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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.
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.
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.
Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.
Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.
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 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 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.
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.
Subaru and Doug Smith Subaru 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.
During the holiday season, Doug Smith Subaru had a workstation putting together sensory bags for the Autism Council of Utah. These bags contain alternate ways to communicate, items to diffuse sensory issues, and keep fidgety minds busy. Specifically designed to assist law enforcement or other first responders when they need to interact with those with autism or other sensory issues. Doug Smith Subaru and other volunteers worked at the dealership to assemble approximately 800 sensory bags and will continue to make more as product is made available. All of this has been made possible through past Subaru Share The Love Events. Last year we donated $50,000 to the Autism Council, and project to donate even more this year! We hope to help get these sensory bags in the hands of all law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout Utah, while also spreading awareness of healthier ways of interacting with those with Autism and other sensory disorders.
Through our partnership with Doug Smith Subaru for the Subaru Loves Pets Adoption Event, the Humane Society of Utah was able to adopt 31 pets into loving homes during the month of October. These pets were the underdogs - senior dogs with severe dental disease, cats with severe medical issues and more. Stella, an eight year old large mixed breed is just one of our success stories from this event. Stella was a senior pet that came to HSU with numerous issues, including Arthritis and Lipoma. Senior pets are always the last to be adopted at our facility, but now she's happy and being loved in her furever home! Thank you for supporting our underdogs and cats, Doug Smith Subaru!
Thanks to a generous donation from Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru of America, law enforcement agencies across Utah are receiving training and tools that enable officers to better manage encounters with individuals with autism. With the help of Doug Smith Subaru, the Autism Council of Utah has been able to assemble and deliver autism sensory bags and training curriculum to law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Utah. Their goal is to provide sensory bags to all first responders in the state. Doug Smith Subaru helps in these efforts through generous donations as well as helping to assemble the sensory bags at the Doug Smith Subaru location. The autism sensory bags contain noise cancelling headphones, a picture exchange communication system and markers for communications needs, fidget toys, and resource information. Individuals with autism can have high sensory needs and process experiences differently. The tools within the autism sensory bags offer solutions for managing sensory overload and communication, helping to better enable law enforcement officers to deescalate encounters in a safer, more positive way. The latest presentation of sensory bags was made to the Salt Lake County section of the Utah Highway Patrol where 600 bags were delivered. Accepting the bags on behalf of the UHP was Lt. Terry Buck who said, “We’re learning how to interact with individuals with autism in a positive manner and these bags are going to be a huge part of that.” In addition to autism sensory bags, Doug Smith Subaru and the Autism Council of Utah are providing training tools and materials that educate law enforcement officers in autism. The Autism Council of Utah was largely responsible for the passage of a state law requiring mandatory autism and mental health training for all law enforcement personnel in Utah. The training materials provided by the Council help officers learn to effectively recognize autism, identify autism vs. criminal behaviors, and initiate crucial de-escalation techniques. The bags as well as the training are provided at no charge and are available to all law enforcement agencies in the state. With the help of Doug Smith Subaru, training and sensory bags have so far been distributed to law enforcement across the state from Utah and Salt Lake Counties to as far as the Iron County Sheriff’s and St. George Police Departments in Southern Utah. Orders have also been placed by Salt Lake County Unified Police, as well as police departments in Cottonwood Heights, Orem, and Ogden, Utah. Doug Smith Subaru’s $50,000 donation to the Autism Council of Utah has funded several projects benefiting Utah’s autistic community. “We are so grateful to Doug Smith Subaru for giving us this grant so we can make these bags possible for every first responder in the state of Utah. They’re amazing to work with,” says Autism Council of Utah founding member Cheryl Smith. The Autism Council of Utah is Doug Smith Subaru’s Love Promise Hometown Charity.
This year for our Subaru Loves Learning month we have paired up with Parkview Elementary in Payson, Utah. According to AdoptAClassroom.org, an average of $750 is spent out of teacher’s pockets to help supply their classrooms. We are hoping to relieve some of those expenses in our own community by partnering with Adopt-A-Classroom with a donation of $7500 to 15 classrooms at Parkview Elementary. This money will go to supplies and teaching tools that will help make a difference and enhance learning in the classrooms rather than money coming out of the pockets of teachers and families. In conjunction with that, we decided to also donate $75 for every service contract sold in August, which resulted in about $5300 which we used to order a list of items that teachers in each grade had come up with. We personally donated these items and received a “Victory Lap” around the school as the students and teachers thanked us and cheered. What an honor to be a partner of this school!
