Balise in the Community
It is our philosophy that by supporting civic events and community services, we help make our communities nicer places in which to live and do business.
Balise Entrance Opens at South County Hospital
Wakefield, RI – South County Health recently opened the new Balise Entrance at its main facility in Wakefield, RI. We were honored to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, as well as to help support this excellent hospital. The Balise Entrance, on the building’s west side, has been modernized to provide easier access for visitors, while creating an inviting space to get a bit of fresh air.
Subaru Love Promise Award
Providence, RI – Everyone at Balise Subaru is extremely proud to receive the Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This national recognition is given to Subaru retailers who make the world a better place through support of their community with ongoing commitment to their customers and local causes that benefit health, the environment, education, and pets. We feel that showing love and respect for all people is the first step in making a positive impact, not just in our own community but across the globe.
Toyota Dealer Match: Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick
Warwick, RI – Our team at Balise Toyota of Warwick is pleased to have been a part of a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick. After making our own donation, we nominated the nonprofit organization to receive additional funds through the Toyota Dealer Match Program. We recently presented the Clubs with a check for $20,000, which will be used to support Great Futures, a campaign that provides children in need with meals, mentoring, and a safe place to spend time.
Balise Toyota and Balise Lexus Donate $40,000 to Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts
Western MA – Balise Toyota and Balise Lexus recently joined forces to support Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) with direct donations that were doubled by the Toyota Dealer Match Program. The total donation amount of $40,000 will be used for JAWM’s new Career, Leadership, & Innovation Center. The facility, slated to open this fall, will provide resources and learning opportunities above and beyond the programs offered at Springfield’s schools.
Tires to Inspire Was a Huge Success
Western MA, Rhode Island & Cape Cod – Our customers made 2022’s Tires to Inspire initiative a clear success! During this program, Balise Motor Sales made a donation to some favorite local causes with every full set of tires sold. We were able to present checks totaling $10,968 to Junior Achievement Western of Massachusetts, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, and the YMCA Cape Cod. Thank you to everyone who helped us get there!
Balise Subaru Organized a School Supplies Drive for Local Students and Teachers
Providence, RI – Donate school supplies, get free gas: Balise Subaru offered vouchers redeemable for 5 gallons of unleaded regular gasoline in exchange for donations of school supplies to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School during the month of August. Those who participated brought several high-demand items, including backpacks, smocks, reusable water bottles, and hand sanitizer.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Selected by Balise Subaru as the Hometown Charity for Subaru of America’s Share the Love Event
Providence, RI – Balise Subaru selected Hasbro Children’s Hospital Lifespan as the hometown charity for Subaru of America’s Share the Love Event this past holiday season. Thank you to all our wonderful customers who helped give back to our local community!
Balise Toyota and Balise Lexus Donate $30,000 to the Urban League of Springfield
Springfield, MA – Balise Toyota and Balise Lexus donated to the Urban League of Springfield and nominated the organization for additional funds through the Toyota Dealer Match Program, resulting in a total donation of $30,000. The funds will be used to support new developments and improvements at the League’s historic Camp Atwater, with upgrades to youth development activities and facilities being the primary objectives.
Balise Auto Group Raises $9,000 for Three Local Organizations Through Its Tires to Inspire Initiative
MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND – Balise Auto Group’s Tires to Inspire initiative helped raise $9,000 for three local organizations: Square One (Springfield Day Nursery), Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick, and Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Thank you to all our customers for helping to make these donations possible!
United Way of Pioneer Valley Opens New Community Center with Help from Balise Auto
Springfield, MA – On February 11th, 2022, United Way of Pioneer Valley celebrated the grand opening of their new Springfield Community Center. The move was sponsored in part by Balise Auto Group. Read More.
Balise Toyota of Warwick Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
Warwick, RI – Balise Toyota of Warwick has made a $10,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, an amount that was matched by the Toyota Dealer Match Program for a total gift of $20,000. Read More.
Balise Auto Donates to the Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield
West Springfield, MA – In partnership with Lexus, Balise Auto presented a $40,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield to support the work and mission of the local organization. Read More.
Balise Auto Sponsors Little League Scoreboard at Founders Field
WARWICK, RI – Balise Auto is the new scoreboard sponsor for the Warwick Continental Little League at Founders Field in Warwick, RI. We are proud to support local youth sports, which is one of our main focus areas for charitable giving.
Balise Subaru Selects Hasbro Children’s Hospital
PROVIDENCE, RI – Balise Subaru selected Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the hometown charity for Subaru of America, Inc.’s Share the Love event. Thank you to Subaru and all of our customers for helping us raise $50,000 for our local hospital!
