AutoFair CEO honored for his community spirit with $10K grant to local charity

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Andy Crews, center, with wife Melissa, right, and daughter Tyler, left.
Andy Crews, center, with wife Melissa, right, and daughter Tyler, left.

MANCHESTER, NH – A local charity that aids children who have been victims of trauma was  granted $10,000 in the name of a local car dealer, who was honored earlier this year for his community spirit.

Andy Crews, president and chief executive officer of AutoFair Honda was honored by Ally Financial for his status a 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year winner with a $10,000 grant to Granite State Children’s Alliance on his behalf.

Ally representatives were on hand for a celebration at the dealership in Manchester Oct. 27 to present the grant. Crews was honored as TIME Dealer of the Year in January, for his contributions to the community.

The Granite State Children’s Alliance operates four Child Advocacy Centers including one in Manchester, and is the chapter organization for all eleven centers in the state. Child Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation and treatment of child abuse, while helping the abused children to heal. Granite State Children’s Alliance also coordinates child abuse awareness campaigns and prevention education to empower adults to keep children safe and sound.

“We’re proud to recognize the incredible efforts of dealers who are making a difference in their communities,” said Tom Kolski, Ally regional vice president. “Ally has provided more than 150 grants to nonprofit organizations in connection with the TIME Dealer of the Year program over the years. It’s inspiring to see dealers like Andy, helping to make their communities thrive.”

“We are so appreciative of the support from AutoFair Honda and Ally,” said Joy Barrett, executive director for the Granite State Children’s Alliance. “The financial investment we received today will make a difference in our capacity to provide justice, healing and hope to our most vulnerable victims; child victims of abuse.”

Crews was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award from a select group of 55 dealers from across the country recognized for community involvement as well as business performance. As part of the program each year, Ally provides grants of $1,000 to organizations selected by each of the dealer nominees, $5,000 grants to community causes chosen by each of the three finalists and $10,000 for the winner of the award. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors.

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