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2021 Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview Chairs Announced 

The Syracuse Auto Dealers are pleased to announce that SADA President and R.M. Burritt Motors’ Rich Burritt and Rapp Family Dealership’s Brian Rapp will be the new chairpersons for the Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview in 2021. They will be taking over from founding chairpersons VP/GM of Crest Dealerships, Jim Barr and East Syracuse Chevrolet’s Gino Barbuto.

Richard A. Burritt President, SADA President and R.M. Burritt Motors Inc.


Rich Burritt from R.M. Burritt Motors Inc. brings enthusiasm and a lifelong love of the auto industry to the 2021 show.

A fourth-generation dealer, Burritt has worked in almost every facet of his family’s dealership. With over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, he currently oversees the processes, overall operations, functional management, and strategic new and used car marketing.  He graduated with Great Distinction in Business Administration and was an Academic All American Lacrosse Player from Clarkson University in 2005. In 2007, he was a Top Scholar at the NADA Dealer Academy.

Rich also has a commitment to his community and currently serves on the board for SADA, NYSADA, and Oswego’s YMCA.


Brian Rapp has been serving on the Charity Preview committee and has been very active with new ideas for the show. The Rapp family has a long-standing tradition of guiding the Syracuse Auto Show. Both Brian’s father and grandfathers were show chairs.

The Rapp family has been in the car dealership business for three generations. Brian is currently Vice President and Partner in his family’s dealership. He attended the University of Miami where he earned a BBA and MBA. Plus his education continued at the NADA Academy from which he graduated. Brian grew up around the family business and has worked at the dealership full time for the past 10 years.

Both chairpersons send thanks to Gino Barbuto and Jim Barr for their leadership and for building an amazing event. The team is looking forward to working on the 2021 Charity Preview event.

Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview Totals Revealed 

The grand total raised from the Auto Expo Charity Preview was revealed at the annual check presentation luncheon on March 10th. The 22nd Annual Auto Show Charity Preview held on February 5th raised over a total of $315,706.  The 15 participating charities and organizations, received checks and will be putting the money to work to help the less fortunate in Central New York. The top fundraising charity is David’s Refuge Inc. David’s Refuge provides a place of respite free of charge for parents and guardians who care for children with special needs or life-threatening medical conditions.

The 22nd Annual Auto Show Charity Preview was chaired by Jim Barr VP/GM of Crest Dealerships and Gino Barbuto, Owner of East Syracuse Chevrolet.  The Charity Preview committee once again raised underwriting from generous sponsors that enabled the charities to receive 100% of their ticket sale proceeds. The 22-year total for this event is over 4.1 million dollars.

Here are the totals raised by each charity:

AccessCNY – $9,188.33

Crouse Health Foundation – $18,212.50
David’s Refuge, Inc. – $57,341.66

Food Bank of Central New York – $13,275.00
Hospice of Central New York – $24,574.34
Huntington Family Centers, Inc – $11,383.33

Launch CNY  – $18,735.00

Make A Wish of Central New York – $26,066.68

Maureen’s Hope Foundation, Inc. – $42,210.00
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc. – $17,804.17
Responsive To Our Community (ROC) – $10,687.50

Silver Fox Senior Social Club – $10,537.50

The Centers at St. Camillus & Affiliate Integrity
Home Care Services – $15,460.84

The Newland Center for Adult Learning & Literacy – $11,850.00

YMCA of Greater Syracuse – $28,629.17


Syracuse Auto Dealers represents dealers across the Central New York area.  The organization has been producing the annual Syracuse Auto Expo since 1908.   The Syracuse Auto Expo is one of the longest-running auto showcases in the country.

The 2021 Syracuse Auto Expo will be held on February 11th – 14th 2021 at the Syracuse Oncenter. The Charity Preview will be Wednesday, February 10th, 2021.

Get Behind the Wheel at The 112th Syracuse Auto Expo

2020 Syracuse Auto Show

 

Syracuse, NY (1/21/2020) –The Syracuse Auto Expo is proud to return to the Oncenter February 6–9. Kicking off the show is The Charity Preview, which is set for February 5th. Experience hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and four BIG floors totaling 135,000 square feet and forget about the cold temperatures outside. See the latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety and comfort and style for work, play or leisure.
Returning for the fifth year, the Toyota Drive Center is ready to let you experience its most popular vehicles. Licensed drivers can test drive a variety of popular Toyota vehicles including the all-new Camry, the RAV4 Hybrid, the Tundra and the Highlander.

