The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

The 2018 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

The Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment

We believe in being a positive force in something bigger. And it all starts right here in our community. Not just by our donations, but by our actions.

That's why we stay true to our Love Promise Community Commitment by partnering with a wide variety of community nonprofits and charities.

Every year, we join hands with our owners in the "Share the Love" event, giving back to our community-a community that's given so much to us.

So, every day, we strive to ensure our love is felt not just by our customers, but by all in our community. We do this because we feel it is the right thing to do.

We are proud to participate in the Love Promise Community Commitment. We're grateful, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve and support the causes and passions that are closest to our hearts, right here in our neighborhood.

All of the organizations we support have one thing in common: the unwavering dedication to improve the world and the lives of ­its people.

Subaru Loves Pets

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Subaru Loves the Earth

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Subaru Loves Learning

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Subaru Loves to Help

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Subaru Loves to Care

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Pets

Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated close to $14 million to the ASPCA and helped support nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.

Environment

Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. It means working to preserve it.

Over a decade ago, Subaru became the first U.S. auto manufacturer to become zero-landfill, and now, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association, Subaru is leveraging that same environmental expertise to help the National Parks reach zero-landfill too.

Education

It’s our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Total donations to teachers: $92,233
Over 200 teachers adopted
More than 15,000 students impacts

Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

Subaru and Meals on Wheels America worked together to make volunteering easier, by launching a tool called the Meals on Wheels Online Volunteer Drive.

Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Subaru has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to
Make A Wish, helping to grant 610 wishes in the U.S.

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Love Promise Stories from Crews Subaru of Charleston

Crews Team Cares for Foster Care Youth at CYDC  –  Gordon R

Crews Team Cares for Foster Care Youth at CYDC

The entire team at Crews Subaru of Charleston led in spirit and indeed by Robert Crews, cares deeply about the abused, neglected and abandoned youth served by Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC). CYDC is a Charleston-area nonprofit that serves over 900 children and families annually. Originally, the Charleston Orphan House, CYDC is the oldest municipal orphanage in the US and has been a presence in the Lowcountry since 1790. Crews Subaru is supportive of CYDC financially; but more impressively, the Crews team participates in the activities of the organization! Whether golfing to recruit mentors for at-risk children, providing academic incentives for our foster care youth, supporting facility improvements on the CYDC campus or dressing up and dancing at the annual gala, Crews Subaru leads by example. CYDC fulfills its mission by crafting individualized care plans that outline education, personal development, independent living and family involvement goals with every young person who lives with us. CYDC’s pivotal location affords a statewide reach on expansive campus grounds. Our legacy for over 228 years has been to lead the way with an inspiring track record of sustainability. Likewise, CYDC offers our youth assets such as the Bakker Career Center, Music Studio, Auto Lab, Artist-in-Residence, Job Readiness Training and more. However, we succeed only because of the generosity of our community – specifically, the generosity of partners like Crews Subaru. This year’s sponsorship of our annual bowling event was particularly special for 30 CYDC youth. Crews Subaru‘s support enabled children who have never had the simple pleasure of rolling a bowling ball to enjoy the morning with their mentors and residential life skills specialists. Whether finding a gutter or a strike, our kids had a blast! They wouldn’t have been able to participate but for the kind Crews Subaru multi-lane sponsorship. Crews Subaru of Charleston is role-modeling how to be a positive force for others and setting a community example through its generous work with CYDC.


Supporting Cancer Survivors Through Dragon Boat!  –  Amy B

Supporting Cancer Survivors Through Dragon Boat!

Dragon Boat Charleston promotes the physical and mental health of cancer survivors and their community through dragon boating. While our work is ongoing year-round, we have one major event that helps support our mission and our programs throughout the year. Crews Subaru has been a leader and a partner in that event for more than 10 years! Our Annual Dragon Boat Festival is held every May and draws 3,000-5,000 participants and visitors each year to celebrate hope and fight cancer together. Crews Subaru has always been front and center as we do that. Crews Subaru knows that cancer touches everyone and they care enough to show up and be a leader in our community as we all work to fight it. In fact, our Festival would NOT be the same without the telltale cars situated throughout the park reminding everyone that Crews Subaru cares too! I have visited them personally and have never felt like they support our cause for any reason except they know it is the right thing to do. When a company has that character at its core, it says something strong about how they will treat everyone. It really is true that we all have a friend in the car business! Thank you Crews Subaru for all you do for Dragon Boat Charleston, our cancer survivors and all those who are touched and joined together in our fight to beat cancer!


