Congratulations to Stuart and Barbara Ray! Stuart, our CFO at Davis-Moore Auto Group, and his wife, Barbara, have been named as the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers by the Wichita Business Journal.
Stuart and Barbara have a long history of helping out the community with both their time and treasure. Some of the organizations they have supported over the years include United Way of the Plains, Wichita Children’s Home, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House and the Kansas Humane Society.
The couple told the Wichita Business Journal that they feel blessed and fortunate. According to Barbara, “I’ve always thought that if you’re blessed that you need to give, and we’ve certainly been blessed.”
Since 2009, Stuart has served as a chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk. Meanwhile, Barbara has served as a Team and Training coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she helps prepare people for marathon and half-marathon fundraising events.
Another primary focus of Barbara’s is the Wichita Children’s Home. Since 2009, she has served on the program and development committee and has also been a board member for six years. Stuart is a chair of the Classic Cars for Kids program, and both Stuart and Barbara are chairs of the Make it Better campaign. One of Barbara’s main focuses is the BRIDGES program. This program promotes educational opportunities for the organization’s older youth. To Barbara, the reward is simply seeing the difference being made in the children’s lives.
Stuart and Barbara have also focused a lot of attention on the United Way. Annually, they have given more than $10,000 through the organization’s Tocqueville Society leadership program.
Not only do they give their treasure, but they also give their time. Stuart has served on the United Way board of directors since 2007 and was the board chair in 2011. He has also worked on the finance committee every year, the campaign committee for four years and the allocation committee for five years.
Thanks to Stuart’s leadership, Davis-Moore’s employee giving program has won top awards from the United Way, including the Spirit of giving award in 2011 and 2013.
Until next time…
A Musical Buffet to top off your Thanksgiving Weekend!
The 7th Annual “Christmas Express” returns to the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita on Saturday, November 29th. This growing holiday tradition benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Mark your calendars for the first holiday concert of the season! It promises to be a show the whole family will enjoy.
“The idea behind Christmas Express is to have a cornucopia of music that provides something for everyone. It’s new and fresh each year,” says concert sponsor/organizer Jeff Breault.
Many vocalists will lend their talents to the Christmas Express, performing songs in a wide variety of styles. Artists for 2014 include Erika McGuire (pop), Sondra Hacker (rock), Joey Sauer (crooner), Mary Aaron Schulz (blues), Carson Mac (pop), Tim Drennan (classical), Drake Macy (rock), Uche (pop), Eddie Macy (blues) and Carrie Jonas (pop). Also performing is artist and founder of Christmas Express, Joe Sauer. “These are my favorite local musicians and singers who will absolutely rock the house with their energetic versions of Christmas Classics,” said Sauer. “They can and will cover everything from Frank Sinatra to Kelly Clarkson.” Most songs will also include backing vocals from Erika McGuire, Christina Kubish, Karen Hill and Tim Drennan.
Along with great vocalists, the Christmas Express boasts an incredible band, including Jim Hill as band leader and lead guitarist, Joe Clements (arranger and trombone), Joey Sauer (keyboards), Ron Schauf (bass), Pat Preboth (drums), Allen Laramore (trumpet), Bob Kendrick (keyboards), Brian Powell (percussion), Casey Gunsch (tenor sax), Randy Roach (baritone sax), Rick Haywood (guitar), Scott Strecker (trumpet), and Tyler Gauldin (alto sax). You’ll also get a taste of the accordion and bass from Bob Wildt, flute from Grayce Kaufmann, cello from Madeline Harder, harmonica from Craig “Twister” Steward, and Terry Hacker on bass. Additionally, The Macy Brothers Band and the rhythm section from Central Christian Church will also perform.
100% of ticket sales from The Christmas Express will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Midian Shrine transportation fund. Tickets are $20 general admission, and may be purchased through Select-a-Seat, any Dillons Superstore, the Orpheum Theater, the Shrine Temple and Nelson Designs.
Thank you to the event sponsors, The Orpheum; Carey, Thomas, Hoover & Breault Investments; Wichita State University Media Resources Center; Nelson Designs, LLC; R & J Discount Liquor; and Jeff and Shelly Breault.
