-EV carport was installed. Over the lifetime of the station, it is estimated it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200 tons and permit more than 500,000 miles of clean driving. Solar panels on top of the carport power the charging station and run fans in the service drive and shop area. Tom Wood Subaru has expanded green efforts by adding three hard-to-recycle items to its recycling program: snack wrappers, disposable coffee cups and lids, and coffee and tea capsules. The retailer is partnering with TerraCycle to make this happen; customers, employees and community members are welcome to participate. In the fall we will receive a catalog, where we can purchase the picnic tables, park benches and many more great items to donate to schools and parks in our great community!! Together, one item at a time, we will help recycle our way to a cleaner planet for our next generation! Sarah Stillfield


HELP US SAVE THE EARTH!!!!!  –  Shannon C

This year’s campaign for Earth Day is to end plastic pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life, to littering our beaches and landscapes, clogging our waste streams and landfills, the growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet! Tom Wood Subaru has made a pledge to help end plastic pollution, by providing insulated water bottles to all of our staff! We asked our employees to take the pledge and not use plastic bottles at work but instead to use the great Subaru bottles we provided. Won’t you join us and take the pledge to help save the earth? Together, we can make a difference!


Celebrating our Eco-Friendly Dealership!  –  Shannon C

In light of Earth Day, or as we like to say "month" (the whole month of April) being right around the corner, we'd like to share some great stories of how we celebrate the earth and being Eco-Friendly here at Subaru. In 2016 we installed a solar powered electric vehicle carport. The innovative solar powered EV charging station will help reduce Indianapolis’ greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200 tons and permit more than 500,000 miles of clean driving over its expected lifetime. The solar panels across the front of our dealership also run the fans in our service drive and throughout our shop. Loving the environment means working to preserve it. Subaru was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill. The ways Subaru has worked with our city to replenish trees, reuse water, recycle items to donate to schools and parks, all makes this such a great company to work for!!!


YMCA Toy Drive/ Santa Breakfast  –  Shannon C

On Sunday December 10th, Shannon from Tom Wood Subaru, as well as many other employees from our local dealerships and members of our management team, attended the Santa breakfast. All proceeds from the breakfast were donated to our local YMCA Toy Drive. During the breakfast, we had a group of our special elves who assembled 150 bikes of all sizes, to be shared with the wonderful children in our community! During the month of December, all of our locations collected toys for the YMCA Toy Drive. Last year Subaru donated 251 toys, so we were on a mission to beat our numbers!! The Tom Wood team as a whole donated over 800 toys and including the bike sales, over $70,000!!!! Wow, how amazing!! There will be many smiling faces in our community this Christmas! This is all part of why I love this company, they do so many amazing things for our community! From all of us here at Tom Wood Subaru, to you and your family,we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sharing the Love of Pets with the Community.......  –  Shannon C

On October 14th, we had our big Pet Adoption event at Tom Wood Subaru. This is the second time Indy Humane has had the opportunity to partner with Tom Wood Subaru in an adoption and micro-chipping event . We love working with Tom Wood, they are very supportive of the work that we do and really want to help their community in any way they can. They provided pet adoption kits for all of our animals that were adopted on the day of the event, filled with toys, treats, and food! We are looking forward to many more events with Tom Wood Subaru! Kristen McGuire Director of Customer Experience Humane Society of Indianapolis


Tom Wood Memorial Golf Outing  –  Shannon C

We had another successful day at the annual Tom Wood Golf Outing this year! Tom Wood Subaru, along with all of our dealerships, the American Cancer Society and numerous area businesses participated in this great event to raise money for cancer!! Yearly, we have a silent auction, where so many businesses donate great items for employees & customers alike to bid on. Money was also collected from the teams for things such as markers, bogeys and eagles, as well as portions of team costs going to fight cancer. Many area restaurants came out and volunteered for the day's event to take care of all the great businesses and employees! Overall, the Tom Wood Auto Group raised over $40,000 for the American Cancer Society in remembrance of our dear owner; Tom Wood, who also lost his life to cancer. We would love to thank the American Cancer Society, the Tom Wood Auto Group, and all of the area businesses, for all you do to fight this horrible disease!