During the month of June, Doug Smith Subaru had the incredible opportunity to take part in and proudly sponsor the Cedar Hills Fun Run, a local event benefitting two local families dealing with very difficult circumstances. The first is a small and humble family from Ukraine that gave up all their worldly possessions to escape the terror and destruction of their country to keep their two young daughters safe. The second is a local family from American Fork Utah, whose tragic accident resulted in a life-altering injury for their 16-year-old daughter. The first family's story is much too common during these times. Amid missiles and bombs exploding around their Kiev suburb home, Yuri Kalmazan and Albina Smykovska left Ukraine with a singular goal: to keep their two daughters, ages 3 and 8, safe. They called their neighbors in Kiev, telling them to help themselves to everything they owned, even the family business, as the Smykovska family did not expect to ever move back to Ukraine. Over a 10-day period, with only one small bag and a backpack to their name, the family made their way through Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, parts of Austria, and into the Czech Republic. They boarded a flight from Prague to Paris, then Mexico City, finally making their way to Tijuana where, by a miracle, their passports were cleared to cross the border into the United States. They quickly ended up in Cedar Hills, Utah. The second family had tragedy strike during a family activity. Emily Traveller is a 16-year-old sophomore at American Fork High School. Emily is a light to all that she meets, whether with her family, passing someone in the hall at school, cheering on Friday nights, or with friends on the weekend. Emily is full of life. On Friday, April 22nd, while riding as a passenger in a side by-side utility vehicle Emily was involved in a roll-over accident. Her neck was broken in several places, causing paralysis from the shoulders down. This injury is life-altering for Emily and her family, requiring extensive rehabilitation and treatment. Although the Cedar Hills Fun Run event is small, it has been a wonderful way for families and the community to come together in a united cause. This year, Doug Smith Subaru not only sponsored the event, but also matched donations during the run, nearly doubling the donations received that night. Ronnie Proffit, Director of “The Fight” Charitable Foundation, said, “We are so grateful to Doug Smith Subaru for all the help and support they have given to the entire festival. They have helped these families immensely and were able to help raise $7,000 during this single event, which is a significant addition to all other fundraising efforts during the Cedar Hills Family Festival Week."
Every year, Doug Smith Subaru pairs with Subaru of America and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to find local hospitals that help those going through cancer treatments. This year, Doug Smith Subaru chose the American Fork hospital to donate blankets, art kits, and words of encouragement that were written by customers and employees. This June, we met with some of the staff and dropped off the blankets and kits. Everyone was so excited for the donations and assured us that they look forward to it every year. We are thankful to be a part of the community in these small ways and hopefully lighten the heavy burden that families go through with their loved ones battling cancer. As one of our notes stated, “you are tough, strong, and loved!” We agree!
On June 18, Doug Smith Subaru participated in the annual Millie’s Princess Run. This day marked the 10th anniversary of the princess run for Millie and the 9th anniversary of her passing away. Millie’s Princess Foundation was created to help Millie Flamm who was in the hospital at the time undergoing bone marrow treatment. The run was so successful that it continued to help a new family each year who had a child fighting cancer. This year there were 2 children chosen- Dane and Millie Jo - for the prince and princess of the run. There was a 5k and 2k suitable for all ages and went through Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park. The community rallied around these 2 children and dressed up as princes, princesses, superheroes, and mascots and played games, made crowns, got their faces painted, jumped in the bounce houses and ate from food trucks. There was a silent auction online as well, with tables full of donated items. Doug Smith Subaru and many other sponsors came together to help cover the costs of the event and 100% of the proceeds go to these 2 families and their fight to be cancer-free. Keep up the fight, Dane and Millie Jo! We are here to support you!
For the past two years, Doug Smith Subaru has been a big supporter of Millie’s Princess Foundation. Within this partnership, we have helped with the annual Skate for Cancer event that highlights Sammy, the beneficiary this year who is battling optic ganglioma cancer. Skate for Cancer is a fun event with food, live auction, raffle items and items for purchase while young ice-skaters put on a show for those on the bleachers. It was a blast! Last year we were able to help one of our own employees’ daughters through this foundation and she is now cancer-free. This year we were able to match $5,000 and help raise over $18,650 during the month of May by selling t shirts, medals, and volunteering at the Skate for Cancer event to show our support. With this money, Sammy is able to help pay for treatments, transportation, medical bills, and anything she needs to fight this horrible cancer battle. Keep fighting, Sammy!
Doug Smith Subaru has been a sponsor of the Steve Young Ski Classic for many years. We were able to support the event this year by cheering on the adaptive community as they raced Steve Young down the mountain at Snowbird, Utah. We have also contributed $10k annually to help fund transportation, equipment, lessons, accessibility and more to those with unique injuries and abilities that would prevent them from otherwise enjoying the outdoors. Steve Young himself has donated his time and money to raise awareness of the amazing resource that Wasatch Adaptive Sports has been to the adaptive community. The last couple years have been a struggle to raise funds for Wasatch Adaptive Sports due to Covid-19 restrictions, so we are happy to be back in person along with other sponsors to raise over $1 million (an all-time-high) from the live auction and other donations through the Steve Young Ski Classic. Thank you Steve Young, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, and Subaru of America for allowing us to help out the adaptive community. See you next year!
For the past 16 years, Doug Smith Subaru has been a huge advocate for Wasatch Adaptive Sports. Wasatch Adaptive Sports’ mission is to “encourage individuals with adaptive needs and their families to realize their potential and engage in active living through recreational, educational and social programs.” Doug Smith Subaru has donated over $100,000 over the years, which has helped provide equipment, transportation, and counseling to veterans and those with special needs. This past winter, Doug Smith Subaru’s sales and service team members got to shadow ski and snowboard lessons provided by Wasatch Adaptive Sports to see firsthand the opportunity W.A.S. provides for the community. We were able to personally thank our Veterans for their service and talk to the members about their experiences. We are so thankful for the involvement we have had these past years to help accomplish the W.A.S. vision of “A community in which people of all abilities experience the power of recreation whenever and wherever they choose.”
