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"$25k Giveaway for Good" Winners Announced

WLR Automotive Group to donate $5,000 to the five top vote getters

January 30, 2013

For Immediate Release

Jasmine Sneed


Frederick, Maryland, January 28, 2013: WLR Automotive Group is thrilled to announce that five community organizations from around the region have each been awarded $5,000 in their $25k Giveaway for Good contest, held in celebration of the organization's 25th year of service.

After nearly three weeks of public voting on the contest website, these five nominees received the highest number of votes at the conclusion of the voting period. 64 community groups were nominated, and a total of 111,422 votes were placed by 21,070 registered voters over eighteen days.

In order of Vote Count, the Winners Are:

1. Warrior Canine Connection with 16,059 votes
Based in: Brookville, MD Regions Served: program runs via Walter Reed Medical Center program and serves soldiers from all regions including Maryland and Pennsylvania

2. Lab Rescue of the LRCP with 14,973 votes
Based in: Annandale, VA Regions Served: Mid-Atlantic Region including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia

3. Carroll Manor Recreation Council with 12,109 votes
Based in: Buckeystown, MD Regions Served: Frederick County

4.A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, Inc. with 11,303 votes
Based in: Olney, MD Regions Served: Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia

5. Training Leaders through Athletics with 11,010 votes
Based in: Hanover, PA Regions Served: Maryland and Pennsylvania

Details on these projects for good are listed below and can be found on the Winner's Page of the contest website. Also, a list of all the nominees by geographic region is provided below.

"We are thrilled to honor the work of these five community groups whose Projects for Good are impacting our communities both today and in the future, " says Randall S. Simpson, President and CEO of WLR Automotive Group, Inc. "This contest has been a meaningful way to not only celebrate our company anniversary, but to also recognize the extraordinary outreach of all 64 Project Nominees. We look forward to hosting the $25k Giveaway for Good contest again next year!"


Celebrating 25 years, WLR Automotive Group Inc., has been headquartered in Frederick, Maryland since 1987. The company operates 16 vehicle maintenance, repair, and car wash facilities throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Serving more than 300,000 customers each year, The Lube Centers, The Auto Spas, and The Auto Repairs are committed to the highest quality service and providing an exceptional experience for their customers. Visit to learn more.


Warrior Canine Connection: Greater Metro DC Region (Montgomery County, MD)
CONTACT: Molly Morelli,, 301-260-1111
Organization: WCC provides Service Members the opportunity to re-engage in a critical military support mission while receiving treatment for their psychological wounds. Based on the time-honored tradition of Warriors helping Warriors, this mission is to train service dogs for their physically disabled comrades. In preparing our purpose bred Golden and Labrador Retrievers to provide years of mobility and social support to Veterans with disabilities, our Warrior trainers are addressing their symptoms of PTS and TBI, better reintegrating into their communities, and strengthening their family relationships.

Project: A grant from 25kgiveawayforgood would be used to support our Dog Program for the year 2013. WCC dogs are in training at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and the Warrior Transition Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. A new litter of pups will be arriving for the New Year and an additional litter is planned for late Spring/early Summer.
In addition to healing the invisible wounds of their Warrior trainers and serving as future partners of disabled Veterans, these dogs enrich the lives of our local community members. The critical need to socialize the pups offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for children and adults wishing to support disabled Combat Veterans. WCC's Puppy Petting program at our Brookeville, MD "Healing Quarters" enables volunteers to contribute to the success of our future service dogs while learning about the care and training of the dogs.

Organization: WCC provides Service Members the opportunity to re-engage in a critical military support mission while receiving treatment for their psychological wounds. Based on the time-honored tradition of Warriors helping Warriors, this mission is to train service dogs for their physically disabled comrades. In preparing our purpose bred Golden and Labrador Retrievers to provide years of mobility and social support to Veterans with disabilities, our Warrior trainers are addressing their symptoms of PTS and TBI, better reintegrating into their communities, and strengthening their family relationships.

Lab Rescue of the LRCP: Greater Baltimore Area, MD
CONTACT: Wendy Finn,, (301) 299-6756
Organization: The focus of all of our efforts is to save Labrador retrievers in need, who in most instances face certain euthanization, from shelters, humane societies and owners who can no longer care for them; provide each dog with needed veterinary care; and then match them with a responsible permanent home. This goal is only possible with the generous support of donors who cover the cost of veterinary care and other expenses and volunteers who dedicate their time to transport the Labs, foster them in their homes and work with applicants to match families with adoptable dogs.

Project: If Lab Rescue were to win one of the $5,000 prizes, the money would be used to
fund our spay, neuter and microchipping program for the labs brought into our rescue. To spay/neuter and microchip one dog costs Lab Rescue approximately $150. $5,000 would spay/neuter and microchip 33 dogs.

In the U.S. there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Only half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the other half are euthanized. Spay/neuter is a critical aspect to reducing the number of pets that end up in shelters.

Lab Rescue microchips each dog brought into our rescue to help increase that dogs chance of being found should it ever become lost. Microchips can be scanned by shelters and veterinarians and help reunite an owner with their lost dog or cat.