Ken French our Hero  –  Rachel M

Ken French our Hero

The Subaru Love Promise is alive and well at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston thanks to Ken French of Crews Subaru of Charleston. Ken is a one-man show who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for our charity, be it at the live auction of our annual McDonald’s Dr. Pepper Golf Tournament, or during the auction of our annual Bag Lady Luncheon. In fact, he has done so much for our house that we’ve named the front porch after him with the help of Crews Subaru of Charleston. The Subaru Love Promise is all about giving back, and Ken French does that tirelessly. For over 10 years he has been the auctioneer/MC at our annual golf tournament and has made it our most profitable fundraising event each year. Ken comes to our house several times a year, whether delivering a check or make a donation on behalf of Crews Subaru on Bobby Hartin’s annual radiothon every November. And his work at the Annual Bag Lady Luncheon is commendable, especially because he’s the only male in a room of 350 ladies who are bidding on trips and handbags. This event, too, has exceeded all financial expectations, due in large to Ken’s talent at getting people to donate, and donate big. Our 32 families of critically ill children being treated in area hospitals are so thankful for individuals like Ken French who make sure that they have a warm bed and three hot meals every day.


Hope & Comfort to Local Cancer Patients with LLS!  –  Crystal F

Hope & Comfort to Local Cancer Patients with LLS!

For the last two years, LLS Honored Hero, Rachel Darling has partnered with LLS and the Crews Subaru of Charleston team to deliver blankets to patients undergoing treatment and to bring light and hope to those patients through her story of survivorship. This year was no different, on July 17th the Crews Subaru team, Rachel Darling, and LLS joined forces to provide warmth, comfort, and hope to patients in moments when they need it most - treatment day! This delivery was especially impactful this year as one of the patients being visited was Aubrey, a 16-year-old girl bravely fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the same type of leukemia that Rachel is now in remission from! Rachel finished treatment this past December for ALL and is a healthy young lady ready to start the 6th grade! On the 17th, as the team entered Aubrey’s room they enjoyed the humor and lightheartedness that she was exuding! As she deals with the loss of her hair from chemo she works to keep her spirits up by finding the humor where she can – on this day she was wearing a shirt that said “My Oncologist does my hair”! She joked with the team and was very thankful for the blanket and messages of hope! As Rachel presented the blanket, Aubrey's mother Jennifer saw the survivor pin Rachel so proudly wears, her eyes filled up with tears and through a smile, she asked what type of cancer Rachel had. As they shared stories and learned how similar Aubrey and Rachel diagnosis was Jennifer felt comfort and hope that Aubrey would come out strong and thrive on the other side of her treatment. This was especially helpful that day as Aubrey was headed in for a bone marrow biopsy, and both mom and daughter were feeling anxious and a little worried about the outcome. Aubrey and Jennifer were so inspired to meet Rachel, and the chance to receive the warm blanket and the well wishes from the Subaru and LLS team meant so much to them, especially on an extra challenging day. They were smiling as the team left the room – and their spirits were a little lighter and more hopeful than before we walked in. The opportunity that the amazing partnership between LLS and Subaru presents has an impact that goes far beyond just a blanket and a craft kit – but instead, it truly provides comfort, hope, and support for a patient and their family! We at the Lowcountry SC Leukemia & Lymphoma Society particularly appreciates the partnership with Crews Subaru of Charleston and we look forward to a continued partnership as together we work to beat cancer!


Feeding Friends  –  Jenny L

Feeding Friends

Since its founding, East Cooper Meals on Wheels has focused on serving adults of any age or income who are homebound, whether permanently or temporarily. As we developed significant relationships with our local hospitals, including East Cooper Medical Center, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, and MUSC, we discovered an underserved population that met our criteria for becoming a recipient—recently discharged hospital patients.Some live within the East Cooper area, but we discovered that many recently discharged patients actually traveled a great distance from their homes to undergo surgery. Being close to the hospital for follow up appointments and ongoing treatment was an important part of their recovery, so they ended up staying in local hotels.Discussions with our partners affirmed that adequate nutrition, for both the patient and any accompanying caregivers, was a critical component of the recovery process. Our meals are well balanced and created to deliver maximum protein and fiber while minimizing sodium, cholesterol, and sugar. We also know from experience that relieving the burden of cooking or procuring meals has a significant impact on a caregiver’s overall well being, too.In 2015, we launched a new pilot program with MUSC called Feeding Friends to address the unique needs of discharged hospital patients and their caregivers who are staying in hotels. We now use our Subaru Outback on a daily basis to deliver meals to patients and their caregivers at area hotels that contract with the hospital. This year we are on target to serve over 1,000 patients. The program needs are dynamic and based on each particular patient’s length of stay in a hotel. Having our Subaru Outback allows us the flexibility to change the route as often as necessary and meet the needs of these deserving recipients.


