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Thank You for Participating in Coastal Cleanup Day!

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Team, Heal The Bay Tags: , , ,

LAcarGUY would like to thank everyone who made it out to the beach cleanup event on September 19th, it was truly an effective event. A total of 10,000 volunteers cam together from all around the Southern California area, and worked to help to clean up creeks, parks, rivers and local beaches.

Removed Massive Amounts of Trash

All the participants that worked with Heal the Bay during Coastal Cleanup Day managed to collect over 21,000 pounds of trash. That’s a massive step in the right direction and one way that the beaches, rivers and costs all over Southern California and the rest of the country are staying clean like they should be.

The In&Out Winners

Subaru Pacific managed to win the In&Out truck by having a total of 59 volunteers at the event all on their own. That’s a massive victory for the dealership and it goes to show what dedication can accomplish.

An Impressive Turnout around the Country

Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day had more than 600,000 participants and each one of you who made it to the event can say that you participated in what went on that day. It’s thought than an even larger number of volunteers joined in with this year’s event to make a stronger impact. It’s good to be part of such a positive movement, and to make a solid impact on cutting down pollution levels and beautifying the bodies of water all around the world.

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Get Ready for the Biggest Volunteer Day Yet

September 16, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Charity, Heal The Bay Tags: , , , , , ,

LAcarGUY is once again having its volunteer day in conjunction with Heal the Bay. Ocean pollution is a serious issue that’s affecting everyone along the Pacific coastline, and it’s something that local residents should be concerned about. As locals it’s up to use to tackle the problem head on, and that’s exactly what this volunteer day is all about!

It’s a day for LAcarGUY dealership employees to come together along with their family members to help make a difference on the nearby beaches. Every employee is encouraged to attend and to try and get together as many volunteers as they can to make the day into something special. September 19th is set to be the biggest volunteer day so far, and should have a major impact on the condition of Toes Beach.

When and Where

The day is set to occur on September 19th, 2015 at Toes Beach at Dockweiler at Playa Del Rey and it begins at 9AM. It makes for a fun outing with family members and friends and should leave everyone feeling good about what they accomplished.

The Perks

One lucky employee will have the chance to receive LA Laker tickets for two, and the only thing you have to do is show up and be prepared to work! The dealership that’s able to amass the most volunteers will also enjoy an In N Out Truck as a reward once they head back to work.

Finding a Parking Spot

Parking spots are available all along Pacific avenue. Both street parking and Del Rey Lagoon parking places are available and participants can feel free to use either one to get close enough for a comfortable walk to the location.

RSVP Today

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Alisha at Alisha@lacarguy.com

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LAcarGUY Now Sponsoring Field Trips to the Heal the Bay Aquarium

February 4, 2015 lacarguy Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY Sustainability, mike sullivan Tags: , , , ,

Heal the Bay is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the coastal areas and watersheds of Southern California. LAcarGUY works closely with the organization in several different capacities and has been a 10-year sponsor. For the past four years they supported the Beach Report Card program, but have since moved on to providing funding for field trips to the Heal the Bay Aquarium

The Beach Report Card

The Beach Report Card program grades all of the waterways around Southern California and lets everyone know how the area is doing. Not only does this effort help bring the beaches in poor shape to the attention to the locals and the supporters, but it also helps all of the volunteers understand how their contributions are making a difference. It gives everyone involved a chance to see how the waterway is improving over time, and gives them a goal to work toward as well.

Field Trip Funding

Heal the Bay runs a major aquarium known as the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium that’s positioned right on the prominent Santa Monica Pier. The aquarium is the main education center for the organization, and it also happens to be home to more than 100 different species of animals and plants that can all be found in the Santa Monica Bay.

The Aquarium serves as an introduction to everything that the Bay is home to and it helps people get attached to their local waterway while also learning a thing or two about the ecosystem. The aquarium provides a great opportunity for locals to learn about all the animals and plants that are affected by their decisions while at the beach, unfortunately not everyone can afford to visit the aquarium or even know about it. Some schools offer field trips to the location, but others can’t afford to. That’s where LAcarGUY comes in. The company is no sponsoring fieldtrips for local schools to the aquarium if they aren’t able to afford it on their own. This gets more children in to see the animals, and provides a good learning experience for students that will hopefully result in improved coastal health over time.

