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Portland Auto Show Charity 011716

Jan 13, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH GREG REMENSPERGER, EXECUTIVE VP OF THE OREGON AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION AND JUDY SUMMERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR JDRF ABOUT THE AUTO SHOW CHARITY SNEAK PEEK EVENT AND HOW IT BENEFITS JDRF AND OTHER LOCAL CHARITIES.

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This is metro scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you love cars the new gonna wanna know that the Portland international auto show is right around the corner on the so this time we learn all about the auto show how you can get in a little bit early to see them before anybody else and help raise money for local charities I like to welcome Greg remnants Berger the executive vice president of the organ auto dealers association in Judy Summers executive director of JD RF. Well we wanted to microscope. Good morning how are you doing great so. The auto shows coming up here this is the most exciting event of the year for us it's an exciting event for me yeah I think everybody alert notice love cars and this is our. 160. Year of the event. While. So those slicks some of the first cars like 160 or you know back in those days there was almost just the evolving out of the horse and buggy stage so it's. Quite a difference from what we see today and the technology that they put in the cards just a very few cars Macklin yeah now you have hundreds yeah. And it's been at the forestry center Aaron was at the memorial coliseum worn down at the convention center and have been since it opened. And I couldn't have a better. Venue to display and a fun and shiny cars we have in the army cadets that what are the dates for the for the auto show its January 28 through the 31 so it's a Thursday through Sunday. Very nice so what are some of the highlights coming up this year. You know we're very excited ten to say that we've got every single one of the Graham's back in. Over the years when the recession hit we had some manufactures or pulling out of regional auto shows but we have everyone of them back in so. Everything from. You know key and Porsche Lamborghini and Rolls Royce and is really. Pretty wide spectrum of of what's available to the consumers out in the marketplace today. Daily Consumer Electronics Show was just happening in Las Vegas rightly were so there's lot of talk about what's what it's sort of things are going into cars and your values are that that event it was pretty much originally built around. Computers and PDAs and that type of stuff but the auto portion of that show now makes up. More of that show than any other component that's in there the technology that's getting built into the cars not just our interactive ability from. You know what we do but you know just self driving cars to use safety advances to. Just the different things that they. Have put into the cars that then are more in tune with how we live our lives these days is pretty amazing. The cars are disconnected now but yes fantastic we have a section at the auto show fed is called the tech center that is gonna be displaying all and everything that we can't. I get in there there's just so much that's happening. As we speak it's and ever evolving it segment but war it's. By far one of the things that we get asked about more than anything else when people come in the door they can you show me the new technologies so we have a special section just for that. To Greg what's so what are you most looking forward to see. You know. In that tech center probably is at the lead to for me it's just. You know when you win you think about the ability to have a self driving car. It's just amazing to me you know I'm a guy who grew up racing slot cars and build my first go Kart when I was I think twelve years old and I've been. Driving anything with wheels and a motorized since then. And to think about being able to sit back and not have to interact with the car in the car role in Iraq with everybody else around it. The safety aspects that are involved with that plus you know vicious so many other. Good things that come it's still a little ways off in the future but it's going to be here before we know on a self parking car is. The most magical thing ever if you haven't done a unique you don't do it it is it is hard to take your hands off the whale in the break and just let it pull into the space for him but. There's nothing nothing more fun and fallen into downtown one little space and they will measuring out. And tell you whether you've got rumor not that Poland and four it's pretty magical yeah all of those yet certain if so what are the highlights of the Portland international auto show is to sneak peek. You to charity event that's coming up kind of a precursor to leave to the weekend's events right we we started this four years ago and today it's the night before in the event. Opens up so on Wednesday the 27 from 630 to 930. It's a charity fund raiser for us so it's a hundred dollar ticket to getting and ninety dollars of their ideas tax deductible ten dollars of that energy went to a raffle where you can win a car. There at the event but. All of the money of the hundred dollar ticket sales goes to the charities that that we've selected. To work with that we've got five different charities that that we're working with this year. So what who this year where the series this year so GDR app which is a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The victory academy which is a school tried to stick kids out and Wilson bill area. About Providence cancer center and the Boys and Girls Club and to meals on wheels. And how do you decide which money goes to talk to whomever so when you buy your ticket you get to direct where that money goes to you can give the entire hundred dollars to one charity or if you wanna split it up anyway. That you want to we track that and we incentivize our charities to go out and help us sell the tickets because the money comes back to them so. That is a pretty great thing for the Portland I would do is to get togethers do you you know our board of directors from the metro or a new car dealers association made the decision a number of years ago that we wanted to make the auto show. A charity fundraising events have not only this night. Do we pass on but we take our annual operating budget out of the proceeds from the auto show and keep that for our ability to survive throughout the year but the rest of the