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Community Involvement and Support | Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, MI

At Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, we are proud to be a part of the Bay City community – not only because it is a beautiful place to work and live, but also because it is filled with wonderful people who work hard to give back to the community they reside in. At our dealership, we do what we can to give back to the community that has given us so much over the course of many years. While we try to help out in as many ways as possible, we are always looking for new ways to give. To see how you can join us in being active in the community, or to ask us to support your organization, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (989) 684-4411 – together we can continue to make our community a better place to live, work and dream in!

Just for Kids Foundation | Maier & Associates Charitable Foundation

Just for kids

In Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties, there are thousands of children in need – everything from clothes to food to medical and school supplies. Despite the need for life’s basic necessities, many of these children continue to be active and influential members of their community. Unfortunately, because their families do not have the means, they receive no reward or recognition. At Graff Chevrolet we are proud to support this Maier & Associates Charitable Foundation as they work to meet these children’s basic needs, while giving them encouragement and opportunities to be successful in today’s world. To see how you can support the Just for Kids Foundation, visit www.goodkids123.org.

Bay City Red Pony League ‘Car Wash For Kids’

Pony league

Graff Chevrolet in Bay City proudly hosted the Bay County Red Pony League ‘Car Wash for Kids’. After returning from the Pony League World Series, the Red Pony League baseball team was eager to give back to the community that had just given them so much. To thank Bay City community members, these young athletes held a charity car wash on August 21, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM to raise money for the Just For Kids Foundation. They washed over 50 local vehicles and helped sell 32 Camaro Raffle Tickets – a wonderful achievement that raised nearly $4,000 for Just For Kids! Way to go Bay County Red, we thank you for your hard work and community spirit!

Graff Chevrolet SVSU Community Engagement Award

Svsu

The Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has been awarded the NCAA Community Engagement Award of Excellence for the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ event. This prestigious honor comes shortly after receiving the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) nomination for the community engagement award for the 2011-12 academic year. At Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, we are honored to be a part of this annual event to provide a safe, fun and weatherproof trick-or-treating experience for the children of the communities we live in and serve. We are already working side-by-side with SVSU Athletics to plan for the 2014 ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ and look forward to continuing this event for many years to come! We are proud to be a partner with SVSU athletics.

Graff Chevrolet/SVSU Community Youth Days Football Clinic

Football

On February 22nd of 2014, 125 kids were invited to join in on the Graff/SVSU Community Youth Days Football Clinic at the O’Neill Arena. The Cardinal’s football coaches and student-athletes worked with participants to share their experiences and help improve fundamental football skills. Clinic participants received free admission to the game following the clinic, as well as a coupon for a free hot dog and soda at the concession stand, free t-shirt, and were also entered for a chance to win bicycles – Abigail Vanderelzen and Avery Montoya were the delighted recipients of the bicycle prize!

Graff Chevrolet/SVSU Community Youth Days Football Clinic

Community youth

On February 22nd of 2014, 125 kids were invited to join in on the Graff/SVSU Community Youth Days Football Clinic at the O’Neill Arena. The Cardinal’s football coaches and student-athletes worked with participants to share their experiences and help improve fundamental football skills. Clinic participants received free admission to the game following the clinic, as well as a coupon for a free hot dog and soda at the concession stand, free t-shirt, and were also entered for a chance to win bicycles – Abigail Vanderelzen and Avery Montoya were the delighted recipients of the bicycle prize!

SVSU Breast Cancer Survivor and Recognition Event | Sponsored by Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Breast cancer

On February 22 of 2014, SVSU hosted its sixth-annual “Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition” and reception event. Graff Chevrolet in Bay City was proud to help sponsor the event that honors both survivors and loved ones that have suffered from such a difficult form of cancer. At the event, each survivor and guest received free admission to the men and women’s basketball games versus Ferris State that evening. At this year’s women’s basketball game halftime recognition, 54 Survivors participated!