Starting November 2021 until the end of the 2021 year, Doug Smith Subaru and their employees partnered with Tabitha’s Way Local Food Bank North and the local community to gather much needed food and clothing items – 389 lbs. to be exact! For the month of November, Doug Smith Subaru also donated $50 for every service contract purchased through the dealership. With the service contract donation, Doug Smith Subaru was able to donate $3,350 which results in about 13,400 meals (1,700 families) provided to the community and those who are food insecure, homeless, or struggling. “Doug Smith Subaru consistently goes out of their way for their local community. Just recently, they held a food drive and donated money to us, Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry North. They not only collected the food, but went out of their way during this busy season to bring it down to our Pantry to meet us all, and interact with our wonderful volunteers. The monetary donation they provided will feed over 1,700 families this coming year. Way to go you guys, keep up the good work!” -Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry North Doug Smith Subaru is happy to be a part of this amazing community of selfless people and willing helpful hands. We are continuing to gather items until the end of the year, and plan on doing more food drives throughout the next year and more.
Hi, my name is Bermuda and I'm a ten-year-old mixed breed who came to the Humane Society of Utah in early September hoping to find a new home. Folks say that senior dogs are the hardest to adopt at any shelter because we come with a variety of health issues and I’m no exception to this rule! I have arthritis in my left hind leg, allergies, and was diagnosed with obesity, which means I am dangerously overweight and needed to improve my diet and exercise more to avoid heart disease and diabetes. I also have severe dental disease and a luxating patella. Utah Humane partnered with Doug Smith Subaru for their Subaru Loves Pets promotion in October, which allowed for my adoption fee to be waived and this helped increased my chances of finding a home. After getting sick and spending some time in foster care, I finally got adopted one month later. Thank you, Doug Smith Subaru for giving all us underdogs at second chance!
Park View Elementary has been fortunate this year to have Doug Smith Subaru adopt our school! They love learning and love helping schools. They collected donations from their employees and customers to provide needed school supplies for our teachers, staff, and students. Six of our teachers were granted $500 each that could be spent on items to supplement and enrich their curriculum. With the money donated, they have been able to purchase books, science materials, math manipulatives, and other supplies. In addition, all of our teachers were given Amazon gift cards to purchase something for their classrooms. Derek Schwendiman, General Manager of Doug Smith Subaru, and a team of employees made a special delivery to our school with a huge load of bright paper, paints, white board markers, and P.E. equipment. The Doug Smith team was greeted by four of our student leaders who expressed sincere appreciation for the gifts. One boy said, “I sure hope our class gets one of those new soccer balls,” and was later pleased to find out they did get one. Another student told them, “We will really use these supplies. Thanks so much!” Mrs. Jasperson, a third-grade teacher, told the principal, “Wow, this is wonderful. I spend so much of my own money every year on extra things for my class... These donations help me out—a lot.” “I appreciate that a big business like Doug Smith would do something for our school. This is so generous,” stated Mrs. Barney, a second-grade teacher. “They don’t even know us and did this. It’s just so nice.”Park View is a great school with wonderful families, but we fall into a difficult category concerning funding. We live in a catchment area that has a mix of middle-income families, but we also have many low-income families that struggle to make ends meet. Our school doesn’t qualify for the extra funds that come from Title I, but we don’t live in an area of affluence. This means that we do not receive the volume of donations that many of the schools in more affluent areas receive. This is why the donations and grant money given to our teachers from Doug Smith Subaru is all the more meaningful. Many employees and customers from Doug Smith had written notes of encouragement to our students and staff. These messages were arranged into a poster and delivered to our school with the other donations. It’s so awesome to see the students and staff walk by and read those notes from people they don’t even know, but who care about our school. One note reads, “Park View Rocks!” Well, it is likewise—Park View thinks “Doug Smith Subaru Rocks!”
Doug Smith Subaru was proud to support Wasatch Adaptive Sports in their annual HGGC Steve Young Ski Classic in March 2021. This annual event raises funds to support Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the organization’s mission to provide recreational activities and resources for children, adults, and veterans with adaptive needs. Thanks to the amazing Wasatch Adaptive Sports community and support by Doug Smith Subaru, Subaru of America, and other sponsors, the event raised over $400,000! These generous funds have already helped Wasatch Adaptive Sports purchase a second truck and trailer to expand their geographical footprint and reach new students and families in underserved areas. They will also help Wasatch Adaptive Sports provide over 74% of programs on scholarship, introduce new programs such as adaptive mountain biking, and expand partnerships with other community groups that serve the adaptive population. Doug Smith Subaru is proud to support Wasatch Adaptive Sports. “We came to know [Wasatch Adaptive Sports] many, many years ago when my son was diagnosed with autism,” said Frank Smith, general manager of Doug Smith Subaru in American Fork, Utah. “I didn’t think there was a way in the world that that kid could be taught how to ski, but they had him skiing even before we taught him how to be potty trained. The reason we love to support them is because of the people. They have such good people, and we’re just very thankful to be part of the organization.” Doug Smith Subaru is proud to support Wasatch Adaptive Sports and their commitment to helping advance recreational activities for children, adults, and veterans with adaptive needs.
