Balise Community Action

JA Stock Market Challenge Put Students on Simulated Trade Floor

November 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The 12th annual Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge was held on November 9th at MassMutual Center and Balise was a major sponsor. The event gives students 60 minutes (simulated 60 days) to make as many trades and as much money as possible. The Balise-sponsored teams each raised their portfolios by 50%! 

Balise Associates Come Together to Raise Funds for Disaster Relief
November 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - Throughout the month of October, the Balise company came together to raise money for those effected by the three major hurricanes that hit the US. Notably, many associates in the group have ties to Puerto Rico so the fundraising effort showed support for the loved ones of those associates. In total, including a Balise match, $14,000 was donated from Balise to the American Red Cross.

Balise Supports 1st Annual Western MA Women's Expo
November 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - As a major sponsor of the Western MA Women's Expo held at the Eastern State Exposition, Balise associates from departments across the company including sales, service, human resources, marketing and more were on site to answer any and all automotive-related questions. One lucky attendee even went home with a year of free unlimited car washes at our Balise Car Wash locations.

Balise Subaru Hosts Dog-Washing Event to Support Local Shelter
October 2017

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - On October 1st, Balise Subaru in Rhode Island kicked off their annual Subaru Loves Pets campaign by hosting the Bathe to Save national dog-washing tour! Bathe to Save was founded by Australian duo, Anthony and Rachel Amos, and their three children to help rescue shelter's in the United States. All proceeds from dog washes at the Balise event went to support West Warwick Animal Shelter. 

Convoy of Hope & Balise Support Community in Springfield
August 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - As a major sponsor of Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community and feeding  the world through community outreach, Balise was able to provide services to a multitude of community members from the Springfield area. This year's event provided free groceries, hair cuts, sneakers, and a variety of other goods to those living in poverty throughout the city. 

Balise Hyundai Presents Hyundai Impact Award to Baystate
June 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Balise Hyundai joined area Hyundai dealers to present the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Grant to Baystate Health and Baystate Children's Hospital this month. The grant will support the expansion of the Sadowsky Center for Children which provides pediatric treatment and services to patients and their families. 

412 Dogs Adopted at Annual Always Adopt Event in Warwick
June 2017

WARWICK, R.I. - This June, another incredible Always Adopt Super Dog Adoption Day at Balise Toyota of Warwick found 412 dogs their forever homes. This unique-style adoption day is the largest in Rhode Island and saves the lives of hundreds of puppies and dogs who would otherwise be euthanized in shelters. Balise is humbled to support this growing event and thrilled to have been a part of it since inception. 

Balise Helps Raise $1.1 Million at Valley Gives 2017
May 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Balise supported the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in their annual Valley Gives "Day of Caring" event in May 2017 as a premier sponsor. The total raised for non-profit organizations throughout the Valley was $1.1 Million. 

Balise Named Community Hero at Boys&Girls Club of Warwick Gala

April 2017

WARWICK, R.I. - On April 1, Balise was named a "2016 Community Hero" at the Boys & Girls Club of Warwick annual gala. Earlier in the year, Balise announced a donation to support the organization's current project, an Arts Center & Gym for middle school students in the area. Several Balise representatives attended the gala and Amy Roberts, Vice President of Human Resources, accepted the Hero award on behalf of the company. 


Balise Subaru Donates $38,201 to Hasbro Children's Hospital

March 2017

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - As a part of the Subaru of America, Inc. Share the Love campaign, Balise Subaru selected Hasbro Children's Hospital as their hometown beneficiary for the second consecutive year. During this year's campaign, the store raised $38,201 for the children's hospital- a 23% increase from the sizable 2015 donation. To read the Hospital's full release, click here

Balise Supports CHD Wheelchair Basketball Program

March 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - Balise recently began a $1,500 sponsorship with the Center for Human Development (CHD) youth wheelchair basketball program. Our mascot, Squeaky Balise, was able to attend a practice and play around with the amazing kids. They couldn't believe how talented the little duck was!

