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Three teachers win yearlong leases from Haasz Automall; runners-up get cash for classrooms

July 3, 2014 - Haasz Automall in Ravenna and Dalton wrapped up its Great Teacher, Great Ride Facebook contest and gave away three 2014 Dodge Dart yearlong car leases to three teachers: Christopher DiBattista, math teacher, Rootstown High School; Karen Van Doren, intervention specialist, Wayne Wooster City Schools; and Randi Nodo, intervention specialist, Stark Louisville Middle School. Second-place winners were awarded $500 for their class-rooms: Lenora Gunnoe, family and consumer science, Portage Ravenna High School; Erin Barnhouse, speech and language pathologist, Wayne County Wooster City Schools; and Matthew Johnsen, English teacher, Johnsen-Stark Hoover High School. Third- place winners received $250: Ben Campbell, agricultural eduction, Portage County Southeast High School; Luann Schlabach, fourth grade, all studies, Wayne Mount Easton Elementary; and Julie Matthews, kindergarten, Stark County Belden Elementary.

"We couldn't be more excited to give back to our local teachers. They play such an important role in our kid's lives and deserve recognition." said Kevin Haasz, company president "We had a great response from our local communities and hope to make this an annual event."

The teachers were nominated by the public, and the teachers with the most votes won.

"I really couldn't believe that I won, said DiBattista. "I couldn't have done this without the support of my lovely students. Thank you, Rovers!"

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Haasz Automall gives scholarships to three design students

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May 15, 2014 - In support of the Relay for Life of Southern Portage County, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, Haasz Automall held a design competition for local students. The challenge: Design the T-shirts that will be worn by Team Haasz Automall at the June 28 event. Hannah Hilty, a junior at Crestwood High School, was the first-place winner. Jacob Miterko, a junior at Field High School, took second place; and Candice Harris, a senior at Ravenna High School, placed third. The students won $500, $250, and $100 respectively.

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Haasz Automalls giving back to teachers in Portage, Stark and Wayne counties

April 14, 2014 - Haasz Automall Ravenna and Haasz Automall of Dalton will be giving away three 2014 Dodge Dart yearlong car leases to three current teachers (K-12) - one each from Portage, Stark and Wayne counties - in the Great Teacher, Great Ride Facebook contest. Students and their families are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher in a photo/story submission contest on Haasz Automall's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HaaszAutomall?bookmark_t=page). Only one nomination per student.

Before nominating a teacher, students and their families should check the Haasz Automall Facebook to see if that person has already been nominated. The contest ends May 31. All interested persons are encouraged to vote daily for their favorite teacher. The teacher from each county with the most votes wins a yearlong car lease. The teacher in second and third place for each county will win $500 and $250, respectively, for school supplies.

"We have a strong commitment to supporting and nourishing the communities that do the same for us. We feel the best way to nourish a community is through its teachers who build the foundations of communities. This is the least we can do to cement our gratitude to the community," said Kevin Haasz, president of Haasz Automalls.

"It would be wonderful to see the stories of many hard-working teachers that inspire students to reach their full potential," said Denise Cleavenger, Haasz Automall's business development manager. "We have all been inspired by teachers in the past and know that there are many teachers who continue to shine."

Haasz Automalls makes it a habit to give back. In addition to the current contest, the dealership also has awarded scholarships to Portage County students, donated a press box to Ravenna High School, organizes a food drive for the Center of Hope in Ravenna each year, participates as a team in Relay for Life and much more.


January 13, 2013

Center of Hope to get $1620 donation from Haasz Automall

Haasz Automall will donate $1,620 to the Center of Hope in Ravenna to help its relocation fundraising campaign.

The city of Ravenna has donated the former Portage County jobs office on West Main Street for a $1 per month rent. The building needs major renovations to add a kitchen, dining area and adequate storage and has started a campaign to raise funds for the project.