Teaching Children to Care About Waterways

One of the best ways to help improve conditions of beaches around the country is to teach children to love and care about all the animals that live in that ecosystem. By sponsoring the Heal the Bay Aquarium field trips more students will get the chance to go visit the aquarium and learn about the animals that are local to the Southern California area. This is a change that will affect many schools and could be a big help to the Heal the Bay message and goal of taking care of the Santa Monica Bay and the ocean overall.

Subaru Pacific’s Share the Love Generated More than $49,000 in Charity Funding in 2014

January 29, 2015 lacarguy Subaru Pacific Tags: , , , , ,

Each year Subaru Pacific holds their Share the Love Event, where with each new vehicle purchase or lease $250 is donated to a charity of the buyer’s choosing from among the given options. This year the program managed to generate over $49,000 and more than half of that went to Heal the Bay and Grades of Green.

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Grades of Green

Grades of Green is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating school-aged children about the importance of recycling. It empowers students who want to take action to help alleviate waste issues at their schools around the country. Over $15,000 was generated for the program, providing enough funding to educate around 5,000 new students. Each year LAcarGUY sponsors the Trash Free Lunch Challenge to help encourage students to come up with solutions for creating more environmentally friendly lunch setups in their schools, and Grades of Green will use their funding to run other programs as well throughout the year.

Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is an environmental organization that focuses on improving coastal conditions throughout the Southern California area. The Share the Love Event generated more than $12,000 for that organization and the money will go toward more cleanup efforts as well as helping to educate people about the importance of taking care of their beaches. LAcarGUY had the privilege of being a part of the 2014 Coastal Cleanup day that Heal the Bay runs each year, and they helped the organization reach an astonishing 44,880 lbs. of removed debris altogether.

With fundraisers like Share the Love these two worthy organizations have more resources to work without throughout the year and can make a bigger difference in their communities and around the country.

The 2014 Coastal Cleanup Day is a Huge Success for Heal the Bay and LAcarGUY

October 11, 2014 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Team, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Saturday Sept 20th was a big day for Heal the Bay and the team at LAcarGUY. It was the 25th annual Heal the Bay Coastal Clean Up Day spurring countless teams to action around the country picking up their local beaches in one of the largest cleanup events of the year. It was a big day for the LAcarGUY cleanup team as well and they had more than 160 volunteers in all working hard to clean Will Rogers State Beach. That’s the biggest volunteer group of any corporate organization, and that’s the second year that they’ve broken that record, they managed to smash it in 2013 as well.

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Success During the 2014 Coastal Cleanup Day

Each year Heal the Bay puts on a Coastal Clean up Day around the country. Participating groups go out to their local coast and clean the waterway, improving the environment for everyone. During the 2014 single day event more than 44,880 lbs. of debris were cleared away from coasts around the country. A total of 11,275 volunteers came together and worked to not only better the environment and enhance beaches at 50 different locations, but set a great example for other people to follow as well.

Strange Items Found During Cleanup

Each year it’s fun to see what strange items are found during the massive cleanup, and this year’s results don’t disappoint. A handgun was found at Malibu Surfrider Beach, so good thing that was cleaned away. During the cleanup at Tujunga Wash a Beauty Queen DVD was picked up, and at Redonda Beach, 4 octopi and 100 crabs were found living in trash and helped to a better environment.

It’s amazing what things are left around at our beaches, and some of the oddest finds, like the handgun, only reinforces how important it is to take time to pick up once and awhile.

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The Dealership Contest

LAcarGUY put on a friendly dealership contest this year between its several locations to see who could put together the largest group of volunteers. Toyota of Hollywood managed to land first place by a landslide with an impressive 51 volunteers. Lexus of Santa Monica managed to get together a team of 35 volunteers for second place and Toyota of Santa Monica took third with 22 volunteers.

