ST. MARYS - In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Stoltz Family Dealerships is planning to give back to the communities it serves by donating $25,000 to local charities.
The automobile sales and service business, which has five locations throughout Elk, Clearfield and Potter counties, is giving away $25,000 to local charities selected by area residents who cast a vote for their favorite charity.
Stoltz was established as a Chevy-Buick dealership in Emporium 25 years ago by the late Ron Stoltz. Now owned by his sons, brothers Steve, Todd and Harry Stoltz and his sons-in-law, Barry Miller and Greg Wigfield, the business has expanded to five sales and service centers-- the St. Marys location, three in DuBois and one in Coudersport.
Steve Stoltz, based at the St. Marys location, said he and his fellow owners wanted to acknowledge the communities in which they live and work for their support of Stoltz Family Dealerships over the years.
"We thought it was a nice way of paying back for the 25 years of success that we've had in the community. These communities have been so good to us," Stoltz said.
During the voting period, which runs from now until Aug. 15, residents are encouraged to stop at any of the five Stoltz locations to vote for the charity they think is most deserving. After the Aug. 15 deadline, the votes will be tallied and the top 25 vote-getters will receive $1,000 each.
"Our hardest decision was, 'who do we give the money to?' Well, in giving away $25,000, how do you make it fair? So the fairest way we could come up with is let our customers decide," Stoltz said.
He noted people do not have to be in the market for a new vehicle to come in and vote; anyone is welcome to stop by and cast a ballot for the charity of their choice.
"Each person can vote one time at each dealership," Stoltz said. "You don't have to buy anything - all you do is fill out the form."
Voting for the giveaway is taking place now through Aug. 15. The funds will then be distributed to the winning charities in early September.
"If you're a member of a certain organization and you think your group should get $1,000, then I'd encourage you to get everybody you know to come and vote," Stoltz said.