Funds Raised for Hospital During Billy Gilman Concert at Balise

January 2017

WARWICK, R.I. - On January 29th, Balise Toyota of Warwick hosted NBC's The Voice runner-up, Billy Gilman, for an "Up Close and Personal" experience for fans, which raised $3,252 for Hasbro Children's Hospital. The appearance featured a short concert and a meet and greet for the 500 attendees. For a $20 donation to the local hospital, guests were given a photograph of Gilman to be signed on-site. 

Balise Announces Gift to New Boys & Girls Club of Warwick Project
January 2017

WARWICK, R.I. - Balise is proud to announce a $50,000 gift to support the Boys & Girls Club of Warwick and the City of Warwick Arts Center & Gym project located within the Lloyd Cooper Armory building. The renovated arts center will be solely for middle school students (6th, 7th, 8th graders) and will include an Education/Computer Center, Multi-Media Creative Arts Center, Recording Studio and combination Theater/Gym. The after-school programs provided in the space will allow youth to further explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills. The Balise donation specifically will create a shared Theater/Gym space within the center.

Square One Thanks Balise with Children's Playroom Dedication
January 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Square One, a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing a range of family-friendly education and support service to local children and their families, recently created a new playroom at their facility, which they named after Balise. The dedication was their way of thanking the company for their partnership over the years. Last March, Balise donated $10,000 to support the "LAUNCH" healthy living program which is a collaboration between Square One and the Holyoke YMCA

Yuletree Jubilee Raises $6,500 for Local Art Community
December 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - The second annual Yuletree Jubilee ran from November 25th through December 11th in the Balise Toyota showroom where over 30 decorated holiday trees were on display. The event also featured entertainment from local musicians, artists, as well as fun crafting activities. On the last day of Yuletree Jubilee, each tree and the gifts beneath weres raffled off to lucky winners. All proceeds benefited the West Springfield Arts Community. In total, $6,500 was raised. The money will be used to support adult and children's art classes.

Forest Park Zoo Reveals Balise Vehicle for "Zoo on the Go" Program
September 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - On September 22nd, Forest Park Zoo in Springfield unveiled a Balise-donated Chevrolet Traverse wrapped for their "Zoo on the Go" program. This program is an educational outreach program which brings live animals, artifacts, and other materials to schools, day cares, hospitals, retirement centers, and camps throughout the area.The vehicle wrap designed by Balise features some of the Zoo's iconic exhibits.

Balise Attends Check Presentation for Shriners Hospital Event

September 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Back in August, Balise was a sponsor of the annual Shriners Hospital "Clowning Around for Shriners" event which helped raise funds to purchase an EOS X-ray machine for pediatric orthopedic patients exposed to serial x-rays. This month, our Vice President of Human Resources, Amy Roberts, was present at the official check presentation. 

Balise Nissan Sponsors West Elmwood Intruders Football

September 2016

WARWICK, R.I. - It's football season again! This fall, one of our own Balise Nissan of Warwick associates is volunteering his time to coach the midget level football team for the West Elmwood Intruders--a competitive football team made up of 12-16 year old kids in the greater Providence area. Balise is sponsoring all six teams in the league and invited the Intruders over to the dealership for a pre-season pizza party. We had a blast! 

Balise Toyota Hosts Warwick Soccer for Jersey Night

September 2016

WARWICK, R.I. - For the last few years, Balise has sponsored several teams in the Warwick Soccer Association in Rhode Island. Last year, we started a special Jersey Night where the kids come and pick up their jerseys at Balise Toyota and enjoy pizza and fun with their teams and families. Our second consecutive event went great, hosting tons of excited players from six Balise-named teams. Good luck this season, kiddos!

Balise Auto Team Participates in 2016 Day of Caring
September 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Eleven volunteers from Balise visited the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA as a part of the United Way of the Pioneer Valley 2016 Day of Caring. The team completed a handful of helpful tasks like packaging and prepping bulk meals, organizing storage space and packing goodie bags for the children at the house. It was an amazing day and we hope to come back in the future. Thanks again to the Ronald McDonald House for having us!