Coastal Cleanup day’s an important event that shows how much can be accomplished through careful organization and hard work. The volunteers who participated in the single day event managed to remove over 22 tons of debris from more than 50 beaches and clean up these natural environments for everyone to enjoy. It was a massive undertaking but most of the volunteers would agree that the results are worth the effort.

Come meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the all-new Highlander Hybrid at the LA Auto Show this weekend

November 28, 2013 lacarguy Charity, Green Auto Technology, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY News & Events, New Cars, Toyota, Toyota of Hollywood, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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Toyota’s Highlander Hybrid has always been a near-perfect combination of size, luxury, fuel efficiency and power, and for 2014 a dose of style can be added to its long list of positive attributes.

With the recent redesign of the gas-powered Highlander, the Highlander Hybrid benefits from fresh new looks. With an increase in length and width over the outgoing model, the new Highlander Hybrid has road presence like no Highlander before it.

Using the same powertrain as it predecessor, the V6-powered 2014 Highlander Hybrid should manage the same combined EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.

The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in two trims: Limited and Limited Platinum. Starting at $47,300, the Highlander Hybrid Limited comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and Toyota’s Entune system, eight airbags, and a backup camera among other things.

Moving up the Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum adds Safety Connect subscription emergency services, a radar-based cruise control with Toyota’s Pre-Collision safety system to help in avoiding accidents, a lane departure warning system, panoramic moonroof, and heated seats in the second row. The Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum will be priced at $49,790.

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Meet SpongeBob Squarepants

If the passengers you’re hauling in your 2014 Toyota Highlander or Highlander Hybrid happen to be children, be sure to stop by the Los Angeles Auto Show this weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) to meet SpongeBob Squarepants and see the SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Highlander.

Teaming up with Nickelodeon, Toyota will offer a build your own SpongeBob booth, airbrush tattoo artists, and a chance to win a surfboard by Santa Cruz Surfboards from the non-profit environmental group Heal the Bay.

On top of this, Toyota and Nickelodeon will work together to donate $5 to Heal the Bay for each individual who Tweets or Instagrams a picture of the SpongeBob Squarepants Highlander with #SpongeBobHighlander up to $10,000.

To learn more about the 2014 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, or the SpongeBob Highlander keep following LAcarGUY News.

LAcarGUY Sponsors and Participates in Coastal Clean Up Day

October 21, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, Green Team, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , 0 Comments

With the help of over 11,000 volunteers, over 24,000 pounds of trash was collected at this year’s annual Clean the Beach Day that was held on September 21st. LAcarGUY is proud to sponsor the event which is put on by our partners at Heal the Bay. The event is the largest volunteer day on the planet and over 200 LAcarGUY team members joined in on the fun.

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Volunteers cleaned over 32 miles of beach, inland waterways, regional parks, and city neighborhoods in 50 L.A. County locations. In total, over 24,000 pounds of trash was removed and that does not include the bulky items that have yet to be weighed and reported by the City of L.A.

LAcarGUY is proud to support this great effort every year to keep out beaches clean.  This year we had the largest corporate group of volunteers on the day, and that speaks volumes to the love and dedication to the environment that everyone here at LAcarGUY has.

We thank everyone who came out to volunteer, and we hope to see you again next year.

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LAcarGUY Supports Heal The Bay's "Bring Back the Beach" Fundraiser

May 15, 2013 lacarguy Charity, FR-S, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events, Scion Santa Monica, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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.

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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.

Schedule

·         5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
·         Cocktail Reception & Auction featuring the 2013 Scion FR-S contributed by LAcarGUY
·         Dinner
·         Live Auction
·         Entertainment and Dancing

Tickets & Sponsorships

·         Tables and Sponsorships: $5,000 – $50,000
·         Individual Tickets: $500

Attire

·         Beach Chic
·         Be prepared to walk in the sand to your table. Choose shoes accordingly!

Audi Celebrates Grand Opening of Audi Pacific First LEED Certified Dealership that Features Largest Audi Showroom in U.S.