Kick Off To Summer Safety Event  –  Shannon C

Tom Wood Subaru, along with St. Vincent Hospital, held their “Kick off to Summer Safety Event” on June 10th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This was a great event that featured sponsors such as; Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital, YMCA, Chaucie’s Place, the Indiana State Department of Health, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, as well as other participants!!! The main focus of our event was the “Drive now/Text Later” message, hoping to change the attitudes and behaviors of Indiana high school and college students, by showing them driving simulators and how incredibly dangerous and deadly this can be! The Indiana State Department of Health was on hand to show the community how to properly install car seats, as well as other great information. The American Heart Association was available to instruct the public on “hands only CPR”. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. There was also great information given on Safe Sleep, Fall Prevention, Human Trafficking, and so much more, provided by all of our great organizations. Throughout the day, customers were offered free multi-point safety inspections on their vehicles, were offered free refreshments, as well as lunch provided by the Which-Wich food truck. This was a very successful event, and was greatly received by all of the community! Thank you to Tom Wood Subaru and all of the great organizations, who so generously came out and made this such a huge success!!!


Subaru and NWF Love the Earth!  –  Sonya S

Our students love to plant flowers and veggies! We harvest the veggies and eat them for lunch. We also go out and bird watch so we love our bird feeders. We added our toad house to Toad village out near our pond. Thank you so much for helping us become a better wildlife habitat and making learning so much fun!


Subaru Loves to Care w/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  –  Alison S

Delivering beautiful dark blue blankets, cute arts & crafts kits, and touching and personal cards to patients undergoing cancer treatment at IU Simon Cancer Center was a wonderful finale of this year’s Subaru Loves to Care program with Tom Wood Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS donor Megan Schultz Abeln and volunteer Michael Impicciche, both of whom have lost dear family members to blood cancers, helped unload and transport all of the Subaru Loves to Care cargo inside to the Cancer Resource Center. There we met Kerry Winkleman, shift coordinator for hematology/oncology at IU Simon, and Nicole Wasik-Ware, oncology nurse at IU Simon. Nicole is a survivor of childhood leukemia and brings another level of support and compassion to her patients, who know that she has experienced what they are undergoing. Thank you to Tom Wood Subaru for literally bringing warmth to cancer patients at IU Simon with these blankets, and for bringing love and care through cards and craft kits! We are honored to partner with you to bring light to a time that can be full of darkness.


In Her Honor...  –  Tom C

We have another great story for Earth Day 2017! Below is an email we received from our customer; Tom Cooper. Tom attended the Subaru Plant Tour with us on April 21st and received a tree at the end of the tour. I thought this was a great story: Dear Shannon, I have been keeping the tree you gave me in water. I was not sure where I was going to plant it, and then a long time church member passed away suddenly, so I planted the white pine tree in her honor on our church property. Best, Tom


Humane Society - Sharing The Love!  –  Shannon C

Subaru presented a check on Monday, May 1st 2017 for $20,000 to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, through our "Share the Love" campaign. The Humane Society of Indianapolis provides vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals through our behavior programs, and outreach through our community and shelter programs. Tom Wood Subaru believes in making the world a better place. That's why they build fuel-efficient vehicles in eco-friendly plants, and why over the past 20 years, we've donated more than 50 million dollars to causes we care about, including the Humane Society of Indianapolis!!!


Celebrating Earth Day - April 21st & 22nd 2017  –  Shannon C

For Earth Day, 4/22/17 we partnered with the Subaru Loves The Earth initiative by delivering a kit to Brook Park Elementary that included many items; bird feeders, soil, garden tools, trees and many more items to create their garden. As well, we participated in supporting the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® initiative - a hands-on way in which students, teachers, parents and administrators can make a difference in helping to restore native habitats. To learn more about Subaru and their commitment to the environment, you can visit, http://www.subaru.com/csr/environment.html We also partnered with Earth Day.org (http://www.earthday.org) by giving away nice White Pine trees to our group on the plant tour on Friday, April 21st. These trees were also given to our customers in our show room over the weekend. Through the Canopy Project, Earth Day Network works on the ground with organizations worldwide that strengthen communities through tree planting. This project has led to millions of trees being planted on six different continents. We can all help to save our great planet, one tree at a time!