On Saturday, July 10th 2021, Doug Smith Subaru was honorer to be a part of the Skate for Cancer event at the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo Utah. This event is hugely benefited by the involvement of Millie's Princess Foundation. The namesake for this foundation is Millie Flamm, a young girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four. She had her life-long dream of being a fashion designer fulfilled by Persnickety only weeks before her passing on June 18, 2013. Wonderful women, who lived in Millie Flamm’s neighborhood, wanted to do something to help her and her family. What started initially as the Princess Run, eventually became the successful foundation that is now Millie's Princess Foundation, an organization that is constantly seeking ways to partner with communities to help families in need. For all of us at Doug Smith Subaru, this has hit particularly close to home as one of our own, Nelson Mousques, a member of our Subaru Team, has been affected. His daughter, Sophia, just recently had her cancer relapse, after nearly 7 1/2 years and having been declared cancer-free. We feel for him and his family as they all deal with this devastating news. Despite all of this, Nelson is still one of the happiest people you will ever meet and is just an incredible example of persevering with a positive attitude. We are truly grateful to have been able to join Millie's Princess Foundation in offering our own $5,000 donation match to compliment their very generous contribution. Together we've been able to add $10,000 in donations for this sweet family. With incredible support from the local community, we were able to raise funds in excess of $17,000. We know how beneficial this will be for Sophia and her family at such a critical time in her treatment. We love you Sophia! We are all rooting for you.
This spring Doug Smith Subaru volunteers gathered at the Valley Behavioral Health Adult Autism gathered to plant flowers and shrubs to brighten the grounds of the center. The center is the first of its kind, addressing the gap of services that individuals with autism experience after age 21. The program provides meaningful activities and employment opportunities to help continue to support its members and their families through adulthood. The new center will have a library, fitness center, arts and crafts room, commercial kitchen, and more to provide activities and opportunities to its members. The center will also have a medical, dental, and hair cutting station to provide those essential services in a more comfortable environment. “Volunteers really play an incredible role in both the design and development of the adult autism program as well as even our planting event today. We are so grateful for Doug Smith Subaru who has helped bring many volunteers forward to help with us with our landscaping project,” says Rebecca Brown, Interim President and CEO of the Adult Autism Council. Doug Smith Subaru is proud to be a community partner of the Valley Behavioral Health and the Autism Council of Utah, providing not only volunteer support, but also events and financial donations. Learn more about the Valley Behavioral Health Adult Autism Center at adultautismcenter.org
This month, the Autism Council of Utah and Valley Behavioral Health were excited to receive an extremely generous $40,000 donation from Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru of America to support the construction of a new adult autism center in Murray, Utah. With this donation, the Autism Council of Utah and Valley Behavioral Health have been able to make significant progress in the construction of a large teaching and experiential lifetime learning center specifically for adults with autism. We were so excited to be able to use this donation toward the Adult Autism Center of Lifetime Learning. This adult autism center is state of the art and the first of its kind in the United States. This center will give adults severely affected by autism a place to thrive and to help develop the best quality of life possible. The level of quality services in this program will raise the bar for services provided to adults with autism, helping empower them to become more independent, learn new skills, and not least of all have a happy, meaningful place to spend their day. Having these opportunities means everything to the adults in our program and their families. The Autism Council of Utah is proud to be a community partner with Doug Smith Subaru. Without the support of Subaru, we wouldn’t be able to fund these life-changing programs for this vulnerable population. Doug Smith Subaru has been a generous yearly supporter of the Autism Council of Utah for 30 years, helping the autism community through financial donations, events, and service projects. The Doug Smith Subaru “Share the Love” donation is one of the main ways for us to support individuals with autism in the State of Utah. We are all volunteers at the Autism Council of Utah, so 100% of those funds go to help individuals and families affected by autism. The Autism Council of Utah, Valley Behavioral Health and the Pingree Center for Autism Learning join together in expressing a sincere “Thank you” to Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru of America for always being there for the Autism Council of Utah and our partners to help provide support and services to the families that need us the most. Together, we have been able to help make things better for thousands of families and for our community as a whole. Thank you, Doug Smith Subaru!
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Subaru America has donated 50 million meals to Feeding America to feed communities around the country. Doug Smith Subaru along with the Wasatch Front Subaru Retailers have teamed up to donate 620,000 of these meals to the Utah Food Bank. Thank you to the amazing teams who help coordinate these important efforts and to the amazing customers who help make these projects possible.
Doug Smith is proud to sponsor the Autism Council of Utah. Every month of April is considered Autism Awareness Month to help promote autism awareness and help ensure all those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. This month is meant to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many of the Autism Awareness Month events planned by the Autism Council of Utah have been postponing, but efforts still continue to ensure awareness is spread and that those individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder can receive the resources and healthcare they need during this time.
Doug Smith Subaru is proud to support the Autism Council of Utah. The Autism Council of Utah supports individuals of all ages who have or are affected by autism, or related conditions by providing support, resources, and programs. Some of the help they provide the community include autism conferences, trainings and workshops, representing the Autism Council of Utah in arenas such as the Utah Autism Initiative, the Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Development, Special Care Advisory Board, and more. They’ve also initiated several statewide projects such as the Autism specialty license plate, law enforcement training, and legislative education. Learn more about the Autism Council of Utah and how to show your support at autismcouncilofutah.org.
