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We are pleased announce that Earnhardt Auto Centers has joined together with the Valley Area Boy Scout Troops, The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, the Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com and KPNX for the 3rd Annual “Recycle your Bicycle” Bike Drive for Kids in Foster Care.
On October 6th and 7th, the Earnhardt dealerships will be drop-off locations for gently used and new bikes. The donated bikes will be picked up and delivered to a bike warehouse in the Scottsdale Airpark, where they will be cleaned and refurbished by the Boy Scouts and other volunteers. The restoration effort will take place every Saturday morning from October 27 to December 8.
The goal this year is to deliver 500 new or “like new” bicycles to kids in foster care as holiday gifts on December 15th.
If you would like to donate a bike to this very worthwhile program, please bring it in to your dealership on October 6th or 7th. If you are interested in volunteering in restoring the bicycles, we encourage you to register at:
We are very proud to be a member of this group that is working towards the goal of giving great holiday gifts to deserving kids in the Arizona Foster Care Program. Thank you in advance for your participation!
In the world of sports, there are certain accomplishments most of us will never achieve in our lifetime, such as pitching a perfect game, knocking down a game-winning buzzer-beater, or scoring a hole-in-one. For 60-year-old Bill Mould of Ahwatukee, however, his shining moment came on May 26th, on the par three 15th, at the Club West Golf Club.
The hole at the 15th sits several feet below tee and is not visible from the box, so after taking his swing, Mould told the rest of his foursome that he thought he hit it well and that it would be close. It wasn’t until his group started walking toward the green, that they saw the official giving the signal that the ball had gone in the hole.
“I was stunned!” said Mr. Mould, who, though an avid golfer, had never before hit a hole-in-one. He was even more stunned to find out that sinking his shot came with a pretty hefty prize: a brand new 2012 Ford Focus from Earnhardt Ford in Chandler.
Bill stopped into the dealership the past Friday with Marsha Porter, one of the members of his foursome, to claim his prize.
“I was just there to support the troops,” said Mould, who had been participating in the U.S. War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation Golf Tournament. “I had no idea I would hit a hole-in-one or win a car.” The only down side to winning, he added, was the huge bar tab he incurred that day while celebrating his spectacular shot.
The votes are in and the people have spoken. Earnhardt Auto Centers has been selected as the “Best Auto Dealership” in this year’s edition of the East Valley Tribune’s “Best of East Valley 2012“.
The annual “Best of” winners are chosen by the readers of the East Valley Tribune in categories ranging from the best pizza (Urban Legends Pizza Works) to the best place to tire out your kids (Superstition Farm).
Earnhardt Auto Centers would like to thank the readers of the East Valley Tribune for choosing us as your favorite place to buy a car. It has truly been an honor to serve the East Valley and to be part of the community for over 60 years, and we hope to continue to do so for many years to come. And that ain’t no bull!
To view Earnhardt’s “Best of” award and to see who else made the list, visit bestof.eastvalleytribune.com
Are you looking for an entertaining event for the whole family? Then join the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix for a patriotic, musical commemoration and celebration of independence and freedom. The Chorus’ presentation of “Freedom’s Home” features the works of great American composers like Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson, as well as the writings of American poets Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. Music will range from soothing hymns to foot-stomping fun.
Check out their Spring Concert schedule below for concert dates and times.
“The mission of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix is to present choral music that entertains and adds cultural value to Arizona communities by delivering quality performances and engaging in outreach activities while providing a rewarding experience for members.”
If you can’t make it to a concert, help support the group by donating to their fundraiser at http://www.orpheus100.org/
My Sister’s Place is the Earnhardt H.E.A.R.T. recipient for March and will receive a check for $2,286 from Earnhardt Auto Centers. My Sister’s Place provides safe & confidential shelters for victims of domestic violence.
February’s recipient was Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which has been proving hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and families since 1983. They received a donation of $2,245.50 from Earnhardt Auto Centers.
The Earnhardt Employee H.E.A.R.T. program is a voluntary charity fund in which participating employees elect to donate a portion their paycheck to different organizations each month. Earnhardt employees contribute approximately $25,000 each year through the H.E.A.R.T program.
It is important to give to those in need; and in tougher economic times, it’s even more so. Through the Earnhardt H.E.A.R.T. program, participating employees elect to have a certain dollar amount deducted from their paychecks which then gets donated to a different organization each month.
Childhelp is our October H.E.A.R.T. recipient and will receive a check for $2,259 from Earnhardt Auto Centers. Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
September’s recipient was Let There Be Sight, in conjunction with Donor Network of Arizona, provides corneal transplants to the underprivileged, worldwide, in order to cure blindness and a myriad of other eye diseases. They received a gift of $2,245.50 from Earnhardt Auto Centers.
$1,949 was given to the Arizona Animal Welfare League for the month of August. The Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. AAWL provides a temporary home for nearly 3000 dogs and cats every year.
