LAcarGUY is a longtime supporter of Heal The Bay, participation in beach cleanups, and most recently, LAcarGUY owner Mike Sullivan joined their Board of Directors. To celebrate our partnership, LAcarGUY’s Toyota/Scion Santa Monica will be donating a 2013 Scion FR-S for this year’s Bring Back The Beach live auction, with all proceeds going to Heal The Bay.
We urge you to support this great cause and join us for an amazing night on the Beach with Heal The Bay supporters
Heal the Bay invites you to celebrate the ultimate beach party at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala benefit on May 16, 2013, at Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.
Relax with your toes in the sand while you meet and mix with leaders from Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment communities. Join us for a fun-filled evening under the stars to celebrate our honorees and support the mission of Heal the Bay.
The night will honor the environmental dedication and leadership of Heal the Bay’s former president Mark Gold, D. Env., Oscar-winning actor and environmental champion Jeremy Irons, and founder of the Inclusive Health movement and philanthropist Dr. Howard Murad. Plus enjoy a special acoustic performance by five-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley.
Tickets & Sponsorships
· Tables and Sponsorships: $5,000 – $50,000
· Individual Tickets: $500
· Beach Chic
· Be prepared to walk in the sand to your table. Choose shoes accordingly!
On May 2nd Audi Pacific hosted the private preview for Iron Man 3 in Torrance. A BIG thank you to the over 160 customers that came out to experience the fun and see the Audi R8 and Tony Stark in action.
This special preview was before the Midnight first showing for the general public, in fact as the Audi Pacific showing was being ushered into the theatre, there were 10 lines of people waiting for the midnight showing.
This was the second time that Audi Pacific has hosted an Iron Man movie night at the AMC Del Amo in Torrance and it was great to see so many friends out to see it.
There were a number of people from the Audi Pacific and LAcarGUY team at the event including Mike and Sean Sullivan, Jeff LaPlant, Chris Prodromides and his wife Stephany, and many more.
The Audi R8 e-tron® was front and center in the latest Iron Man movie, it was the perfect choice for Tony Stark, power, technology, style, and all done in a way that defies convention!
This past weekend, LAcarGUY‘s team were on-hand at the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day. LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.
LAcarGUY‘s Manager of the Environment, Alisha Auringer, and CIO, Tim James, had the opportunity to fill up their water bottles using the bottle-refilling dispensers! LAcarGUY was also presented with a sponsorship plaque from the wonderful team at Leadership Manhattan Beach.
Check out a few pics from the day! If you attended the event, tell us what you think of the new drinking fountains!
LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.
The locations of the new water stations are determined by the city’s Public Works Department for high use and visibility and can be found at the following locations: the Strand by the Pier, Polliwog Park, The Greenbelt, Marine Avenue basketball courts, and Manhattan Village soccer field. Future stations include the Strand by El Porto and Metlox Plaza. Manufactured by Most Dependable Fountains, Inc., the “H2.0 Station” is nearly 4-feet-8-inches tall and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Leadership Manhattan Beach has a mission to develop and unite community leaders by providing a flagship nine-month leadership training program that is held annually. 25 to 30 Manhattan Beach community members (adults and high school students) are selected to be part of the program to learn about various community services and programs. Individuals work collaboratively on a class project that brings immediate benefit to the City.
Join us for the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day, April 27th between 11 am and 4 pm. Mayor David Lesser will be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony. There will be a number of activities including eco-games and art activities for kids between 1-4 pm. Hope you’ll join us!
LAcarGUY, the leading hybrid dealer group in the world, was a proud sponsor for the second annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge at local schools.
There were 17 local schools that participated in the challenge and the top three were all sponsored by LAcarGUY stores! First Place went to Lunada Bay Elementary School, sponsored by Pacific Porsche. They won by reducing trash going to landfills by 87.5%. The school was honored with a celebration on Earth Day, on April 22, and will received a $1,000 education grant.
Before the Trash Free Lunch Challenge the Lunada Bay School were producing 13 bags of trash and 0 bins for recycling. After the Challenge they reduced this to 5 bags of trash and increased their recycling to 2 full bins per day.
The students at Lunada Bay also designed a water drip irrigation system consisting of plastic water and juice containers as an irrigation system for the schools fruit and vegetable garden where they are growing kale, lettuce and strawberries.
President/Owner of LAcarGUY Mike Sullivan responds to the great news, “This is one of my favorite projects of the year to be a part of. We are so proud of these kids for taking complete control of their environment and then going home and teaching their parents….what a great cycle. I’m really happy that Alisha could be a part of the judging panel and take those learnings back to LAcarGUY; really teaches our employees the benefits of sustainability in our everyday lives. Couldn’t be more proud.”
A judging panel of five environmental experts visited Lunada Bay and two other finalists in the competition—Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and Washington Elementary in Redondo Beach—earlier today to determine the Grand Prize winner. The panel included Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment, LAcarGUY; Marieta Francis, Executive Director, Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Abby Landers, El Segundo High School Grades of Green club president and Youth Board Advisor for Grades of Green; Michelle Nakamura, Operations Manager, 5 Gyres Institute; and RupamSoni, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of L.A. County.
Even though this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge is nearly complete, any school may initiate Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch program, as well as more than 40 other environmental activities. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org.
LAcarGUY is a proud sponsor of the Grades of Green Trash-Free Lunch Challenge and last week, three South Bay elementary schools were named finalists: Lunada Bay Elementary, Riviera Elementary and Washington Elementary. The contest, which is also sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of L.A. County and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, teaches kids to reduce trash by using reusable lunch containers and by sorting compostable and recyclable materials.
