The 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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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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 over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country. 


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

Since 2018, Subaru has partnered with TerraCycle.  Participating Subaru retailers collect hard-to-recycle trash that was headed to local landfills. We collect approximately 2 tons of this hard-to-recycle trash monthly, which will be converted to furnishings and other usable items and donated locally.


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

Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 277,600 award-winning science books.  In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and we supported teachers and students with donations of S400,000 in gift cards and school supplies. 


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

In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. 


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

Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide. 

How is Crews Subaru of Charleston dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

The Subaru Love Promise was a part of the Crews Subaru DNA from the very beginning, starting at the top with owner Robert Crews and GM H. R. Hicks. A firm commitment each and every day to do what is right for our community and to give back at every opportunity. Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

Charleston Animal Society, Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, Pet Helpers, Dorchester Paws, Berkeley County Animal Shelter
Charleston County Parks & Recreation, SC Aquarium Turtle Rescue and release, Coastal Conservation League, Save the Light - Morris Island Lighthouse, Daniel Island Park Day, Palmetto Pride Beach Sweeps
Trident Literacy Program, Cradle to Career Initiative, Hanahan Elementary, Pepperhill Elementary, Wando High School, Charles Towne Montessori, Pattison Academy, Sullivan's Island Elementary, Charleston County Public Library - Friends of the Library
Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, Carolina Youth Development Center, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Dragon Boat Charleston, Surfer's Healing for Autism, Charleston Moves, East Cooper Community Outreach, Low Country Food Bank, Meals on Wheels of Charleston, Palmetto Military Support Group
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ryan White Wellness Center, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Camp Happy Days, Make A Wish SC, MUSC CDAP programs, Favor, Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital, She Tris Triathlon Series
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Love Promise Stories from Crews Subaru of Charleston

Subaru and Crews Subaru of Charleston believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Thank You! - Lowcountry Food Bank  –  Brenda S

Our amazing partners at Crews Subaru continually go above and beyond what they need to do as good corporate citizens. Recently, they produced commercials for several local nonprofit organizations that have been airing on local TV and radio stations for over a month. These commercials give us the opportunity to tell our story and reach thousands of viewers/listeners who may not otherwise know about us. Since the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our local economy, many of our neighbors have experienced food insecurity for the first time in their lives. Crews Subaru stepped up to the plate and helped provide food to thousands of people who were in great need. Even though the economy is gaining speed and we are seeing a decrease in food insecurity rates, there is still great need in our community. Once again, Crews took the lead and provided Lowcountry Food Bank with a $10,000 matching gift challenge on Earth Day - April 22, 2022. Holding this challenge on Earth Day provided both Crews Subaru and Lowcountry Food Bank the opportunity to talk about our commitment to the environment and the sustainability initiatives we are taking to be good stewards of the Earth. Our amazing community rose to the challenge and in less that 18 hours met the $10,000 goal! The total impact of this challenge was over $23,000! Lowcountry Food Bank truly appreciates our partnership with the Crews Subaru Team. Robert Crews, Ken French and HR Hicks have built a fantastic, caring team. They are truly More than a Car Dealer!

Thank you Crews!  –  Danielle Z

Crews Subaru helped Dorchester Paws to brand our transport van so that we can continue to spread our mission throughout the Low Country and out of state, for animal transports. We are so thankful as we try to bring recognition to the lives of so many that need homes!

Amazing Community Support!  –  Beth K

As Crews Subaru continues to celebrate their much-deserved award, the “2021 National Subaru Love Promise Retailer of the Year,” Charleston County Parks is honored to recognize them at many of our events, like Yappy Hour at Wannamaker County Park. We are so fortunate to have a local dealership support us and so many worthy organizations in the Lowcountry. Cheers to Robert Crews, HR Hicks, Ken French and staff for fostering a love for the community, especially during the recent trying years. We value our partnership with you and truly admire your ongoing “Love Promise” campaign. Please continue to shine bright and be the #1 retailer we all admire and cherish. Thank you and keep up the amazing work!

Celebrity Paws in the Park is a Smashing Success!  –  Kay H

Celebrity Paws in the Park is a Smashing Success for Charleston Animal Society’s Lifesaving Work Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Crews Subaru, Animal Planet Star Travis Brorsen, Thousands of Runners, Walkers and Dogs. They all Joined Forces on March 19th to Raise Almost Half A Million Dollars. They ran, walked, jumped, and swam! Over 2,500 people and their pets turned out to raise funds and awareness for Charleston Animal Society on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Riverfront Park for Celebrity Paws in the Park presented by Crews Subaru. The event raised a gross total of $489,000 with cash and in-kind donations to support the lifesaving work of Charleston Animal Society. Upwards of 20,000 animals will turn to the organization for caring, compassion and hope this year alone. A total of 497 runners and walkers participated in the 5K “Race for the Rescues” or a leisurely “5 K-9” fun run with their dogs to kick-off the beautiful day. City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, the Honorary Chair for Celebrity Paws in the Park, was on hand with Joe Elmore, CFRE, CAWA, President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society, with a remembrance of why the crowd had gathered, by ringing a bell to memorialize the 332 animal victims of cruelty and violence so far this year. During the event 229 dogs and cats received over 400 free vaccinations at Celebrity Paws in the Park. Pet microchip company 24 PetWatch provided free chip scanning and microchip insertions for pets at the event. Celebrity Paws in the Park hosted canine athletes from around the United States in the famous “DockDogs®” dog diving competitions at the event’s Canine Sports Arena sponsored by Fetch Pet Health Insurance. Non-professional canine athletes enjoyed running the Swift Paws lure course and participating in obedience and agility trials with Charleston Dog Training Club. - more - Two stage shows with “Travis & Friends” taught kids how to be their best selves around dogs. Animal Planet star, celebrity dog trainer, and winner of the hit reality show “Greatest American Dog,” Travis Brorsen, performed live on stage with his canine friends for these fun-filled educational segments. Travis built his career on sharing what he has learned about creating a positive learning environment for dogs and building relationships between them and their families based on friendship, kindness, and compassion. “We took expertise from my show ‘My Big Fat PetMakeover’ to create an exciting Couch to 5K Training Program, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare where people worked with their dogs to get fit together with the goal of participating in the 5K fun run or walk,” Brorsen said. An unbelievable 39,328 people were reached with the “Couch to 5K Training Program” video content between January 1st and March 19th. Without the tremendous support of our friends Robert Crews, HR Hicks and Ken French at Crews Subaru and our community, we would not be able to save so many lives.

True Champions for the Lowcountry Community  –  Kea W

Every day the entire Crew Subaru team is an inspiration to the Lowcountry community – from volunteering at local nonprofits, hosting food drives, supporting its local animal rescues, to playing a huge part in granting a child’s heart-felt wish. They are truly committed to their charity partners, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the tremendous impact they have across the Lowcountry community. For Make-A-Wish South Carolina, Crews Subaru does so much for our wish kids, year after year, holiday season after holiday season – they share with the community the positive impact wishes can have and raise funds that are instrumental in our ability to grant wishes for Lowcountry children battling a critical illness. Crew Subaru is more than a car dealership – they are true champions for our community! From all of us at Make-A-Wish South Carolina, we appreciate you so very much and we’re most grateful to have you part of our Make-A-Wish community and part of our Make-A-Wish family.

Crews Subaru provides hope for our community  –  Alix T

Crews Subaru could easily just sell cars all year long, end of story. But that's just the beginning of their work, and the Charleston community is so very lucky to have our friends at Crews Subaru striving to help in any way they can. Take any weekend throughout the year, and you'll find Crews Subaru employees sponsoring and volunteering at non profit events all over the Lowcountry. During the week, they're holding blood drives or granting a critically ill child a special wish. Crews Subaru is more than a car dealer, they're family. RMHC Charleston has been the grateful beneficiary of the Subaru Love Promise as well as various in kind donations through the years. And this year, they've even donated valuable air time to us to spread our message, something we never could have afforded. Crews Subaru is so much more than a car dealer, they're friends, family and partners.

Subaru more than a car dealership  –  Danielle Z

Ken, and the entire team, committed their media schedule to select non-profits in the area. Dorchester Paws, the only open admission shelter in Dorchester County, SC was chosen as one of those. This selfless act provided by Crews Subaru, helps to promote our mission, which is to help every neglected, abused and abandoned cat or dog within Dorchester County. Our animal shelter is 50 years old. 83% of our operating budget, comes from donations to care for the nearly 4,000 animals that we take in each year. Since our budget is so small, we do not have a paid marketing budget allocated to promote our mission. This opportunity, provided by Crews is a dream come true for our organization. It's almost unprecedented and a dream come true, to have had an ad produced and airing on our behalf not to mention to have 100% of their paid schedule from April 1 - 7 and 50% of their paid schedule from April 8 - June 30, raising money for other causes than selling cars. It truly shows that Crews Subaru is more than a car dealership. It shows Crews Subaru's commitment to the greater good. We are the underdogs in the market in many ways. Our shelter is 50 years old and the oldest building in the Low Country, our operating budget is strictly dedicated to the animals and their care, and we are a small staff trying to change perceptions. This opportunity gave us more than a spot and air time. It gave a voice for the voiceless (animals and humans). Thank you Crews Subaru (Ken, Robert and the entire team). We salute you.

Crews Subaru saves the day!  –  Danielle Z

Dorchester Paws is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Dorchester County, South Carolina. Dorchester Paws is an open-admission shelter that takes in every lost, abandoned and abused animal providing them with food, shelter and medical attention until they find their forever home. In 2021, Dorchester Paws took in nearly 3,850 dogs and cats with a building infrastructure being built 50 years ago. Dorchester Paws operating budget relies on 83% of donations to sustain both monetary and in-kind. So when Amazon's fulfillment center called and said they had a truck load of unsellable items they could donate to us, just as long as we sent a truck three hours away to pick them up, we were thrilled! Without hesitation, Crews Subaru aided to the rescue! They provided the box truck, the gas and the help so we could send a volunteer team to pick up the donations. In total, Dorchester Paws received 9,000lbs of food and misc. items that day from Amazon. What Dorchester Paws could not use, we then donated to the community. This donation came at a great time, because South Carolina was experiencing freezing temperatures and we were able to distribute food to the homeless so they could care for their pets as well as the community. We also worked with local animal rescues such as Berkeley Animal Shelter, Williamsburg Animal Shelter and Low Country Rescue to provide supplies to them to care for animals. It was a great day for animals, and we largely have to take Crews for the support in making it happen!!

