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!

Hometown Heroes

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Graff Bay City is proud to partner with Hometown Heroes in their mission to connect active and retired military, Police, Firefighters, 1st Responders and Teachers with organizations and businesses who provide resources and services for our Heroes. We're proud to support those who have fought for our country and who sacrifice to keep us safe, and we're honored to be able to serve them in any way that we can related to their automobiles, as well as their involvement in the community. Learn more about Hometown Heroes here: www.hthproject.com/

Just for Kids Foundation | Maier & Associates Charitable Foundation

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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’

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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

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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

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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 Sports Clinics | Graff Chevrolet Bay City

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

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Join us on February 18, 2012 at SVSU for the forth-annual “Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition” and reception event. Each survivor and guest will receive free admission to the men and women’s basketball games versus Hillsdale following the event. Survivors will be recognized at half time of the women’s basketball game. Last year there were 58 survivors who participated in the event. Join us and help us wipe out breast cancer.

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

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The 58th Annual Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this March 18th at 2:00 PM and is set to start at Center and Park Ave. and will end at Wenona Park. The first Bay City parade took place in 1955 and has since grown to an event that has become an eagerly anticipated event for the Irish and Irish at heart. Past parades have featured the Notre Dame marching band and pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada. Each year our Queens pageant provides scholarship monies for the Queen and court. These young Irish lass’ are selected based on a personal interview a well as on stage poise and creativity.

The 2012 parade will be led by Parade Marshal, Denny Hayes. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at Center and Park Avenues and ends at Wenona Park. Entries include the St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands, and drill teams along with new entries. All will be marching to celebrate the Irish, our community and the beginning of spring.

Join us this year and come out and support this wonderful event and have a Happy St. Patty’s Day from us at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City.

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

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Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is a proud partner, along with many other local businesses and organizations, to bring big name musical acts to Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay Region for the annual Bay City River Roar. Past performances have included Styx, Alice cooper, Darius Rucker, Ted Nugent, and many more. Be sure to join us this year for another rocking’ good time.

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

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Each Halloween Graff Chevrolet in Bay City partners with SVSU Athletics to put on the annual Trunk-or-Treat event. 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 the children MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Last year over 1,500 children came in costume and joined the Cardinal Athletics and Graff Chevrolet team for this awesome event. A costume contest compliments of Meijer was held and prizes were awarded. 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

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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 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). This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the exceptional women in our community.

“The Great Lakes Bay Region has seen impressive advances in recent years, in large measure because of the passion of local women who work hard at putting our communities first,” said Lisa Kusey-Rechsteiner, general manager of Graff Chevrolet. “This award is meant to honor women who create, encourage and manage all sorts of activities that make our community a better place to live, work and dream. They don’t seek honor or glory, but they deserve it.”

Join us February 8, 2012. A networking reception will begin at 4 p.m. in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall. The program includes a panel discussion on how women can serve as change agents and make a meaningful difference in their communities. Kelly McMann, music director at Mix 106.3 WGER-FM, will moderate the discussion. The ceremony is open to the public and free of charge, but seating is limited. The honorees also will be publicly recognized during halftime of the women’s basketball game between SVSU and Northwood that begins at 6 p.m

To RSVP for this event please contact us

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

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The Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has been awarded the NCAA Community Engagement Award of Excellence for the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ event, after receiving the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) nomination for the community engagement award for the 2011-12 academic year. At Graff Chevrolet 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 2012 ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, which is tentatively scheduled for October 26th. We are proud to be a partner with SVSU Athletics.

Tinsel Tree Challenge at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

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The Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has been awarded the NCAA Community Engagement Award of Excellence for the ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ event, after receiving the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) nomination for the community engagement award for the 2011-12 academic year. At Graff Chevrolet 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 2012 ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, which is tentatively scheduled for October 26th. We are proud to be a partner with SVSU Athletics.

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

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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!

Saginaw Correctional Facility Knitting & Crochet Program

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For over 15 years, inmates from the Saginaw Correctional Facility (SRF) have participated in a program that teaches them knitting and crocheting. In the past, our own Lisa Kusey-Rechsteiner of Graff Chevrolet Bay City, has helped the SRF run a community yarn drive that brought enough knitting/crochet items that funded this program for several years. More recently, Warden O.T. Winn, Glenn Kusey, and Tia Clark from SRF along with Lisa Kusey-Rechsteiner have partnered together to donate the yarn goods created by the inmates to the Saginaw School System. Over 1,000 sets of hats and mittens have been donated to local schools, daycares, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and half-way houses thus far. Not only does this program benefit the inmates by teaching them a skill and giving them a chance to give back, but it has clearly helped our local community by keeping them warm.