Subaru aids Meals on Wheels patients after surgery  –  George R

Subaru aids Meals on Wheels patients after surgery

When East Cooper Meals on Wheels was established in 1985, the founding board members made a commitment to feed anyone who was homebound, regardless of their age or income. In recent years, we’ve also committed ourselves to the idea that “Food is Medicine,” which is especially true for people who are homebound following surgery or illnesses that required hospitalization.Using our Subaru Outback, our President/CEO George Roberts and one of our board members, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, recently made a special effort to visit with hospital discharge managers and local physicians, ensuring that they know we are available to help their patients when they return home. We call this program Feeding Friends. Many people also travel to have surgeries performed at Charleston area hospitals and then stay at local hotels after their discharge from the hospital to make follow-up appointments more convenient. We recognize them as our “homebound” neighbors during this time and, using our Subaru Outback, our staff delivers nutritious meals to the patients and their caregivers so they can focus on regaining their health.


Another Successful Mountainfilm on Tour  –  Chris H

Another Successful Mountainfilm on Tour

Crews Subaru has been the Title Sponsor for Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston two years and running. We could not bring this showcase of thought provoking outdoor films to the Charleston Music Hall without their generous support. Mountainfilm on Tour celebrates "indomitable spirit" and that's exactly what we want from our sponsors. Crews Subaru leads the way with their sponsorship of our festival. Not only do they support us financially, without which we could not hold the festival, but every team member from the Crews Subaru family attended the festival to show us their commitment to bringing thought provoking films to the community. We were excited to see their vehicles in several of the films which stands as a testament to the cars that they sell. We could not be more honored to have Crews Subaru on board as our Title Sponsor and hope to again for the 5th Annual Mountainfilm on Tour in 2019.


Subaru Loves to Learn and Help  –  German E

Subaru Loves to Learn and Help

On March 9th, the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School held their major Spring fundraiser - Spring Tailgate and Bingo, with Crews Subaru as a primary sponsor. We can't tell how many times Subaru has come to our aid as we continue to grow our mission in the Low Country. We are a small school, and our Creative Arts needs are not well funded by the school district, so fundraising is critical to our mission. HR, Josh, Ken, Jason and the team at Crews Subaru have never waivered in their support. For years, they have come to our aid - even providing their own labeled water to be used in our concession sales to raise even more money. We can't say enough what the support to us, and to all the causes they support in the Low Country truly means. So, for now, Thank You will have to suffice. But there is so much more we could say.


Family Fun in Charleston  –  Sarah D

Family Fun in Charleston

Crews Subaru has partnered with The Post and Courier for several years to bring two fun, family-friendly events to the tri-county area. Each year, over 3,000 families attend the Lowcountry Family Expo and The Lowcountry Pet Expo and are delighted with interactive fun, educational activities, and great entertainment on stage. The Post and Courier team loves watching the faces of kids as they look to their parents and exclaim “that car is so cool, let’s get one!” Crews Subaru supports family fun and together we hope to continue to provide the community with two exciting days at the Lowcountry Family and Pet Expos!


Charleston gets snow!  –  Jenny L

Charleston gets snow!

It is not often that it snows in Charleston, SC. But when it did, East Cooper Meals on Wheels was prepared. Prepared, thanks to a 2018 Subaru Outback. The temperatures were freezing and the snow and ice had not moved in days. However, our work delivering meals did not stop moving and the Subaru Outback was a big part of that. “The new Outback has greatly helped East Cooper Meals on Wheels. We serve anyone east of the Cooper River who is homebound, regardless of age or income,” said George Roberts, CEO of East Cooper Meals on Wheels. “Along with dedicated volunteers, we prepare and deliver over 400 meals per day, 365 days per year—regardless of the weather.” East Cooper Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers feel safe when they ride in the Subaru Outback, and having reliable transportation ensures that our recipients receive their daily meals. East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers more than a meal. The Subaru Outback provides wheels and we provide meals. In addition, our volunteers assess recipients each time they visit. They provide a safety check for those living alone, just like this particular recipient. If a volunteer sees something like this or sees that a recipient needs any sort of medical attention, they take the necessary steps to get help.When other competing responsibilities make it impossible or difficult for us to be there, East Cooper Meals on Wheels can make sure parents, grandparents and others are cared for, and that someone is there to provide a daily safety check. Our 2018 Subaru Outback is a large part of helping East Cooper Meals on Wheels to deliver on its mission.