Lowcountry Food Bank - Matching Gift Challenge  –  Brenda S

Our relationship with Crews Subaru began during the pandemic and continues to grow. They see helping others as an honor and a passion. Initially, Feeding America partnered with Subaru of America for disaster relief efforts related to the pandemic, which prompted Crews Subaru to reach out locally to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Mr. Crews and his team toured Lowcountry Food Bank to get a more thorough idea of what we do and how we operate. Immediately, the Crews Team wanted to do more. Since the summer of 2020, we have held two matching gift challenges and one "Food & Fund" drive with Crews Subaru. These engagement opportunities with the Crews Team and their generous support of Lowcountry Food Bank (and other Lowcountry nonprofit organizations) were a factor in them being named 2021 Subaru Retailer of the Year. To celebrate being awarded the 2021 Subaru Retailer of the Year, Crews initiated a fundraising campaign for the Lowcountry Food Bank, during Hunger Action Month (September 2021) to give back and to help our food insecure neighbors. Through the Subaru of America Love Promise Program, a commitment to support communities, Subaru and its 634 retailers across the country began making donations to food banks beginning in the summer of 2020.In addition to $110,000 raised the last week of September (Hunger Action Month), Crews Subaru of Charleston raised $86,561 for the Lowcountry Food Bank in March 2021, and $22,112 in 2020, now totaling $218,673 in 2020 and 2021. Crews Subaru of Charleston has also held food drives and packed food boxes for distribution to our community as part of their commitment to a long-term, supportive partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank. Building decade-long relationships with many local charitable organizations in the Lowcountry, Crews Subaru has proven that time is no constraint on the dedication to service. Each year, they aim to not only strengthen their relationships in the community but to build new ones. "The more we find out about what the Food Bank does every day, the more impressed we are. It’s an amazing testament to their team. We are honored to help,” said Crews Subaru owner Robert Crews. Subaru General Manager H.R. Hicks added “Our Subaru owners, supporters of the Food Bank and our great community came together and opened their hearts and wallets to make this happen. We could not be more proud to be a part of this.” Food insecurity among children in the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina rose 38% between 2019 and 2020 with more than 55,000 children who don't know where their next meal is coming from. The rise in food insecurity among adults in the 10 coastal counties rose 29% between 2019 and 2020, representing more than 185,000 people who struggle with hunger. COVID-19 has created a tremendous increase in the demands on the LCFB and its partner agencies. The LCFB continues to meet increased food needs while facing challenges like higher costs of food procurement, tightening of the food supply chain and the need to modify how food is safely distributed to the community.

Crews Subaru helps wishes come true this holiday!  –  Karen L

This is always an exciting time for Make-A-Wish South Carolina as we love to celebrate the kickoff of the Subaru Share the Love event! Last week, members of our Make-A-Wish team stopped by to drop off some special goodies as a THANK YOU for your continued support of our mission, granting wishes for local children battling a critical illness. Crew Subaru embodies a true wish-granting partner – from supporting our mission directly through wish sponsorships and hosting one-of-a-kind wish celebrations, to being named our Wishes in Bloom presenting sponsor, we are incredibly grateful for your dedication to find opportunities to create hope and joy for local wish kids. Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child in South Carolina facing a critical illness and with every gift, we are one step closer to making that vision a reality. The support of partners like Crews Subaru helps us ensure that no child waits even one unnecessary day for their wish to be granted. We’re so grateful for your continued investment and excited to promote Share the Love as a way to get an awesome vehicle and support many wonderful community organizations. Thank you for helping spark joy for children with your generosity this season!

Tilly waited 80 long days for her Hero!  –  Kay H

Tilly had been waiting 80 long days for her forever family to find her! She is a sweetheart of a girl who just wanted a person to love! Tilly came into Charleston Animal Society as a stray so not much was known about her past, but her future will now contain lots of walks, playing ball in the backyard, and chilling out on the couch for movie night, thanks to our Subaru Loves Pets Underdog campaign. The cards were not stacked in Tilly's favor until she met Ken French from Crews Subaru of Charleston. Tilly was a shy girl upon first meeting new people but it didn't take long for her to wag her tail and give you wet sloppy kisses. The staff and volunteers had been working with her on her manners, she learned down and sit and really improved on her leash manners. Then Ken came along and picked her to be one of our Subaru Underdogs featured on the Crews Subaru of Charleston billboard campaign during the Subaru Loves Pets event. It didn't take long for her to get the exposure she needed to find just the right family. Here is an update from her new home. "Tilly, now called Harley, has truly captured my girlfriend and I’s heart as she is just a bundle of joy. Harley loves long walks outside and can never get enough snuggles or belly rubs. She loves to play with all of her toys and show everyone in the room how she can play. She has become such a sucker for treats and will sit by the jar until I give her one. Harley has filled the missing piece in my heart and together we have all found a forever family. Harley is beyond loved and will continue to be spoiled with toys, treats, and most importantly our love!" The Blass Family! After ten years of support from our local Subaru dealer and Subaru national, we are so very grateful and appreciative of the creative and innovative ways they keep helping us save lives. The "Underdogs" at Charleston Animal Society and the cats in charge are living their best lives because of you! Thanks from the bottom of our paws to the tips of our ears! Charleston Animal Society and all the animals!

Crews Subaru Helps Grant a Life-Changing Wish!  –  Karen L

Crews Subaru doesn’t just make a love promise – they demonstrate their commitment to the community throughout the year! The past 18 months have been challenging for everyone and especially difficult for children with critical illnesses as they faced a world of isolation and increased vulnerability given their medical conditions. For 12-year-old wish kid Jackson, the anticipation of a wish provided him hope and courage to keep fighting. Jackson, who battles a rare disorder, loves ALL THINGS LEGO so what did he wish for? A Lego shopping spree! A call to Ken French at Crews Subaru and Jackson’s wish to have a Lego shopping spree was in the works! The Crews team provided a custom Lego cake and treats and all of Jackson’s wrapped wish gifts were loaded in the back of a Subaru for the big reveal. Jackson and his brother had a blast unloading and unwrapping all the Lego goodies. His wish is sure to provide hours of fun and entertainment as he builds his Lego creations! To Robert, HR and the Crews Subaru team: thank you for making wishes like Jackson’s come true. We are beyond grateful for your continued support. You continue to be a bright star for wish kids and their families when they need it most!

Crews Subaru & Surfers Healing Autism  –  Nancy H

Aloha, surf's up on Folly Beach! Crews Subaru has gone above & beyond for Surfers Healing, A Foundation for Autism, again this year. We're so very grateful to have Crews Subaru as a tandem surf partner on Folly Beach for the 13th year. Our mission is to provide one perfect day of surf therapy, fun and total acceptance for our families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having Crews Subaru onboard has helped to make dreams come true for so many children who feel the LOVE from our solid, caring community, in which Crews is so involved. The crew at Crews Subaru has always been so helpful, compassionate and giving, and is such an important and loved part of our annual event that's so important to so many families. Every promise from Crews Subaru has been kept, every commitment has been honored year after year even in these difficult days. We're honored to have Crews side by side on the beach with us as we show our very special families that they are loved, respected and accepted. We at Surfers Healing really appreciate the awesome transportation, monetary support and help with just about everything from A-Z that we need to provide a perfect day that lasts a lifetime. Mahalo Nui Loa to our friends at Crews Subaru!

Crews love for Community Literacy  –  Nulani B

What does Crews Subaru and Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL) have in common? Their love for the Charleston Communities! For more than 30 years, CFOL has been doing what friends do best: graciously giving our time, talent, energy, and resources to ensure that the entire Charleston community has access to a first-rate library system! With Crews Subaru being CFOL's sponsor for book sales, we have had the opportunity to continue to raise funds for more than 6,000 programs provided by all 18 Charleston County Public Libraries to including: summer reading programs for all ages, virtual programming, staff development and training, Books on Buses and much more! Crews Subaru support during the pandemic has been vital to our organization and we can not THANK YOU enough. We would also like to recognize Ken French, from supporting our book sales by donating and attending, to helping market our sales. You are a true FRIEND we can not express our gratitude enough! CFOL is extremely grateful for this partnership we have grown over the years and we look forward to enriching our community together. Crews Subaru work does not go unnoticed in our community!

Nexton Elementary Given Crews Subaru Love Promise  –  Tina H

Since March 2020 our teachers have worked tirelessly to support our students during unprecedented times and provide quality learning experiences whether face to face or virtually. Given those circumstances, our teachers have often used their personal funds to provide creative and innovative resources for their students. Due to the generosity and love promise from Crews Subaru, ten of our Nexton educators were given financial support to provide learning manipulatives and learning resources that they would have been unable to provide without the love of learning forwarded to our teachers and children. These resources will be used for years to come and make a lasting positive difference for many students. Thank you Crews Subaru!!! Nexton Elementary loves your LOVE PROMISE FOR LEARNING!!!

Shelter Dogs Make Great Models!  –  Maddie M

When a production team reached out to our local Crews Subaru store in need of dog models for an upcoming Subaru Gear photoshoot in Charleston, the store was quick to recommended Dorchester Paws. Because of this, three of our dogs, Bodhi, John Wanye, and Brewster got to have one of the best days out in town. It was all tongues out and tail wags for the camera. This event helped bring awareness to our dogs in need of adoption and all three found their forever homes!

A Hole in One for Crews Subaru  –  Alix T

Crews Subaru pulled out all the stops this year at the19th Annual Charity Golf Classic. Along with their presenting sponsorship, Ken French served as chief auctioneer at our PreParty, raising over $150,000 in a little over two hours. Two teams took part in the tournament, and although they didn't win on the course, the entire team at Crews Subaru won our hearts!

Helping Children Every Day!  –  Madison A

Crews Subaru of Charleston supports our largest fundraiser of the year and helps us create awareness for our unique population of children. Our work would not be possible without their sincere generosity and continued support. With their help, we are able to carry out our mission of improving the quality of life for children with multiple, severe disabilities, and their families. Crews Subaru also donates a truck to help our staff transport wheelchairs and equipment when needed. Thank you Crews Subaru!

Crews Subaru and Seacoast Church join forces  –  Alix T

Six members of Crews Subaru, under the outstanding leadership of Jason Parrish, joined forces with members of Seacoast Church this past Saturday to spruce up our park, clean up our garden and generally make everything wonderful. Crews Subaru went the extra mile by paying for new plants for the garden and lunch for the entire crew! It was a day well spent, making our garden and park beautiful. Thank you so much!!

Crews Subaru Helps Wishes Bloom!  –  Karen L

Crews Subaru of Charleston continues to know no bounds when it comes to taking care of the community. Once again, they went above and beyond for Make-A-Wish South Carolina by stepping up as presenting sponsor for Wishes in Bloom. As one of three signature events for our mission, Wishes in Bloom is vital in helping raise funds for our mission to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Due to the pandemic and travel-related restrictions, we have more than 470 children across the state waiting for their wishes to be granted, 80 of whom are right here in the Lowcountry. For a child battling a critical illness, a wish inspires hope and that’s just what Wishes in Bloom provided. From wish kid PJ and Crews Subaru Marketing Manager Ken French presenting Make-A-Wish trivia to seeing wish kid Andrea’s wish revealed, it was an inspiring evening. Andrea, an 18-year-old who battled leukemia, wished to have a backyard makeover so that she could spend time with her family in a space that provided comfort and joy close to home. Thanks to our partnership with Crews Subaru, we’re able to grant wishes for kids like Andrea. Together, we raised over $93,000, which means 12 more local children with critical illnesses will soon hear those life-changing words, “Your wish is granted!” While all of us have been through so much in the past year, Crews Subaru continues to help bring hope and joy to wish kids and their families when they need it most. On behalf of Make-A-Wish South Carolina and the children we serve, thank you to Robert Crews, HR Hicks and the entire Crews team for making a difference!

Our Heros  –  Alix T

Robert Crews and his team work every day to make this world a better place, and their efforts at our Ronald McDonald House downtown is a perfect example of the love and care they provide for our families of critically ill children being treated at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Whether helping us through hurricanes, decorating the house at Christmas or volunteering at our events, Crews Subaru is always there lending a hand. When we see the relief and gratitude on the faces of our guests, we always think of Crews Subaru, and we are extremely grateful for this wonderful group of humanitarians.