Air Force Reserve Vet Wins $5K from Balise Chevy Radio Promo

September 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Balise Star Spangled Summer promotion ran on Rock 102 all summer and allowed the public to nominate the Military Veteran of their choice who they felt deserved a 2-year lease on a new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Each week, five qualifiers were announced on air and invited to the grand event at Balise Chevrolet on Sept 14th where a reverse drawing would be held. On the night of, Pamela C. opted to take the cash-prize, $5,000! 

Balise Kia Supports United Way "Stuff the Bus" Campaign
July 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - This July, Balise Kia signed on to work with the United Way of the Pioneer Valley during their "Stuff the Bus" campaign. The dealership served as a drop off location for the public to bring school supplies for homeless children in the community. Two local children, Tyler and Ava, took it upon themselves to put on their own fundraiser to raise money for supplies and bring them all to Balise Kia. It was a truly special experience and we're so happy to have been involved. 

Homer School Library Dedicated to Late Mike Balise
June 2016 

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Jeb Balise, CEO of Balise Motor Sales, and Sue Kaplan, Founder of Link to Libraries, were invited to Homer School in Springfield, MA for a special dedication of the Homer School Library to the late Mike Balise. The plaque pictured hangs at the entrance of the Homer School and will remain there for all to see until the new school is built. At that point, the plaque will be hung in the new library. 


Balise Sponsored Bradley Hospital Event Raises $557,425
June 2016 

CRANSTON, R.I. - The annual Bravo, Bradley gala in Rhode Island featured a theme of Feel the Power of Music this year. The night featured beautiful music by a variety of musical acts including The 18 Wheelers and Sidy Maïga. The event raised a Bradley record $557,425 to advance Bradley Hospital's pioneering pediatric mental health care, education and research.


383 Dogs Adopted at 3rd Annual Always Adopt at Balise Toyota
June 2016 

WARWICK, R.I. - It was a fabulous June 5th at Balise Toyota of Warwick because 383 puppies and adult dogs found new homes at the Always Adopt Super Dog Adoption Day. The record-breaking amount of dogs adopted only makes the Balise team more committed to making next years event bigger and better than ever.

"I am humbled and proud that our dealership and the Balise organization has become known for rescuing over 300 dogs each year and finding each one a wonderful new home," said Mike O'Connell, General Manager of Balise Toyota.



Corvette Show Benefits Soldiers' Home & Federation of the Blind
May 2016 

On May 21st, Balise Chevrolet hosted the "All Corvette Show" in partnership with the Corvette Club of Western MA. The day, which featured 108 Corvettes from five different states, raised over $1,600 for its two beneficiaries, Holyoke Soldiers' Home and the Federation of the Blind. A great day was had by all and Balise Chevrolet was thrilled to be able to support two great local organizations. 



$186K Raised for Local Children's Hospital with Help of Balise Lexus
May 2016 

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - As in past years, Balise Lexus partnered with Baystate Children's Hospital for their annual golf tournament as a part of Lexus Champions for Charity. The tournament raised $186,000 for the hospital making it another record-breaking year. A check was presented to the hospital and foundation at Balise Lexus on June 23rd by Tim Cardillo, GM of Balise Lexus, and Bill Peffer, COO of Balise Motor Sales. 


Balise Subaru Donates $30,839 to Hasbro Children's Hospital
May 2016 

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - During the national Subaru "Share the Love" campaign, Balise Subaru selected the Providence-based non-profit organization, Hasbro Children's Hospital as their beneficiary. During the campaign, Subaru of America would donate $250 for every vehicle purchased or leased to a charity of the purchaser's choice. An overwhelming amount of Balise Subaru customers chose the local children's hospital, reaffirming the dealership's selection. In total, the campaign raised $30,839! 