I wish to have a camper- Nathan's Wish Reveal  –  Maggie M

At Make-A-Wish South Carolina we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Nathan, 17 from Goose Creek living with a circulatory system disease wished for a camper. He loves to travel, but because of his needs his parents found it difficult to go anywhere too far from home. A camper would give him the ability to see new places, spend quality time with his family, and create life long memories. Make-A-Wish and Subaru have a long standing partnership. Knowing their deep commitment to the Lowcountry community, we approached Crews Subaru to help us make Nathan's wish come true by hosting his wish reveal. From the first conversation throughout the entire planning process, the only question voiced by Crews Subaru was- "what else do you need?" They were instrumental in connecting us to the representatives at Camping World which helped us get the ball rolling on finalizing receiving the camper. Throughout the planning process, H.R. and Ken were constantly coming up with new ways to make Nathan's wish reveal special. On November 7th, 2017 the day arrived for Nathan to receive his camper at Crews Subaru. Nathan and his family were blown away. There was barbecue, music, and all the Subaru and Camping World employees were there to celebrate Nathan. On top of that Subaru and Camping World outfitted Nathan with additional swag; tailgating chairs, loungers, coolers, a grill, and clothing.Crews Subaru also made a $2,500 donation in an honor of Nathan's wish. To say that Crews Subaru went above and beyond is an understatement. Wish reveals are such important days to wish kids and their families. It provides them a moment to reflect on how far they've come and to look forward to the future. Crews Subaru knew that and worked to make that day extra special for Nathan. Below is a quote from Nathan's father, Steven: "To say thank you really doesn't do the words justice. You have really given us a capability we've never had before and that's to go on holiday. We've never had that before because of the logistics of taking Nathan places. So this is awesome. It truly is a game changer for us and we're really looking forward to it." Wishes are powered by community. They are powered by groups like Crews Subaru. We are so grateful for the generosity of Mr. Crews, H.R., Ken, and all the folks at Subaru, because they make wishes come true for brave children like Nathan.


Subaru Love,adoptions,Chili and Oysters!  –  Kay H

Subaru Love,adoptions,Chili and Oysters!

Each year without fail the Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast is sponsored by our local Subaru Dealership,Crews Subaru of Charleston.Throughout the years Crews Subaru has gone above and beyond, cooking chili, helping to raise money and supporting mission to alleviate cruelty to animals. 2017 was our 18th Annual event and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and we adopted 24 dogs! Over the years hundreds of animals have been adopted and thousands more treated for serious medical issues with the money raised at the event. With 90% of our community’s unwanted or abandoned animals being treated by Charleston Animal Society, we are faced with a vast number of health issues ranging from heartworm positive dogs to severely injured or malnourished animals. With only 25% of our funding coming from government sources, we rely heavily on our business partners and community to help with medical expenses for our animals. Our Chili Cook Off any Oyster Roast is critical to raise contributions to Toby’s Fund to save dogs with collars embedded, pets abandoned by hit and run drivers, females bred over and over again until they are nearly lifeless, and many other conditions. We treat these animals’ medical conditions so that they can find the happy home they deserve.Together, we save animals like Toby, this fund’s namesake. Toby was a beautiful golden retriever mix who came to us suffering chemical burns over a large portion of his body. Despite his dire condition, our medical team could see the fight in his eyes and proceeded with weeks of intense treatment. He bounced back stronger than ever and was quickly adopted by a new loving family.Toby’s legacy lives on as we save the lives of animals like Caitlyn the dog who was bound with electrical tape and had numerous surgeries to save her life. without the support of business partners like Crews Subaru of Charleston, we would not be able to sustain our NO KILL COMMUNITY!


Helping our Community, Its in their DNA!  –  Kay H

Helping our Community, Its in their DNA!

The Charleston Animal Society has many valued partners in the Low Country. One of those is Crews Subaru of Charleston. For eight years, they have supported us as we have experienced exponential growth, providing us with sponsorship dollars, vehicle service, paint and body work on our transport vans, vinyl wraps on our vehicles and, of course, through the help of Subaru Of America, a donated vehicle each year. Events, activities and support happen throughout the year – adoption events at Crews Subaru and at our shelter; Parades and other appearances; full page color ads in the Post & Courier for special events, sometimes paying for the ad, sometimes simply making their contract rates available to help stretch funding; working with Adams Outdoor to subsidize pet adoption campaigns; working behind the scenes with helping secure other business sponsors. All of this and more, not just for the Charleston Animal Society, but reaching out to the Francis Willis / Summerville SPCA and Pet Helpers as well. More than a sponsor – a Partner. Living and breathing the Subaru Love Promise every day. The team at Crews Subaru can’t help it – it’s in their DNA


Crews Subaru at it's finest!  –  Crews S

Crews Subaru at it's finest!