Alignments Against Hunger
MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND – Our Alignments Against Hunger promotion was a huge success! Thanks to our customers, we are able to donate $7,292 to local area food banks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Balise Ford Partners with Other Local Automotive Businesses to Help Local Charity
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Balise Ford teamed up with other automotive businesses to help fix Bob “the Bike Man” Charland’s truck, which is out of service due to a blown engine. Bob Charland runs Pedal Thru Youth, a local nonprofit created to help provide bicycles and helmets to kids.
Balise Partners with Clarke School
NORTHAMPTON, MA – Balise Motor Sales partnered up with the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech to give their wonderful students a fun and exciting Halloween!
Balise Auto and Balise Subaru Partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital
PROVIDENCE, RI – Hasbro Children’s Hospital recently completed its ongoing renovations of the new Balise Healing Garden and a completely reimagined playground.
Balise Auto and Balise Subaru are proud to partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the creation of the Balise Healing Garden. It is our hope that this peaceful space brings comfort and healing to children for years to come.
Balise Continues Tradition of Mentoring
HYANNIS, MA – We are proud to introduce our newest service technician, Tyler! He joins Balise Hyundai of Cape Cod from the Upper Cape Technical School, where we have a mentoring program. For the full story, click here.
Balise Car Wash Donates Over 40,000 Washes to Medical Caregivers and First Responders
SPRINGFIELD, WEST SPRINGFIELD, AND HYANNIS, MA – We are proud to announce that 40,438 free washes were given to medical caregivers and first responders across all three Balise Car Wash locations. It’s our small way of showing gratitude for all that you continue to do to keep our community safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Balise Corporate Office Celebrates Fur-bruary with Supply Donation to Local Shelter
SPRINGFIELD, MA – One of our favorite things to do at the Balise corporate office is collect items for local organizations. For the second consecutive year, Balise spent Fur-bruary collecting essential supplies like bleach, paper towel, soap, and other cleaning supplies (and some food, treats, and litter as well!) for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Shelter in Springfield, MA. There are so many animals looking for a family and local shelters need a lot of help to make sure they give a loving home to these animals while they await their forever homes. We are always thrilled to help supply them with what they need!
Balise Lexus Donates 489 Books to Fausey Elementary School through Lexus Book Drive Initiative
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – During the last few weeks of February, Balise Lexus collected new and gently used books for children ages 0-7 as a part of the Lexus Book Drive & Read Across America. The book were delivered on March 2nd, Read Across America Day, to Fausey Elementary School in West Springfield. Marketing Manager, Alexa Napolitan, took a few minutes to read one of her favorite books to the kids as a part of their Read Across America celebration. In total, Balise Lexus collected and delivered 489 books for the elementary school.
Balise Delivers Completely Refurbished Escalade to Heroic Couple from January Car Chase
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – On Tuesday, February 25th, Balise Collision Repair and several community donors delivered the repaired vehicle to the heroic couple who risked their lives to track down the suspected vehicle in the abduction of a young girl from Springfield back in January. It was because of their efforts that police were able to track down the young girl and return her safely. However, the couple’s vehicle suffered damage in the process of chasing the suspect.
A full overhaul of the vehicle was performed, totaling between $20,000-$25,000 – including new front and rear bumper, undercarriage suspension components, 22” platinum wheels, and tires. All dents, dings, rust, and rotted areas were repaired and/or replaced, then the vehicle was given a full custom matte black paint job. Before delivery on Tuesday, Balise Collision completed a full lube and oil change, and the Balise Carwash gave the vehicle a full interior and exterior detail.
Hyannis Car Wash Customers Rally to Help Balise Raise More Than $8,000 for Cape Kid Meals
HYANNIS, MA – Over the holiday, Balise Car Wash customers flooded to Balise Hyannis Car Wash to sign up for Unlimited Plans for themselves and family members knowing the first month would be donated to Cape Kid Meals, an organization that provides food packages to children prior to weekend school dismissal. The process is completely confidential and ensures that all children have healthy breakfast and lunch meals for the weekend. In total, $8,438.85 was raised for the cause!
100 Years of Giving Campaign Raises $13,341 for Square One in Springfield, MA
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Representatives from Square One in Springfield joined Balise today for a check presentation to commemorate the #Balise100YearsofGiving initiative in which the two Western MA Balise Car Wash locations donated the first month of every new Unlimited plan sign up during the month of December to the organization. Over the course of 31 days, $13,341.51 was raised for the youth development program.