Doug Smith Subaru loves pets and knows how important they are to you and your family. That’s why Doug Smith Subaru partnered with the Humane Society of Utah to offer a free pet microchipping event and Halloween costume contest at Doug Smith Subaru on Saturday, October 19. At the free pet microchipping event, families across the state were welcomed to come and have a pet microchipped by licensed Banfield veterinarians and technicians who graciously donated their time to this event. These microchips are tiny implantable medical devices inserted below the pet’s skin. In the case that a pet is misplaced, these chips can be scanned by shelters and vets around the country to gain contact information for the owner. During the event, dozens of pets were microchipped. In addition to free microchipping, Doug Smith Subaru also held a pet costume contest and awarded prizes to 3 lucky Halloween pet costumes winners. These prizes included a 6-month subscription to Bark Box for monthly toys and treats, a Reddy orthopedic dog bed, a dog backpack, and all-weather dog boots. Congratulations to the Halloween pet costume contest winners: 1st Place: Brooke Blackwelder with Holly 2nd Place: Destinee Lancaster with Shilo & Winston 3rd Place: Christina Quinn with Bagheera
Doug Smith Subaru is a proud sponsor of the Humane Society in Utah. This September, Doug Smith helped support the Humane Society of Utah’s second annual Bark at the Moon fundraiser. This fun event brought the community together for food, drinks, live entertainment, and a dog zone with puppy-approved activities. The event culminated in a nighttime glow-in-the-dark group stroll. Doug Smith Subaru was excited to help bring the event to life as a sponsor as well as bringing over 1200 handmade dog biscuits to share with the community.
On July 16th, the amazing people at Doug Smith Subaru partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver 80 blankets, 30 craft kits and messages of hope once again to the cancer patients at Intermountain American Fork Hospital. This is the fourth year Doug Smith Subaru has provided this generous gift to the hospital. Many of the staff and employees from American Fork Hospital came out for a photo with the Doug Smith Subaru Outback as a thank you to the dealership for their support year after year. The hospital staff expressed how much this annual delivery means to them and their patients. Blankets may seem like a small gesture to people who are not dealing with cancer treatment, but to the patients at the hospital the blankets mean so much more than warmth. Because of how involved Doug Smith Subaru is into their local community, the blankets they delivered seem to represent the care and thought of the entire American Fork community. LLS staff look forward to partnering with Doug Smith every year and are so grateful for their support!
With Doug Smith Subaru's partnership, the 2019 HGGC Steve Young Ski Classic was an overwhelming success! During the Subaru Athlete Challenge, more than 30 WAS athletes made it up the canyon to race against Steve Young and other professionals, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes with over 100 spectators taking in the action despite a significant snowstorm. During the evening portion of the event, more than 450 supporters gathered to raise over $500,000 for Wasatch Adaptive Sports, making this a record-breaking year for the Classic! Doug Smith Subaru is proud to support Wasatch Adaptive Sports, helping children and veterans with physical challenges be able to participate in outdoor recreational activities.
Doug Smith Subaru has donated tens of thousands of dollars to this very worthy local community charity. The Autism Council of Utah supports the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning in Salt Lake City where hundreds of autistic children receive education by qualified instructors to meet their needs and expand their horizons. Doug Smith Subaru has been a sponsor of this heart-warming charity for over two decades donating tens of thousands of dollars in volunteer time and money.
Doug Smith Subaru is an important sponsor and partner of Wasatch Adaptive Sports. This wonderful organization teaches children, adults, and military veterans who have suffered debilitating injuries how to enjoy outdoor sports with special equipment and counseling. Many of the individuals that were helped are para and quadrapalegics who would never be able to enjoy skiing, paddle boarding, bicycling and other outdoor sports. The pure joy experienced by these injured, paralyzed and home-bound individuals is a delight to see.
Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru took a chance on sponsoring one of Utah’s most prestigious cyclists, TJ Eisenhart, who is a team leader of BMC Racing Teams and is a local and national favorite. TJ makes public appearances at schools and co-operates with other Doug Smith Subaru beneficiaries Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Autism Council of Utah. He cycles with wounded veterans and disabled individuals and teaches autistic children how to ride bicycles.
Doug Smith Subaru of American Fork donated hundreds of books to Greenwood Elementary School at the beginning of the 2018 school year. These books have made a wonderful difference in the lives of our students. Reading is such a vital part of education and for many of our students, access to books can be problematic. We provide opportunities for students to borrow books to read in their own homes, but those books all have to be returned at some point. The book donation from Doug Smith allowed us to give books to students for them to keep and begin building their own home library as they learn to love reading. Thank you Doug Smith!
Doug Smith Subaru takes great pride in Brigham Young University. As a proud BYU supporter, Doug Smith Subaru provides support and assistance to multiple BYU sports teams, including the BYU Cougars football team. The BYU Cougars football team currently represents Brigham Young University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Go Cougars!
Doug Smith Subaru partnered with professional Utah cyclist TJ Eisenhart to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Doug Smith Subaru and TJ invited Southern Utah community members to join a suicide prevention walk starting at Southern Utah University and concluding with a talk about peace, love, and positivity by TJ Eisenhart.
