The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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December 15, 2013

Nassief Automotive Group is giving back to the community

ASHTABULA — Local Car Dealer For The People, Todd Nassief, from Nassief Honda and his sister, Marybeth Nassief from Nassief Ford Toyota Hyundai have exciting news. "Nassief Automotive Group is thrilled today to be teaming up with Goodwill Industries Serving Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania, the Animal Protective League, along with Ashtabula County's 16 food pantries to help raise donations, and give away a brand new 2013 Hyundai Accent."

Nassief Automotive Group has been giving back to the community since 1955, when the family business was started by its founder, George D. Nassief. The drive, beginning Monday, will simply ask that people contribute to one or all of the three reputable charities in Ashtabula County. With each donation, the donor will get a chance to win a new car May 3, 2014. One box or one bag of donations equals one ticket.  

"We're excited to continue giving back to the community that has supported us through the past 59 years. We are especially proud to support these local agencies because of their unwavering commitment to helping those in need right here at home.  Nassief Automotive Group's vision is to help educate our community on the positive impact each of these agencies provides in hopes that they will continue to support them even after the giveaway," Marybeth Nassief said.

"We are asking people in the community to clean out their closets, open their checkbooks or contribute food for local families or pets for those currently struggling in Ashtabula County. It's important to us that all donations will stay local and support these very deserving agencies,” said Todd Nassief.

About Goodwill Industries

Goodwill, a non-profit leader in providing job training and education for people with barriers to employment uses textiles and other household items as a means of training to develop the skills necessary for employment. They sell the items in their retail stores to fund these programs. "We are so grateful and excited to jump-start our donation season with the car giveaway promotion. Last year's promotion yielded high donations which allowed us to help more of our friends in the community find employment - becoming independent, self-sustaining individuals able to contribute to the local economy,” said Blake Johnston, marketing and development manager at Goodwill.

About Animal Protective League

The Animal Protective League provides temporary homes to the parentless pets of Ashtabula County until they can find their best possible "furever" home. Along with this important mission, the APL promotes the spaying and neutering of pets and responsible pet ownership. Justin Sartori, president of the APL Board, said, "We are grateful to be included in the Nassief Car Giveaway. Not only will it help provide much needed food and supplies for our shelter, it is a chance to expose the community to our new board members who are determined to make our shelter "The Place" to shop locally for your next dog or cat."

About Country Neighbor in Orwell

Country Neighbor in Orwell is Ashtabula County's designated distribution partner and food bank for all 16 of the food pantries in Ashtabula County. With close to half of our local residents in Ashtabula County relying on food stamps to help make ends meet, there is a great need right now for canned and non-perishable food donations to help offset the cutbacks going on in Washington D.C.  "All 16 local pantries are experiencing an increase in providing for our elderly population on fixed incomes to help meet their needs. The cutbacks going on now are actually from 2009, and up to 40 billion dollars of new cuts will take place over the next decade. So needless to say, being included in this promotion is perfect timing for our clients,” said Barb Klingensmith, executive director of Country Neighbor.

The Giveaway

"The new 2013 Hyundai Accent Giveaway Donation Drive”  is open to everyone 18 or older. To enter, participants must make a donation to Goodwill, the Animal Protective League, Country Neighbor or either Nassief dealership in Ashtabula and Jefferson from now through April 28, 2014. There is no limit to the number of bags/boxes you may donate.

For each bag or box of donations received, one entry is given to win the Hyundai Accent from the Nassief Automotive Group.

Donations may be dropped off at Nassief Ford Toyota Hyundai, 1059 State Route 46 North, Jefferson, phone: 576-1010, Nassief Honda, 5456 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, phone: 997-5151, all four Goodwill locations in Ashtabula, phone: 964-3565, Andover, Madison and Erie, Animal Protective League on Green Road in N. Kingsville, phone: 224-2111 or  Country Neighbor - Ashtabula County's Food Bank in Orwell, phone: 437-6311.

Sixteen finalists will be drawn at random, two from each of the eight drop-off locations, and will be given a key. On Saturday, May 3, 2014, all finalists will come to Nassief Automotive Group in Jefferson to try their keys, and one will fit the brand new 2013 Hyundai Accent. No purchase is necessary to enter. Official contest rules can be found or at

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