Crews Subaru of Charleston Saves Six Lives  –  Maddie M

When Crews Subaru of Charleston heard that Dorchester Paws was full on dogs, they knew they had to help! Ken French was quick to help our shelter sponsor a low cost adoption event that helped find 18 pets their forever home. One of which was Jay Jay, a 3 year old terrier mix who had been at our shelter for over 120 days. Only a few days after the event, Dorchester Paws was offered a great opportunity to partner with two shelters up north that were willing to pull dogs from us. Historically shelters up north have less overcrowding than rural shelters of the south. Unfortunately, we would have to provide transport. We knew our older van would not make that long of a journey, and with six dogs going on the transport it was not feasible for a staff member to take their personal vehicle, which we often do at our own expense. We immediately started looking into rental options through U-Haul. We shocked to learn that that for the 39 hour and 2,569 miles trip, a rental van would cost us $1,500. This was not possible for our small shelter and way outside of our $250 annual transport budget. Knowing that Crews Subaru of Charleston had just sponsored an event a week before, we were hesitant to reach out. However lives depended on it. We sent the below email to Ken French who immediately brought the idea to his team. "Ken,I am reaching out as a plea to see if Subaru could help us pull off a miracle. Here is the case: Dorchester Paws has a large Malamute, named Avery, who is needing to get from SC to MI. This dog has been in our care since 1/29. He has behavior issues that we have worked hard to improve, but due to this, he needs to go to a breed specific rescue. Luckily, we found a rescue that is willing to take a chance on him! Since he is weary with strangers, placing him on a plane or hiring a transport company is not an option. A staff member will need to take him. And this will need to be arranged within the next few weeks. So why are we trying so hard for this one dog? Because there are so many we can't save, we do everything we can to save the ones that have a chance. For that reason we are reaching out to see if you would be willing to sponsor his trip. To make this transport even more impactful, we have found a rescue in New York that is willing to take four to six of our other long term residents. As our van would not make that long of a journey, we were wondering if you had a rental or work van you might be willing to loan?" Sure enough Crews Subaru came to our Rescue. Two of our employees left bright and early on April 13th to head to Delaware Valley Humane Society, located in New York, to drop off five dogs. They then make their way to Michigan where Few Steps From Home Animal Rescue will provide a second chance to Avery. The trip was a success and helped our open admission animal shelter stay true to our no kill mission as well as open up six more kennels for the constant flow of incoming animals.

Crews Subaru Grants Wish for Lowcountry Child!  –  Karen L

When we share love, we change lives. Make-A-Wish® South Carolina creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. When asked to help grant Zakary’s wish “to have a camper”, Crews Subaru of Charleston stepped up to help make it happen. Zakary's illness kept him sidelined and unable to enjoy his favorite sports and the outdoors. His new camper wish opens up a world of adventure as his family can now explore the outdoors safely together! Zakary’s mom, Nichole, said it best, “I would love people to know that there are still really great businesses in the world that do amazing things for people, people whose children are very sick, and what it does for us is it gives us hope. It gives us a lot of hope that they’re gonna be o.k., that they’re going to find a way and they’ll be o.k. And when you lift spirits up, it helps the healing process so Make-A-Wish helps heal sick kids every single day and Zakary is proof. He’s so much better, he’s just so much better just knowing he was getting a wish helped him.” Thank you, Robert, HR and the Crews Subaru team for making wishes like Zakary’s come true. You continue to be a bright star for wish kids - bringing renewed hope and joy to children, families and communities when they need it most!

A Little More Time  –  Meghan M

It’s not very often you walk into a dealership and see a blood drive but if the dealership you’re walking into is Crews Subaru of North Charleston, chances are you will see just that. Among the lively flow of a dealership showroom were beds filled with customers and staff donating blood. If this past year has taught us anything it’s that change brings new opportunities and awareness to the world and those around us. Crews Subaru opened their doors to the American Red Cross during a time of great need. A time in which many doors had to be closed due to COVID-19. But mostly importantly during a time that many people could not go without the lifesaving blood collected by The American Red Cross. As of March 30th, Crews Subaru has already hosted 4 Drives for a total of 136 units with 3 Drives already scheduled for April. Over the past 12 months, the Crews Subaru family has donated 728 units of blood and promoted awareness within the community of how important our mission is at the American Red Cross. Crews Subaru has shown me that one small act of love can grow into something that has forever touched and changed many lives. The blood donations collected at Crews Subaru granted a mother more time with her child, a friend one more hug, and a doctor more time. Thank you for your unwavering support and help so that many others can have more time with someone they love.

Meals on Wheels helps in YOUR neighborhood  –  Sarah V

As the communities of Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Cainhoy, and Wando have evolved and grown, East Cooper Meals on Wheels has continued to feed the homebound. Since our founding, we have always served people of all ages and incomes levels, including those who are just temporarily homebound following surgery or severe illness. However, people still mistakenly assume that because we’re “Meals on Wheels,” we only serve those who live in poverty. Seeing our Subaru Outback out and about in different neighborhoods has helped to normalize the idea of Meals on Wheels being available to everyone. We’re taking this a step further with a new social media effort featuring our Subaru Outback as the star of a special series of photos. The Meals on Wheels staff is snapping pictures of the Outback out and about in the community — everywhere from Alhambra Hall in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant to Detyens Shipyard near Dunes West, Park West, and Rivertowne Country Club. Sharing these photos is a great way for us to remind our community that anyone can become homebound, no matter where they live, and that East Cooper Meals on Wheels is always ready to help.

Crews Subaru Fights Hunger in the Lowcountry!  –  Jill H

The Lowcountry Food Bank works hard to meet the increased needs for food in our community. We want to thank Crews Subaru for helping provide nourishing meals to our neighbors in need. Crews Subaru committed $10,000 to the Lowcountry Food Bank as an additional commitment, over and above the national Subaru campaign, and established a matching fund. Donations from our community came in so quickly and have already reached more than $50,000! The partnership forged between Crews Subaru and the Lowcountry Food Bank is a direct result of the partnership between Subaru of America and Feeding America that began in 2020. The Subaru Love Promise campaign has made such a positive impact in coastal South Carolina through the hard work and commitment from Crews Subaru local retailers. Crews Subaru lives this promise every day and the Lowcountry Food Bank is so grateful!

Crews: #1 Red Cross Blood Sponsor 2020  –  Kate L

Words cannot express the gratitude the American Red Cross has for the Crews organization. We truly do have a friend in the car business. We are so grateful for our decade long relationship, but Crews stepped up above and beyond in 2020. With COVID the Red Cross was, and still is. battling cancellations left and right. Any time we have needed help Crews has helped us tackle this challenge head on. In 2020 they sponsored over 20 blood drives and helped us collect over 1,000 units of lifesaving blood. That is enough blood to save over 3,000 lives. This dedicated partnership is the epitome of the Crews Subaru Love Promise. Crews is officially the #1 automobile dealership in the nation when it comes to the amount of blood collected in 2020, and #4 nationally overall, which is an incredible thing. We know that this pandemic will eventually end, but we know Crews Subaru's Love Promise to the American Red Cross will not. At the time I write this story, Crews already has 15 blood drives on the calendar with more to come. The American Red Cross could not accomplish our mission of "preventing and alleviating human suffering" without our friends at Crews. The American Red Cross and most importantly the patients whose lives depend on the blood collected, are forever grateful. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our Crews family for helping us continue to fight the good fight. Kate Lilly Red Cross Manager Charleston and Berkeley Counties

Crews Subaru Shares the Love and Grant Wishes!  –  Karen L

When we share love, we change lives. That’s why the Subaru Share the Love event means so much to our mission. Make-A-Wish® South Carolina creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are beyond grateful for the continued support from the Crews Subaru team and the 2020 Share the Love event. Thank you for helping make wishes like Freddie’s wish “to have a camper” come true during the Share the Love event! Right now, in this world of uncertainty when many travel wishes have had to be delayed, the team at Crews Subaru of Charleston continues to be a bright star for wish kids - bringing renewed hope and joy to children, families and communities when they need it most!

Charleston Friends of the Library loves Crews  –  Claire F

Charleston Friends of the Library and Crews Subaru share the love Our friendship began two years ago when one of Charleston Friends of the Library board members bought her first Subaru at Crews Subaru. Everything went smoothly and one of the nice surprises was seeing how many local charities and non-profits the local dealership supported. What a public-spirited organization, she thought and then drove her Subaru home. Flash forward a couple of years – the Subaru is still driving like a champ, but Covid turned the community upside down, including the efforts of the Charleston Friends of the Library to run book sales which generate essential revenue that funded programs in the seventeen branches across the county. And to complicate our efforts even more, the Executive Director of the Friends, our only paid employee, resigned over the summer to return to teaching (what a trooper she is to go back to the classroom during these times). Nonetheless, the Friends were determined to continue supporting the Library’s programs – whether the programs were virtual or in person. But how to raise the revenue to continue this support and regain our momentum? That’s when our board member remembered Crews Subaru’s community involvement and reached out to their “Marketing and Events Guy” (that’s his official title and we love it!) He immediately understood our predicament and offered to help us during this difficult period with one eye on building a successful long-term partnership. Charleston Friends of the Library fell in love with Crews Subaru and began brainstorming ways to work together. It’s been a real treat – and a blessing – to have Crews support as we figure out new ways to support library programs. This fall, we planned four small pop-up book sales in branches across the region. These events were a challenge as many people were still skeptical of going to even small gathering (the Friends actively promoted and followed best practices for all safety protocols). However, with thanks to the Marketing and Events Guy we received expert advice on marketing, help with local media outlets, and promotions through Crews’ vast social media network. This great media coverage has drawn much-needed customers – and revenue - to each sale. In addition, Crews Subaru made a generous financial donation to underwrite our pop-up book sales to supplement our decreased revenue as we see that Subaru Loves Learning! Our partnership with Crews Subaru is less than four months old but it’s growing in so many ways. With their guidance, we are building strong ties to our local media, to advertise our book sales. As a result, we are seeing new friends at each sale, and our revenue is growing—revenue we donate to the Charleston County Public Library. We are thrilled to see that despite the pandemic, people are coming out to support libraries and buy lots of books. Like everyone else, we are monitoring the health and economic landscapes closely. We don’t know what lies ahead in 2021, but we do know that our friends at Crews Subaru will continue to share their expertise and their support of learning and libraries. Crews Subaru is a wonderful example of a community partner working with other community partners to advance the health and vitality of the place we call home.

Dragon Boat Charleston Loves Crews Subaru!  –  Amy B

We are so grateful for our long partnership with Crews Subaru Charleston to promote the physical and mental wellness of cancer survivors and their community supporters through dragon boating. Your support helps us do this important work so that our survivors and supporters have fewer recurrences of cancer, and better overall health outcomes. Thank you!! Your support in 2020 has been especially important as we have had to find creative ways to support our folks -- keeping them from feeling isolated, helping with transportation to doctor visits, providing meals, and delivering yard signs, we had to find new ways in a pandemic to support survivors. Your partnership this year has helped keep us afloat for sure! And, having you as a sponsor for our Inaugural Festival of Trees has been a great way to end this crazy year. A Dragon Boat Festival sponsor for many years, we not only appreciate your partnership, but we also love driving Subarus (see our pics!)!! Ken French, in particular, is a fixture at the Festival and engages in such a positive way with all of our attendees and visitors. He is part of our DBC family! Thank you so very much for ALL that you do for our community -- and all that you do for us. We look forward to Festival 2021 and, hopefully, being together again! Paddles Up -- and Much Love, Dragon Boat Charleston (Amy Brennan, Executive Director)

On the Road for Rescue  –  Kay H

For eleven years, our locally owned Crews, Subaru of Charleston has been instrumental in helping our team to save lives. The lifesaving activities that our Outback provides is critical on a day to day basis. It keeps our team and our animals safe. In the past year due to COVID 19 their support has made a huge impact on our mission to save lives. Between transporting our excess Personal Protection Equipment to our local Military Hospital for their teams to use to transporting animals in need of critical care, our Outback has been a lifesaver. Without the use of our Subaru Outback, our team would not have a safe vehicle to transport sick and injured animals to appointments, get them seen on local television and radio spots as well as transport our team members to perform lifesaving rabies vaccinations at clinics throughout the Lowcountry. Words cannot express how critical our relationship with Crews Subaru of Charleston.

