Category: Charity

LAcarGUY Dealerships' Hit Dockweiller Beach With Heal The Bay

October 1, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Green Team, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

On Saturday, September 25th, 50+ LAcarGUY employees, friends and family braved the heat and cleaned Santa Monica’s Dockweiller Beach as part of Heal the Bay’s 21st Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.  We joined a record-breaking number of volunteers that collected more than 50 tons of trash.

Some 14,131 volunteers made their way to the coast’s waterways from 9 a.m. to noon at 65 sites throughout the county, covering 101 miles and removing 103,524 pounds of debris.

Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) began in 1985 and has grown into a huge annual event. Every state with a coastline participates, including the Great Lakes states, and even some inland states clean river and lake shores. The one-day cleanup is international—at last count, over 60 nations participated—and may be the largest volunteer day on the planet.

Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are the Los Angeles County coordinators for the state of California’s Coastal Cleanup Day. We bring out over 10,000 volunteers to cleanup sites each year in L.A. County to over 50 sites along Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways.

LAcarGUY’s commitment to the community and the water around the South Bay is personal. Our president, Mike Sullivan, has been surfing the waves in the area his entire life and many staff join in activities around the beaches and surf regularly.

Most people clean at the beach and on foot, but there are also special cleanups for inland creeks, boaters, kayakers, and divers. By far the most common item picked up are cigarette butts. Some of the more unusual items found in recent years were a chandelier, a briefcase full of graham crackers, and a bridal gown.

City crews, families, local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and youth sports teams worked in tandem to gather and remove 103,524 pounds of debris.

Urban runoff from more than 200 storm drains flowing out to Santa Monica and San Pedro bays causes the vast majority of local ocean pollution. By removing tons of trash from beaches and inland neighborhoods, cleanup participants enhance quality of life, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy.

“Code Red” locations in need of special attention this year included Dominguez Channel, Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, the Los Angeles River and Encino’s Haskell Creek. These urban sites drain runoff from huge swaths of Los Angeles County and are overwhelmed by such litter as plastic bags and fast-food packaging.

Heal the Bay’s CCD campaigns have captured a cumulative 1.57 million pounds of trash since 1990. Cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and Styrofoam fragments are the most frequently found items at cleanups.

Sites covered the entire county this year, from Tujunga to Long Beach, Compton to Malibu. SCUBA dive teams canvassed under the Santa Monica and Redondo Beach piers, while a flotilla of kayakers removed trash from Marina del Rey.

LAcarGUY is proud to be involved with such an important part of the health of our beaches and water. Thank you Heal The Bay!

See the press release from Heal The Bay here

See the LAcarGUY Flickr photos or on our Facebook page

Four Games Into The Season, USC And LAcarGUY Are Helping Touchdown To A Cure!

September 28, 2010 lacarguy Charity, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pipeline To A Cure Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

With four consecutive wins (and 21 touchdowns), LAcarGUY’s commitment to help fight Cystic Fibrosis has a staunch supporter: the USC Trojans. For every touchdown scored this season, $300 will be donated to Pipeline To A Cure’s efforts by our stores. The running total is now $6,300 and at the pace that USC is scoring, the fight against this tough disease will grow rapidly!

We’ll be updating here periodically and every week on our Facebook pages for each store. Want to know how to get involved yourself? Simply to go and click on the “Donate Now” button under the dollar thermometer

LAcarGUY Announces Sponsorship of USC Football's "Touchdown To A Cure"

September 2, 2010 lacarguy Charity, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Pipeline To A Cure Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

For every touchdown USC scores this year, LAcarGUY will donate $300 to Pipeline To A Cure, a charity focused on raising money to cure Cystic Fibrosis.


Hawthorne, CA – September 2, 2010 – LAcarGUY, Los Angeles’ premier family of auto dealerships and number one hybrid dealer in the world, is giving USC another reason to score this season.  For every touchdown USC delivers, LAcarGUY will donate $300 to Pipeline To A Cure – an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF).  CF is an inherited chronic disease that disables the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. (70,000 worldwide).

Based in Southern California, Pipeline To A Cure was created after Australian researchers discovered that children with CF who surfed had significantly healthier lungs. The study found that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs.  This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which CF patients around the world now inhale every day.  In essence, CF patients now mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis.

LAcarGUY hopes to donate up to $15,000 at the end of the 13-game USC season.  ESPN will be promoting the donation on their pre- and post- radio broadcasts on ESPN/710 via the program title “Touchdown to a Cure.”

LAcarGUY founder and avid surfer Mike Sullivan became a supporter of Pipeline To a Cure immediately after meeting ambassador and fellow surfer Emily Haager. Haager spent most of her young life raising awareness about the disease and helping other CF patients endure the grueling daily treatment regimens that keep them alive.  Haager lost her battle with CF in May of 2010 but her spirit continues to inspire everyone to continue fighting the disease.