money above and beyond that goes to charity. So the hundred dollar ticket sales that we do goes but we also pat with more depending on the profitability of the auto show. But then throughout the year we we have charitable activities that we do outside of that. Last year alone we gave 630000. Dollars to chaired total alt a local charities here in Oregon that is that's so great you know a lot of money. It's it's a true vision from our board of directors to say look this is what we wanted to don't wanna make our our communities a better place to live we wanna support. The the boom you know worthwhile charities that that help. In so many different aspects of of life and existence here in the Portland area it's it's really from my standpoint it's pretty exciting thing to be part of it. One of the beneficiaries of the state peak charity preview party is JD RF. Click on again love welcome Judy Summers who's the executive director at GT RF. I hear it's great to be here with you and thank you so what does it mean to have fun event like this raise so much money for you. This is incredible for us our dealers association has been so generous to us over the years and we have been each year with them as a partner for the civilians. The money that they give us we could not raise in any other way and the news just like a gift. People by the tickets that come to the had been and they raid is how what a great event it is how much fun it is. End the money comes to us and we just can't tell you how much it means to us. The money that is raised through this ticket sales and the money that we get from the auto dealers association. Goes straight to the research fund and so it's helping fund all important research to back diabetes in its complications. So this is especially important to us and it's money that we wouldn't have otherwise to go to our cause and help support our mission and to truly great. So Telus and about tells about some of the research that's going on. That this money goes to raise so it's being done right here into each issued and we do we have artificial pancreas project it's going on here organ and there is. Kidney research that's going on here and there is some. Diabetes research that's done this or is I disease. And so money that is funded. Is used to fund research is coming back to organs so we're very proud of that. In are headed to orders. Giguere has a pretty strong. Bunch of people working for here in Portland and nationwide correct absolutely this is so it is a nationwide organization we are we're actually international we have affiliates and a number of foreign countries. We fund. The best research all over the world and we are the only. Organization that has a plan. And and director of research and we stand or diabetes research than any organization in the world. In we have researchers that are working we jetty area in that we track in the and we go from Atlanta to market. We were not only the researchers that we are working efficacy to insure. That we get. As smooth as to market and that we also. Also equally important as is that our constituents can afford the products that are being developed. And so that means insurance payments in affordability. Cut that stuff that I know firsthand what they think it's expensive for idiots so you the question you probably get asked a million transit agency is what does GD RF. Why what is did you arrest me. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Was founded in 1970 parents of children that had type one diabetes and so for number years we were called Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We do it many children with type one diabetes 50% of the new diagnoses of type one diabetes are children but 50% or adults. Several years ago we recognize that a number of our constituents in about half of them are adults in that we're told that Eddie fat percent of the capital population are adults. The children have grown up more adults are being diagnosed so late rebrand several years ago and just go back the initials JD RAF. Because we want people to know that we're here to fat type one diabetes and its complications. And we don't. Designate an age. Now we are here to help people of all ages with. Helen the Slovenia's MG Europe was trying to turn Taiwan into type none exactly that he is it we are the progress and it's an inevitable that we are gonna say here is the only global organization with a strategic research plant in type one diabetes. Pretty great thank you Judy. It curly do for you hear a thing. So back to the car so the charity event yeah tell me tell me all about how to what's gonna happen so I probably the most exciting difference this year from the previous years that we've done it. He is we have a wonderful sponsor in Cooney Lexus of Portland. Who is has donated a B brand new and 2015. Lexus I S 200 T I'm sorry in 2016. Lexus I to make 200 tee which is a one of their new order model cars it's a Turbo it's a sporty car and it carries a sticker price over 40000 dollars and we're only gonna sell 5000 tickets maximum. Your ticket dinner the event energy went to the drawing. And does someone that night will lap pool Winamp 40000 dollar plus car and its Alexis and allow access let's really look. Photo Dell Alexa fellow I can't I can't say enough about the group about it Cooney Lexus of Portland they were the ones that came to us having attended this event in the past and said. You know this is says such a great. Event and a rages raises so much money for charity we wanna really we know knocking out of the park and we think he can help draw some. Attendance there are so we're gonna be a sponsor they contributed money and they contribute to the car and it's just them real treat for us to be able to offer that kind of event for an event like this you know. In just buying your ticket to get into the charity event enters you into the drilling right so that ticket is a hundred dollars ten dollars of that is is your ticket. For they've rappel and inter. And entrance and then the other ninety dollars. His way you get the tax that receipt for but then again I wanna go back and say that 400 dollars goes to the charity that uses you elect. Our. Auto show under writes the cost of the entire event. In the event does not just take let's go to the auto show and look at the cars without the crowds which is certainly a pretty cool part of it yet but there's also. Cocktails and we call it gourmet orders but it's really more itself a walking dinner at strewn throughout the entire convention center. And there's food