Carroll Manor Recreation Council (CMRC): Greater Metro DC Area (Frederick, MD)
CONTACT: Randy Cole,, 301-748-4860
Organization: Carroll Manor Recreation Council (CMRC), located in scenic Adamstown, MD, is a Private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as determined by the IRS. A member of the Frederick County, Maryland Association of Rec Councils. CMRC offers youth programs for baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and wrestling serving the communities of Adamstown, Point of Rocks, Ballenger Creek, Buckeystown, Tuscarora and the general Fredrick County area.

Project: Carroll Manor Recreation Council's (CMRC) dream of building a park, on the 27 acres adjacent to Carroll Manor Elementary School (CMES), is rapidly becoming a reality. CMRC recently took ownership and title of those 27 acres, which have been donated by Eastalco. The Phase 1 Environmental Study is complete and a Preliminary Site Plan was submitted to Frederick County.

The converting of "raw" land to useful athletic for soccer, lacrosse, football, softball and baseball is an enormous task and must be undertaken in steps. CMRC will use funds from the $25K Giveaway for good to begin the development of the first fields. Funds raised will pay a portion of the costs to begin development. The already perked land will need to include roads, parking, fences and basic infrastructure as CMRC moves towards it first multi-use fields.

With many recreation councils and other groups requesting city and county fields, the addition of new fields and the ability of CMRC to use these fields will help reduce the increasing burden on other nearby fields.

A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, Inc.: Greater Baltimore Area, MD
CONTACT: Julia Bialeski,, 301-509-7851
Organization: A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, Inc. provides direct financial assistance to families who face the monetary burdens associated with cancer. We are an all-volunteer organization.

Project: We will use $5000 to provide small grants for direct financial assistance to families who are facing financial burdens due to cancer. Our organization provides short term support to families to help pay for the hidden costs of cancer, including copays, prescription drugs, groceries, gas, and other expenses incurred due to time away from work.

$5000 can go so far for our families. It can provide:

-rent for five families for one month
-groceries for ten families for one month
-prescription drug coverage for thirty patients for one month, or
-gas to and from treatments for fifteen families for one month

Because we are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the $5000 will go directly to help families in Maryland who need it so that they can focus their energy on fighting cancer without the unnecessary stress of worrying about finances.

Training Leaders through Athletics: York County, Pennsylvania
CONTACT: Tyler Clabaugh;; (717)476-8490

Organization: To utilize high level physical training and programming to develop people beyond the physical in an effort to raise up "Men & Women of Influence" that are prepared and equipped to win championships on the fields of life. TLA seeks to accomplish this through the use of their nationally recognized 5-Level Leadership Development Program that currently touches the lives of about 10,000 people per year domestically and abroad through physical training, leadership development workshops, camps, retreats, service initiatives, and mission trips. Thousands in PA & MD have participated since 2006.

Project: In March 2012, through the generosity of a local businessman, TLA and their community partners were given access to 10,000+ sq. ft. of warehouse space to expand their operations by developing an "EVERYDAY Champion" Community Impact Center for physical and leadership training. Through volunteer labor and donations the building has become operational over the past 8-months with much yet to be done. The funds would be allocated to the following:

1. Purchasing a screen, projector, and sound system for the main room of the Warehouse in order to offer 5th Quarter Outreach Concerts that will unite youth from every local school district after Friday night athletic contests in a productive atmosphere.

2. Building a small group mentoring room inside the Warehouse that will provide a needed space for 100+ teenagers to participate in a systemized weekly small group mentoring program.

3. Finishing a missionary training room to prepare TLA Mission Teams to perform leadership training and prison ministry programs in El Salvador multiple times per year that reach thousands of lives.

Completion of these projects will allow 300+ local participants access to these programs on a weekly basis.


Greater Baltimore Area:
A Message of Hope Cancer Fund, Arundel Boosters Club, Autism Speaks – Baltimore Community, Helping Up Mission, Icing Smiles, Inc., Lab Rescue of the LRCP, Partners in Care, Robert Goddard French Immersion School, Vehicles for Change

Greater Metro DC Area:
Animal Advocates of Carroll Co., MD, Inc, Maryland Creating Communities, FC Frederick Golden Mile Soccer, Human Services Program of Carroll County, Inc., Night of Peace Family Shelter, Inc, Nourish Now, Warrior Canine Connection

Western Maryland:
Carroll Manor Recreation Council, Family Services, Inc, Food Link, Girls Inc. of Washington County, Montgomery County Association for Hearing Impaired Children, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Penn-Mar Human Services, Southern Community Services, The Warford Foundation, Inc, Training Leaders Through Athletics

Nation-Wide Organization:
Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc., Care Wear Volunteers,

York County, Pennsylvania:
York County Food Bank, York Habitat for Humanity, York YMCA, York Young Revolution Baseball Organization,

Frederick County:
Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, Cakes for Cause, Celebrate Frederick, Children of Incarcerated Parents, Cocktails for a Cause, Daybreak Adult Day Services, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick Community Foundation, Frederick Rescue Mission, Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, Habitat for Humanity, Heartly House, Hope Alive, Literacy Council of Frederick County, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Maryland Sheriff's Youth Ranch, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, Middletown High School Sports Club, Inc., Middletown Valley Athletics Association, Mission of Mercy, Inc., New Life Christian School, Oakdale High School Athletics Booster Club, Second Chances Garage, Seed of Life Nurseries, The Arc of Frederick County, The Banner School, The Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund, The Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, United Way of Frederick County, Waterlilyz for Jesus and Woman to Woman Mentoring Program.