“We have been involved with Pipeline To A Cure since its inception and have always been a proud supporter of local sports teams,” says Mike Sullivan.  “We hope this fundraiser with USC will help not only raise money but raise awareness on CF and Pipeline To A Cure’s overall mission. ”

About LAcarGUY

The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has been a Los Angeles fixture since “Sully” Sullivan opened its first dealership, Volkswagen Santa Monica in 1964. Today, LAcarGUY includes 10 award-winning dealerships throughout Los Angeles and a state-of-the-art body shop.  As a local family-owned business, LAcarGUY is recognized as a prominent supporter of community events, charitable organizations and environmental causes. As the number one hybrid dealer in the world, LAcarGUY is proud to lead the industry into a greener automotive future. For more information, please visit

About Pipeline To A Cure

Since its creation in 2008, Pipeline To A Cure has raised over 1.3 million dollars to fight Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).  CF is a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

The Pipeline to a Cure Campaign was created to herald the discovery by Australian researchers who found that CF children that surfed had significantly healthier lungs.  Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows CF patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus.  This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which CF patients around the world now inhale every day.  In essence, CF patients now mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis.

The LA surfing community has adopted the Pipeline To a Cure Campaign to help raise money and awareness to find a cure for CF.  Legendary Waterman Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama have stamped their names on Pipeline, and for the last three years have been dedicated to the fight.  Included with Laird and Dave are Rob Machado, Lisa Anderson, Tom Curren and PT Townsend.  They have all lent their time and talents to promote Pipeline to a Cure and help find a cure for CF. For more information, please visit

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Pacific Porsche Brings LAcarGUY Style To Trump National Golf Club Event

July 19, 2010 lacarguy Charity, LAcarGUY News & Events, Pacific Porsche Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This past Sunday, Pacific Porsche participated as a proud sponsor of the Wine & Beer Festival at the Trump National Golf Club above the picturesque cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, just minutes from our Torrance location. Proceeds went to the Providence Little Company of Mary and Rotary Club of Rancho Palos Verdes while the large crowd spent a glorious day enjoying boutique tastes from wineries and breweries both near and far along with fantastic foods.

With a fine display of Porsche vehicles: 911 GT3RS, Panamera Turbo, Cayenne Turbo and Boxster Sport Convertible, guests were able to satisfy their tastes with a range of performance, price and prowess. While many gravitated immediately to the recognizable 911 shape, the Panamera likely garnered top attention and was parked as the centerpiece of the arrangement.

Attendees enjoyed time sitting in and walking around the vehicles with questions ranging from the options for the new Panamera to performance specs of the Boxster, qualifications and comparisons of the 911 variants, with many asking the ultimate question: “Why have I not traded my current car in on one of these?”. Having five models on hand, even with the steady flow of  guests, allowed for many to take their time in the Porsche of their choice.

The day was another culmination of what the LAcarGUY family of dealerships feels so strongly about and is what people are looking for: local community events and involvement, the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for some great organizations, being close to the ocean and nature as well as offering those that want the best, the right automotive experience.

LAcarGUY's Volkswagen Santa Monica Sponsors The 2010 McKinley International Festival

June 10, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Volkswagen Santa Monica is a very proud sponsor of this Friday’s McKinley International Festival, a unique celebration to raise funds for the McKinley Elementary School. There will be International foods, games, music, prizes and a Parade of Nations as well as McKinley’s students, all with free admission!

McKinley Elementary School’s PTA is the driving force behind this special event, along with involvement from Volkswagen Santa Monica, Trader Joe’s, Pod, Motion Theory, Smart & Final, Vons and more that, focusing on supporting the local school. Entertainment on the Volkswagen Santa Monica stage will be provided by Mayaztek with an eclectic reggae/Latin fusion style.

The McKinley PTA, in collaboration with ELAC, organizes family/school events and activities for the benefit of the students. Their goal is to support student leadrning through family engagement. They need every McKinley family to participate!  McKinley PTA raises funds to provide our school with essential services, including music, art, science, field trips and other important educational opportunities.

The Sullivan family continues its strong community forces through donating and volunteering for organizations. Mike was recently honored by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization of Santa Monica as its “Man of the Year.” To learn more about’s commitment to its people and the community, check out In the Community on the website.

LAcarGUY Supports The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race And Heal The Bay

June 10, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Kick off summer with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race, featuring up to 250 paddle contestants, outrigger canoe and dory boat demonstration competitions and a paddle gear exhibition, on Saturday, June 12 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

The event is a benefit for Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including the Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and its public marine education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, will receive a portion of gross proceeds from the event.

The start and finish of the races will take place on the sand immediately adjacent to the pier with the course running north and south in the heart of the Santa Monica Bay. The standup paddle and prone paddleboard races feature 5.5 mile and 1 mile courses, both of which take paddlers around the historic Santa Monica Pier.

For more event details, including course maps and a full list of sponsors, please click here.

LAcarGUY Sponsors the 14th Annual Millennium Awards

June 9, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Global Green USA, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Mike Sullivan’s LAcarGUY is a proud sponsor of this weekend’s Global Green USA 14th Annual Global Green USA Millennium Awards in Santa Monica. Presented annually, the Millennium Awards recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA’s mission of fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.