Robert Crews, Ken French and their Crews Subaru team have been sharing the love with the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, Inc. for several years at the Charity Golf Classic, donating more than $150,000 during this decade. Their impact on the house has been bigger and better than any other business in Charleston, and our families have benefitted greatly from their generosity. And this year they have gone above and beyond with a donation of over $38,000 to the house from their “share the love” Subaru campaign. Their generosity has been exhibited in so many ways, both monetarily and voluntarily. Ken French has been our auctioneer at the Charity Golf Classic Pre-Party for years, and has recently taken on the task of master of ceremonies and auctioneer to 300 ladies at our annual Bag Lady Luncheon, no small feat. Robert Crews has created a business partnership between his dealerships and the House, giving our families the opportunity to stay close to their critically ill children being treated at MUSC’s Children’s hospital, and the entire staff of Subaru have taken part in fundraisers at the dealership benefitting our house.


Spreading Warmth and Hope with Rachel!  –  Crystal F

Spreading Warmth and Hope with Rachel!

On June 28th, 2017, together again for the second year the Crews Subaru of Charleston team; Robert Crews, Owner; Ken French, Marketing Director; and HR Hicks, General Manager met up with, LLS Honored Hero, Rachel Darling for her to lead the way in spreading hope and warmth throughout Hollings Cancer Center. After unloaded two Subaru Forester’s full of blankets, the team set out to deliver blankets with Rachel as inspiration, since she knows all too well how cold and gloomy it can be in the hospital while receiving treatment. Rachel sporting her new “survivor” pin helped spread the floors with cheer, hope, and warmth with the Subaru blankets. Rachel’s smile and positive spirit brightened so many patients’ days.“I really enjoyed meeting Ms Barbara today, she was so excited about the blanket and loved my “survivor” pin. I hope she stays warm during treatment and can keep on smiling!” said Rachel. Ms. Barbara was a patient that Rachel and Ken had the opportunity to meet while she waited for her treatment. Ms Barbara took a liking to Rachel. Ms Barbara was very inspired, “If she can do it, I can too! Thank you for the hope in Rachel’s smile and the coziness for my treatment today.” Ms Barbara was one of the many patients who joyfully accepted their blankets, so many thank you’s and smiles were given in return. LLS is grateful to the generosity of Subaru and their customers for being true community partners and sharing the love with cancer patients and their families!


Subaru and NWF Love the Earth!  –  Wendi A

Subaru and NWF Love the Earth!

Our second graders enjoyed planting and can't wait to get the bird feeders! We love to read beside the garden!


Spreading Hope and Warmth!!  –  Crystal F

Spreading Hope and Warmth!!

Together again for the second year in a row Rachel, Robert, Ken, and HR could be found spreading warmth and hope through the treatment floors of MUSC Hollings Cancer Center! On June 28th, 2017 the Crews Subaru of Charleston team; Robert Crews, Owner; Ken French, Marketing Director; and HR Hicks, General Manager unloaded two Subaru Forester’s full of blankets and hope to be delivered to the many patients receiving treatment today. They met up with, LLS Honored Hero, Rachel Darling for her to lead the way again this year, as she knows all too well how cold and gloomy it can be in the hospital while receiving treatment. Rachel sporting her new “survivor” pin helped spread the floors with cheer, hope, and warmth with the Subaru blankets. Rachel’s smile and positive spirit brightened so many patients’ days. Today was such a special day for Rachel and helped her feel as if she was really making a difference. “I really enjoyed meeting Ms Barbara today, she was so excited about the blanket and loved my “survivor” pin. I hope she stays warm during treatment and can keep on smiling!” said Rachel. Ms. Barbara was a patient that Rachel and Ken had the opportunity to meet while she waited for her treatment. Ms Barbara took a liking to Rachel. Ms Barbara was very inspired, “If she can do it, I can too! Thank you for the hope in Rachel’s smile and the coziness for my treatment today.” Ms Barbara was one of the many patients who joyfully accepted their blankets!


Meals on Wheels - Holiday Edition  –  Kelley C

Meals on Wheels - Holiday Edition

With Christmas Day on Sunday this year, the task got even bigger than normal. Prepare and deliver 5 days of meals to the nearly 300 daily recipients of meals from East Cooper Meals on Wheels. Crews Subaru pitched in to help. Eight team members joined the regular volunteers to take on the task, opening cans, dishing up the meals and packing the bags of extras that are always a part of deliveries this time of year. It is a partnership that started 7 years ago, sparked by our first year of the Subaru Share the Love event and the emphasis on Meals on Wheels nationally. Crews Subaru has become an integral part of the annual activities of ECMOW, assisting with and sponsoring the annual Gala, Golf Tournaments and this year, the inaugural "Dining for a Difference" event. In 2016 alone, Crews Subaru has helped to raise well over $65,000 for the cause. It started with Share the Love. It's always been a part of the Crews Subaru Love Promise to the Low Country.


