Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Three Red Deer based dealerships have donated $10,000 to various local organizations including the food bank. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Three Red Deer based dealerships have donated $10,000 to various local organizations including the food bank. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Three Red Deer car dealerships help organizations in need

Three Red Deer automobile dealerships have come together to donate $10,000 to local organizations.

Garrett Scott, dealer operator at Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick, said the three dealers — GMC, along with Gary Moe Auto Group and Southside Dodge Chrysler — were part of the former Red Deer Motor Dealer Association, which dissolved several years ago.

But there was about $3,000 left over from the association, which led to discussions about what to do with the money.

The three locally owned dealerships decided to put in another $7,000 to donate to the Red Deer Food Bank, Kidsport and Red Deer public and Catholic school division programs.

Given the ongoing pandemic, Scott said, local organizations are struggling to raise funds and it’s important to give back.

Dean Moe, general manager at the Gary Moe Auto Group, said both he and his brother Eric wanted to support local groups during the ongoing pandemic.

“We wanted to make a local impact,” said Moe.

“Obviously, not all businesses and organizations have had an influx of business with the pandemic and we wanted to support local because it’s so important right now,” he said.

Peter Swainson, president and general manager at Southside Dodge Chrysler, said the three outlets are the last of the independent dealerships in the city.

“We wanted to contribute what we thought would be a substantial amount and spread it among some of the groups that are in need right now,” he said.

“And we wanted to expand on what (money) we had left over.”



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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