Wheels to Prosper 2015 Winners Announced!!!

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Our winner, Elizabeth Schiller, with her daughters, Parys & Autumn.

On Saturday, July 25, we announced the winner of our 2015 Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway! Elizabeth Schiller is the mother of two girls, Autumn and Parys, who is finishing her bachelor’s degree in social work at West Texas A&M University. She is also completing an internship at San Jacinto Elementary School. Through her internship, Elizabeth has volunteered at Heal the City Clinic, which is a health clinic serving Amarillo’s most destitute.

Lynda & Robert, with the Schillers in their new Ford Focus.

Lynda & Robert, with the Schillers in their new Ford Focus.

The Schillers received a 2005 Ford Focus, fully serviced and ready to hit the road. They were super-happy and extremely thankful. The local news was on-hand to interview them, documenting their excitement and the excitement of everyone here at Aardvark Automotive.

Ready to hit the road!

Ready to hit the road!

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Wheels to Prosper call for entries!

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Our Wheels to Prosper 2014 car, a 2004 Ford Escape

We have less than 3 months to go, folks! We are ramping up our efforts for 4th annual Wheels to Prosper now – over the past few weeks, the Amarillo Bulls donated a $1,000 check for fixing up our Wheels to Prosper car, and Channel 7 News donated our Wheels to Prosper car, a 2004 Ford Escape.

But what would Wheels to Prosper be without nominations from our wonderful neighbors?

This year, the Wheels to Prosper car giveaway will take place on Saturday, July 26 at noon right here at Aardvark Automotive.

Entries must be turned in by July 15th at MIDNIGHT!!

If you or someone you know has fallen on hard times but is constantly giving back to the community, let us know about it! To nominate someone, fill out our application, available here. Attach a short essay telling us why this person deserves the car.

To submit your entry:

Email your letter and application to aardvarkautorepair@gmail.com

OR

Drop off your entry in person or mail it to our shop:

Aardvark Automotive
Attn: Wheels to Prosper
5825 Canyon Dr.
Amarillo, TX 79110

Find more information about Aardvark’s Wheels to Prosper on the Aardvark Automotive website. Find more information about the Wheels to Prosper program on the Wheels to Prosper website

Our day at the Annual Amarillo Autism in Action Awareness Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 4th Annual Amarillo Autism in Action Awareness Walk at Sam Houston Park two Saturdays ago, on April 12! Our amazing service writer, Brandon Anderson, helped set up and man our table along with his wife, Renee, and adorable daughter, Maddie. Brandon’s son, Sean, has autism, so this walk was of great personal importance to all of us at Aardvark Automotive (check out the cute Aardvark Automotive poster hanging from our table, with Sean’s picture).

Every year, Amarillo Area Autism in Action puts on the Awareness Walk to raise money for autism education, detection, and treatment. The walk also raises awareness of the disorder while encouraging participants to have a great time!

There was a huge turnout for the event and we passed out goody bags, bubble containers, and water to everyone who passed by. The weather held up great and George Jones, one of our technicians, stopped by with his daughter, Kadee, to say hi.

Check out the slideshow of the event below.

Remember, April is National Autism Awareness Month! To learn more about autism and local events around your area, visit the Autism Society.

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Where to find Aardvark Automotive these next few months…

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The McCay family, one of the winners of Wheels to Prosper 2013

When we’re not working hard getting your car up and running smoothly we’re out in the Amarillo community, doing whatever we can to help our fellow neighbors thrive. Giving back to the community is one of our utmost priorities.

This spring and early summer we will be participating in several wonderful events around town. If you would like to come to any of them and have questions, feel free to contact us at (806) 242-1073 or aardvarkautorepair@gmail.com.

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! May you have a blessed Easter and spring!

April 12 – 4th Annual Autism in Action Awareness Walk & Healthfair

When: April 12; 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Where: Sam Houston Park (4101 Line Ave., Amarillo TX)

We are supporting the 4th Annual Autism in Action Awareness Walk by having a booth on April 12 at Sam Houston Park.  Bring the kiddos out and let them enjoy the activities, food, and community vendors.  Fun for all! Register online or at the event at 9:00 AM.

May 15 – Business Connection

When: May 15; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Amarillo Civic Center (401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX)

May not only brings May flowers but also the Business Connection at the Civic Center on May 15, where we will also have a booth.  This is the perfect time to find out just what wonderful businesses Amarillo has to offer you.

July 26 – Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway!