Crews Subaru Helps Lowcountry Wishes Come True!  –  Karen L

There are no words to express our gratitude for everything Crews Subaru of Charleston does for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina and the community. Like so many individuals and organizations, Make-A-Wish has been severely impacted by COVID. While lives have been impacted, the hope of a wish gives children battling a critical illness a reason to fight. When asked to help grant a wish for a local wish child, the Crews Subaru team was there to help make Freddie’s wish for a camper come true! When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. Freddie’s family can now explore nature and the outdoors from the safety and security of their very own trailer. Wishes like this would not be possible without the generous support of community partners like Crews Subaru. Thank you to the entire Crews Subaru team for your personal dedication to making a difference in the community and lives of our wish families!

All Meals Matter  –  Kathy N

Now more than ever, many of our recipients are feeling lonely and isolated. Because of COVID-19, we are only delivering meals twice a week with “no-contact” protocols in place and our volunteers are sticking around for visits. We pride ourselves on delivering “more than a meal,” so keeping our distance does not come naturally to any of us. Thankfully, a number of our recipients can rely on the friendship of their four-legged friends during these hard times. Just as our homebound neighbors rely on us for their meals, they’re counting on us to help keep their furry companions fed, too. Some have dogs, but most of them are cat lovers! East Cooper Meals on Wheels recently received a Walmart gift card from a generous donor, and we were able to load up the back of our Subaru Outback with plenty of cat food to support our recipients and their feline friends. Thank you, Subaru, for helping us deliver “more than a meal,” even during a pandemic!

Subaru Loves Supporting Individuals In Recovery  –  Isaac W

At FAVOR Lowcountry, our mission is support and enrich the lives of individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. We do this through different harm reduction techniques, distributing NARCAN, and providing different types of support to help build recovery capital in every individual that crosses our threshold. Crews Subaru did not hesitate to sponsor our first annual charity golf tournament. We knew it was a hard time to be fundraising, but Crews Subaru came out in full support of our mission. I worked with the team to make sure everything was going smoothly, we had a few hiccups in some of the particulars, but Crews Subaru was supportive of our very first event like this, and I, as the Executive Director, could not have been more grateful. For every $22 spent, we are able to impact an individual in the Lowcountry community that is interested in making recovery apart of their lifestyle. For every $154 we are able to get the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug, NARCAN, into the hands of an at risk member of our community or their caregiver. The money that Crews Subaru gave us not only saved lives, but it also enriched lives. Recovery gives people a second chance each and every day, and I can not say how much their support means to us. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of our Lowcountry community and especially of Crews Subaru! Thank you for all that you do to serve your community, it does not go unnoticed.

Subaru's Love Promise Helps Feed the Lowcountry  –  Lowcountry Food Bank L

On August 26th, Crews Subaru owner Robert Crews and General Manager H. R. Hicks presented a check for $11,506.00 to the Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB). After the photos were taken, Robert reached into his jacket pocket and presented an unexpected second check from Crews Subaru that matched, dollar to dollar, the National contribution. This additional $11,506.00 was a complete surprise to Pat Walker, LCFB President and CEO, and the rest of the LCFB family. “As a company, we have been blessed. It is our duty to give back,” explained Robert, and H.R. added, “I see a solid partnership for good developing with the Food Bank.” Giving back to the community has always been a part of how Robert Crews operates his dealerships – it is in his, and his team’s, DNA. So, when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and Subaru of America partnered with Feeding America, Crews Subaru embraced the LCFB and our mission to fight hunger. As an extension of the Subaru Love Promise, the Subaru and Feeding America partnership committed to provide 50 million meals through their network of food banks and Subaru retailers across the country. Realizing that the need is twice what it was in February, and that hunger never stops, Robert and H.R. genuinely felt that this was what they needed to do in order to help. The combined contribution made by Crews Subaru and Subaru of America helped the LCFB create 132,000 meals for people in the Lowcountry who face hunger. The entire LCFB family couldn’t be more grateful for this gift and look forward to continuing an exciting partnership with the Crews Subaru team.

Ava's Journey home began in our Subaru!  –  Kay H

As I rushed to get my keys to our Subaru Outback to transport yet another injured animal to the emergency clinic, I reflected on just how important our vehicle is to help us save lives. Ava the dog's story begins sadly and ends happily in a Subaru. This Subaru Love Promise story is about a man named Kris and his dog Ava. Kris and Ava were inseparable, they traveled by bike and cart, ate, and slept together, rain or shine on their adventure. They were the best of friends. They set out from upstate New York by bicycle down the east coast their destination was the Florida Keys. Ava had her own little trailer with a shaded pad for her to ride on behind Kris on his bike. Kris also carried about 200lbs of gear for them including Ava's food and their camping equipment. I ran across a quote that Kris gave a reporter during his journey that really struck me, “I’m just doing it because I love it,” he said. “I love biking and I wanted to do something again before she [Ava] got too old and couldn’t do it. It just puts a smile on my face every day and makes other people smile and I’m loving it.” When they were about halfway through this trip, just outside of Charleston, SC. tragedy struck. They were on Highway 17 south. when Kris and Ava were hit by a car estimated to be going 70mph. Kris was pronounced dead at the scene and Ava was critically injured. Ava was picked up from the horrible scene and transported by Animal Control to Charleston Animal Society for emergency care. Our veterinary team started IV fluids, took x-rays, and stabilized her treating her lacerations and giving her pain medications. Our team needed to transport AVA to an overnight emergency hospital and that's when our Subaru Outback came into play. Lucky for Ava we have had the amazing gift of a Subura vehicle, thanks to our partnership with Crews Subaru of Charleston, for over 9 years. It is used to transport animals to veterinary appointments, media appearances and to transport our team to conferences and training events. It is truly a lifesaver. When we transported Ava to Veterinary Specialty Care, our team did not think she would make it, she had a broken jaw, internal bleeding, a head injury, and severe lacerations in several places. She was clinging to life! I grabbed the keys and jumped into our Subaru Outback promo car and headed to the shelter to transport her to the emergency hospital. Ava was in very rough shape. Our team had wrapped her in a blanket and laid her in the back of the Outback and I rushed her to where Doctors were already waiting for her arrival. It was an emotional ride the whole way there. Ava was barely alive, the sounds coming from the back of the Subaru made me think she was dying. Ava survived and it is truly a miracle. The amazing Veterinarians and staff at the Charleston Animal Society and Veterinary Specialty Care were able to stabilize her and help her to begin to heal from her physical wounds. She needed something more to heal from her emotional wounds. After several days in intensive care, Ava was brought back to the shelter and then I fostered her in my home. Each day she was transported to and from my office at Charleston Animal Society in our Outback. We had located Kris and Ava’s family in New York. Kris’s Mom, Jenda, and Sister Jessica were happy to hear Ava had survived and told me they would be renting a car for the 17-hour drive to pick her and her dad's ashes up. This was wonderful news for our team and for Ava. We arranged a happy reunion for them at the shelter. In attendance at the reunion were first responders who had been at the accident site, a local bicycle safety advocacy club, Charleston Moves, and Charleston Animal Society staff. We were elated to see Ava perk up and get excited for the first time since the accident when she saw her granny Jenda and sister Jessica. To top all of that great and heartwarming news, local business owner, Lee Richards of Alerion Enterprises heard about the story and offered to fly Jenda, Jessica and Ava back to New York in his private jet! Everywhere Ava traveled while in Charleston, she was in our Subaru Outback. We are eternally grateful for our Subaru Family here in Charleston at Crews Subaru of Charleston, and Subaru USA for helping us to safely transport our two and four-legged family members to veterinary appointments, work, and even to board a private jet headed for home! Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, animals still need us, and our team has not slowed down. Our mission is to save lives and alleviate cruelty. Ava's rescue and journey home could not have happened without you!

Crews Subaru at Dog Day Afternoon  –  Beth K

Earlier this month, Charleston County Parks hosted its first dog event since the pandemic started in March. Unfortunately, many of our special events, like the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and Pet Fest, were canceled due to Covid-19. As for most government agencies, canceling special events means losing financial resources, like sponsorship, to help improve parks for Charleston County residents. When I got the green light to pursue sponsors for Dog Day Afternoon, an annual event hosted at Whirlin’ Waters, I immediately contacted Crews Subaru. As a long-time supporter of the county parks and our events, specifically dog events, I knew I could count on their support. When I reached out to Ken French, I quickly got a reply stating “Crews Subaru is in.” At the event, Crews Subaru was well-represented with banners, a car, stage announcements, and a masked Ken. It was a great day for so many dogs and their owners. Dog Day Afternoon is often canceled due to hurricanes, but fortunately even in a not-so-normal world we were able to host a much-beloved event. Thank you, Crews Subaru. Charleston County Parks is extremely appreciative of Crews Subaru’s continued support. I’m always entertained by their commercials, but most importantly, overwhelmed with their continuous LOVE for so many diverse organizations. Way to go, Crews Subaru. Keep it up!

Crews Loves to Lead the Charge with Blood Drives!  –  Kate L

Wow, I don't even know where to start but by saying THANK YOU Crews Subaru, on behalf of patients in need of lifesaving blood. Crews Subaru and the Crews organization has led the charge across the state of South Carolina, helping the American Red Cross collect blood consistently throughout 2020. The Crews organization has been decades-long supporters, sponsoring regular Red Cross blood drives on our Bloodmobile. However, when the need for blood increased during COVID, Crews did not hesitate to step up and answer our call when we asked if they would be willing to open up their showroom to allow our blood collection capacity to increase. It has always started at the top with support from owner Robert Crews and GM H.R Hicks, and we could not save the lives we save without their unwavering support. Ken French has been an amazing source of support leading the charge during each drive, reaching out to media to ensure we get the coverage that plays a big part in making these drives a success. This year, SCADA (South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association) started a Summer Drives to Save Lives campaign to encourage dealerships across the state to step up and help save lives. Their goal is to collect 1,000 units state-wide. I am honored and humbled to be able to say that the Crews organization has collected over 500 units of blood this year, sponsoring 11 drives so far, with 7 more on the books through 2020, which no other dealership has remotely come close to matching. More than anything this speaks volumes about where the Crews organization's priorities lie with regard to giving back to our community, and they do in so many ways. To the employees and teams who assist, and to every single donor, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Crews has a Subaru Love Promise to the American Red Cross and for that, we are forever grateful. Kate Lilly Red Cross Manager

Crews Subaru, always there for RMHC Charleston!  –  Rachel M

There aren’t words to show our appreciation for Crews Subaru of Charleston, but numbers show how they have helped us.Over the course of the past five years, Crews Subaru of Charleston has donated over $250,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston. This donation has made it possible for over 4,500 families to stay close to their children being treated at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. This translates to over 20,000 people who have been served by RMH Charleston because of the Subaru Love Promise. While the average stay for any one family is 12 nights, one family stayed 238 days with us while their child was being treated. This would not have been possible without our friends at Crews Subaru of Charleston who also volunteer regularly at the House and take part in our annual fundraisers. Whether it’s Ken French as auctioneer for our Annual Charity Golf Classic, presented by Crews Subaru of Charleston, and the Bag Lady Luncheon, or Robert Crews attending and bidding on our items, Crews Subaru of Charleston is always front and center.