stations throughout everything from you know little lord durst to a baron of beef that's being carved there are so it's a full dinner. And I think we have twelve bars stated stationed throughout and once you get in the door there is no other ask for charitable contributions there's no other ask for. Contribution to the food or again that's what the auto show underwrite the cost them so pretty neat deal ya then that's a hundred dollars to get in his. Sounds like maybe about a hundred dollars but it's it's a night out and it's a pretty pretty fancy night out it's a night out and you're doing a lot for some really neat local charities you know officer. So what we when you walk to the front door what do you see first and walk me through the whole convinced it's there. So let's look we are the only consumer event that takes over the entire convention center so everything that. The fire Marshal allow us to tell us space and display properties on. We deal. And is so not only in the main floor. The four. Ballrooms in the on the main floor but the other the organ ballroom in the Portland ballroom. We have termed our luxury loft so those rooms have. Lexus and BMW and Mercedes and Ferrari must Roddy. Again they're all up in those Porsche are all up in those upper ballrooms. The main floor has got every other manufacture again you know General Motors and Toyota and Ford. Kia Hyundai. Does Subaru. They're all there on the floor so that what we get back from our attendees other than the entertainment side of it that is is really fun. It's a chance to go down and look and compare. Cars if you're in the market to buy there's no better place to come down and look at them all side by side by side. In though warmth of the convention senator under the bright lights and you have. Product specialists there they can answer any questions for him. In addition to that we have what's what's called ride and drives. So we have seven different right drives now where you can actually get behind the wheel of a car and taken out on the road with a product specialists that again can point out the features and and impressive parts about the carbon she gets taken out and her run through its paces the same time it's it's pretty neat opportunity we offer sir you might even get that everything you know. So every one of those brands of car brands has something pretty fantastic news that's coming out great food they oldest every car. Manufacturer has something pretty fantastic written well yeah it's it's funny you know and in the days when I was young every one of the manufacturers would have that time where they rolled out their new models so there was. You know in the end. September October or November of the year they would be rolling out their future years from now it takes place throughout the year and we actually have a couple of 2017. Model cars they're going to be on display. There at the show for the first time on the West Coast. But today and the every one of the manufacturers has since the recession ended kind of gone through and refreshed. Most of their product line. In the end again I'll go back to the technology aspect of what's getting built into the cars the safety features in the connectivity of of your. Phone to your car your navigation through your phone to your car and it's just it's phenomenal what. Vehicles can do now. Just to interact with your normal way you conduct your life as well as the safety features that are built into the cock. Trigger on asking how did you ever get some interest in cars we've been doing this her whole life you know it's it's funny and it it's almost like the circle of life I came back my my grandfather owned a Buick dealership and a Ford dealership in San Francisco. But by the time I got to be old enough they had gotten out of the business and left in my dad do. Grew up in the car business to him my car was just something that got you from point a to point B he didn't have the passion and then. Leavitt so he didn't miss it when it was gone for me I mean like I said I. The first time I can get a slot car out of the slot car track I was race and against my friends and you know that evolved into. We don't go cards and you know the time I bought my first car I've just always had that passion I don't know where it came from and it's certainly runs through. Through my bloodstream. Pretty one of those guys who gets under the hood and Republicans have to you know it's getting harder to do that these guys but I don't you realize there I've got a couple of cars that I have hang around that I still still tinker with via ambulance give a favorite car for me need yearly you to slow DL all of America everywhere. You know I'm I'm me classic muscle car guy if you go to the you know the late fifties and through the sixties some of the the American iron that came out in those days are just you know it was back when styling and performance were for a pretty big deal. You know cars nowadays can have by far outperform that and how to handle that and and so forth but there's just something about the rumble of the old baby it's that it's pretty cool the could bring any of those classic cars into the arms of yet you know we've really have a museum piece now we have strewn throughout the through the show different pods where we've got some of the old classic cars in there as well. One of the things that we're really excited about this year is we've partnered with a company call 503 motoring right here in. Be pretend that does after market. Modifications to cars so pure and a four wheel drive in Macon. Jack it up and put the tires and all the accessories on and if you're into. Street racer style you know where it's lowered and you know the big wheels and all the other aerodynamic graphics on there they do that as well to. So they took over a section of our show it's called the final three experience and it is everything from some of our local. Sports figures cars that are there that we can't say who the name of the the person whose car it is there to get to see some of that. On on hand but it's also. You know when you buy a car it's pretty cool to begin with but what they do women after they get it is even cooler so. That is about 40000 square feet of some pretty the need I AT&T now offers her. Well we'll be really fun to see yeah. So what are the dates again for the Portland international arms and so the auto show is January 28 through the 31 and then this new EP charity preview party is Wednesday the 27 that's an evening event rate that's an evening of and it's from 630 tonight