November 21, 2012 lacarguy Audi, Audi LEED Certified Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY’s new dealership in Torrance, CA will be among the greenest; features the largest Audi showroom in the U.S. showcasing 17 models

Audi of America, in coordination with LAcarGUY, will celebrate the grand opening of the newly redesigned Audi Pacific dealership on Tuesday, November 27. The new dealership will become the largest Audi showroom in the U.S. showcasing 17 models and is the first to be LEED Gold certified incorporating a state-of-the-art design with environmental technology aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing water usage, as well as promoting the reuse and recycling of materials and waste. The new location marks one of 11 dealerships within the LAcarGUY family, headed by Mike Sullivan.

“Audi remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing green technology and environmentally responsible business practices,” said Mike Cagle, Director, Western Region for Audi of America. “Through the opening of Audi Pacific, we not only celebrate the largest Audi showroom in the United States, but also take great pride in achieving LEED Gold certification.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification process promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council to assess the sustainability of a building’s design, construction and operations. To meet LEED Gold certification, the Audi Pacific dealership features energy efficient water fixtures, low energy use lighting and a 45 kilowatt (kW) DC Solar PV system.

The owner of Audi Pacific and President of LAcarGUY, Mike Sullivan has been in the car business for over 45 years and also serves on the board of Heal The Bay and the Environmental Media Association as well as the Regional Board of Directors for Global Green USA. Having owned this Audi franchise since October of 1999, Sullivan became the first to build an Audi Hangar in California. To continue his encouragment in the adoption of electric vehicles, LAcarGUY recently became the first automotive dealer in the country to offer electric charging stations open to the public at four of its dealerships.

“The LAcarGUY family of dealerships has long been committed to promoting sustainable, greener business operations and supporting environmental initiatives,” said Sullivan. “Our new Audi Pacific dealership facility exemplifies our leadership and focus on ecology, economy and social responsibility across the board.”

General Manager and LAcarGUY business partner Jeff LaPlant will oversee the newly redesigned space which has expanded from 14,000 to 45,000 square feet allowing the dealership to better serve their customers with the expanded capacity and convenience within a compelling environment. The new dealership also follows the new Audi “terminal” design, an ecologically advanced construction method promoted by the Audi’s parent company in Germany. The structure makes an impressive architectural statement on Hawthorne Boulevard, with bold signage and an open two-story showroom, as well as 22 service bays showcasing the brand’s latest collection of luxury vehicles.

“Audi Pacific is very proud to be the first LEED Gold certified dealership for the Audi brand,” said LaPlant. “Environmental stewardship is very much in line with Audi Pacific’s overall business philosophy, commitment to exceptional and award-winning customer service, as well as focus on selling some of the most innovative, quality-engineered luxury products on the market today.”

Audi of America maintains a regional office, two technical facilities and a design center in California to better identify with and service the state’s strategically vital and diverse market. Since 2011, sales in the area have increased by 21.9% and represent 19.2% of total U.S. sales. Other noteworthy accomplishments for Audi in California include an increase in IHG market share from 5.56% in 2006 to 10.1% in 2012, effectively doubling the brand’s presence in the state. The Audi Pacific dealership opening marks the brand’s continued expansion and strong presence in the Southern California market.

We’ve put together a great slide show of pictures of the new store which you can view here

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LAcarGUY and Toyota Santa Monica Auction off Prius c at Heal the Bay Event

June 8, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, Heal The Bay, Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY‘s Toyota Santa Monica and Fisker Santa Monica sponsored Heal the Bay’s the ultimate beach party celebration at their annual Bring Back the Beach gala benefit on May 17, 2012 at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.


This evening recognized the eco-accomplishments of this year’s honorees: past president and chief operating officer of Hilton Hotels Matt Hart, director of photography Danny Moder and actress Julia Roberts, and actress Amy Smart.

We relaxed with our toes in the sand, mingled with leaders from Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment leaders who all share our love for the beach and dedication to the ocean protection. It was a fun-filled evening under the stars to celebrate the honorees and support the mission of Heal the Bay.


Toyota Santa Monica auctioned a 2012 Prius c raising over $25k for Heal the Bay.  LAcarGUY is also a sponsor of Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card.