Crews Subaru Helps Lowcountry Wishes Come True!  –  Karen L

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are beyond grateful for the giving spirit of Crews Subaru of Charleston and its customers during the 2019 Subaru Share the Love event! Over the past three years, Crews Subaru has raised over $5,000 through the Share the Love event and donated $10,000 for our wish-granting program. These funds will help grant wishes for the 43 children in the Lowcountry who are currently waiting for their wish to come true. Wishes bring kids renewed hope and hope is essential when battling a critical illness. With a wish on the horizon, the exciting anticipation of a wish-come-true helps them believe in better days ahead. Wishes also strengthen family bonds, provide much-needed escapes from medical worries, and an opportunity to simply feel normal again. Wishes change the lives of everyone they touch and we are so thankful that Crews Subaru of Charleston continues to share in that experience! Right now, in this world of uncertainty where many wishes have been put on hold, the team at Crews Subaru has been a star for wish kids - dedicated to bringing renewed strength and joy to children, families and communities who need it most. We are thankful for community partners like Crews Subaru for making wishes come true for local kids like Evie, who wished to go to the San Diego Zoo to see real pandas. Your generosity during the Share the Love event is helping to ensure that no child is asked to wait any longer than is necessary to experience the power of a wish come true!

We love our Subaru!  –  Jenny L

When we think of the “love promise”, we can’t help but think of Crews Subaru and their annual commitment to our oyster roast. In 2018, we were thrilled to celebrate our brand new Subaru Outback from Subaru of America at the event—showcasing the car to our community for the first time. Crews Subaru went above and beyond by stepping up to also be our Presenting Sponsor, and they have filled that role annually ever since. The oyster roast is one of our favorite events of the year—relaxed fun with our volunteers and supporters as we enjoy a time-honored Lowcountry tradition. Our guests enjoy food, live music, drinks, a jump castle for the kids, and of course, local oysters. We were thrilled to have their support for this year’s event on January 12th. Over the years, Crews Subaru has contributed a total of $9,000 through their sponsorship of this event. That money has been used to purchase 3,000 meals—enough to cover our delivery routes for almost 7 days. Because of financial support from community partners like Crews Subaru, we’re able to keep the meals moving without ever charging anyone for a meal and without ever placing anyone on a waiting list. That’s a promise we’ve made to our community since our founding in 1985, and we are grateful to Crews Subaru for helping us keep that promise.

Crews Subaru supports lowcountry women!  –  Keri S

Crews Subaru stepped up to support the first annual Women's Day Expo held at the Omar Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2020! We asked for their support as a Premiere Sponsor so that we could get this fantastic event supporting women off the ground; without hesitation, they stepped up. Crews is known for putting their stellar reputation and financial support behind meaningful causes in our community, so this meant the world to us. This being said, whenever Crews gets involved, we understand that means they are placing their seal of approval and it results in validation of the cause resulting in the community taking notice. My firm loves working with the people of Crews Subaru. They are partners in all that they support, and it's refreshing to have a true partner in a sponsorship.

We are all in this together!  –  Kay H

When Charleston Animal Society needed to deliver medical supplies to the Ralph H Johnson Veterans Hospital in Charleston, SC, our Subaru Outback was ready for the task. Normally we use our vehicle to transport animals to media appearances, conferences and to Veterinary appointments but since many of our normal routine has been disrupted due to COVID 19 stay in place measures, we have used it for different tasks. When we heard our local hospitals were unable to protect their frontline staff properly from the virus, we decided to donate our excess PPE to help. When we needed to transport our excess personal protective equipment to help, our Subaru Outback was there. These medical supplies are typically used in the shelter’s AAHA-accredited Sam Greer Spay-Neuter Clinic. In response to the national health emergency, Charleston Animal Society has temporarily suspended all non-essential surgeries at the shelter, allowing for the donation. “We are all in this together, and we want to do everything we can to help fight this invisible enemy called Covid-19,” said Charleston Animal Society President & CEO Joe Elmore. “The VA Hospital treats veterans who have put their lives on the line for all of us. We are honored to do what we can.” We are so proud an honored to be able to donate and grateful for the use of our Subaru Outback and for our amazing relationship with Crews Subaru of Charleston! Once again our Outback helps to save lives!

Crews Subaru Loves to Save Lives!  –  Kate L

The Crews organization has had a strong partnership with the American Red Cross for close to a decade here in the Tri-County Charleston area, regularly stepping up to host blood drives and save lives. Most recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, Crews Subaru stepped up without hesitation, opening up their entire showroom to host a massive blood drive. In less than 48 hours all 50 appointment slots were filled. It was truly an act of our community rallying together during an unprecedentedly uncertain time to do something good for mankind. Despite this current crisis, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds a patient needs blood--a trauma victim, a cancer patient, a mother delivering a baby. Thanks to Crews' Love Promise, 58 units of blood were collected on April 5, 2020, which is enough blood to save up to 174 lives! Our local CBS News affiliate, Live 5 News even came out to cover the event! I invite you to watch the short video attached. We are forever grateful for our continued partnership and commitment from our Crews family. We could not save the lives we do without their commitment to caring. Crews Subaru is once again opening up their showroom for another blood drive coming up on Monday, April 27 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you are feeling healthy, please sign up to give. It's as simple as pie. Just go to and type in Sponsor Code: Crews. In order to abide by our FDA safety protocols during COVID-19 our blood drives are appointment only, so make sure you make yours today!

Couldn't do it without Crews Subaru!  –  Chris H

I've been a Subaru owner since 2000. I owned a 2000 Outback, then traded it in for 2014 Outback, and recently traded that one in for a 2017 Outback. I can't imagine driving another car. So I was more than thrilled when Crews Subaru decided to sponsor our film festival, Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston, starting in 2017. Their team talks about giving back and fulfilling the Subaru Love Promise to be a vital part of the community. We couldn't throw the festival without the support of Crews Subaru and their team. We believe the films, and the stories told in those films, are one way to give something back to the Charleston community. Mountainfilm on Tour is an off-shoot of Mountainfilm, held every May in Telluride, Colorado. The films are not only beautiful but also uplifting in spirit. We get lots of feedback each year that our festival inspires long after the films play at the Charleston Music Hall. We are particularly grateful now that we were able to hold the festival before we stopped congregating and started social distancing. But we will be back, either at the Charleston Music Hall, or virtually on-line, next year for our 7th annual Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston. And we have Crews Subaru to thank for making it possible. Thanks to all out friends at Crews Subaru. Sincerely, Chris Hanson Executive Director Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston

Mentoring is about LOVE  –  Merridith C

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry, we believe LOVE is an act of service and that at its HEART, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is ABOUT LOVE. - When moms, grandmothers, aunties and other guardians honor us by reaching out to to ask for help, IT IS AN ACT OF LOVE. - When men and women step up to become volunteer mentors, IT IS AN ACT OF LOVE. - When investors like Crews Subaru say "YES" to investing in the great promise and potential of youth, IT IS AN ACT OF LOVE. When we all reflect on the ills of our world, I think most of us would agree that an early lack of love, connection, sense of belonging, and hope is at the heart of many of the challenges we face (poverty, violence, incarceration, substance abuse). Fortunately, the LOVING ACT of mentoring is both PROTECTIVE and PREVENTATIVE. With the support of Crews Subaru, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of hundreds of youth. Over the years, Crews Subaru has been a steadfast supporter of mentoring in the Lowcountry through both sponsorships and attendance at our signature Bowl For Kids’ Sake event and other activities. Its dedication to our community’s children and families is seen through their longstanding, heartfelt, and consistent support. We value the partnership that has been built and we are able to place life-changing mentors in the lives of youth because of sponsors likes Crews Subaru.

No matter how big or small!  –  Kay H

No matter how big or small the animal is that we need to transport, our Subaru Outback is there to help us to save lives. Thanks to Crews Subaru of Charleston, our vehicle is well-maintained and always ready to serve. This year alone we have transported, in just three months, 12 Chihuahuas liberated from a puppy mill, two rabbits 6 guinea pigs and 4 ferrets and over 50 dogs and cats to our media appearances. When we needed to transport An injured dog immediately to the emergency veterinarians office, our Subaru Outback was the perfect vehicle to get him there. Whether we are delivering excess personal protective equipment to local emergency room doctors or transporting people to critical conferences, our Crews Subaru Outback is there! Without it we could not accomplish our mission to end animal cruelty and to save lives in our community. Without the vehicle support and financial support of critical programs like Spay Neuter and Emergency transports, we would not be able to save so many lives! For over 10 years Crews Subaru has been there as a critical part of our mission to make a difference in the lives of people and pets in our community!

Thank you from Pattison's  –  Madison A

Crews Subaru of Charleston supports our organization in so many ways. Through donating their truck to help our nonprofit relocate, to being an annual sponsor of our largest fundraiser, our work would not be possible with their sincere generosity. With their help, we are able to carry out our mission of improving the quality of life for children with multiple, severe disabilities, and their families. Crews Subaru also donates a truck to help our staff transport wheelchairs and equipment when needed. Thank you Crews Subaru - we appreciate your continued support for our mission!

Thank you, Crews Subaru!  –  Jenny L

When we think of the “love promise”, we can’t help but think of Crews Subaru and their annual commitment to our oyster roast. In 2018, we were thrilled to celebrate our brand new Subaru Outback from Subaru of America at the event—showcasing the car to our community for the first time. Crews Subaru went above and beyond by stepping up to also be our Presenting Sponsor, and they have filled that role annually ever since. The oyster roast is one of our favorite events of the year—relaxed fun with our volunteers and supporters as we enjoy a time-honored Lowcountry tradition. Our guests enjoy food, live music, drinks, a jump castle for the kids, and of course, local oysters. We were thrilled to have their support for this year’s event on January 12th. Over the years, Crews Subaru has contributed a total of $9,000 through their sponsorship of this event. That money has been used to purchase 3,000 meals—enough to cover our delivery routes for almost 7 days. Because of financial support from community partners like Crews Subaru, we’re able to keep the meals moving without ever charging anyone for a meal and without ever placing anyone on a waiting list. That’s a promise we’ve made to our community since our founding in 1985, and we are grateful to Crews Subaru for helping us keep that promise.

Paws in the Park 2019  –  Kay H

Charleston Animal Society's 2019 Paws in the Park was held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. The 5K walk and run, held in lieu of CAS' annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast, was a fundraiser for injured, sick and abandoned dogs. CAS estimates around 1,500 people were involved in Saturday's event including sponsors, volunteers and participants. There were 1,017 registered participants in the 5K."It was soggy, wet and cold but, our community showed up for the animals. This warmed all of our hearts. We are beyond grateful for all the support. Thank you to everyone who participated to make it a great day for the animals," said CAS President and CEO Joe Elmore. CAS says their annual chili cook-off event will resume on Nov. 21, 2020! Crews Subaru of Charleston has been sponsoring our Chili cook off for over 10 years and continued by supporting this years Paws in the Park event! We cannot save lives without their support!

Crews Subaru Helps a Lowcountry Wish Come True!  –  Karen L

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and we are beyond grateful for Crews Subaru of Charleston. The Crews Subaru team recently hosted a wish celebration for Lowcountry wish kid, Dakota, and helped us send Dakota and his family on his wish to explore volcanoes in Hawaii! Following their trip, Dakota’s Mom shared, “There is nothing more precious than our time spent together. We couldn't be more grateful to Make-A-Wish South Carolina for making Dakota's dreams come true and giving us memories to cherish for a lifetime!” Thank you to the Crews Subaru team for helping make wishes like Dakota’s come true!