Santa, adoptions, food and Free Spay & Neuter?  –  Ken F

Santa, adoptions, food and Free Spay & Neuter?

The partnership between Crews Subaru and the Charleston Animal Society keeps getting stronger. It's a "Subaru Love Promise" that has been going for years, and the 2016 Subaru "Share the Love" event at the store was nothing short of extraordinary. Each year, Crews Subaru includes the CAS in their Subaru Share the Love activities, always hosting an adoption event and food drive. For 2016, it got even better - free Spay and Neuter appointments provided for those that came by the showroom on a Friday and Saturday in December. Planning for 100 appointments, the response was nearly overwhelming on Friday, with 101 appointments made, depleting the planned budget of CAS, with a 3 hour time block still scheduled for Saturday, with Santa Paws photo, adoptions and more. Crews Subaru put a plan together to cover the cost of whatever appointments needed to be covered for Saturday. The two day event resulted in 151 free "Spay and Neuter" appointments made, over 1,100 pounds of pet food donated, 4 adoptions and over $200 in cash donated. Without a doubt, the most successful appearance ever for the Charleston Animal Society at Crews Subaru. The future is bright for this Subaru Love Promise.


Just another step forward.....  –  Ken F

Just another step forward.....

The struggles have been many. A 100 year flood that nearly destroyed the facility - already in need of being remodeled and updated. The ever growing need to take care of more and more animals. Yet, the Francis Willis SPCA keeps going. Fresh on the heels of a very successful digital billboard campaign for adoptions from June through September - funded by Crews Subaru - there is more attention being paid to the FRSPCA. And, as part of the 2016 Subaru Share the Love initiative, a very successful adoption weekend was completed December 3rd and 4th. 25 animals were adopted, with 14 of them adopted at Crews Subaru in a special event staged just for them, complete with radio station remote, food and fun. Word is continuing to spread. The Francis Willis SPCA is growing, building on a solid foundation. The recent campaigns initiated by Crews Subaru and Adams Outdoor have served to bring more attention to their cause. The FWSPCA is getting the attention and support they need. Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of their growth.


Heroes of Hope  –  Ken F

Heroes of Hope

It started with a small party 27 years ago. A gathering at the home of a pediatric cancer survivor and his friends, hoping to raise some much needed funds for a struggling organization that helped kids with cancer. That was the start of the "Cabooty Party", and Allan Cabading has seen this grow to the largest fund raiser of the year for Camp Happy Days. The mission is simple - to give these kids with cancer a chance to be normal for a few days each year. For them to enjoy all the things that camp provides without having to worry about what the other kids at camp may say or think. A camp staffed with caring volunteers, medical professionals and long time friends that work to make the days last forever. Crews Subaru Marketing and Events Manger Ken French has been involved with Camp Happy Days for over 25 years, so it is only natural for Crews Subaru to be involved as well. As usual, Ken served as the auctioneer for this years event - and as usual, the crowd knew why they were there and responded, making this the largest fundraiser ever for the kids. It's a "Subaru Love Promise" commitment that started long before SOA asked us to take seriously a commitment to community. Working for the Crews Family, giving back is actually in our DNA. Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of Camp Happy Days, and a part of our community.


South Carolinians for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge  –  Ken F

South Carolinians for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Sometimes you get to plan how you serve the community when delivering on the Subaru Love Promise. Other times, you simply react, because it's the right thing to do. When Jim Wilson and Kristin Power reached out to the Charleston community for help in getting much needed supplies to the good folks of Eastern Tennessee after the wildfires, it was easy for Crews Subaru to respond. Jim got word out on Friday that he was gathering supplies, and needed a truck, donation drop off points and manpower - and needed all of this in a matter of just 4 days. Crews Subaru responded with a 30 foot box truck, helped get the word out with their media contacts and saw to it that the effort would be successful. By the time the team left for the Pigeon Forge Red Cross center on Wednesday morning, there were two loaded box trucks and a 31 foot horse trailer - all filled with the supplies Jim had requested. The Exchange club and many others came through as the Charleston community always does. And Crews Subaru was there from the beginning.