On June 25th, employees from Doug Smith Subaru joined staff members from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver warmth and hope to patients at American Fork Hospital’s Cancer Treatment Center. Doug Smith Subaru provided 80 blankets, 10 kid’s craft kits, and messages of hope to the patients at the American Fork Hospital Cancer Treatment Center. Among the hospital staff who were on hand to receive the generous donation was Mr. Scott Walker, American Fork Hospital’s Human Resource manager. As soon as the Doug Smith Subaru Outback filled to the brim with blankets arrive at the hospital, Scott approached Rich Green, Doug Smith Subaru manager to thank him. Scott wanted to personally thank Rich and his team for their amazing donation and presence in the community. “Blood cancer has touched my family,” Scott said to Rich, “My father is currently battling a chronic form of leukemia. When he was first diagnosed he was given a maximum of 10 years to live, he is now in his 17th year battling this disease. It really means a lot to the family and loved ones of our patients, including my father, that Subaru supports our hospital and organizations like LLS.” Every year as Doug Smith Subaru delivers blankets to American Fork Hospital, stories like Scott’s are shared and the mission of the Subaru Share the Love program is fulfilled.
Doug Smith Subaru is honored to be a partner with the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. This program serves kids on a wide range of the autism spectrum with intensive applied behavioral analysis therapy. The center has a very high teacher-to-student ratio, with 160 students and 100 staff members. Doug Smith is dedicated to providing support and service to the center with financial donations from the Subaru Love Promise and by participating in service projects at the center.
Make-A-Wish Utah has an ambitious goal to grant 205 wishes this year, and Doug Smith Subaru is committed to help. So far, Doug Smith Subaru has helped raise over $5500 dollars, uniting Subaru drivers and employees in the Make-A-Wish mission. Make-A-Wish Utah helps grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, while helping improve their emotional and physical quality of life.
Doug Smith Subaru in partnership with Subaru of America recently donated $33,000 to the Autism Council of Utah. This incredible organization promotes resources and responsible information for individuals of all ages who have or are affected by autism or related conditions. They sponsor and co-sponsor events, conferences, trainings, and workshops, including the Family Links Conferences, Keeping it Safe: Managing Difficult Behaviors workshop, and more. They have also been key in initiating special projects such as the Autism Specialty License Plates, a law enforcement training dvd, and legislative education. This donation will help the Autism Council of Utah continue pursuing their mission to improve services and resources for those impacted with autism throughout Utah.
How will you Do Your Blue? April is autism awareness month, and Doug Smith Subaru is honored to have an opportunity to participate. Doug Smith Subaru is helping show support for people with autism by bringing a “Do Your Blue” event to the Doug Smith showrooms in American Fork on Saturday, April 14 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. During this event, there will be blue hair extensions, hats, t-shirts, or autism support wristbands available for purchase to show their support for autism awareness. Doug Smith is sponsoring the event and encouraging blue purchases by paying for 50% of all employee purchases. All funds raised at the Do Your Blue event will go directly to scholarships for children with autism, helping to bring a tangible, lifelong impact in the lives of those who need it.
Doug Smith Subaru is passionate about our Doug Smith Love Promise to serve our community. Doug Smith Subaru recently received International recognition in two Gold Awards for automotive commercial excellence from the 2017 Aurora Awards. The Aurora Awards recognizes media creators around the world who demonstrate the great ability to captivate audiences through creative execution and content.The Doug Smith television spots were judged as highest in their category for creative excellence. Both commercials were created by Welti & Call Advertising for Doug Smith Subaru. One commercial featured Doug Smith Subaru’s support of the Autism Council of Utah and focused on the need for understanding of one of society’s growing issues. The other featured the American Fork Marching band as they performed inside the Subaru retail facility.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports is an incredible organization that helps individuals with adaptive needs to realize their potential and engage in living through year-round recreational, education, and social programs. This year, Wasatch Adaptive Sports is celebrating their 40th years of impact in Utah. Their goal is to raise $40,000 by December 31, 2017 to serve even more adults, children, and veterans with adaptive needs for years to come. Doug Smith Subaru is a proud supporter of Wasatch Adaptive Sports, and has committed to help Wasatch Adaptive Sports achieve their goal.
After the Skyridge High School band trailer was blown over in a windstorm, Doug Smith Subaru heard the Falcon’s request for community support. Doug Smith Subaru donated $9,000 to Skyridge High School to help them purchase a new band trailer.
On July 25th, Doug Smith Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Utah Chapter partnered to deliver blankets, love, and hope to cancer patients at American Fork Hospital. Doug Smith Subaru and LLS employees were greeted by Ginger Moulton, Director of Major Gifts for Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation and several Oncologists at American Fork Hospital’s Huntsman Cancer Center. “A blanket can be a huge comfort during such a trying time as cancer treatment,” Ginger commented. “Our patients are always so touched to receive gifts from the community, but they are especially touched when they can get good use out of the gift. I know, as someone who is always cold, I would love this gift!” In addition to delivering 80 blankets and 10 kid’s craft kits, the employees of Doug Smith Subaru went above and beyond to ensure that over 100 care cards were filled out for their local cancer patients. “I approached as many customers as possible with the care cards and asked them to write love notes to our local cancer patients. Our customers were thrilled to have an opportunity to lighten someone’s day,” said Tami Baum. “I took some care cards home so my kids could write notes to patients,” said David Dickson “We even folded paper cranes, a symbol of hope and healing, and glued them to cards to inspire the recipient to keep fighting.” The Subaru Loves to Care blanket delivery at American Fork Hospital was an amazing example of Doug Smith Subaru’s dedication to their community.