Sharing the love of pets  –  Shannon C

The following story is about the 8-year-old daughter of our Finance Manager: Chad Adams. Samantha Adams was watching TV, when a commercial caught her eye. She watched over and over again the advertisement from the ASPCA asking for donations to help hurt animals. Samantha was so moved by this commercial, she decided she wanted to do something to help Baxter, the featured dog, and other animals like him. Samantha’s eighth birthday was right around the corner in January, so she decided to take advantage of the situation. Instead of asking her friends to bring a birthday gift, she asked for a monetary donation to help support the ASPCA. As her friends arrived at her ice skating birthday party, many expressed their appreciation of her idea. In fact, two friends were so inspired by her generosity; they have decided to replace gifts with monetary donations to their charity of choice for their birthday parties in February. Samantha was so excited about raising money for the ASPCA that she took it one step further. Any money that she received from relatives in birthday cards, she immediately placed in her ASPCA envelope. She also took money from her own piggy bank so that she could donate as well.On February 9, 2017, Samantha was very excited to make a one-time donation of $555 to the ASPCA. She can’t believe how many animals she may have helped and knows that the money went to a great cause.


Subaru Loves Education!!!  –  Shannon C

Through our Subaru Loves Learning initiative, we are working toward making the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible by donating over 300 classroom supply kits and impacting over 8,000 students in our local communities. Since 2015, Subaru and our retailers have donated over $90,000 to AdoptAClassroom.org, which impacts over 200 schools across the country. Shannon Cook – Operations Support Specialist at Tom Wood Subaru is seen here donating supplies to Allisonville Elementary in Indianapolis, pictured with Principal - Mike Pomerenke and Assistant Principal - Kelly Zibton. These supplies will aide in helping to educate over 800 children! At Subaru, we know the deepest learning happens when students have the tools they need to inspire new ways of thinking and seeing the world.


Tom Wood Golf Outing/Relay For Life  –  Shannon C

The Tom Wood Memorial Golf Outing was held on June 23rd to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Many businesses were involved in this great event! The golf scramble included food, beverages, contests and a silent auction. The Relay For Life was held on Saturday, June 25th and included lots of fun for the kids, karaoke, corn hole, a Jell-O eating contest and much more. Between both great events, around $40,000 was raised to help find a cure for this horrible disease! "The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all." - Relay for Life.


Where Love Meets Hope  –  Shannon C

In the month of June we showed our support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by hanging messages of hope in the showroom, as well as awareness bracelets worn to help raise awareness for finding a cure for blood cancers. The messages of hope as well as blankets were taken to those fighting cancer in our community.


ASPCA Check Presentation  –  Humane Society o

Subaru presented the check from "Share the Love" on Tuesday, 4/27/16 to the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Photo (L to R): Nick Radivan, Indy Humane Jeremy Vanandel, Indy Humane Nic Youngman, SOA Josh Pettee, GM Tom Wood Subaru Subaru believes in making the world a better place. That's why they build fuel-efficient vehicles in eco-friendly plants, and why, over the past 20 years, we've donated more than 50 million dollars to causes we all care about, including the Humane Society of Indianapolis


Earth Day - Recycle Your Old Electronics  –  Shannon C

Our "Bring In Your Old Electronics" event for Earth Day was a hit!! We filled all 5 gaylords - overflowing!!! I would estimate that we had over 50 patrons come through with their donations. We partnered with Recycle Force who then takes the electronic waste and other recyclables provided deconstructs these items, recycles the materials and disposes of the waste safely and cleanly. We handed out close to 100 Buttonbush trees, one to each patron that donated, as well as employees, to help with the Earth Day movement of replenishing our lovely planet! Trees play such an important role in our environment. We were extremely happy with how the event turned out!!


Subaru Supports IndyHumane's Mutt Strut  –  Jeremy V

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is delighted to have the support of Subaru and our local Subaru dealers. For the past two years, Subaru has been one of our closest partners for our largest annual fundraising event, Mutt Strut, and has helped us bring together more than 7,000 people and their pets to raise more than $600,000 since joining us as a sponsor. Without partners like Subaru, we wouldn't be able to support the thousands of homeless and unwanted pets that find themselves at IndyHumane each year. We're so grateful for their support, and look forward to many more years of amazing partnerships and lives saved.


Indy Humane  –  Josh P

Tom Wood Subaru is dedicated to serving the local community as a supporter of the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Over the last two years Tom Wood Subaru has selected this great organization as their local partner during the Share the Love Event and provided over $20,000 to help this local Humane Society organization. Last year Tom Wood donated the funds to support a local dog park in the Clay Terrace Mall allowing customers to exercise their dogs in a safe fenced in area. The Subaru Love Promise goes far beyond financial support at Tom Wood, as a number of the employees have donated their time and homes to foster animals in need. The Humane Society of Indianapolis provides much needed care and services to all Dogs and Cats in Indy including, lost and found services, emergency vet care, spay and neuter services, pet behavior programs, dog parks, micro chipping and more.


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