Chili Cook Off worth HAlf a Million  –  Ken F

Chili Cook Off worth HAlf a Million

Just a few years ago, there were barely 20 teams competing in the Charleston Animal Society Chili Cook-Off. In 2016, 120 teams with over 9,000 people attending the event at beautiful River Front Park on the banks of the Ashley River in North Charleston. And Crews Subaru has been there every step of the way as a major sponsor. The relationship between the CAS and Crews Subaru was forged from the very moment that the Crews Team was awarded the Subaru Franchise, and it has done nothing but get stronger as time goes by. In 2015, the Charleston Animal Society became the first "No Kill" facility in the southeast, and with that success, CAS has kicked off a campaign to make the entire State of South Carolina a "No Kill" state. This Subaru "Love Promise" exemplifies the commitment between a retailer and an organization that is constantly growing. The commitment will only get stronger.


It's more than paddling. Dragon Boat Charleston  –  Ken F

It's more than paddling. Dragon Boat Charleston

The Mission of Dragon Boat Charleston (DBC) is simple - Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness Among Cancer Survivors and Their Community Through Dragon Boating. The Vision is Redefining Cancer Survivorship. DBC has been paddling hard since 2003 with the mission of promoting physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community. DBC members can be seen almost any day of the week on the river, preparing for upcoming races, pushing themselves to physical limits or enjoying the sunset while on a paddling break. DBC participates in 5-6 races per year, has off-season programs like yoga and nutrition classes and numerous social and recreational gatherings throughout the year. Some call it a “floating support group,” some call it a family. Whatever it is…it’s fun! The annual Dragon Boat Charleston Festival provides the major funding for the year-round activities. The mission is to make sure cancer survivors are able to participate WITHOUT ever needing to pay. Survivors participate in year-round paddling, yoga, nutrition, support and off-water exercise programs. Crews Subaru of Charleston is in their 7th year of sponsoring the Festival. It is a privilege.


Going Digital for Adoptions  –  Ken F

Going Digital for Adoptions

Using digital billboards to help adoptions? Well, yes, and it's working very well, Thank You! Combine a name change from Francis Willis SPCA to Summerville SPCA, add in a 100 year flood last October that closed the facility for several weeks, and you have a recipe for overcrowding. Adams Outdoor approached Crews Subaru with an idea to help provide the shelter with the exposure they needed to increase adoptions and awareness. A minimum of 8 digital boards are used all the time, 24 hours a day in a 1/8th rotation all around Summerville, Goose Creek, and Ladson. When other boards are available, they are used sporadically. The Crews Subaru investment is minimal - $400 a week. The results have been nothing short of Terrific! Adoptions are up, donations have increased and their web traffic has tripled. A simple recipe to show the Subaru Love Promise - that Subaru Loves Pets. Crews Subaru of Charleston is proud to be a partner in this endeavor.


Crews Subaru and Surfers Healin at Folly Beach, SC  –  Ken F

Crews Subaru and Surfers Healin at Folly Beach, SC

What if ridings the waves meant changing the world? Crews Subaru is honored to be a part of Surfers Healing at Folly Beach, SC. For Surfers Healing, the mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. It is a "Love Promise". That mission exists because of one child. Israel and Danielle Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because of their son, Isaiah. Isaiah has autism, and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else. Not everyone has a championship surfer for a Dad (bummer!), so the Paskowitz family invited others to join them at the beach. In 1996, their idea caught on, and now it’s a nationwide, grassroots non-profit organization. Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and offers all events free of charge. With 4,500+ participants at surf camps last year – and even though autism now affects 1 in 68 US children – Surfers Healing doesn't think in thousands. They think in ones, because that's where we can effect change. One child. One family. One day at the beach. Crews Subaru is in their 7th year as sponsors of the Folly Beach Surfers Healing Camp, to keep making a difference, one ride at a time. The daylong camps are about acceptance, respite, and fun. Surfing isn't a cure for autism, but you'd be surprised at the difference a day at the beach can make.


Subaru Loves to Care in Charleston, SC with Crews  –  Crystal F

Subaru Loves to Care in Charleston, SC with Crews

Together the Crews Subaru of Charleston, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) -Lowcountry, and Girl of the Year Rachel Darling delivered 60 blankets, care cards, and bracelets to the patients receiving infusion and chemotherapy treatments at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) on June 30th! Rachel and the Crews Subaru team spread so much joy and support to HCC and the LLS! After taking a tour of the Hollings Cancer Center, seeing the Research Labs, and delivery of blankets and care cards, Rachel entertained the Crews Subaru owner - Robert Crews, General Manager - H.R. Hicks, and Marketing Director - Ken French with her smile and incredible spirit. Rachel even shared "war" stories with a Cancer Survivor at the hospital, and together they shared their strength and courage to put an end to cancer! The blankets helped to spread support, warmth, and hope to patients at Hollings and great relationships were made! Make sure to check out the video (link below) as Rachel says thank you to Crews Subaru! https://www.facebook.com/Leukemia-Lymphoma-Society-Lowcountry-SC-1579013349089089/


Subaru Loves Learning Book Drive- August 1 - 31  –  Danielle S

Subaru Loves Learning Book Drive- August 1 - 31

Join us in our Subaru Loves Learning initiative during the month of August! We are partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in donating science books to AC Corcoran Elementary School. All of the books that will be donated have been recognized by AAAS as some of the best science books in their field. Contact us to learn more information.