integrity kind of after work. Yup business casual or what you've. You know we we go down then it's it's not a formal event we have talked about that in the past that we just don't think Portland's ready for a black tie events just let the tie is that it is a pretty far reach for us to begin with but we. We do say it's a business attire cocktail attire we wanna it's a really. Really fun. Elegant event so we won images. Make sure we maintain that level and a benefit for five different charities is there are five different chairs and besides GDR afoot to the other four. So we have I'm the victory academy Providence cancer center of the Boys and Girls Club and meals on wheels people. One of the cool things I went to the event last year to one of the cool things I found is that the charities or their seat and actually talk to the people. That are running these series and get to know where your money's going in and you know what it does. It less blows and would you be that was great who last year we had done a little over 3000 people there which when your end. Foreigner and 50000 square feet it still feels like there's not many people there 'cause but again we take over the whole convention center. But just on the ticket sales alone we had nearly 300000 dollars in ticket sales but then because we have a a very profitable auto show. We are able to load nearly double that we ended up throwing another 200000 dollars onto it and gave. 500000 dollars split between the charities based on how many tickets they sold. So that additional pool of funds you know if they sold. 18% of the tickets they got 18% of that additional funds that we threw and there are so well I. We're pretty excited to be able to write those big checks to our charities last year that's great the one that's the one of them beneficiaries is victory academy that's kind of the only when I don't know much about those little bit about victory so that was a school that was started here in in Wilson bill a number of years ago that was working in a church and it was a school designed specifically for autistic children. So it was in grade school all the way up through high school all and there was such demand for. The curriculum that they were teaching in the manner that they were teaching the kids were just. Thriving in and just you know getting acclimated into into. A learning system that allowed them to. Focus on growth based on their means and acclimate them in two. Normal life activities and so forth. That there were. Families that were bringing their kids from as far away from New York to get into the school in the the demand to get in was so great that they eight outgrew the church the space that they had. And this last year did a you have fundraising campaign to build a new school and actually cut the ribbon on and hear about six months ago. And it is absolutely phenomenal. Program that they've got in the entire building was built specifically we have. Artistic needs in mind so the light comes through the window and a certain way and because light affects kids who have been with autistic. Issues and hand the rooms were made big enough and they had at the same time they have rooms where you can have some private one on one. Interaction with the kids and it's just. Absolutely brought tears in my eyes to go and see. Day one of the kids coming into the school and Singh missed new project that they. That they had built specifically for them and that and more importantly what we're seeing of the kids that are coming out of the school. It's cute kids that normally were kind of shut in and not. Really engaged in the learning process are just actually thriving and interacting and it's just it's really and that's good organization and a fantastic. Still limited series our province can cancer senator meals on wheels. Boys and Girls Club and NG RF. Gee you're going right. Oh my goodness this is an incredible party I had to to aid our dealers Greg and his team did a first class a vehement. It is excellent food. Excellent beverages. It's it's not crowded like you see it it's a huge space in and there are a lot of people there don't get me wrong but it doesn't feel lucky because of the massive building. You can look at all the cars. There are no salespeople there. Then you know you can find any information on how to contact them of course but. It's just all very relaxed and just an incredible experience. Without the crowds of auto show and I would recommend it to anyone it's just a lot of fun in really great experience were very very lucky to be part of. It's it's pretty fantastic to have a nice glass of wine in your hand in standing next Alexis and yeah. Publicly while this is a guy can do this all day yeah. And I can win a Lexus. Is he walked in the door you feel like. First class and in the volunteers that they have recruited green is that you feel like a VIP I mean they did it first class I can't say that enough and have gone to a lot of receptions and a lot of events of the years. But this one is when not to me yes. Now I can certainly test of that tune and Lester pretty great so Greg tell us how to get tickets. So you can go onto our website which is Portland auto show dot com. And there's tickets for not only the auto show on their but if you click on the tab that says Steve speak. You go through and buy your tickets online and as you do that you direct way how you want the money directed to the charities that are in there. The other option is if you want to call one of the five different charities so if you wanna call Judy had JD RF you can call her and she'll arrange to have the tickets. Delivered to you and gladly take your money then when you buy your ticket you designate which charities you wanted to go to at that time correct OK and that's the preview event again is. Is January 27 from 630 to 930 and the osu dates against. January 28 through the 31 leeward tandem can each day with the exception Sunday it's ten to seven you've got to also clearing your health I've done this a couple of time a couple of thoughts that that's great. To be a super super duper fun event. Great grimace turner executive vice president of the organ auto dealers association and Judy Summers executive director of GT RF thinks of him and so to thank him really appreciate the opportunity. Thank you so much care. Microscope is an intercom reveal Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about it. You can email me my email address is microscope that inter com dot com thanks for listening about the scope and enjoy the rest of your weekend.