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The Lights on St. Paul – A Musical Wonderland of Lights!

This year’s holiday will be even brighter when you drive through The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul – a musical wonderland with 1.4 million lights to delight young and old! New displays alongside traditional favorites will fill the half-mile route. The event benefits The Arc of Sedgwick County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc provides educational and social opportunities that enhance development of individual potential while also advocating for support and services in the community.

The Lights on St. Paul is possible due to the efforts of over 500 volunteers, who donate more than 5,000 hours to build displays, check lights, set up/tear down exhibits and greet visitors during the 32 nights the display is open. You can enjoy the Lights beginning Thanksgiving night through December 28th. As an added bonus, photos with Santa are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and on December 22nd & 23rd. Stop in at The Arc’s neighbor, the Independent Living Resource Center, at the end of the route, and a photo will be printed for you to take with you (for a $5 donation).

For more information call 316-943-1191 or visit the Arc online at www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org.
You can also find them on Facebook/Twitter: LightsOnStPaul. Use the hashtag #TheArcsLights to share this festive holiday event with others!

Donations can be made to The Arc anytime to support its Shine campaign. Make an online donation or print the donation form at www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org. Each Shine donation will light a bulb on the outdoor SHINE tree, signifying the light you are shining on someone’s life. Help make a difference!

WHAT: The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul
WHEN: November 27 (Thanksgiving) through December 28, 2014.

TIMES: 5:30 – 9pm Monday-Thursday
5:30 – 10pm Friday and Saturday and Dec. 22, 23 & 25
5:30 – 11:30pm Christmas Eve
(If there’s a line, the lights stay open until the last car in line drives through!)
COST: A $5 or more donation per car is recommended and will help provide programs for individuals with disabilities all year round
DIRECTIONS: Enter the route at the intersection of W. Douglas Ave. and St. Paul St. (4 blocks west of Meridian), turning north on St. Paul St. Volunteers will help guide you through the Lights. Tune in on your radio to hear the special holiday tunes.

2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers: Stuart and Barbara Ray

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…

Renee

Hop onboard the CHRISTMAS EXPRESS

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.

BOXED OUT:
The Christmas Express Concert
WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014
WHERE: The Orpheum Theatre
TIME: 7:00pm
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

Lincoln Launches Black Label Vehicles

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.”

Check out our inventory of Lincoln vehicles.

Kansas DUI Impact Center

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…

Renee

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter!

13 Nov 2014 / Davis-Moore

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.

  • Before you do anything else, read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.
  • Get engine performance and drivability problems— hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.— corrected at a reputable repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel and PVC. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keeping the gas tank filled also helps prevent moisture from forming.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual— more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
  • The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
  • The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
  • Replace old blades regularly. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad blades to fight ice build-up. Also, don’t forget to always carry an ice scraper.
  • Have your battery checked.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs and periodically clean road grime from all lenses.
  • Exhaust fumes inside your vehicle’s cabin can be deadly. Have the exhaust system examined for leaks and problems while the vehicle is on a lift.
  • Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing and cupping. Check the tire pressure once a month and rotate as recommended.
  • Have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.
  • The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box, as well.

Get your vehicle ready and stay safe this winter!