When: Noon; July 26, 2014

Where: Aardvark Automotive (5825 Canyon Dr., Amarillo, TX)

We are now taking applications for our 4th annual Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway Program, in which a repaired car is given to a deserving family not as a handout but as a hand UP.  The winner of the Wheels to Prosper car will be announced here at the shop at noon on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Do you know someone who has fallen on hard times and could benefit from a used, repaired car? Nominate this individual by filling out an application (you can get one on our website) and writing a short essay on his or her story.

Highlights from our Wheels to Prosper giveaway this past weekend!

Every Wheels to Prosper giveaway is special to us, but this year in particular was twice as nice. Instead of just giving away one car, we were fortunate enough to give away two! This year’s giveaway took place at Aardvark Automotive on Saturday, July 27th, 2013. Without further ado, the winners of our 2013 Wheels to Prosper giveaway are…

Mr. & Mrs. Lennie McCay and Katrina Penny.

Mr. & Mrs. Lennie McCay were nominated by Jennifer Butler.  In the nomination letter, Jennifer wrote, “The McCays have 5 daughters and 3 are still at home. Mr. McCay is an associate pastor and his wife is a stay-at-home mom. They are continually focused on helping others’ needs. They currently have a Toyota Corolla that was recently rear ended.  All they have left to drive is a very small pickup with a serious oil leak. It is my understanding that this pickup will go to college with one of the daughters. This family is not so quick to accept any kind of handouts, but they desperately need this car. The car would be well taken care of if given to this loving family. Thank you for your consideration.” The McCays were the recipient of the ’95 Chevy Suburban. They were very surprised and happy to have a vehicle to drive.

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Katrina Penny was the recipient of the ’04 Dodge Intrepid. Katrina is a 52-year-old grandmother raising her four grandchildren.  Katrina has rheumatoid arthritis and has been legally disabled since 2004. Eight months after she was diagnosed she gained custody of her grandchildren, three handsome boys and one beautiful girl. At the giveaway she told us, “this car will change our lives. Thank you.”

All of us here at Aardvark Automotive felt amazing being able to help these deserving families thrive with a car that will get them through their daily lives.

We had about 35 people attend the giveaway to show their support, and even got a visit from the Amarillo Bulls mascot, Rampage, who brought along the Bulls’ huge Robertson Cup National Champions trophy. The Bulls also brought the mini Wheels to Prosper Mercedes-Benz we sponsor, which races around the concourse during Bulls games. It was a cute sight indeed watching all the little ones hop into the car!

Please enjoy a recap of the giveaway in the gallery below.

Note: We are always looking for cars for our next Wheels to Prosper giveaway! You can help the giveaway by donating a car you no longer need or want. Please contact us at the shop for more information.

Last call! Come to Cal Farley’s Poverty Workshop this Saturday!

Cal Farley is a great organization intent on helping everyone in our community thrive.

If you plan on coming to Cal Farley’s Poverty Workshop this Saturday, please RSVP now! We need a head count for food, as Victory Church is generously donating lunch. Deadline to RSVP is tomorrow–Wednesday, May 15th.

Here are the details:

 Dr. Donna Beegle’s See Poverty Be the Difference presented by Elia Moreno

 

Victory Church

Saturday, May 18th 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. 

6300 Arden Road

Join us for this informative, inspirational, and motivational presentation. This workshop will include insights into working more effectively with families who live in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Beegle’s personal expCommunity Serviceeriences and research illuminate how to communicate and work across race, poverty, gender, and generational barriers. You will be exposed to fresh new ways to address poverty. This training will also provide a different filter for audience members to address poverty—a filter without blame or judgment that allows professionals to help people move out and stay out of the poverty war zone.

Please RSVP to Elia Moreno at (806) 316-2283 or at eliamoreno@live.com.

Visit the Aardvark Automotive website for more information on how Aardvark helps out in the community.

Join Aardvark Automotive at Cal Farley’s See Poverty Be the Difference training event!

We will be attending this poverty training event and invite everyone to come along for this eye-opening educational experience.

The full event details are below. Learn more about Cal Farley on their website and feel free to contact Aardvark Automotive with any additional questions.

Cal Farley’s Community Engagement

is hosting:

 See Poverty Be the Difference

Presented by Elia Moreno 

 

Tuesday, April 30th

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cal Farley’s Conference Room

600 W. 11th 

Join us for this informative, inspirational, and motivational presentation. This workshop will include insights into working more effectively with families who live in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Beegle’s personal experiences and research provide insights into communicating and working more effectively across barriers involving race, poverty, gender, and generation. You will be exposed to fresh new ways to address poverty. This training will also provide a different filter for audience members to address poverty—a filter without blame or judgment that will allow you to assist people with moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty.

 
We still have room so please RSVP to Cal Farley Engagement Manager Elia at eliamoreno@live.com or 806.322.2530.