#IamCaitlyn  –  Kay H

#IamCaitlyn

There is little wonder as to why Subaru supports the ASPCA as a whole, and why Subaru retailers support their local pet organizations. It is simply a part of the Subaru DNA. The story of Caitlyn, a neighborhood dog that had it's mouth taped shut because she was barking, captured the hearts of people around the world. The fact that it happened in our beloved Charleston was actually a blessing. The Charleston Animal Society stepped in and took care of Caitlyn. Their network of medical professionals did what they had to do in order to right this wrong. Although I am sure that other organizations in other parts of our country would have stepped in to help, I am convinced that no-one else could have gone to the lengths that the CAS did for this dog. To know that in some small way, Crews Subaru is a part of the fabric of the CAS humbles us each and every day. To know that we support the first "No Kill" Shelter in the southeast makes us work just that much harder to make sure that our Subaru owners stay in touch with the opportunities that are presented. Caitlyn seems to enjoy riding in her Subaru Outback. We could not be prouder that she has one to ride in.


Keeping our landfills safer  –  Sean J

Keeping our landfills safer

Collecting old electronics seemed like a daunting task. Who is going to bring their stuff to a Subaru retailer for proper disposal and recycling? As it turns out, a lot of folks! The response to our April "Subaru Loves the Earth" E-Waste Recycling Event was tremendous! It seemed as though every day brought more and more items. Some small, and some large - it was fun just to see what was now obsolete, and to realize how much of this stuff we have. Crews Subaru of Charleston collected over 1700 pounds of E-Waste product that will not end up in a landfill. A pretty good start, but as we all know, simply a small drop in the bucket.


Subaru Loves to Help  –  Chris B

Subaru Loves to Help

During the month of June, Crews Subaru collected "pantry" items for East Cooper Meals on Wheels as a part of our June Subaru Loves to Help Love Promise. Our employees and customers responded by donating over 220 pounds of non-perishable food items for the pantry, filling the back of a new Forester in the showroom. Our relationship with ECMOW spans nearly 7 years now, and we are looking forward to partnering again during the holidays to help deliver meals during November and December.


2015 Community Ambassador Award  –  Kay H

The Charleston Animal Society honored Crews Subaru by awarding them the Community Ambassador Award at it's annual meeting. This is only the second time that the CAS has bestowed this honor on one of their partners. Crews Subaru takes great pride in being a worthy partner, and works hard year round to make the partnership work. The Charleston Animal Society has worked hard to generate the support to become a "No Kill" facility, and late in 2014, achieved that status - the first in the southeast. "Subaru showed us early on how important pets are to Subaru owners - and since the very first day, we have been driven to help not only the Charleston Animal Society, but all pet organizations in the Low Country." responded Ken French, Marketing and Events manager for Crews Subaru. "Our entire Team is involved in our efforts for the society. This is absolutely a team honor, and much appreciated" says General Manager H. R. Hicks. "We are humbled by the response."


Subaru Loves the Earth - E-Waste Event  –  Danielle S

Subaru Loves the Earth - E-Waste Event

We would like to thank our customers for participating in our E Waste Recycling event during the month of April. With your help, we were able to prevent 2,508 lbs of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere. This is equivalent to saving 97 trees, 427 gallons of gasoline, 3,636 plastic bottles, and 16,723 aluminum cans. Thank you for helping strengthen the Subaru Love Promise!


April 1-30, 2015 E-Waste Recycling Event  –  Molly M

April 1-30, 2015 E-Waste Recycling Event

Throughout the month of April, we are hosting an E-Waste Recycling Event in our store to collect unwanted electronics. We've arranged to work with a company who will responsibly collect, re-purpose, and recycle your electronic waste. Help us protect our environment. Just show up with your E-Waste and we'll do the rest! The first 50 customers who contribute will receive a complimentary environmental badge of ownership. We will accept: LCD Monitors, Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, CRTs up to 40", Video Games/Consoles, Fax Machines, DVD/VCR Players, Printers, Computer Peripherals, Switches/Routers, Cords and Wires.