Lunada Bay Elementary in Palos Verdes, Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and Washington Elementary in Redondo Beach were selected from a group of 17 entrants countywide.
A judging panel of five environmental experts will visit the three schools to select the winner on Tuesday, April 16, and the winning school will be honored with a celebration on Earth Day, Monday, April 22. All schools will receive education grants from Chevron. The winning school will receive a $1,000 grant. The second and third runners-up will receive a $750 grant and a $500 grant, respectively.
“All three finalists have achieved amazing results, so this is going to be one tough competition,” said Grace Robinson Chan, Sanitation Districts’ Chief Engineer and General Manager. “The three finalists in this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge cut their trash destined for landfills by nearly 90% on average, which shows the astonishing potential for this program. It’s teaching kids how to protect the environment now and in the years to come.”
“Once we show kids how simple and how important it is to reduce waste, they get excited about the difference they can make, and start new habits that will carry with them for life,” said Lisa Coppedge, Grades of Green Co-Founder and Director of Programs. “Not only are they protecting the environment, they’re saving money for both their parents and their schools.” Coppedge noted that reduced trash pick-up fees saves thousands of dollars for each school that implements the Trash Free Lunch program.
The Trash-Free Lunch Challenge judging panel includes Alisha Auringer, Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator, LAcarGUY; Marieta Francis, Executive Director, Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Abby Landers, El Segundo High School Grades of Green club president and Youth Board Advisor for Grades of Green; Michelle Nakamura, Operations Manager, 5 Gyres Institute; and Rupam Soni, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of L.A. County.
Schools are encouraged to implement Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch program at any time. There are also 40 other environmental activities with complete instructions available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org.
The results are in and they are impressive. With eight parties in total that hosted 700+ employees, the total amount of trash produced at all 2012 LAcarGUY holiday parties was merely 21.5 lbs! 97.7 lbs was recycled and 217.1 lbs was composted. As a result, total landfill diversion was a total of 296.8 lbs which is 93%!
Results improved from last year with simple changes such as the use of real flatware as well as cloth napkins and tablecloths rather than paper and plastic products. Staff went home with gifts that echoed the theme of zero waste and also reflected the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. The LAcarGUY team believes in the promotion of a healthier lifestyle through being green. Check out the slideshow below for pictures from the Lexus Santa Monica Holiday BBQ.
LAcarGUY’s group of South Bay dealerships have partnered with Grades of Green to kick off the 2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Grades of Green is challenging schools to reduced lunchtime waste by encouraging students to pack trash-free lunches and to sort waste into recycle, compost and landfill bins. The 4R System that Grades of Green introduced helped divert over 10,000 bags of trash and saved participating schools thousands of dollars in 2011-2012.
The project teaches students the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost)
- By bringing TRASH FREE each day, the students will make a difference at school by REDUCING lunch time landfill waste. They will know the number of landfill bags produced at lunch before the Challenge and by being TRASH FREE during the Challenge, they will see that number decrease.
- By bringing REUSABLE lunch boxes, water bottles, sandwich and snack containers each day they will reduce lunch time waste.
- The school will implement a sorting system during lunch which will include bins for: RECYCLING, ROT (compost), liquids and stacked trays. Educational games will teach students about WHAT items go into each bin and WHY.
- Each bin in the sorting system will be clearly labeled to support students in the proper sorting process. These signs will educate and reinforce the concepts of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and ROT.
The Grades of Green team has been visiting participating schools and holding assemblies to educate students and get them excited about the project. Applications to participate in the project are due March 15th and finalist chosen among those schools with the least amount of trash will be announced March 22nd. Judges will visit the finalists on April 16th and the winning school will be announced on April 22nd at the awards ceremony.
Participating schools include:
- Vista Mar High School
- Washington Elementary
- Riviera Elementary
- Lunada Bay Elementary
And supporting LAcarGUY dealerships are Pacific VW, Audi Pacific, Subaru Pacific and Pacific Porsche.
At the 22nd Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race festival, Manhattan Beach was transformed into Pumpkinrace Land. LAcarGUY was the presenting sponsor where Mike Sullivan MC’d part of the competition. Handcrafted pumpkins racecars raced side-by-side in unpredictable and dramatic style where they competed for the coveted Championship Trophy. Prizes were also awarded for Best of Show, Best Team Spirit, and Best Crash. Check out the following video for a few highlights of the day!
This Saturday and Sunday is The West Hollywood Auto Show on the World Famous Sunset Strip across from The Roxy. In addition to all the coolest new cars, come for the live entertainment, food, fun, photo booth and more surprises, and LAcarGUY is the presenting sponsor.
We will have nine vehicles and a salesman at this even both Saturday and Sunday from each of our stores involved, Fisker Santa Monica, Toyota Hollywood, Subaru Pacific, Lexus Santa Monica and Volkswagen Santa Monica. We will have our tent set up and small give aways available. The cars we will have on display will include:Toyota Rav 4
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Prius C
- Subaru XV Crosstrek
- Subaru Outback
- Lexus ES
- Lexus CT
- Volkswagen Jetta
- VW – Beetle
- Fisker Karma
The event is free to the public and starts at 11am each day and runs until 5pm, and we expect huge crowds!
The location is on Sunset Blvd, Across the street from the ROXY Theatre. 8950 West Sunset Blvd.
Hope to see you out there!