Valley Gives Raises $2 Million for Pioneer Valley with Help of Balise
May 2016 

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - On May 3rd, Balise supported the one-day giving event hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts-- Valley Gives Day. The event encourages Valley residents to come together to donate to a variety of great organizations in the area. In total, Valley Gives raised $2 million over the course of 24 hours from more than 10,000 unique donors and a total of 19,369 donations. 

Balise supported Valley Gives as a Premier Sponsor as well as hosted a pre-event fundraiser at Balise Columbus Ave Car Wash on April 30 and a Valley Gives Rally at Luxe Burger in the final hours of Valley Gives Day. 

Balise Supports Western Mass Knights Sled Hockey Team
April 2016

WESTFIELD, MA - Balise is a sponsor of the Junior Western Mass Knights sled hockey team this season. The Knights are a part of the Center for Human Development (CHD) and are affiliated with CHD's Disability Resources program, allowing physically disabled players from all over Western MA an opportunity to compete and enjoy the beautiful game of hockey. 

Balise Hyundai Presents Hyundai Impact Grant to Baystate Health
 July 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Balise Hyundai joined local area Hyundai dealers to present the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Grant to Baystate Health and Baystate Children's Hospital in July. The grant will support the expansion of the Sadowsky Center For Children and the services provided to pediatric patients and their families.

Mike Balise Named 2016 Difference Maker at BusinessWest Event
March 2016                                                                                 Photography credit to MassLive and Frederick Gore Photo

HOLYOKE, MA - On March 31st, BusinessWest held their annual Difference Makers event at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA where the late Mike Balise was named a 2016 Difference Maker. Mike's wife, Maryellen Balise, joined by her two children, David & Marisa, accepted the award on his behalf noting his huge heart and sense of humor.

Homer School Library Named in Honor of Mike BaliseMarch 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - On March 10, the Springfield School Committee voted unanimously to name the Homer School library in honor of the late Mike Balise, as was requested by Sullivan and as strongly supported by staff, parents and students. Jeb Balise, his brother and CEO of Balise Motor Sales, was on hand for the committee ruling and was thrilled with the result saying although Mike may not love the attention, "it is certainly well-deserved."

Balise Car Washes Raise $2,970 for American Heart Association
February 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Over Valentine's Day weekend, the two Balise Car Wash locations in Springfield, MA and Hyannis, MA joined forces to collect funds to benefit the American Heart Association. For every $5 purchase of Synthetic Hot Wax, 100% of proceeds were donated to the fight heart disease. Despite the frigid weather, both locations saw a tremendous turnout and were able to raise a collective $2,970.

"Heart disease hits close to home for me, having lost my father and brother [to the disease]," says Tony Debarros, General Manager of Balise Car Wash and Detail Centers. "It feels good to work for a company that supports a lot of great organizations, including the American Heart Association."

Squeaky Balise Helps Collect Gifts for Annual Toys for Tots Drive
December 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA - This holiday season, Balise kicked off their annual Toys for Tots drive by bringing $1,000 worth of toys to WWLP 22 News in Chicopee, MA. Live on Mass Appeal, the station's morning show, Balise announced a new element of this year's campaign. For every new, unwrapped toy brought to one of our Balise Car Wash locations, customers would receive a free Ultimate Wash. The drive was a huge success and Squeaky, the official Balise Car Wash mascot, had a great time collecting the toys and dropping them off at a designated drop location. 

Yuletree Jubilee Raises $3,050 for West Springfield Arts 
December 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - Yuletree Jubilee, the 10-day event hosted by Balise Toyota in West Springfield, MA, was a booming success in its first year raising over $3,000 for the local art community. The event was put on by the Red Thread Network. From November 27 to December 6, donated Christmas trees lit up the Balise Toyota showroom and put everyone in the holiday spirit. At the conclusion of the event, which included daily entertainment in a variety of artistic mediums, the trees (and the gift underneath) were raffled off. A few winners even donated their trees to causes such as Providence Hospital in Rhode Island.