Doug Smith Subaru has teamed up with the American Fork Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Utah Chapter to help bring hope to individuals battling cancer. Doug Smith Subaru is asking members of the community to stop by their showroom in American Fork to write or draw a message of hope to those fighting a battle against cancer. These messages of hope, love, and support will be delivered to the American Fork Cancer Center along with blankets donated by Doug Smith Subaru.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports assists children, adults and military veterans with special needs with the development of increased ability, independence and active living through recreation. The organization provides entry-level personal assistance through advanced instruction of winter and summer recreational pursuits for individuals with adaptive needs and their families. Through personalized assessments and instruction, along with adaptive equipment, Wasatch Adaptive works to achieve those with special need to realize their goals and experience the outdoors without limitations. Wasatch Adaptive Sports programs focus on increasing independence and mobility in a social environment. Doug Smith Subaru has been a long-time supporter of Wasatch Adaptive Sports and the Steve Young Ski Classic.
I was able to receive a free microchip for my cat last weekend because they cared for lost pets and paid for all our fees. I am so grateful. Thank you so much!
Doug Smith Subaru is proud to the AFHS Marching Band at American Fork High School. We chose to support the American Fork High School Marching Band because we believe this program cultivates community pride, as well as being a pinnacle for encouraging leadership, responsibility, teamwork, pride, and hard work in the students who participate.
The Autism Council of Utah in partnership with Doug Smith Subaru granted the Center for Persons with Disabilities in Logan, Utah $20,000. The Center for Persons with Disabilities will use these funds to distribute the Autism Speaks employment toolkit to adolescents and adults on the Autism spectrum within several of the communities in Utah. They will hold meetings to help those on the Autism spectrum gain employment, and will train businesses in Utah communities about Autism and how Autistic individuals can be great employees in their organizations. We are very excited about this grant and how it can bring about positive changes in employment for Autistic individuals in Utah.
At the Malinois Foundation we are so blessed to be able to provide service animals to our Veterans in need. This is the story of one such Veteran we are currently trying to help. "I deployed to Iraq in 2007 & worked in a field hospital. Seeing the things we did in the hospital were ugly in more ways than can be explained. As I returned, it was a battle to return to civilian life. Bouncing from job to job, town to town, I never had a purpose or a plan. At 35 years old, I finally decided to go to school. I am half way through my associates degree. Even in a class room full of students, I still feel alone, depressed & secluded. I try to stay at the school late into the evening.I hate the loneliness I feel. Loneliness seems to be my only companion. I hate being alone. One of the other students has a service dog to aid him. He explained to me the comfort the dog brings him & how it helps keep him calm. The dog keeps him centered. It occurred to me that’s what I need in my life. A service dog to keep me calm, centered, & most of all, away from the suicidal thoughts that join me late at night. I want to be happy; I want to have the same companionship that was in the Army; I want peace. I struggle with school, but the only thing that keeps me going is the bigger long term picture. For me, that is not graduating, but staying alive and not succumbing to the demons that plague me. I want the love of a companion. The everlasting love that can come from a dog. And also a best friend."
Kristin Damon described herself as a mother, wife, author, crafter, baker, designer, zombie slayer, and cancer warrior. In November of 2013, Kristin was diagnosed with terminal cancer at 41 years old. After a brief remission and extensive metastasizing of the cancer, Kristin, her two children, and her husband, sought answers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Kristin received impeccable care from Dr. Sharma and his staff at HCI. Though Kristin passed away in February 2016 surrounded by her loved ones, her legacy lives on in The Kristin Damon Project (www.thekristindamonproject.com), which helps combat cancer by selling Kristin’s books and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. After Kristin’s passing, her husband, John, became a member of the Utah Valley Area Golf to Eradicate Cancer program to further benefit the life-saving cancer research at HCI. This May, Doug Smith Subaru is sponsoring The Kristin Damon Project and the Utah Valley Area Golf to Eradicate Cancer Fundraiser at their 2nd Annual Utah Valley Area Golf Tournament where 100% of donations benefit The Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Doug Smith Subaru loves our community, which is why we are proud to support the American Fork High School Marching Band. Besides being the premier marching band in the state, having performed at the Rose Bowl, Macy’s parade, and consistently winning top honors in competitions, the American Fork High School Marching Band is also a beacon of integrity and service, donating time in local service projects such as a stuffed animal drive for The Family Support Center’s Midvale crisis nursery, as well as lending their uniforms to an opposing team at a recent competition when the team discovered they forgot two of their own uniforms. Doug Smith Subaru was proud to donate $19,000 to the marching band to help purchase a new drum line. Brad Smith presented the check to band director, Nate Seamons and colleagues on December 22 in a school assembly as the band played “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” to honor Subaru, Doug Smith Subaru, and the Subaru Love Promise.
Utah has one of the highest incident rates of Autism in the U.S. with 1 in 54 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. As part of our Subaru Love Promise, Doug Smith Subaru has partnered with the Autism Council of Utah to help provide support to Utah families affected by autism. With this partnership, Doug Smith Subaru is helping the Autism Council of Utah support awareness, education, programs, and research within our Utah community.
Doug Smith Subaru loves our pets and is passionate about helping support and find loving homes for homeless pets in our community. This year as part of our Subaru Love Promise, Doug Smith Subaru partnered with the Humane Society of Utah to support lifesaving programs, host adoption events and microchip clinics, educate students on the importance of choosing adoption, and sponsor a Pet of the Week program to highlight animals in need of a loving home. This partnership helped 500 pets receive microchips to return to help them return home if they ever become lost, educated over 10,000 students on the importance of pet care and choosing adoption, and helped the Humane Society of Utah save over 11,000 animals in 2016.