In 2011, the center served more than 62,000 hot meals and filled more than 10,000 pantry orders for grocery assistance. The center is already using the new building for food storage as it has completely run out of room in its current location.

Haasz Automall pledged to donate $10 to the center's campaign for each car sold in December. The goal was to sell 150 vehicle. Haasz exceeded the goal and sold 162. A check will be presented to Anne Marie Mann-Noble, the center's director of emergency outreach services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Center of Hope, 1034 West Main Street.

Phones for Soldiers, an organization that collects cell phones to donate to troops stationed overseas. Haasz Automall also will participate in the Southern Portage County Relay for Life for the second year in a row in 2013.

Haasz Automall looks forward to continued fundraising and support for Center of Hope and encourages individuals and fellow community businesses to donate. If you would like to donate, cash or a check made out to "Center of Hope" can be mailed to Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street, Suite 221, Ravenna, OH 44266. To donate time, materials or in-kind services, contact Bonnie Wilson at 330-297-7027, ext. 371.

For further information about Haasz Automall's participation in this program, please contact Helene Miller, marketing and media manager, at 330-296-2866 or marketing@haaszautomall.com.

Source: Record Courier



January 2, 2013

Local News Briefs - Donation made

RAVENNA:Center of Hope, a nonprofit that provides food and other services for the needy in the Ravenna area, will receive a $1,650 donation from Haasz Automall.

The money from the car dealership came from its pledge to donate $10 for each car sold in December. The dealer exceeded its goal of 150 cars to sell 162 cars, a press release stated.

The money will be used to help the center move to a new home at the previous One Stop Workforce Center’s building across from its current address at 1034 W. Main St.

The center is about half way toward its goal of raising $300,000 to prepare its new home and install a kitchen.

Source: Ohio.com




December 13, 2012

Ravenna pantry raising money for larger home

By Paula Schleis

Haasz Automall: Press Room

Volunteer Jean Knapp, of Garrettsville, serves a lunch at the Center of Hope facility at 1034 W. Main Street that will be moving to a new location at 1081 W. Main Street with the help help of the City of Ravenna and Portage County building donatation. Approximately $300,000 will be needed to add a kitchen and walk in cooler along with other improvements to the new building. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)

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RAVENNA: For more than 20 years, Center of Hope has dispensed the virtue it is named for to the elderly and the indigent.

At 1034 W. Main St., the site of a former florist, Center of Hope serves hot meals daily, hands out bags of groceries, offers a gathering place for those in need of companionship and collects holiday gifts for distribution.

But in recent years, the clientele has grown to include people who have not traditionally sought such help.

“There are more working-class folks coming in,” said Anne Marie Noble, director of emergency outreach services for Family & Community Services, the private nonprofit that operates the center. More than 70 new clients are being added every month.

Now the center is in the middle of a campaign to raise $300,000 to prepare a new home.

A recent deal gave Portage County’s old One-Stop building — across the street from the center — to the city of Ravenna, which is leasing it to the Center of Hope for $1 a month.

The building’s current usability is limited, because it has no kitchen. The fundraising effort seeks to rectify that issue.

About $140,000 already has been raised, including a $50,000 gift from the Ametek Foundation and an $80,000 community block grant from Ravenna that must be matched. Another $10,000 has been contributed by members of the fundraising committee.

Other efforts include Haasz Automall’s promise to donate up to $1,500 by dedicating a portion of car sales in December, and a $1,600 check from the local Moose Lodge made from a car show and bake sale.

Currently, the center’s clients do a good job of rotating themselves in the existing building, Noble said. Volunteers serve up to 150 meals a day in a room that only seats 100, so some clients know to show up later.

Volunteers make the best of a cramped kitchen, where they prepare another 60 to 80 meals a day for people who cannot be transported to the center.

Until food services can be moved to the new building, the center is making use of its future home in other ways. This month, it will be the staging area for 1,000 holiday food boxes.