Balise Subaru to "Share the Love" with Hasbro Children's Hospital
November 2015

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - For the eighth straight year, Subaru of America Inc. (SOA) kicked off their annual Share the Love campaign this November. For every Subaru purchased of leased November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, SOA will donate $250 to a charity of the purchaser's choice. The list of participating charities, including a hometown charity of the dealership's choice. This year's beneficiaries include ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals on Wheels America® and the National Park Foundation, and Balise Subaru's choice for a hometown beneficiary, Hasbro Children's Hospital (HCH).

"All of us at Balise Subaru are thrilled to have forged a partnership with Hasbro Children's Hospital and are proud to have such a strong institution right here in our community taking great care of kids who really need it," said Ryan McNally, General Sales Manager for Balise Subaru. 

Mike Balise Raises $8,830 for Gastrointestinal Cancer
October 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA - This October, Mike Balise kicked off a fundraiser for Gastrointestinal Cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by shaving his head live on  Springfield's WAQY Rock 102 morning show with Bax & O'Brien. Mike began with a goal of $5,000 and within 12 hours of going live, surpassed his goal and made the announcement that he would keep going. In all, Mike raised $8,830 for Gastrointestinal Cancer over the span of three weeks. 

Mike would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who donated so generously to the fundraiser and for joining him in the fight against Gastrointestinal Cancer.

Balise Hyannis Car Wash Raises Money for Childhood Cancer
 
September 2015

HYANNIS, MA - Over Labor Day weekend, Balise Hyannis Car Wash raised $1,510 to support childhood cancer. For every $5 hot wax purchased, proceeds went directly to the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod's (VNA) Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care. The program administers care for children with cancer on Cape Cod and the Islands as well as provides their families with vital support.

Squeaky, the Balise Car Wash mascot, was on site to collect donations for the incredible cause!


Balise Donates Live on WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

August 2015

BOSTON, MA - This month, Mike Balise sat down with WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon hosts Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria for a live interview discussing his experience with cancer and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. During the interview, Mike delivered a $5,000 check on behalf of Balise Motor Sales to support the Dana Farber and the Radio-Telethon mission.

"I just ask everybody who's sitting on their couch just like I was last year and the year before listening to this awesome telethon    pick up the phone, make a call, write a check    do it now, you'll never forget about it...you're doing it for the future," said Mike Balise in his interview.


Balise Supports Community Resources for People with Autism
August 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - Balise Motor Sales is honored to announce a $20,000 donation to an organization near and dear to our hearts-
Community Resources for People with Autism. This local organization is dedicated to helping those throughout our communities understand autism, promote the well-being of individuals with autism and foster their inclusion into our communities. The donation will enable them to continue to expand the services they provide to families who need it most. 


Balise Donates to Mercy Medical Cancer Center Expansion
July 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA - This July, Balise is proud to announce their $500,000 gift to Mercy Medical Cancer Center's Transforming Cancer Care - The Capital Campaign for the Sister Caritas Cancer Center. The donation will support the 26,000 square foot expansion of the Cancer Center and will help to put the Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology services under one roof.

"What excites us most about this project is that people right here in our community will have access to extremely high quality care without having to travel," said Jeb Balise, CEO of Balise Motor Sales. "We can't think of anything more gratifying than making lives better for families in times when it matters most."

The expansion project will not only provide increased treatment space, but will allow for improved communication among oncology providers, better access to existing center services, and a more private setting for patients undergoing treatment. 

To learn more about the campaign and expansion, visit the Mercy website.


Balise Toyota of Warwick Joins BBBSOS for Trip to PawSox
July 2015

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - On July 10, Balise Toyota Scion of Warwick joined their friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State at the Pawtucket Red Sox game. The event gave Littles from the "Waiting Littles" program a night out with their families and a chance to connect with the BBBSOS staff.

Highlights of the night included taking tons of group photos and one of the Little Brothers winning $100 during a contest held at the game. Although the PawSox didn't come out victorious against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, everyone in the Balise group had a wonderful time. 