Working Toward a Future of No More Victims  –  Steven B

Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Carolina thanks Crews Subaru for being an important sponsor of Walk Like MADD Lowcountry on November 9th. Walk Like MADD brings the community together behind the goal of eliminating drunk driving and provides a time to honor those who we have lost or have been injured by drunk or drugged driving. Crews Subaru helped make this event, our first Lowcountry walk in six years, a huge success as we remembered many special people and also honored our first responder heroes who help to keep us safe and reduce impaired driving. Our Honor Family was the Brooks Family. Sisters Jasmine and Shay Brooks were killed by a drunk driver in February 2018 along with Shay's fiancé Jai-von Pelzer and their unborn child. Her mother and brothers bravely shared their story of tragedy in order to convince others to never make the decision to get behind the wheel impaired. Thank you, Crews Subaru, for your support of MADD's work for a future of No More Victims!

Subaru brings LIGHT to the darkness of cancer!  –  Ally B

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Lowcountry Chapter is grateful for Crews Subaru's continued support of our life-saving mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Over the years the Crews Subaru Team has supported many different LLS events and we were thrilled to welcome them as partners with our Light The Night walk event! The Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of blood cancer patients today. Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of our mission. On October 24, 2019, these teams and their communities gathered together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer. With help from generous supporters like Crew's Subaru, LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. THANK YOU Crew's Subaru for all you do!

Pinky's Day was MADE!  –  Kay H

Pinky the dog had obviously had a really rough start in life. She was afraid of everything and flinched when touched. Her face and front legs were covered in scars but she loved people. She was spayed, microchipped and ready to go up for adoption but her shy nature was holding her back. She's one of the many Staffordshire Terriers that we receive at Charleston Animal Society that are hard to adopt because of prejudice toward her breed. All that changed for Pinky when she got a second chance at happiness. On #MakeADogsDay Pinky was given the chance she needed to find her storybook ending. She was given the ride of her life in our Subaru Outback to one of our local media partners, WCBD News 2, for our weekly TV spot. The entire trip in the car was a new adventure for Pinky and she was really nervous. On TV she shook with fear but was a perfect angel. On Make A Dog's Day, Pinky got to experience a ride in an Outback (she approved) She was a TV Star and she was adopted as soon as she arrived back at the shelter. Thanks so much to Subaru USA and Crews Subaru of Charleston for featuring difficult to adopt shelter dogs and for supplying us with an amazing vehicle to transport them to our events and media spots. With your support we can save even more lives!

Mt Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Expo  –  Shane G

The Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Crews Subaru for their Title sponsorship of the Business and Communitty Expo held on September 26, 2019! Ken French and the team at Crews Subaru have always been very supportive of our annual Business Expo. The Expo helps encourage business success East of the Cooper, and with the support of Crews Subaru we had a record year in attendance and booths sold. The Crews Family and Ken French are truly committed to our local community, and we as the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce are grateful for their continued support. We look forward to the 2020 partnership!

All the events, including ours!  –  Sarah H

I am the co-race director for an all women's sprint triathlon event company called She Tris. This year and next year Crew Subaru has committed to sponsoring our local events that cater to beginner athletes. As Ken has seen, the women come from all different backgrounds and athletic levels and watching them cross the finish line is truly something spectacular. It takes a village, though, to put on these events in a safe, supportive way. When we met with Ken at Crews Subaru and told him about our mission to get women moving in our community and build their confidence, he immediately "got it" and Crews is now our title sponsor for 2019 and 2020. Shortly after those meetings, I started finding Ken everywhere! The fall is gala/fundraising season in Charleston and Ken is working day and night to help our amazing community organizations raise money for their causes. I personally attended the Carolina Youth Development Center's gala and a fun shopping fundraiser event for the Ronald McDonald house, where I saw Ken in action helping these organizations reach their goals. Around this time, my husband and I were considering a new car to take our 2 young boys on long trips and to lug around our bikes for race events around the Carolinas. I sent Ken a quick message that I was interested in checking out an Ascent and within minutes he called me (while attending another community event), told me who to speak with at the dealership, and over the next couple of weeks he was very attentive to my entire buying process. We had such a relaxed and smooth experience and we LOVE our Ascent! I am forever grateful for this relationship with Crews and look forward to many more events, triathlons, and community impacts in the future.

Saving lives with critical surgeries and kibble!  –  Kay H

At a critical time of year, thanks to Crews Subaru we filled our Food Bank shelves with much-needed food and offered free spay or neuter surgeries. Charleston Animal Society partnered with Crews Subaru of Charleston for the successful 2019 ASPCA Subaru Loves Pets event held at the dealership with over 300 constituents attending. The non-judgemental Charleston Animal Society food pantry is open to all pet owners in need of support including CAS’s Pets for Life clients and this gathering helped to fill the shelves. The “Fill the Subaru with Love and Kibble”, yielded nearly 2,000 pounds of pet food donations filling two Subaru vehicles. This year, our target was to offer 75 free spay/neuter surgeries on a first-come, first-served basis. Without the financial support of Subaru, we could not have offered those surgeries. Many of those attending were young families with children, disabled and elderly retirees who love their pets but just needed a helping hand to care for them. The day went smoothly with our goal met within two hours and Crews Subaru offered to sponsor 2 additional animals that needed surgery bringing the day’s total to 77 (59 Dogs, 18 Cats)! In looking at the data of attendees, residents from 3 counties (Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley) representing 14 towns/municipalities were in attendance, some with their dogs in tow. This increase in public awareness was thanks to social media and marketing surrounding Subaru Loves Pets! Without the support of Crews Subaru and Subaru National, we would not have been able to prevent unwanted litters and we would not have been able to feed the most vulnerable animals in our community. By offering free spays or neuters to local families for their pets, we minimize the number of strays and intakes into our shelter and increase the health and well being of their guardians and the animals! Thank you Crews Subaru and Subaru National for your LOVE Promise to PEOPLE and PETS!

Crews Subaru is Making a Difference!  –  Casey S

At Carolina Youth Development Center, (CYDC) we aim to empower and equip our community's most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support and career readiness. We couldn't continue in our mission without the support and relationship we have with Crews Subaru. Crews Subaru has been pivotal in the success of our events by becoming vital sponsors for our golf tournament and annual gala. We are proud to have the best Auctioneer in town, Ken French. He is always willing and enthusiastic to help, knowing every dollar goes to a youth in need in our community. Together, CYDC and Crews Subaru have impacted the lives of thousands of children by providing an environment that protects childhood, empowers families and prepares for adulthood. Thank you for your continued support of CYDC and the children we invest in day after day!

Subaru supports Sailing for a CURE!  –  Liba B

The Lowcountry Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is grateful for Crews Subaru's continued support of our life-saving mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Over the years the Crews Subaru Team has supported many different LLS events and we were thrilled to welcome them back as a partner for our 23rd Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta! The Leukemia Cup is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. Over the past 23 years, the Charleston Sailing community has banded together in the fight against blood cancer. Thanks to the incredible support of partners like Crews Subaru, we have raised over $2.8 million for LLS’s mission since we began sailing in 1996! Nearly 30 boats sailed through the Charleston Harbor on September 21st before coming together for a wonderful Gala Celebration aboard the USS Yorktown! This year, Crews' very own Ken French served as our emcee and auctioneer for the evening! Ken inspired many and as always is a wonderful event host and partner! We are incredibly thankful to Ken and the entire Crews Subaru team for leading the way to a world without blood cancer!

We love you, Crews Subaru!  –  alix t

Thank you, Crews Subaru, for sponsoring, supporting and attending our 7th Annual Bag Lady Luncheon on September 26th. However, your biggest contribution was Ken French who emceed our event and acted as auctioneer for our auction. He used his charm, wit and love for the organization to appeal to our audience to open their wallets for RMH Charleston. And it was a record breaking year, raising over $160,000 for our families facing the crisis of critically ill children being treated at MUSC's Children's Hospital. It's important to note that the Crews Subaru guests outspent all of the other 34 tables attending the luncheon, and we can't imagine a world without Crews Subaru, we're so happy you're with us!

Crews Cares for Sea Turtles at the South Carolina  –  Stephanie G

Crews Subaru has been a valuable partner on the South Carolina Aquarium’s Turtle Trek 5K for the past four years and we are incredibly thankful for their commitment to our mission! Together, we have released 287 sea turtles back into their natural habitats and raised $267,000 to support the critical care and operations of our Sea Turtle Care Center. We look forward to continuing this special partnership for many years to come!

Crews Cares for Cats and Canines at Hallie Hill.  –  Jennifer M

Crews Subaru of Charleston has been an incredible support for Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary! They sponsored multiple Canine Cabins and one of our Cat Condos - directly supporting the animals we care for daily. Crews Subaru’s extremely generous contributions will help ensure that each animal housed at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary has a comfortable home while they are with us. THANK YOU CREWS SUBARU CHARLESTON!

What if riding a wave could change the world?  –  Nancy H

Aloha, friends! What if riding the waves meant changing the world? For Surfers Healing, the mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Though thousands are served each year, 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. For 11 years, Surfer’s Healing has provided a surf camp at Folly Beach, and we are honored that Crews Subaru and their team has been with us every step of the way. The community support and leadership that Crews Subaru provides is extraordinary. It goes way beyond the money – which is critical - Vehicles weeks in advance for logistics, vehicles to transport our families and surf warriors - always making our load much lighter. Knowing it is simply the right thing to do. Surfers Healing, A Foundation for Autism's Folly Beach Camp for 11 years now, has been driven by the energy and support of the entire community, and in no small part by Crews Subaru. It’s the caring and positive presence of Robert, HR, Ken and the Crews Subaru team who show up on the beach to lend a hand and offer their help wherever necessary. There has never been a commitment broken or a promise not fulfilled – they will find a way to make everything work. The Subaru Loves to Care Pillar providing One Perfect Day. The daylong Surf 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. It's amazing to see what our kids can do, and how they light up as they learn. Annually serving nearly 5,000 kids at camps around the world, it still gets down to one child at a time, one family, one moment. One Perfect Day. Our Surfers Healing Folly Beach Facebook page is loaded with glowing comments, photos and touching stories of how a day at the beach is really "One Perfect Day". In the Hawaiian culture, "kokua" is a term used to describe the spirit of kindness, generosity and extending love, help and compassion openly and without reservation. Crews Subaru gives invaluable kokua to Surfers Healing, and we are profoundly grateful. Mahalo nui loa

Omar Shrine Seafood Festival of Charleston 2019  –  Keri S

Crews Subaru signed on as a Presenting Sponsor for this 1st Year Event. Ken French of Crews Subaru went over and beyond to assist us with all aspects of this fundraising festival. All funds from this event went to the Shriners Organization and will facilitate their abilities to do great charitable work in the community. We value Crews Subaru as a instrumental community partner and look forward to working with them in the future. Thank you Crews for always being available to do great things in our communities.

Partners who make a difference!  –  Susan B

Partners who make a difference!Thank you, Robert Crews, HR Hicks and all of Crews Subaru of Charleston for making a difference in the lives of our teachers, children, and staff! Your support and partnership provided the means for a desperately needed and beautiful new lobby for Charles Towne Montessori School. One that truly represents the pride that we all feel being here every day. The transformation from many years of wear and tear to its new state was completed just as our graduation ceremony was about to take place. Parents, visitors, and children alike were thrilled and a bit astonished by the change. One of the principles of Montessori education is a prepared environment. Everything the child comes in contact with will facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration. Included in this environment are Freedom, Nature and Reality, BEAUTY, Social Environment, Intellectual Environment and Montessori Materials. Thanks to Crews Subaru of Charleston, BEAUTY has been fulfilled! The tiny upholstered rocker is a favorite with the little ones!