Balise Donates Over $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick
WARWICK, RI – Balise service departments in Rhode Island raised $10,256.25 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick this holiday season. For every factory-scheduled maintenance service performed in the month of December, Balise donated a portion to the organization. The #Balise100YearsofGiving initiative this holiday season was a huge success and we couldn’t be happier to be able to donate these funds to one of our valued community partners. Several General Manager and our Director of Marketing joined the Mayor of Warwick and Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director for the check presentation.
Balise Collision Repair to Repair Vehicle of Couple Who Helped Track Down Kidnapping Suspect
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Balise Auto and Balise Collision Repair are happy to assist the courageous family who helped track down the suspected car in the January 15, 2020 abduction of a local girl. Their quick thinking was key to helping the police return the girl safely to her family, and their car suffered damage in the process. Balise Collision Repair will be covering any necessary repairs as a thank you to this amazing couple.
Annual Tradition of Donating Gifts to Adopted Families in Springfield Continues at Balise
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – Each holiday season, the Balise family adopts several families going through difficult times in hopes of giving them a wonderful Christmas. It seems like each year gets better and better with more and more gifts. Associates at the Balise corporate office spent days wrapping these gifts and then delivered a few days before Christmas. We are so proud of our Balise associates who give back year after year.
Legacy of Mike Balise Lives on Through Homer Street School Coat Donation
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Several years ago, Mike Balise started a tradition of donating money to the Homer Street School in Springfield so teachers could purchase winter coats for children who either don’t have them or have jackets that are the wrong size, worn/broken, or just not warm enough.
Balise Donates Hyundai to Forest Park Zoo on the Go Program in Springfield, MA
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Balise Motor Sales handed over the keys of a brand new Hyundai to the ZOO in Forest Park and Education Center for their Zoo on the Go program. Balise has partnered with this program for a number of years and were thrilled to donate this new vehicle to continue the program. The animals featured on the vehicle are actual animals you can see at the Zoo!
Balise Corporate Participates in United Way Day of Caring for a Fourth Consecutive Year
RUSSELL, MA – The United Way of Pioneer Valley’s annual Day of Caring initiative brought the Balise corporate office team to the town of Russell, MA to assist in efforts at the Boy Scouts of America Scout Camp. The team spent the day out in nature packing up the camp after another successful summer scout season. Thanks for having us!
$10,695 Raised for YMCA of Greater Springfield via Labor Day Fundraiser at Balise Car Washes
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Over Labor Day Weekend, Balise Columbus Ave Car Wash and Balise Riverdale Car Wash in Western MA ran a special fundraiser to benefit the YMCA of Greater Springfield offering $5 Ultimate Washes with all proceeds going to the organization. The fundraiser was designed to support the YMCA moving to a new location in Tower Square in Springfield, MA from a previous location. Thanks to our amazing customers, we were able to exceed our goal and raise over $10,000 for the organization.
423 Dogs Find Fur-ever Homes at 5th Annual Always Adopt at Balise Toyota of Warwick
WARWICK, RI – 423 puppies and dogs found their loving forever homes on Sunday at our Always Adopt Super Dog Adoption Day at Balise Toyota of Warwick! Our favorite day of the year certainly did not disappoint. Thank you to everyone at Always Adopt for allowing us to host such a special event for the 6th year in a row, Ann & Hope for helping us with parking and thank you to each and everyone who came out to make this another amazing year for us!
Squeaky Attends Red Shoe Run at Ronald McDonald House
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Squeaky, our Balise Car Wash mascot, loves to be out in the community. This weekend, he participated in the Red Shoe Run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA. The proceeds from the 2nd annual event directly support the families and children of the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield!
Jeb Joins the Mayor for Read Across America Week
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Today, Jeb Balise joined West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt to read to students at Coburn Elementary School. The children were so sweet, and they even sung “Happy Birthday” to Jeb to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary this year. A special day for everyone!
AHL All-Star Weekend Visits Shriner’s Hospital
SPRINGFIELD, MA – As a part of the fabulous AHL All-Star Classic held in Springfield, Balise Lexus and players visited local Shriner’s Hospital to visit with patients and families. Seeing familiar faces like Anthony Greco and Sam Montembeault of the Springfield Thunderbirds brightened their days! We love being a part of special visits like this in the community.
A Pile of Toys to be Delivered to Springfield Families
SPRINGFIELD, MA – A favorite holiday tradition of the Balise corporate office went without a hitch! Balise Dealer Services came together to collect, wrap and deliver Christmas presents to adopted families in Springfield. We are so happy to be able to give back and bring Christmas cheer at this time of year.
