Joe Hamblock, General Manager of Brian Bemis Ford, presents Dirk Campbell, Athletic Director for Genoa Kingston High School, with their donation check.

Saturday September 15th the Brian Bemis Ford staff was at Genoa Kingston High School hosting a Ford Drive One 4UR School test drive event. Ford donates $20 to the high school for each qualifying test drive. We are very pleased to announce that we were able to raise $900 to go toward the athletics department! We would like to thank everyone who came out and test drove a Ford and for supporting Genoa Kingston athletics!

Aubrie Little from Brian Bemis Automotive Group presents St. Mary’s School principal Ross Bubloz with their donation check.

As a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic School, Brian Bemis World Auto staff was at the St. Mary’s School Fun Fest on Sunday October 14, 2012 with new Chrysler vehicles for people to test drive. For every test drive at the festival, $10 was donated to the school. Even with the torrential downpours and tornado warnings we had a fantastic turnout! We are excited to announce that we had a total of 143 test drives and $1,680 was donated to the school!

We would like to thank everyone that came out and test drove a vehicle and for their support of St. Mary’s Catholic School. The event was a great success!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Brian Bemis Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Kaneland Sports Boosters joined forces at Knights Under the Lights on Thursday August 16th for a test drive fundraiser. For each test drive $20 is donated to the booster club. The event began at 4pm and once it started the Brian Bemis staff never left the vehicles! We did 236 test drives in 4 hours! As soon as a vehicle returned, there was someone ready to go again!

The Kaneland staff and parent volunteers were wonderful! They maintained the flow between sign up and coordinating people into the vehicle they were going to drive. The most popular by far were the 2012 Dodge Charger, 2012 Dodge Durango and the all new 2013 Dodge Dart! Our busy night paid off though raising over $4,700 for the booster club! We had great weather, a great event and raised a lot of money for some amazing student athletes!

In August, in conjunction with our yearly tent sale, Brian Bemis Ford Hyundai Mazda conducted a blood drive.  In  a spear headed moment, Parts Manager, Clarice Pepper,  researched the best time and place to conduct a Blood Drive.   With this being the first Blood Drive in Brian Bemis Automotive Group’s history, Clarice found a great partnership with American Red Cross.   Clarice also learned August is one of the most needed months for blood donation.

We held the Blood Drive one day at Brian Bemis Ford Hyundai Mazda during the August tent sale, to allow for more privacy at the dealership and more potential attracted donors from the tent sale.  We were very happy with the public’s participation in the Blood Drive as well as employee involvement.

Thanks Clarice for all of your effort in organizing the event and we can not wait until next year.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Saturday August 11th at the kick-off Soccer Fest for the fall AYSO season, Brian Bemis Ford staff and AYSO volunteers were at the soccer fields for the Escape Soccer Skills Challenge. Athletes between the ages of 8 and 13 were eligible to participate. From there they were divided again by age into 6 categories. 3 boy groups and 3 girl groups. The athlete with the best score in each division would receive a trophy and qualify to move on to the regional event!

The challenge consisted of 6 skills: toe taps, foundations, left and right foot juggling and left and right foot figure eight dribbling. We had a great turn out and it was amazing to see how talented these young athletes are! We would like to thank the coaches and other volunteers who helped us out! We were able to raise $500 for the AYSO program through our event!

Brian Bemis Staff Volunteers at Feed 'Em SoupIf you live in the DeKalb/Sycamore area and haven’t heard of Feed ‘Em Soup, we might have to ask what rock you have been hiding under! While having only been around for 2 years, they have definitely made a big splash! They use the term Community Project to describe themselves instead of soup kitchen, essentially because it is so much more than that. Anyone is welcome to their meals, which is served restaurant style with people taking orders and serving meals all on real china and silverware. Plus they have a food pantry, clothing closet and kids activities available at every meal.

In 2011, Feed ‘Em Soup applied for and won a brand new Toyota Sienna mini-van in Toyota’s 100 Cars For Good contest. Brian Bemis Toyota Scion in DeKalb presented Feed ‘Em Soup with the van and we have been advocates for them ever since. Feed ‘Em Soup serves meals on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of every month and Wednesday August 29th the staff at Brian Bemis Automotive Group teamed up to take on serving a meal. 20 members of our staff helped take orders, fill plates, serve meals, bus tables and take on the dreaded dishes! In 2 hours we helped serve 249 meals!

Thank you very much to Amy, Lyndsey, Aubrie, Shauna, Eric, Jenna, MaryKate, Keith, Renee, Bobby, Clarice, Kyle, Dave, Deb, Jay, Alyssa and Rich! And also thank you to the Feed ‘Em Soup staff for making us feel welcome and guiding us in the right direction! We had a lot of fun and hope to do it again!

2012 Turning Back Time Car Show is downtown Sycamore lived up to the hype.  This was the first year Brian Bemis Automotive Group was a sponsor and we had a lot planned for show goers.  With over 500 entries for the car show, attendance was excellent with incoming rain showers looming.

We brought 4 cars to the show, each with its own personality.  The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited “call of duty special edition” , all new Dodge Dart, the Scion FRS and our first Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Show attendees seemed intrigued by the FR-S with Subaru technology and the Dodge Dart which is manufactured locally.

The Brian Bemis staff answered hundreds of questions, passed out water bottle coolers and had raffles for Oakley sunglasses and a free detail.  About a dozen Brian Bemis employees also entered their personal vehicles in the show.   What a fun day.