Blanket Delivery with LLS Lowcountry  –  Laura H

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society South Carolina Chapter would like to extend a huge Thank You to the Crews Subaru of Charleston community! The partnership we have with Crews Subaru is one of a kind. We are beyond thankful to their dedication in partnering with LLS as we continue to lead the way in fighting cancer. Every year the Crews Subaru team provides hundreds of blankets and craft kits for our local patients. The Crews team goes above and beyond by delivering these blankets and craft kits to patients currently going through treatment. Each year the Crews team expresses how important it is to their community to share the love. Crews Subaru of Charleston has shown outpouring care for the mission of LLS and for our patients the past four years. They have grown to know and support many of the patients they meet at these deliveries. We are beyond thankful for their dedication to making the world a better place.

12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival  –  Amy B

Dragon Boat Charleston promotes the physical and mental wellness of cancer survivors and their community through dragon boating. We are a year-round organization and work tirelessly to create programs and services that increase the wellness of our members so that they may have fewer recurrences and better quality of life. We have various programs throughout the year to raise money and awareness for our mission, but our annual festival is our largest event. We are so thankful for the LOVE that Crews Subaru has shown us again this year! Seeing the cars and Ken French situated in the center of it all each year has become a tradition that everyone enjoys. Ken even stayed and celebrated with us at our volunteer gathering in the park! At the party, I mentioned that we needed volunteers the next morning to come back to the park and help move all of our equipment back to our storage unit. This is no fun -- especially after 125 volunteers (many of whom are survivors) have worked all day long in the hot sun for the festival. However, Ken saved the day! He promised to be at the park again the next morning with the box van so that we could load everything in one trip. And... he was there -- early! Ken and the folks at Crews are always kind and always helpful. Our festival would not be the same without them. We could not provide the programs and services to our patients and survivors without Crews. Mostly, it is such a pleasure to work with a community partner who feels like family! Thank you so much Crews Subaru for all you do for Dragon Boat Charleston! Amy Brennan, executive director Dragon Boat Charlelston

Celebrate Indomitable Spirit  –  Chris H

Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston is lucky to have Crews Subaru as our Presenting Sponsor. Mountainfilm's motto is to "celebrate indomitable spirit." Mountainfilm is held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. They gather some of the worlds most talented filmmakers, artists, photographers, adventurers and scientists for a weekend of films, lectures, presentations and activities. The festival then tours the country and the world. The overriding takeaway from Mountainfilm is that the festival is not an inspirational showcase of films, but also of positive ideas. Those that attend speak highly of how the films encourage positive changes. After attending Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah, I thought it would be great to bring the spirit of the festival to the Charleston community. But it costs money throw a festival. We have to rent a theater, license the films, and fly a host out from Colorado as starters. During the intermission of our 2016 show, I was on stage talking about the films and asked the audience if anyone wanted to get involved with Mountainfilm on Tour to find me after the last screening. Jerry Peters of Crews Subaru approached me that night and suggested a partnership. This year we held our fifth annual Mountainfilm on Tour at the Charleston Music Hall to rave reviews. Many attendees thanked us afterwards for bringing Mountainfilm to Charleston, but we make it quite clear that we couldn't hold the festival without the support of Crews Subaru. What Crews does by sponsoring Mountainfilm is far more than helping run a festival. The films really inspire people to live more thoughtful and adventurous lives. On top of the adult screening, we also host a kid's screwing on the Sunday of the festival. And the day before the and the day after, we bring the films into the local-area schools. We know the festival touches people deeply, and the fact that Crews stands behind our festival is a testimony to to their commitment to enriching the Charleston community at large. They really care about the people of Charleston and support organizations that try to enhance the spirit of the community. Mountainfilm on Tour in Charleston is deeply grateful to Crews Subaru for their continued support of bringing "indomitable spirit" to the low country. Thanks again for your continued support of Mountaifilm on Tour. We really couldn't do it without you!Best,Chris

Forever Grateful  –  Beth K

Charleston County Parks' special events are never complete without the continued support of Crews Subaru. In March we began our 2019 event season with The Reckoning at James Island County Park’s Dog Park where over 2,400 people and their dogs listened to Grateful Dead covers. It was a weather-perfect Sunday afternoon and dogs were everywhere! As always, Ken arrived with a clean car, but showed no worries of dogs jumping in to get a better look. Crews Subaru continued their sponsor support at Pet Fest and Charleston Outdoor Fest, which we are forever grateful. The Charleston community is very fortunate to have a company so committed to supporting all types of causes. On behalf of Charleston County Parks, I thank Ken French, management and staff for helping us offer a diverse system of park facilities, programs, and services to all of Charleston County.

Making a Difference - One Wish at a Time!  –  Karen L

We are beyond grateful to Crews Subaru of Charleston for being a major event sponsor for our 3rd annual Wishes in Bloom garden party! The spectacular garden party celebrated the renewed strength and hope created by a wish granted while raising funds to grant more wishes. Together, we raised more than $170,000 for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina. With these funds, we will be able to grant more than 20 wishes for children battling critical illnesses in the Lowcountry and other areas of South Carolina. Your continued support of Make-A-Wish South Carolina through your annual Share the Love campaign, wish celebrations and special events is truly making a difference in the lives of local children, providing them hope, strength and joy when they need it most!

Crews Subaru is a Hallie Hill Hero!  –  Jennifer M

On behalf of the over 200 dogs and cats cared for each day at Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, we want to thank Crews Subaru for sponsoring our annual charity golf tournament, Putting for Paws. This past April 1st, our tournament raised over $30,000 to provide food, medical care, and an outstanding facility for animals in need with the help of "pawsome" sponsors like Crews Subaru! Crews is definitely making a difference in the lives of animals in our care who may be less adoptable due to age, behavior, or medical issues. The Love Promise demonstrates their outstanding commitment to have a positive impact within the community, helping to make Charleston a "No-Kill Community" and for that we can't thank them enough. They sure have made a lot of tails wag and kittens purr out here at the sanctuary!

How many balloons can your Subaru Outback hold?  –  Jenny L

While our Subaru Outback does a great job when it comes to directly support meal delivery to our homebound neighbors, it recently took on a different role for our largest fundraiser of the year. On April 11th, we stuffed our Subaru Outback full of needed supplies, including 60 balloons, to decorate for our 14th annual “A Meal to Remember” Gala. We also parked the car right outside the entrance to the event, so every guest was able to see it as they arrived for a fun night of signature small plates from local chefs, as well as a silent and live auction.Attended by over 300 guests and volunteers, this black-tie optional event raised over $150,000 to support our meal delivery program—enough to fund the purchase of more than 50,000 meals! Thanks to our Subaru Outback doing some of the heavy lifting, our event was a huge success.

Generous Hearts…Courageous Leadership  –  Katelyn B

Ken French, the Crews Family, and all of our friends at Crews Subaru of Charleston are never afraid to stand up for children and never wavering in their commitment to our community. Our team, Board, and volunteers at Darkness to Light remain grateful for their generous support – most recently as the golf shirt sponsor for our 2019 Bright Futures Golf Tournament to benefit both Darkness to Light and SC Future Minds. Together, we raised more than $50,000 to keep South Carolina’s children healthy, happy, and prepared for bright futures! Thank you Crews Subaru of Charleston! Darkness to Light works to prevent child sexual abuse. One in 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Despite this startling statistic, it’s a silent epidemic that people are afraid to talk about. To prevent abuse, we have to break through the stigma and shame, talk about how sexual abuse of children happens, and learn proven strategies to prevent it. It’s the only way we will be able to stop what is arguably the number one health crisis that children face today. This is why we commend Crews Subaru of Charleston for their courageous leadership on this uncomfortable topic. Their support helps us reach more and more adults with actions they can take to keep children safe. Whether you work with children, or you’re a parent or caregiver, or a mandated reporter, Darkness to Light is here to empower you to protect children from sexual offenders. We couldn’t do this important work without Crews Subaru of Charleston. Thank you for making child safety a priority!

Healing All People with Compassionate Care  –  Topher L

The Ryan White Wellness Center of Roper St. Francis is a nonprofit made up of compassionate case managers, advocates, and medical professionals who together, empower our community to take charge of their health and lead the Lowcountry in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For nearly two decades, we have been the premiere choice of compassionate, cutting edge care, serving over 950 patients in 2018. Dining Out For Life is a yearly fundraiser that particularly raises money to support the direct services that we provide. Partnerships with local businesses such as Crews Subaru help stretch federal funding in collaborative and innovative ways. For those impacted by HIV/AIDS, leading a healthy life can sometimes be a struggle. While modern medications have advanced tremendously in suppressing HIV and its symptoms, however, the stigma attached to the virus and the people it affects is the real disease we are tackling. Quality of life and care is our main goal in helping those navigate their diagnosis. With the support of Crews Subaru, our patients literally are greeted with a hug of compassion as they walk through our clinic doors from the Subaru Loves to Care blankets that we distribute through our Care Closet. Wrapping a nice, warm blanket around a patient experiencing fever and chills provides a sense of safety and security. Clients who experience homelessness and have lived in their cars or the those who have moved to a new apartment and lack furnishing are happy to benefit from a blanket to give them a sense of familiarity and normalcy. By providing a chance for others to lead a healthy life, they can gain confidence and empower themselves to start taking control of their health and contribute to building a stronger community. We are grateful that Crews Subaru supports Dining Out For Life and aligns with our mission in providing compassionate care to the community we serve.

Run for Adela Thanks  –  Jane C

Dear Everyone at Crews Subaru, Thank you so much to our Subaru family. Robert Crews, HR Hicks, Ken French, Robert Kozakiewicz, Shawn Cowgill and the entire staff we love our Crews Subaru Outback. More importantly, we want to thank you for your support through the years, up to our recent finale for The Run for Adela. Crews Subaru has played an important role in our success by honoring our family while raising approximately $500,000 for children with cancer and educational needs. Our sincere heartfelt thanks for relationships that go beyond words! Jane Stoney Cook

More than a sponsor.....  –  Keri S

Crews Subaru is a vested community partner and it shows in the support that they provide to multiple organizations/events in our area. You see them and their vehicles everywhere, supporting events and organizations large and small. The inaugural Commit to Be Fit Expo was a direct beneficiary of their support in early April 2019. HR Hicks and Ken French took the time to sit with me to discuss my vision for this event and how it might align with their vision for Crews Subaru in our community. These fellas are the fabric of what makes Crews Subaru so special in my opinion. They are always available, interested and proactive when it comes to doing great things in our area and as a result, they are forever bettering our community. Charleston is enriched by Crews Subarus support and involvement, and I, for one, am glad to know that I have a friend in the car business!~ Keri Seay of Keri Seay Events

Gratitude  –  Rachel M

Gratitude is the first word that comes to mind when talking about Crews Subaru. Robert, HR, Ken, Jason, and the entire team have surpassed all expectations time and again, donating their time, energy and resources to further the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston, Inc.: to create compassionate environments and programs that provide families the best chance of success in caring for their child with complex medical needs. Our House is a 32 bedroom “home away from home” for families of critically ill children being treated at MUSC’s Children’s Hospital, half a block away. We provide our families three meals a day, comfortable beds and the love and support they need during this critical period in their lives. Crews Subaru steps up to the plate monthly, whether they are volunteering at the house, participating in our fundraising events or giving us guidance on our future. But they outdid themselves this year during the month-long Subaru Share the Love promotion by raising $68,766 for our families, with a grand total of $162,017 over the last three years. Our partnership, or as we like to think, friendship, is something we cherish. Thank you, Crews Subaru, we wouldn’t be here without you!