Subaru’s Humane Society of Utah Pets of the Week always have a few things in common: they’re furry, they’re lovable, and they’re in search of a forever home. Did you know that 70% of Subaru owners are pet-adoring families? We love pets as much as you do, which is why Doug Smith Subaru supports the Humane Society of Utah. Each week, Subaru sponsors the Humane Society of Utah’s pet of the week, helping spotlight homeless animals in need of a forever family and helping pair those animals with loving human sidekicks. View photos and profiles of pets searching for loving homes by highlighting and right clicking this link: https://www.utahhumane.org/adopt.
The Autism Council of Utah is excited to announce the Doug Smith Subaru grant to the Center for Persons with Disabilities in Logan, Utah who will use it to take the adolescent and adult employment toolkit for autism throughout the State. In addition, they will train 3 to 4 businesses (potential employers) on autism in each city or town. Thank you Doug Smith Subaru for supporting our families affected by autism.
During the month of June, Doug Smith Subaru partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to provide blankets to cancer patients at the American Fork Hospital Cancer Treatment Center. “Having lost a few family members to cancer over the last year and a half, this is something that touches everybody,” remarked Derek Schwendiman, Doug Smith Subaru Sales Manager. “We all know someone, whether directly or indirectly who is struggling with cancer. This is a hard thing in and of itself, but it would be exponentially harder to do alone. This is why any support we can give becomes so important.” Derek and Mike Smith, of the Doug Smith family, were joined by staff from LLS as well as blood cancer survivor David Kersys as they delivered blankets to the Cancer Center staff. “LLS does a fantastic job enabling companies like Subaru to show their commitment to fighting cancer within their communities,” said Mr. Kersys. “Thanks to Doug Smith Subaru and the two representatives that attended the event at American Fork Hospital. Subaru has shown that they recognize the work that the Cancer Center does for the community. Subaru has also shown that it understands that cancer is traumatic to the people involved, patients, families and friends alike. For them to provide blankets to patients at American Fork Cancer Center demonstrates that they understand, and they care!”
What do Subaru and Wasatch Adaptive Sports have in common? Mobility is our passion. Whether in an Outback headed to ski in the mountains or in a handcycle riding 10 miles around Liberty Park, this world has a lot to see. Together, we want to make it accessible for individuals of all abilities. On March 12, 2016, the 30th annual Steve Young Ski Classic raised $275,185 thanks to the support of Silver Medal Sponsors, Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru of America. Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers, along with Kyle Whittingham (Head Coach UofU) and Kalani Sitake (Head Coach, BYU) and other former NFL players took to the slopes at Snowbird to raise money for scholarships for children who ski, snowboard, bike, fish and bowl with WAS. Founded in 1977, Wasatch Adaptive Sports provides recreational, social and educational opportunities to children, adults and veterans with adaptive needs. The love was strong at Snowbird as 356 guests enjoyed the fun of a live and silent auction as well as the emotive words shared by WAS students, Tyler Schilhabel and Gabe Casados. Ninety-seven percent or 3,298 lessons each year are on full-scholarship meaning that neither the individual nor their family pays for the private lesson, equipment, lift ticket, etc. The support of Doug Smith Subaru and Subaru of America powers the scholarship assistance program and mission of Wasatch Adaptive Sports. Thank you!
The Wasatch Front Subaru Retailers and Doug Smith Subaru never want us to lose our pets! On Feb. 14, 2015, the Humane Society of Utah and Doug Smith Subaru hosted the first quarterly Subaru Loves Pets Event for the year. Free Avid microchips were offered to the public as a community service to increase the likelihood of owners finding their lost furry loved ones. Bringing awareness to the plight of homeless animals in Utah and encouraging the public to microchip their pet as a safe, permanent form of identification, the first Subaru Loves Pets Event was a great success. Over 700 Utah pets now have the means to find their way home in the unfortunate event the pet goes missing. The Humane Society of Utah is grateful for the sponsorship and support from Subaru and looks forward to future collaborative events to service our community and our beloved pets. To view a video recap of the event visit: http://youtu.be/z-IKA7-tOV4
Since 2008, Doug Smith has been involved in organizing an annual Trunk or Treat in conjunction with American Fork Main Street. This was initially realized by an employee at the Autoplex, Joey Di Regelo, and he's headed up the event ever since. What started out as smaller event, has turned into a large community tradition, bringing together approximately 50 local vendors, the fire department and over 3,000 visitors to the dealership every year. There's a lot of candy involved! This event has brought the community together year after year, providing a fun, safe environment for kids and their families to trick or treat, and we hope it will continue to provide this service for many years to come.
Doug Smith Subaru embodies the spirit of the Subaru Love Promise! On top of sponsorship support that provides necessary funds for our life-saving programs, they actively partner with our organization throughout the year hosting adoption events and microchip clinics to assist us in meeting our most important goal, placing and keeping more animals in loving homes than ever before. We couldn't ask for a better partner! - Heidi Myers | Corporate Sponsorship Manager | The Humane Society of Utah We love working with you guys! -- Heidi Myers Corporate Sponsorship / Telethon Manager Humane Society of Utah 801-506-2404 [email protected]