Always Adopt at Balise Toyota Finds Home for 325 Dogs

June 2015

WARWICK, R.I. - On June 7, over 2,000 guests came together for an incredible cause- the 2nd annual Always Adopt Super Dog Adoption Day held at Balise Toyota of Warwick. The day was an incredible success with 325 puppies and dogs adopted into forever homes. A Balise Toyota photo booth backdrop on site gave each adopter the chance to take a photo with their new pup. Talk about an incredible memory!

Mike O'Connell, general manager of Balise Toyota, was thrilled with the turnout and success of this year's event. Better yet, neighboring Balise Chevrolet of Warwick and Balise Nissan of Warwick joined in on the fun by grilling up burgers and hot dogs for the thousands of happy guests (and even some dogs!). A great day was had by all and we can't wait for next year! 

Balise Subaru Sponsors Event for American Diabetes Association
June 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. - Balise Subaru took to the great outdoors on June 7 to sponsor the 2015 Ocean State Tour de Cure   a one-day cycling event designed by the American Diabetes Association to honor those with diabetes. 

The event featured five cycling routes ranging from family-friendly 7-mile ride to a challenging 100-mile journey. The bike routes follow the Rhode Island coastline giving riders prime views of the gorgeous coves and beaches. 

The 2015 event was a huge success with 541 riders, 145 volunteers, and many spectators and vendors. Further, the event raised $292,000 for the American Diabetes Association. Balise Subaru had an amazing time and was thrilled to play a part in a local event which celebrates those with diabetes and those who dedicate their lives to Stop Diabetes.  

Balise Ford in Wilbraham Joins Local High School for Car Show
June 2015

WILBRAHAM, MA. - This June, Balise Ford in Wilbraham joined forces with Minnechaug Regional High School for a marketing class-funded car show. Students designed the show as a class project meant to provide a first-hand look at the planning, organization and execution of a promotional campaign. The student-run event highlighted a variety of vintage and new-model vehicles, including Mustangs and Thunderbirds. 

Billy Genereux, general manager of Balise Ford in Wilbraham, was thrilled to sponsor the show and even brought his Black Mustang S197 out for the day to show off to the masses.

"One of my sales consultants and I met a few Balise customers here at the dealership, who very recently bought their Mustangs from us, and we drove to the show together. We loved it!" noted Genereux. The day was an incredible success all around and Balise Ford hopes to support causes like this in the future. 

Balise Lexus Presents Check to Baystate Children's Hospital

June 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA. - On June 4, Balise Lexus presented a check for $183,000 to the Baystate Children's Hospital in connection with the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament and 24th annual Baystate Children's Hospital Golf Tournament. 

The combined tournament held in mid-May at Longmeadow Country Club and The Ranch Golf Club will assist the hospital in providing advanced medical care to pediatric patients. This year, the funds will directly support pediatric surgery department. Balise Lexus is thrilled to contribute and hopes to continue both the partnership and tournament for years to come.


Balise Supports Bravo Bradley 2015 for Bradley Hospital
June 2015

WARWICK, R.I. - The Balise organization sponsored the annual Bravo Bradley event supporting Bradley Hospital on June 5th. The Northern-California themed night was one to remember! Upon entering, guests were greeted by two replica horses from the famous Pier 39 Carousel positioned in front of a 40-foot canvas illustrating the Golden Gate Bridge. Performers in extravagant headpieces featuring the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline ushered guests inside. From there, the fundraising began!

In all, the event raised a record breaking $467,435 for Bradley Hospital pediatric and adolescent mental health programs. Dan Good, general manager of Balise Chevrolet of Warwick, represented Balise at the event and had a great time! Balise is honored to support such a fantastic cause and contribute to the growing research and development of Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. 

Barnstable Little League Dedicates New Stadium

May 2015

BARNSTABLE, MA. - Last fall, the Balise organization donated $1,000 to Barnstable Little League to help cover the costs of their new stadium. On May 2, the league dedicated the new facility during their season opening ceremony and Balise was there to see it.  As always, the Balise organization is thrilled to support the development of youth through sports. 