Keeping the PACE with Pattison's Academy  –  Madison A

Crews Subaru of Charleston is a generous supporter of our annual fundraising event, Keeping the PACE. With their help, we are able to carry out our mission of improving the quality of life for children with multiple, severe disabilities, and their families. Crews Subaru also donates a truck to help our staff transport wheelchairs and equipment to the event so that our children can participate and enjoy the fundraiser too. Thank you Crews Subaru for your generosity! We are truly grateful.

Crews Subaru - always there to help  –  Bobby H

As is our custom in late November each year, 98.9 ESPN in Charleston presents an all-day radiothon from the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston in order to raise money for the 32 families that need to call the RMH home during the holidays."Bobby Hartin's Fan Talk" went live for 12 hours on November 30th. Our goal is to present each of the 32 families a gift card for $750 to use in any manner they choose or need. It takes weeks to pull together the auction items, the prizes, and the logistics to make this happen. One local car dealer is always there to help and be a sponsor of the event - Crews Subaru of Charleston. And it's not because they also have a partnership with the RMH. It's because they help a lot of low country charities. It seems as though Ken French, Robert Crews, HR Hicks, Jason Parish, and the Subaru team are always showing up places to help. It is factual that our radiothon this year was the best ever. It takes a lot of people to make it happen. We are thrilled and honored that Crews Subaru is there to help. Like always.

Surfers Healing, Foundation for Autism Folly Beach  –  Nancy H

Surfers Healing on Folly Beach is a non-profit organization formed by individuals who live, work and care for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each year we seek to enrich the lives of more than 250 kids by providing one perfect day on Folly Beach. Professional surfers from around the world descend on Folly to make surfing dreams come true for our very special families! Surfers Healing will always be a FREE camp, thanks to caring community leaders like Robert Crews and Ken French! Crews Subaru has provided enormous support to our camp for many years in many ways. Crews Subaru has generously provided vehicles for our Surfers Healing Team's transportation needs, monetary support and strong volunteer presence on the beach. We love Crews and appreciate their authentic, caring effort to help Surfers Healing provide an environment of acceptance, fun & comradery for those living with Autism. As the Director of Surfers Healing Folly Beach, I feel so grateful to have Crews Subaru onboard and know that we can always depend on their help. Ken French and Robert Crews, as well as the entire staff, have always been so friendly and incredibly "stoked" to participate and sponsor Surfers Healing. Their charitable reputation in our community is stellar and we feel blessed to be included among their beneficiaries. Thank you Crews Subaru for your dedication to our Autism families, thousands of whom have had remarkable and transformational experiences surfing the waves and enjoying a perfect day on the beach. Here are some comments about Surfers Healing Folly Beach, taken from our social media page. Please know that Crews Subaru has a loving hand in our event, and we are ever grateful. ~~~~~~~~~~~ "We spent the day as a family, eating lunch, talking with others and most of all being NORMAL. We fit in! We were welcomed! We were not judged, not stared at, not talked about, not looked down on, not given advice" "It is very lonely being a special needs parent, but yesterday we felt like part of a huge community. It was amazing and we can not thank everyone enough. Blake was awesome. Plus Daniel pretty much shredded the waves!!" "Thank you again, everyone, for this amazing experience, so much joy!! See you all next year!!" "To try and put into words all I can say is that it’s the most uplifting experience ever! It’s truly beautiful and amazing how everyone works together to make this event happen. The moment I arrived onto Folly Island I could just feel the warm and welcoming energy. From the fun and helpful volunteers, giving sponsors, amazing talented surfers, and beautiful families, there is no other event or experience in Charleston that compares. Thank you all for the opportunity to be a part of this, truly #oneperfectday that will stay with me forever and I hope to continue to be a part of every year." "Thank you, Morgan, for surfing with our son... Thank you to each and every volunteer, photographer, and those of you who donated your time, talents, food, and or merchandise to make this event possible. It means the world to our family, especially our son, Brock. This is an amazing event and we will forever cherish this day!!" "This was our first year and I can't even begin to convey my gratitude and appreciation. We had the most amazing day. Watching our son have fun, the excitement on his face when he surfed. Priceless moments. We feel blessed we were able to be a part of this. Can't wait for next year!!" "Thank you a million times from the bottom of our hearts. This was our first year and we hope to make it a habit!! He keeps asking for surfboard now! Everyone there volunteering their time and gifts was so precious and so amazing. To be able to share an entire beach with people who “get it” was an awesome experience. Levi loved every second of it and his surfer, Levi, made sure he had a special day. It was awesome they shared the same name. Ms. Eden made sure he received his medal and his trophy, which he was VERY proud of, I thought he was going to sleep with it Thursday night!! Everyone who makes this possible, your rewards in Heaven will be many. Thank you especially to Izzy for following your heart and helping so many children and their families. May God richly bless you and yours ¿¿ #oneperfectday #autismohana" "How do we express our gratitude to all that helped give us our One Perfect Day? Thank you sounds so weak. I knew this was an amazing event, I I have several friends that have participated over the years. This year we were selected to surf and we decided to come and see what it was all about. WOW! Just WOW! Thank you Thank you Thank You! See you next year ¿!" "Today was incredible beyond words." Thank you,'re the best! Nancy Hussey

The largest pet fundraiser in South Carolina!  –  Kay H

Over $500,000.00 in each of the last two years, and we did it again in 2018. But it was not always that way. Years ago, the Chili Cook-Off was still finding its way -adding the Oyster Roast aspect to broaden the appeal, moving from venue to venue, trying to find the right space that would allow the event to grow.From the Maritime Center with only a few teams and a few celebrities, to the concourse of the minor league baseball stadium to the warning track of the stadium (we couldn’t get on the grass of the outfield) to the Citadels football stadium where the event showed it real promise, and three years ago to River Front Park on the old Navy Base. And now? Over 100 teams, 8,000 people, Celebrity teams from every media group in town. Raising critical funds for Toby’s Fund to treat injured and abused animals – the same fund that earned world wide attention with the story of Caitlyn, the dog that had duct tape wrapped around her muzzle because she was barking. Over a half million dollars in each of the last three years.Crews Subaru owner Robert Crews, GM H. R. Hicks and our favorite marketing guy Ken French and their team were always there lending support, helping to bring in more sponsors and encouraging all of their media partners to support the effort. Ken has been advisor, chili judge, major supporter and cheerleader through it all.No one could have imagined the success 19 years ago and the Charleston Animal Society is blessed to have the support of Crews Subaru providing much needed funds, vinyl wraps for our vehicles, maintenance at no charge for our fleet of vehicles so we can stay on the road helping animals. Occasionally, we hate to admit, providing collision repair work when there is an accident. From “Project Orange” years ago, to making South Carolina the first “No Kill” state. Crews Subaru is with us. And we are not the only ones – Pet Helpers and Dorchester SPCA have their support. Meals on Wheels, Make-A Wish, Ronald McDonald House, Surfer’s Healing, for children with Autism, Camp Happy Days, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Carolina Youth Development, professional and college sports teams, elementary schools like Hanahan, Pepperhill and Charleston SDA have all been blessed with Crews Subaru support. The list can fill pages.A few years ago when Subaru formally announced the Subaru “Love Promise” initiative for all of their retailers, Crews Subaru was already on board. It’s in their DNA, as Ken likes to say. Right from Robert himself.There is a photo in HR’s office of a power point slide from a Subaru meeting: Not because it’s good for business. Because it is the right thing to do. But we all know, it is good for business.Without question, the Charleston community is better because Crews Subaru takes the Subaru Love Promise to heart. Every day.

Respite program benefits from MOW Subaru Outback  –  Jenny L

Our Subaru Outback is helping us sustain our partnerships with local organizations that are serving the homebound. In 2010, we became aware of a respite program for residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Hosted by a local church, the program allows caregivers a much-needed break, while these otherwise homebound neighbors have a chance to get out of the house to socialize and participate in a variety of onsite activities. The respite program also offers a meal to all participants, and we found this to be a wonderful opportunity to provide support to the church, the caregivers, and the program participants. Every Monday and Wednesday, our Volunteer Manager loads the Subaru Outback with coolers filled with meals and heads about a mile south to the program site, where church volunteers who support the respite program eagerly await her arrival. Though the delivery only takes a few minutes, the meals make a big impact and free up the church’s resources for other aspects of the respite care program. Since receiving our Subaru Outback, we have delivered approximately 3000 meals to this respite program, fulfilling our mission to provide daily nutrition to the homebound in our service area regardless of age or income.

Florence Food Drive  –  Shandra B

My name is Shandra Bohley, I'm the Marketing Director at WCBD News 2 here in Charleston, SC. We along with our Radio Partner decided to do a food drive to help hurricane victims. Partnering with the LowCountry Food bank was easy, but we just had one problem, the Food Bank's trucks were all in another state. Crews Subaru came to the rescue. Not only did they loan us a box truck for two weeks to drop off and pick food canisters, but they also agreed to be one of 12 drops off sites for food, cleaning supplies and diapers in the community. We could not have done as much without there help. We were able to raise more than $789 and collect 2,937 pounds of products for our disaster relief efforts. That’s 7,182 meals for children, seniors, and families who were affected by hurricane Florence.

We have a friend in Crews Subaru  –  Rachel M

Crews Subaru believes in making the world a better place, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is a grateful recipient of their community love promise. Our friends at Crews Subaru are a partner with the House in the best sense. Their team members volunteer regularly at the house, and Robert Crews is an active member of our Board of Directors. In fact, Robert and his family cooked dinner for our families when the city was evacuated during Hurricane Florence, and the Crews family cleaned the house when housekeeping couldn’t get to work. Crews Subaru’s commitment to the House is evident at each of our fundraising events, the Annual Charity Golf Classic and our Bag Lady Luncheon. They are a presenting sponsor of the tournament, and we are lucky enough to have Ken French run the auction which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during the years he has been involved. Because of Ken, the Bag Lady Luncheon has grown from a small ladies luncheon to a sought-after event for 350 guests, raising over $140,000. Our world is a better place because of Crews Subaru.

Leukemia Cup Regatta and Gala a Huge Success  –  Liba B

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s volunteers, friends and staff in the Lowcountry, I wanted to add my deepest thanks and appreciation for the incredible support you and your company have provided as a sponsor of our 22nd Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta! Over 30 boats sailed for a cure through the Charleston Harbor on Saturday September 29th and more than 250 guests came together to celebrate an impactful year of fundraising aboard the USS Yorktown Saturday Night! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, we’ve invested more than $1.2 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. Crews Subaru, its customers and your staff are making a real difference to the millions of people whose lives are touched by blood cancers. The sponsorship you provided will be invested in critical cancer research, patient services and other activities to help enhance, prolong and save the lives of people with leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma. Robert Crews, H R Hicks, Ken French and the entire team comes to our aid once again. You are an asset to not only LLS of the Lowcountry, but to the entire community.

Long-Time Partnership with Crews Subaru  –  Beth K

For almost 10 years Crews Subaru has been an outstanding supporter of Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) events and facilities. The longtime support began with the Holiday Festival of Lights and quickly cultivated into a strong partnership that included the East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival, pet-related events, and facility sponsorship. Crews Subaru’s passion to help endorse our, then, new dog events and park facilities, showed us the partnership would grow stronger. Often mentioning our events (Pet Fest, Yappy Hour, Dog Day Afternoon) in ads, website and social media, helped attract thousands of attendees, which are still visiting our events and parks. Even more recently with the opening of CCPRC’s new skate park, SK8 Charleston, Crews Subaru saw an opportunity to bring the two businesses together through cross-promotions. Crews Subaru is a natural fit with our agency, and we are honored the dealership continues to see the value in the county parks. Crews Subaru is everyone’s friend, and with their integrity and boundless support, you can’t help but want to help their community initiatives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.