Charity Preview

2017 Charity Preview

Wednesday, November 1st

The 20th Annual Preview will be Wednesday November 1st at 6:30pm.  You can fill in your Response And Sponsorship Details and send it in today! Thank you to our amazing underwriters who make this show a success!

Ticket Information

Tickets: $125/person (Make check payable to SADA CHARITY PREVIEW)

Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview November 1st 2017

Save the date! The Charity Preview is coming up fast on November 1st! It is the "Best Party In Town!"

Posted by Syracuse Auto Expo on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Be sure to indicate on the form which charity or charities are to receive the benefit of your donation. If you do not indicate a charity, the donation will be allocated equally to all participating charities.


Participating Charities

CNY Kidney Foundation
David's Refuge, Inc.
Hospice of Central New York
Huntington Family Centers, Inc.
Learning Disabilities Association of CNY
The Loretto Foundation
Make A Wish of Central New York
Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc.
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc.
Responsive To Our Community (ROC)
The Centers at St. Camillus
The Newland Center for Adult Learning and Literacy

Charity Preview - Responsive to our Community

We're thrilled to welcome some of the new community organizations to our Charity Preview. This is Brendan Crouth from Responsive to our Community. This organization supports veterans, women and the community by rehabbing houses throughout Syracuse. They will be raising funds through Charity Preview ticket sales. Please support the 13 community organizations by purchasing a ticket to our Charity Preview coming up on November 1st.

Posted by Syracuse Auto Expo on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tickets can be purchased in person at the SADA office during business hours - 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Questions? Give us a call at (315) 474-1041.


6:30 - 7:30PM

Ballroom - meet your friends, have a cocktail and get ready to see the exciting new cars.


Video presentation recognizing sponsors.

7:30 - 8:30PM

Oncenter Exhibition Hall - Open for display of automobiles. Enjoy the music of "E.S.P. Jazz Trio."

8:30 - 9:15PM

War Memorial Exhibition Hall - Trucks, sport utilities and conversion vans.

8:30 - 9:15PM

Strolling banjo/guitarist

9:15 - 10:00PM

War Memorial Auditorium - World's finest and most expensive motor cars accompanied by dessert and the piano offerings of Nancy James.


Founders Society ($10,000)

Franklin Circle ($5,000)

Friends of SADA ($2,000 – $3,500)


In the summer of 1998 auto dealer Roger Burdick approached the board of directors of the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association with a proposal to stage a black-tie fundraising preview party on the night preceding the opening of the Association's annual auto show.

Based on a similar event at the Detroit Auto Show, Burdick hoped the Syracuse community would embrace this unique opportunity to raise funds for community minded organizations. What has evolved from that time until today has become one of Central New York's most successful fundraising events.

Guests are treated to a private preview of the annual auto show to the accompaniment of three different musical groups, outstanding food, and the newest and most exciting cars and trucks.

A special Charity Preview committee of area auto dealers was formed and tasked to identify appropriate charities who could benefit from the preview and to organize the evening's program. An emphasis was placed on selecting charities that served children and families. That emphasis continues today. The six original charities have grown to thirteen charities today.

Thanks to the major underwriters, all of the costs for the evening are covered by their generous donations. Since its inception each of the charities has received 90% to 100% of the money raised through ticket sales; gold, silver, and bronze corporate sponsorships; and individual donations.

2016 Charity Preview

Gino Barbuto and Jim Barr
Charity Preview Committee:
Jim Barr, Bruce Rapp, Gino Barbuto, Joe Howard, Dave Compton, Frank Duck, Stephen Byer, Kelly Pelcher, Mike McNerney, Lou Valerino, Mike Spinelli Jr., George Townsend, Dan Burdick, Nicole Romano, Brian Rapp

The annual Auto Expo Charity Preview luncheon was held Monday March 21st, 2017 at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood. Proceeds from the Auto Expo Charity Preview were distributed among the 14 participating charities and organizations.  Check out our photo gallery from the event here.

The 18th Annual Auto Show Charity Preview held on February 10th was the largest attended and most financially successful event since its inception. According to preview co-chairs Jim Barr and Gino Barbuto, a record of over $287,222.02 in ticket sales and donations was distributed to 14 local charities. The preview committee raised sufficient underwriting that enabled the charities to receive 100% of ticket sale proceeds. The 18-year total is over 3 million dollars and the funds will remain in the CNY community.

The totals for the participating charities and organizations were:

AccessCNY - $16,025.00

ARC of Onondaga - $12,087.50

The Centers @ St. Camillus - $11,708.33

Clear Path for Veterans - $5,223.34

Crouse Health Foundation - $20,416.67

David's Refuge, Inc. - $45,012.50

Hospice of Central New York - $21,604.17

Huntington Family Centers, Inc. - $13,437.50

National Kidney Foundation of Central NY - $21,983.33

LDA - $30,010.00

Make A Wish of Central New York - $19,424.50

Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc. - $37,536.67

Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc. - $20,612.51

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. - $12,140.00

“We are thrilled with the final results of the 18th Annual Charity Preview,” Jim Barr and Gino Barbuto stated. “It shows the generosity of this community and the auto dealers commitment to making Central New York a better place to live.”

Charity Previews Through The Years

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