Squeaky Visits Ludlow Boys & Girls Club/Randall Center
LUDLOW, MA – Balise Car Wash mascot, Squeaky Balise, made a special trip to the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club/Randall Center to participate in a special Row Across America campaign contest. Squeaky put up a good fight, but was unable to beat State Representative Thomas Petrolati in a rowing contest. He had a blast promoting healthy lifestyles and exercise with the kids!
Jeb Balise Named “Service Above Self” Award Recipient
SPRINGFIELD, MA – James E. Balise was named the local honoree at the 9th Annual “Service Above Self” luncheon sponsored by the Springfield Mass Rotary Club at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was joined by John Calipari, who was named the national honoree, and Jim Russell, who received the Rotary Club Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to Mr. Balise, Mr. Calipari and Mr. Russell on their years of philanthropic service and for bettering the communities in which we live and work.
Balise Delivers “Balise Fleet” to Children’s Hospital
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Balise Team delivered two electric ride-on vehicles to Hasbro Children’s Hospital today to be used in the pediatric surgical unit. Now, little patients will be able to drive their way into surgery, helping to ease the nerves of both child and parent. A perfect way for Balise to support the great work our local children’s hospital does each day.
358 Dogs Find Homes at Balise Toyota of Warwick
WARWICK, R.I. – Another successful Always Adopt Super Dog Adoption Day brought 3,000+ guests to Balise Toyota of Warwick on Sunday, June 9th. The 5th annual event found over 350 puppies and dogs new families to love them. In total, the Balise-hosted adoption event has helped over 1,000 dogs get adopted.
3-Years, Nearly $100,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The well-known Subaru “Share the Love” campaign has allowed Balise Subaru to donate nearly $100,000 in funds to local community beneficiary, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, over the last three years. These funds are critical to increasing support of patients and families. We are honored to partner with such a worthy cause. To learn more about Balise fundraising efforts for Hasbro Children’s Hospital over the years, click here.
Balise Auto Raises $3K for BBBS of Hampden County
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — For every Balise Auto Power Play goal scored by the Springfield Thunderbirds this season, Balise donated $100 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County — an organization dedicated to the mentoring and development of youth in our local communities. In total, the TBirds scored 30 regular season power play goals at home, totaling a $3,000 donation to BBBS Hampden County.
Balise Auto Hub Dedicated at NEIT in Rhode Island
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — On April 6th, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) dedicated the Balise Auto Hub within their new Student Center. Balise donated $100,000 to support the hub, which is located in the center of the 42,000 sq. ft. building designed to support socialization, relaxation, and collaboration for the NEIT students.
Supplies Collected for Springfield Rescue Mission
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – In January, the Balise corporate office launched their “Sock It To Me” campaign and collected nearly 560 pairs of socks for the Springfield Rescue Mission. As cold, winter temperatures become unavoidable, socks are one of the most requested items for homeless shelters. We are thrilled to be able to make such a sizable donation.
Happy Holidays! From Balise to Kensington School
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – During the month of December, the Balise Motor Sales corporate office along with Balise Chevrolet Buick GMC and Balise Nissan of West Springfield donated and wrapped Christmas gifts for our adopted families in Springfield, MA. On December 21st, we packed them all into our Chevy Silverado and delivered them to Kensington School where the children of these families attend. Just another way all of us at Balise work every day to keep the memory of Mike Balise alive.
Balise Hosts Corporate Food Drive for West Side Parish
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – As a kickoff to the holiday season, our Balise Auto corporate team came together to collect donations for the local Parish Cupboard in West Springfield. We are thrilled our donations will help provide Thanksgiving meals and more to the less fortunate in our community.
JA Stock Market Challenge Put Students on Simulated Trade Floor
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
383 Dogs Adopted at 3rd Annual Always Adopt at Balise Toyota
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
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
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.
Hundreds of Gifts Collected for Families at the Kensington School
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – During the month of December, the Balise Motor Sales corporate office along with Balise Chevrolet Buick GMC and Balise Nissan of West Springfield donated and wrapped Christmas gifts for our adopted families in Springfield, MA. On December 21st, we packed them all into our Chevy Silverado and delivered them to Kensington School where the children of these families attend. Just another way all of us at Balise work every day to keep the memory of Mike Balise alive.
Valley Gives Raises $2 Million for Pioneer Valley with Help of Balise
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
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
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
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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.
Balise Sponsored Bradley Hospital Event Raises $557,425
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.