The Christmas Express Concert
WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014
WHERE: The Orpheum Theatre
TICKETS: $20 at Select-a-Seat, Dillons, The Orpheum, The Shrine Temple and Nelson Designs
A benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Midian Shrine transportation fund
In December 2014, 32 Lincoln dealerships across the country will launch a Black Label service and customization program.
The Black Label program will be available on the MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan. It includes custom design themes with unique materials and colors as well as free routine service and car washes for four years or 50,000 miles.
It will be offered through dealerships in California, Michigan, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Florida. Lincoln plans to expand Black Label to more dealerships and more models.
According to executives, the goal is to make buying and owning a Lincoln easier. The maintenance program includes coverage for shocks, engine belts and hoses, brake pads and linings, wiper blades and spark plugs. Customers will also receive a free rental while their car is being fixed, or they can also choose to skip the dealership experience altogether and have their cars picked up and returned by remote service when maintenance is needed. Additionally, customers can have their cars washed for free anytime at a dealership.
Black Label customers also get a “culinary collection” membership and receive access to a list of 14 selected restaurants in the launch states where chefs will provide a specially tailored dining experience. More restaurants will be added in the next year.
MKC and MKZ buyers can choose from four themes. The first, Indulgence, uses a chocolate color scheme. The second, Center Stage, features a jet-black cabin with red accents. The Modern Heritage theme provides a traditional black-and-white setting, and the Oasis theme employs a softer, spa-like color palette. More themes will be introduced as the Black Label program expands.
The cabins of Black Label vehicles will have a custom, Venetian leather sourced from supplier Eagle Ottawa that will be used for the instrument panels, inside of the doors and center consoles. According to Lincoln’s color and materials design manager, Janet Seymour, “When you get into Black Label vehicles, it most definitely feels more plush, luxurious and upgraded.”
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Drunk driving is a choice. It kills, maims and injures innocent people. It is more important than ever to keep our community roads safe, and the Kansas DUI Impact Center is helping to do so.
The Kansas DUI Impact Center helps reduce the traumatic effect drunk driving crashes have on victims and their families and increases awareness of the human consequences of drunk driving. It was started in 1987 by Mary Ann Khoury after a childhood friend, three months pregnant with her third child, was hit by a repeat offending drunk driver who ran through a red light in Wichita. The friend and unborn child were in a coma for over two months before passing away. Khoury, who was also hit by a drunk driver in 1971, realized that there were no support groups or help for victims of drunk driving automobile crashes in the Wichita area. So, she decided that something had to be done.
After countless hours of research and phone calls along with abundant support from friends and family, the Kansas DUI Impact Center was established. Although it took several years, the Center has evolved from a family room and an answering machine to a downtown office with a full-time staff. The Kansas DUI Impact Center is now the only comprehensive program in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area, with expanding programs throughout the state, providing services to victims of DUI crimes.
If you are a victim, or know a victim, affected by drunk driving or if you are interested in the education and prevention of drunk driving, call 316-262-1673 and visit the Kansas DUI Impact Center website for more information.
Until next time…
According to Tony Molla, Vice President of Communications at Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), “Regular, routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollination and catch minor problems before they become big headaches.” ASE offers car care tips to help give you peace of mind during fall and winter driving.
Get your vehicle ready and stay safe this winter!
Meet the 2014 Fiat 500L…
The 2014 Fiat 500L is 27 inches longer than the Fiat 500 as well as 6 inches wider and 6 inches taller. It has the best interior volume in its class and was designed from the interior outward. The upper cabin is nearly all glass, which gives better visibility. The abundance of glass and the giant, panoramic power-operated sunroof makes the interior feel light and airy.
The steering wheel is styled to be circular on the outside, but the contrasting materials give it a square look on the inside. The seats are made of nylon-like material and the lower portion of the dash uses a stone-like finish. The second row of seats also fold down for extra utility. The 500L feels big inside, and there is plenty of headroom.
On the outside, the Fiat 500L is complete with a contrasting roof color, oblong headlights and fender flares. It also features rounded edges and a floating center grille.
The only engine offered is the 1.4-liter turbocharged four that makes 160hp and 184lb-ft of torque. The 500L uses an electric power-steering system, which takes some road feel out.
Check out our inventory of the 2014 Fiat 500L.