BBBSOS Honors Balise Toyota of Warwick General Manager


May 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. - A gala was held on May 2 to honor Mike O'Connell, general manager of Balise Toyota Scion of Warwick, for his contributions to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) mentoring program. O'Connell was named 2015's "Champion of Mentoring."

Since his partnership with BBBSOS began in 2013, O'Connell has dedicated much of his time and resources to supporting the program- from spearheading nearly $20,000 worth of donations to hosting various events at the dealership.

"I'm very humbled and proud at the same time- and especially proud to be a part of an organization like Balise that recognizes the importance of giving back to Rhode Island," said O'Connell of his recognition.

O'Connell is a true partner for the agency and hopes to continue supporting the organization for years to come. Balise would like to personally congratulate Mike O'Connell for this impressive honor as it exemplifies the greater mission of Balise to give back to the community. 


Balise Sponsors STCC Annual Event to Benefit STEM Workforce
 

April 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MA. - Balise was a proud sponsor of the Springfield Technical Community College's annual Not Just Business as Usual event held at the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 30. This year's program was designed to show the innovative efforts of STCC to inspire students to choose career paths in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce.


The Balise Agency Donates to Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick

 
April 2015

WARWICK, R.I. - This spring, The Balise Agency donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick in support of their Mardi Gras Masquerade event held at the Warwick Country Club on April 11. The fun-filled evening included award presentations, phenomenal food, dancing, auctions, and plenty of Mardi Gras beads for everyone.

The Balise Agency team had a wonderful time and was thrilled to partner with such a fantastic organization. 


Balise Sponsors Warwick Youth Soccer
 
April 2015

WARWICK, R.I. - Balise is proud to announce the sponsorship of five youth soccer teams for the Warwick Soccer Association (WSA) for spring 2015. Balise is a long-time sponsor of youth sports and is always looking for opportunities to contribute.

Balise Sponsors American Red Cross Annual Heroes Breakfast


 
April 2015

HYANNIS, MA. - On April 10, Balise partnered with the American Red Cross for the 13th Annual Heroes Breakfast. The annual breakfast honors local heroes from Cape Cod and the Islands who have gone above and beyond to assist their communities. Balise's contribution of $2,500 to the event made them a Bronze Sponsor.

The breakfast is one of the largest events on the Cape with over 550 individuals, community leaders, business owners, family and friends coming together for the cause.


Balise Subaru Presents Check to West Warwick Animal Shelter



March 2015

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - On March 23, Subaru of America, Inc. ("SOA") and Balise Subaru presented a check to West Warwick Animal Shelter as a product of the national "Share the Love" event. The check for $9,185 was presented to West Warwick Animal Shelter by general manager, Peter Boursiquot and general sales manager, Ryan McNally.

Lt. Tiernan of the West Warwick Police Department accepted the check on the shelter's behalf. Ken Scanzio, district manager for Subaru of New England, was also in attendance for the presentation.

The "Share the Love" event is designed as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities. For each new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased from November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, Subaru would donate $250 to the purchaser's choice of participating charities.


DeBarros Takes Mission Trip to Cape Verde



January 2015 

HYANNIS, MA. - To begin the New Year, Tony DeBarros, general manager of 
Hyannis Car Wash, traveled to Cape Verde to help those who lost their homes to a devastating volcano eruption last November. DeBarros grew up in Cape Verde, a collection of ten volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Through fundraising efforts, DeBarros raised $6,280 that Jeb Balise, owner and CEO of Balise Motor Sales, offered to match. In all, $14,005 was raised for the cause.

"All you need is heart and passion. I said to myself, 'I want to go there. I want to see that every penny goes to the people'," recalled DeBarros.

Through his fundraising efforts, DeBarros was able to provide care packages of food and supplies to 289 families throughout the four destroyed villages. Balise was honored to be a part of the mission.

If you would also like to donate to Tony's efforts, please visit http://bit.ly/fundsforfogo.



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