GLVADA continues tradition of charitable giving with year-long plan to support local non-profits

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) is gearing up for another year of charitable giving to support local non-profit organizations.

At a recent meeting, the GLVADA Board of Directors approved the recommendation of its donation committee and awarded 13 charitable gifts for the upcoming year. One of these organizations includes Easter Seals Eastern PA, which recently received a grant of $5,000.

“We are thrilled to be named a recipient of one of these grants,” said Nancy Knoebel, President and CEO of Easter Seals Eastern PA. “As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity and support of our neighbors and we are deeply grateful for GLVADA’s contribution to our efforts.”

Easter Seals Eastern PA provides services to almost 3,000 children and young adults living with autism, physical disabilities and other special needs. Additional organizations to receive funding through GLVADA’s grant program include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley; Burn Prevention Network; Valley Youth House; Family Answers; Miller Keystone Blood Center; and Via of the Lehigh Valley, among others.

In addition to awarding grants on an annual basis, GLVADA holds a preview gala the evening before the Lehigh Valley Auto Show, which raises funds for a local non-profit. This year’s gala beneficiary has not yet been announced.

Last year, GLVADA’s charitable efforts were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, which honored GLVADA as the Outstanding Fundraising Group Award for 2012. In its 2011/2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012), GLVADA contributed more than $150,000 to local non-profits.

“One of the basic tenets of GLVADA is giving back,” said Tom Kwiatek, executive director, GLVADA. “The success of our annual Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show has an impact on how much financial support we can provide to organizations within our community, but our members’ efforts don’t end there. Our members take pride in being active in their community on a year-round basis and in supporting these important causes, which have a positive impact on all of us. This year will be no different as GLVADA gears up for another year of service, support and dedication to our neighbors.”

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association was formed to invest in the great place where we live and work by stimulating regional auto sales and supporting selected nonprofit organizations. GLVADA, a nonprofit association of more than 40 local dealerships, benefits the local economy by encouraging car buyers to shop in the greater Lehigh Valley. This, in turn, spurs job creation, business growth and increased municipal revenue. GLVADA contributes 50 percent of its annual proceeds to nonprofit organizations and funds auto tech scholarships for area students. To learn more about GLVADA and support its efforts to help our unique region, visit