In 1952, at 21 years old, Tex Earnhardt was the youngest person ever to be awarded a Ford franchise. “They said they were going to give me a truck to drive, and I said I’ll take it! I didn’t even ask what kind it was.” Tex recalls.
With an emphasis on family values and integrity, using his friendly cowboy persona, and with the help of his famous catch phrase “That ain’t no bull!”, Tex turned a one car gas station into one of the largest family-owned dealer groups in the nation.
To celebrate 60 years of business in Arizona, Earnhardt Auto Centers staged one of the biggest prize giveaways in their history. The contest, which was conducted mostly online, was a scavenger hunt to “find Tex”.
Of the 5000+ contestants, 60 finalists were randomly chosen to participate in the prize drawing event this past Saturday at Earnhardt Ford in Chandler.
The finalists were treated to a delicious catered lunch as well as entertainment provided by DJ Steve, the multi-talented Zachary the Magician, and Nancy the Face Painter. Even the mascot, Rex “The Bull” was on hand to join in the festivities.
The main event, of course, was the prize drawing. The 60 finalists and their families gathered under the main tent as Tex Earnhardt said a few appreciative words and thanked everyone for their business over the years. “It started 60 years ago with ‘no bull’, ” Tex said. “And that’s what we’re all about: no bull… honesty and giving you a fair deal. And today, someone is going to win a new car. And that ain’t no bull!”
With the help of Tex’s great granddaughter and DJ Steve, the prize winners were chosen.
Three people won tickets to the Cardinals / Steelers game, six people won $600 gift certificates to Earnhardt Auto Centers, two people won an Apple iPad 2, one person won $6,000 cash, and one person won a brand new car.
Former 9/11 NYC Firefighter, Michael Virgadamo, who entered the contest hoping to win an iPad for his wife, was stunned when Tex Earnhardt announced, “The winner’s initials are M.V.”
From the crowd, Michael called out, “Is it Michael Virgadamo?” saving Tex from having to pronounce his last name.
After taking a few moments to accept congratulations from the Earnhardt Family, Michael made two phone calls: the first to the Scottsdale Fire Department, where he now works, letting them know he was going to be a little late to work, and the second call to his wife, Lisa. “I need you to get down here right away to help me pick. I won the car.” He said calmly.
Lisa, who was in the middle of a community clean-up event for their daughter’s school, dropped everything and safely raced down to Earnhardt Ford in their new Dodge Journey (which ironically was purchased just a few weeks earlier from Earnhardt Dodge in Gilbert).
Of the five new vehicles they had to choose from, Michael and Lisa decided on the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.
“When I found out I didn’t win the iPad I was going to leave.” Michel shared. “I’m glad I stuck around.”
To see photos of the event, visit http://facebook.com/EarnhardtAutoCenters
August was a big month for Earnhardt Auto Centers as we welcomed two new dealerships into the fold. Big Bell Road Kia, located at 2121 East Bell Road in Phoenix is now the new Earnhardt Kia, and Discover Hyundai at 5350 N Hayden Road in North Scottsdale is now the new Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale.
Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale
Hyundai is one of the fastest growing auto manufactures in the United States today. The Hyundai line-up of vehicles satisfies the most budget conscious to those looking for unmatched luxury and quality. With “America’s Best Warranty,” innovative design, and high safety ratings, it’s easy to see why more people are choosing Hyundai for their next vehicle. Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale, our third Hyundai dealership, combines the upscale atmosphere of North Scottsdale with Earnhardt’s famous low prices and friendly service. It’s a perfect match! We invite you all to stop in to test drive a new Hyundai today, and see what all the buzz is about.
Earnhardt Kia – Phoenix
Bold design, comfort, quality, and value are what set Kia apart from the competition. With a whole new line-up of fuel efficient cars, SUV’s, and crossovers, Kia is making big strides in the marketplace. Earnhardt Auto Centers brings 60 years of automotive experience and outstanding customer service to the Kia franchise, and we look forward to being the leading Kia dealership for both sales and service here in the Valley.
8/22/2011 PAYSON – Hal Earnhardt and Victor Aros won the Pro Rodeo Team Roping competition, taking home prize money as well as pair of commemorative spurs at the Payson Rodeo this weekend. The Payson Rodeo, held this year at the Payson Multi Event Center is the world’s oldest continuous rodeo and has been celebrating the tradition of Pro Rodeo for the past 127 years.
Hal, the team’s header, was a competitive team roper earlier in his career, and recently re-entered the sport after a long hiatus. At 55 years old, Hal Earnhardt, is one of the oldest competitors on the Pro Rodeo circuit. The Earnhardt/Aros win this past weekend qualifies the team to participate in the Turquoise Circuit Finals to be held in Las Cruces, NM in October.
Hal Earnhardt is a well-known Arizona mega auto dealer and thoroughbred horse breeder. His company, Earnhardt Auto Centers, is the oldest family-owned and operated automobile businesses in the Southwest; celebrating 60 years in business this year.