In 2011, the center served 49,000 hot meals and handed out 12,678 bags of groceries.

More frequently, the food is going to parents whose work hours or salaries have been cut, laid-off breadwinners who have gone through their savings and 401(k) funds, and families that have moved in with relatives after losing their homes.

For those falling below the poverty line, food stamps provide $4.62 per person, Noble said. The center figures the cost of three meals a day is $7.11, so many people turn to the center to bridge the gap.

“There are a lot of people finding it hard to make ends meet,” Noble said.

Center of Hope serves hot meals each weekday and gets assistance from Kent State University for some weekend offerings. Because the school began requiring community service of graduates, it transports students to serve three Saturday breakfasts a month.

KSU’s longtime Campus Kitchen Project also provides and serves a hot meal at the center one Sunday each month.

“We are fortunate to benefit from that,” Noble said.

Assisting are about 40 regular community volunteers and 100 or so occasional helpers. They range from husband/wife teams to high school students and scouts.

Some are retirees, like Fred Moorehead, who was dishing out sausage, biscuits, vegetable soup, sundaes and slices of pie for a recent meal.

Moorehead was looking for somewhere to volunteer three months ago when he stopped at the center and asked if they needed help.

“It makes me feel good to give back,” said Moorehead, a ringer for Santa who will put his white beard to use this month at the center’s Breakfast with Santa event.

Center of Hope always needs more volunteers, Noble said.

The center is seeking people available to work four-hour shifts during any of the meals, including folks with cars who can pick up prepared food donations made daily by area restaurants.

While the center purchases most of the groceries passed out to registered clients from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, all of the food used in the hot meals is donated.

“We can’t do what we do without the community,” Noble said.

About 26 percent of the agency’s budget comes from United Way; the rest is made up from private donations.

The center has two paid staff members and shares a $269,000 annual budget with Kent Social Services.

The Kent center, also under the Family & Community Services umbrella, serves the city of Kent, Franklin Township and Western Brady Lake.

Center of Hope serves residents of Ravenna, the townships of Ravenna, Charlestown, Edinburg, Palmyra, Atwater, Deerfield, Rootstown and Paris and a portion of Newton Falls within Portage County’s border.

Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio said she’s glad commissioners worked out a deal for the center to get their old building.

“I think they are great people doing great things,” she said. “And they are very efficient. Nothing goes to waste there.”

To donate or volunteer, call Center of Hope at 330-297-5454.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal


November 28, 2012

Hoover High Cheerleaders Helping Hurricane Victims - '2-Day Raise' designed to collect funds for displaced high schoolers in Lido Beach, NY.

By Kasha Legeza

Hoover High School’s 27 freshmen, junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders are teaming up this week to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims who attend Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, NY.

The cheerleaders will be collecting monetary donations for storm victims during a “2-Day Raise” at school Thursday and Friday and during the Hoover varsity basketball home opener against Lincoln West on Friday night.

Hoover English teacher Tiffany Walker, who also serves as varsity cheerleading adviser, said the fundraiser was proposed as a challenge by her friend Deanna Mazur, cheerleading adviser at Jackson High School.

“They’re our rival school, so we're hoping to raise more money than Jackson. But, in reality, it’s a friendly rivalry and we’re all trying to raise as much for (Long Beach High students) as we can,” Walker said.

Long Beach Public Schools resumed classes Nov. 13, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the barrier island, according to Long Beach Patch. However, many district families were displaced by the storm, meaning students are temporarily living in nearby communities

Hoover cheerleaders will be collecting donations in their third-period classes Thursday during the eight minutes that school-wide announcements are being made.

On Friday they’ll be collecting during lunch periods, when there be an added incentive. Those who donate $10 or more will receive a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Do Work,” which is the student-decided theme for this Friday’s boys’ basketball game.