This year, the Millennium Awards will be held on Saturday June 12th at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Honorees include our own President Matt Petersen, James Cameron & Suzy Amis Cameron, the US EPA, the UC System, and the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences.

LAcarGUY’s Toyota Santa Monica, Lexus Santa Monica and Toyota of Hollywood will provide cars and drivers to transport five celebrities (we’ll reveal them soon) to the event.

Saturday, June 12 • 6:30PM VIP Reception • 7:00PM Cocktail Reception • 7:30PM Dinner

Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

CHAIRS: Bob Bucklin | Leonardo Dicaprio | Jim Gianopulos | Tom Roell | Tom Rothman |
Diane Meyer Simon
CO-CHAIRS: Sebastian Copeland | Salma Hayek | Zem Joaquin | Lyn & Norman Lear |
Pat Mitchell & Scott Seydel | Ann & Jerry Moss | Lynda & Stewart Resnick
VICE-CHAIRS: Melony & Adam Lewis | Pierre-Andre Senizergues | Christiana Wyly

ELECTED OFFICIALS HONORARY COMMITTEE: Lucille Roybal-Allard | Henry Waxman | John Chiang | Fran Pavley | Karen Bass | Julia Brownley | Kevin De Leon | Dave Jones | Antonio Villaraigosa | Gavin Newsom | Wendy Greuel | Eric Garcetti | Jan Perry | Janice Hahn | Terry O’Day

LAcarGUY to sponsor 2010 Richstone Family Center Gala

May 19, 2010 lacarguy Charity, mike sullivan 0 Comments

Mike Sullivan’s Family of Dealers is proud to sponsor Richstone Family Center “Affair of the Heart” Gala Event honoring Roger Van Remmen.

The Richstone Family Center is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening families, and preventing violence in families, schools and communities.

This year’s event, “AN EVENING IN NEW ORLEANS”, takes place this Saturday May 22nd 6:30pm  This is our 4th year in a row to sponsor this event (Mike Sullivan was honored at last year’s event!)
Taste Premier Cal wines, auction, food and drinks and a complete New Orleans style dinner complete with Strawberry Beignets

Cocktail attire

Free parking

RSVP by May 14th Allison Tanaka or register online at

Loyola Marymount University

1 LMU Drive


LAcarGUY Sponsors Heal the Bay's 25th Anniversary: Bring Back the Beach

May 18, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Heal The Bay Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

In order to celebrate Heal the Bay’s 25th Anniversary, there is a gala event dubbed “An Evening Under The Stars” this Thursday, May 20th at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. With a foundation laid by past success, this is the leading networking venue for members of Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment communities, to meet and mix. This is the exclusive event to celebrate and support the mission of Heal the Bay and their honorees.

LAcarGUY’s Advocate Sponsorship is an honor and our multi-year involvement with Heal The Bay and the associates events is a proud reminder of our commitment to our environment and the Los Angeles area. The evening kicks off with a 5:00p reception and silent auction, followed by an amazing dinner, and live auction. Highlighting the night will be the recognition of Jack Baylis, Nicolas Cage, Luann Laval Williams and The Walt Disney Company for their environmental leadership, then pinnacle: Jakob Dylan’s entertaining of the crowd.

More information about the event can be found on the Heal The bay website by clicking here.

Earth Day Green Lounge Event At Lexus Santa Monica a Success!

April 29, 2010 lacarguy Charity, Green Team, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus Santa Monica, mike sullivan Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

With nearly one thousand people celebrating Earth Day at our own Lexus Santa Monica, the Green Lounge event struck a chord in the luxury-green Los Angeles beach-side community. The evening brought together celebrities, thought leaders, top media, entertainers and decor with a hyper-focus on green/sustainability and the environment. Our Lexus showroom was converted into a “Buddha Bar” style lounge with green decor and surrounded by wonderful sights and sounds, not to mention cuisine.

In each of the lounges, guests could sample and buy products, meet with the companies’ brand ambassadors and be a part of the of the unique event in an eco-luxurious setting.”  Part of the evening was set aside to honor leaders and advocates in the environmental, wellness and philanthropic arenas:


Mike Sullivan has been a tireless advocate and leader for green and environmental issues both in the Los Angeles community as well as the automotive industry.  As the worldwide top-selling dealer for both Lexus and Toyota Hybrids and a focus on lowering the carbon footprint that businesses impact the earth with, the family of dealerships is part of a larger movement building today in proactive ways to minimize the impact the earth and this is the one day each year that the focus is magnified.

Award recipients included Josie Maran of Josie Maran Cosmetics (Green Business Wellness Award), Mary Murphy of So You Think You Can Dance (Effecting Change Award), and Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch (Wellness Award).  Global Green, the Southern California-based eco-company received donations at the front door from attendees. Two members of the LAcarGUY team are local board advisers to Global Green, which is part of Green Cross International (GCI), created by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev “to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment.”

Going Green is for big and small!
Not your typical Lexus Santa Monica guests!