2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Sponsored by Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

St patricks day

The 60th Annual Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place this year on March 16th at 2:00 PM and was once again a great success! Although the first Bay City parade took place in 1955, the event has since grown to become eagerly anticipated by the Irish and Irish at heart. Past parades have featured the Notre Dame marching band and pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada, and the St. Patrick’s Day Queen and Princess Pageant court. This pageant provides scholarship monies for the Queen and her court that are selected based on personal interview, as well as stage poise and creativity.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was particularly special as the parade itself celebrated 60 years and Graff Chevrolet celebrated its 100th anniversary! To celebrate Graff’s century of service, a special classic car drove in the parade and was available for pictures in a Classic Car Photo Shoot. We truly enjoyed this year’s celebrations and look forward to getting into the Irish spirit again in 2015!

Bay City River Roar Concert | Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is a Proud Partner

River roar

At our dealership, we are proud to be a partner of the Bay City River Roar Concert. This event brings big name musical acts to Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay region every year for an exciting event full of musical entertainment, activities, and great people. Past performances have included Styx, Alice Cooper, Darius Rucker, Ted Nugent, and many more! Make sure to stay tuned for this year’s Bay City River Roar Concert and join us for another rockin’ good time!

‘Trunk-or-Treat’ Halloween Event at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Trunk or treat

Every year for Halloween, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City partners with SVSU Athletics to put on the annual Trunk-or-Treat event. All children under 12 are invited to participate in a safe, fun, and weatherproof trick-or-treating experience with SVSU coaches, student athletes, and Graff Chevrolet team members. The event is FREE for kids 12 and under, and a parent or guardian MUST accompany the children. For the 2013 Trunk-or-Treat event, over 1,500 children came in costume and joined the Cardinal Athletics and Graff Chevrolet team for this awesome event. A costume contest was also held with prizes donated from Meijer. Be sure to join us this year for a wonderful, fun, and safe Halloween experience.

Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region | Presented by Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Great women

Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is proud to present the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The objective is simple but elegant: to recognize women for their commitment of time, talent and experience in a meaningful way to advance the community, making our region a better place to live, work and dream. Twelve great women will be selected from the Great Lakes Bay Region, two from each of the four communities: Saginaw, Midland, Bay City and Mount Pleasant. Also receiving recognition will be four great female students from each of the neighboring institutions of higher education: Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, Northwood University, and Central Michigan University.

We are extremely proud of this organization because it is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the exceptional women in our community. Every year we host networking receptions, recognition ceremonies, and so much more. Be sure to check in with our Graff Chevrolet – Bay City Facebook page for upcoming events and more information.

Girl Scouts of America | Sponsored by Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Girl scouts

We are very proud to sponsor the Girl Scouts of America – Heart of Michigan Great Lakes Bay Region. While in past years we have helped with events such as the Cookie Bake Off Benefit, we continue to support and encourage this future generation of leaders as much as possible. Be sure to check our Facebook page frequently to see what events we will be hosting in the future and how you can help support the Girl Scouts of America.

Tinsel Tree Challenge at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Tinsel tree challenge

The Tinsel Tree Challenge is Bay City's leading holiday event supporting local education! Students, teachers, and volunteers from public and private schools throughout Bay City spread Christmas joy by decorating over 30 ornate trees in the Graff Bay City showroom to represent each of their classrooms or schools. Then as part of the main event, the public is invited to share in the festivities by voting for their favorite trees with tickets purchased for $1 each. The proceeds from every ticket vote then go directly to that school! In the inaugural year, the community came together to raise about $3,000 for local education! Not only did each team earn money for their school by encouraging votes, but the Tinsel Tree judges also gave their input on which three trees earned the top spots, and an extra $500 for their schools!

ArtClash | Do-All, Inc. & Graff Chevrolet Bay City

Art clash

ArtClash is a unique 3-hour art competition that gives local artists the opportunity to win cash prizes! Open to all members of the community, participants bring their visions to life right before your eyes and then a panel evaluates each creation to select the top ten winners of cash prizes. The winning pieces are also sold during a live auction immediately following the event and remaining artwork is sold at a silent auction. The best part is that the talented artists receive 50% of the sale price and the other 50% benefits Do-Art Studio & Gallery! We are proud to partner with Do-All, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides work, training, and employment support for people with developmental and other disabilities!