“The idea behind ‘Do Work’ is to show that we’re doing work to help Hurricane Sandy victims and that our basketball team is also going to do work to win throughout the season,” Walker explained. “Since that’s the theme of Friday’s game, we’re encouraging students to wear construction hats, vests and similar items.”

The cheerleaders hope to raise $1,000 by “selling” 100 T-shirts, which were donated to them by Haasz Automall in Ravenna. (Twin sisters Karissa and Kendall Haasz, juniors at Hoover, are both cheerleaders.)

Any T-shirts not distributed during lunch Friday will be available during the basketball game when the cheerleaders are collecting donations.

Interested in making a donation to the cheerleaders’ fundraiser? Contact Walker via email at tnw1nc@northcantonschools.org

Source: North Canton Patch




Release Date: November 19, 2012

Haasz Automall donates to the Center of Hope - Ravenna citizens can help the Center’s relocation project

The Center of Hope is not a place. It’s the people inside it that make it so special. Volunteers prepare hot meals and groceries. Veterans chat while drinking some coffee. Children sit with their families, enjoying their dinner. While the Center is much more than a location, they have outgrown the building they’re currently using.

Located at 1034 West Main Street, the building busts at the seams. The small gravel parking lot is insufficient. The kitchen probably isn’t much bigger than a typical house’s. The dining area is a fourth of the size of Haasz Automall’s showroom. Storage has already overflowed beyond the building.

While the city of Ravenna has already “sold” a new building to the Center, the old One-Stop building, the renovations to make it functional are astronomical. Grants are available, but there is still a remaining $100,000 to raise for the Center to relocate.

Haasz Automall takes pride in being a part of the Ravenna community and the owners and staff recognize the needs of the people who are a part of it.  In an effort to help the Center of Hope relocate and renovate its new building, Haasz Automall will be donating $10 for every vehicle sold in the month of December. This includes new, used, cars, Jeeps, trucks, everything.

The goal is to raise $1500, which means 150 cars need to be sold in the month of December. Haasz Automall will need the help of the community to reach this goal.

For further information about this program, please contact Helene Miller, Marketing and Media Manager, at 330-296-2866 or marketing@haaszautomall.com

Release Date: November 19, 2012

Haasz Automall Collects Canned Goods & Toys for the Center of Hope - Customers can earn up to $1000 off a Vehicle by Donating Canned Items

Haasz Automall is a proud member of the Ravenna community. As part of that, we are always looking for ways to help the community and the people who are a part of it. The holidays can be a tough time for those who are less fortunate. The Center of Hope tries to off-set these difficulties by providing hot meals, groceries and toys to families in need.

As I’m sure could be expected, the need for these items increases during the holiday season. Haasz Automall wants to help by collecting canned goods and toys at the dealership.  While employees bring in some items, there is no such thing as too many donations.

Any customer who brings in a canned item in the month of November will receive up to $1000 off a new or used vehicle.

Even if community members are not in need of a vehicle at this time, they are still encouraged to drop off any items they would like donate.

For further information about this program, please contact Helene Miller, Marketing and Media Manager, at 330-296-2866 or marketing@haaszautomall.com




Release Date: November 19, 2012

Haasz Automall is a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Drop-Off Point - Bring Your Unused Cell Phones to Haasz Automall

During the holidays, family time is very important. We are all so lucky to have the opportunity to spend this time with those closest to us. Some don't have that opportunity. There are many U.S. soldiers stationed overseas that won't get a chance to spend this time with their family and friends.

You can help them stay connected by donating your old cell phones. Haasz Automall proudly participates in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. If you would like to donate your gently-used cell phone, you can drop it off right at the dealership. The box can be found in the waiting area.

Getting a new phone for Christmas or Hanukah? Bring your old cell phone to Haasz Automall after you get the new one activated to donate it to this respectable cause.

For more information about the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, visit the website.

For further information or questions, please contact Helene Miller, Marketing and Media Manager, at 330-296-2866 or marketing@haaszautomall.com

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