The Customer Appreciation Lounge has returned downstairs in the Ballroom for the entire show. Enjoy an expanded menu of light meals, check-in on social media (#syrautoshow) and fill up on snacks while you relax at bistro tables.

On Thursday military personnel, veterans and first responders get free admission with proper ID. Parking not included with free ticket promotion.

On Saturday afternoon look for New York State’s finest wines and craft beers at The Lounge at the Expo. The spotlight is on Central New York’s growing wine, craft beer and distillery businesses with a tasting room that can be found in the downstairs partitioned ballroom on Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Bottles will be available for purchase (off-premise consumption only) and tastings will be available to guests who are 21 years or older. Visitors will be able to sample from: 1911 Established • Genesee Brewery • Greenwood Winery • Hall Island Distillery • Old Home Distillers • Thousand Island Winery and Weppon Whiskey just to name a few.

Plus, Midlife Crisis will be the musical guests from 4-7 pm. The band performs classic rock songs from the ’70s as well as originals written by lead singer Grace DeJohn. (http://midlifecrisis-music.com/)

The show has plenty of fun things for the kids to do while mom and dad shop! Get a balloon hat from Jackman’s twin magicians and “The Face Paint Lady” will be painting the kid’s favorite characters throughout the day.

Sunday is Family Fun Day with a special admission price of $20 for a family four-pack. For the kids, you’ll find balloons and face painting too! Be awestruck by the Jackman’s twin magicians from 12 to 4. Plus, kids can be transformed into their favorite character with “The Face Paint Lady” (www.nyfacepaintlady.com) from 12:30 to 4:00.

The festivities kick off on Wednesday, February 5th with the 22nd Annual Charity Preview. The preview party gives you a first look at the show while raising money for 15 Central New York not for profit organizations. Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised just over $3.7 million dollars.

This year’s charities include:

AccessCNY
Crouse Health Foundation
David’s Refuge, Inc.
Food Bank of Central New York
Hospice of Central New York
Huntington Family Centers, Inc
Launch CNY
Make A Wish of Central New York Maureen’s Hope Foundation, Inc.
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc.
Responsive To Our Community (ROC)
Silver Fox Senior Social Club
The Centers at St. Camillus & Affiliate Integrity Home Care Services
The Newland Center for Adult Learning & Literacy
YMCA of Greater Syracuse

History:
The show is one of the five oldest shows in the United States, debuting in 1906. (Detroit, New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia debuted in the years before Syracuse.) That year, the highlight of the show was the unveiling of the Franklin automobile, made in downtown Syracuse. The automobile was the first 6-cylinder engine made at their factory on West Fayette and Geddes Street. In the 1940’s, during World War II, the show took a hiatus. After that break, the show returned and has been a “must-see” for families and Syracuse auto enthusiasts.

Location:
Syracuse Oncenter – 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Dates:
Thursday through Sunday, February 6th – February 9th
Hours: Thursday & Friday: 4 PM–9 PM | Saturday: Noon–9PM | Sunday: Noon–5PM
Admission: Adults: $9 | Seniors: $7 | Children (6-12 yrs.): $3 | Age 5 and under: Free
Free parking provided with the purchase of admission ticket
Veterans, first responders, and military personnel are Free on Thursday ONLY. Parking not included with free ticket promotion.
www.autoexposyracuse.com.

The 112th Syracuse Auto Expo Announces Show Chair

Syracuse, NY (December 18, 2019)– SADA President Rich Burritt is pleased to announce that Summit Auto Group’s Chris DiMarco has agreed to serve as chairman of the 2020 Syracuse Auto Expo. The 2020 Syracuse Auto Show will be held February 6th – 9th, with the Charity Preview on February 5th.

Chris began his career at Summit Auto Group after graduating from Syracuse University in 2005 and being a member of the championship 2004 Syracuse Lacrosse Team. His experience on a sports team helped his career as he began to train in every facet of the business including washing cars, working in the parts department and sales.  His can-do attitude on the job and his schooling in finance and insurance training fast-tracked Chris into management. He is now the General Manager of The Summit Auto Group. The group includes Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, Ford, and Lincoln all located in Auburn. On his off days, you can find him and his daughter sitting in the season tickets his family has held for decades at the Carrier Dome. Whether it is football, basketball or his passion, lacrosse, he loves the competition on the field and the people he meets at the games and at his dealership.  He is looking forward to guiding the Syracuse Auto Show as it enters its 112th year.

The Syracuse Auto Expo Show returns to the Oncenter in February 2020.  The 112th Auto Expo sponsored by SADA features hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and four BIG floors totaling 135,000 square feet.  Visitors can leave winter outside and experience all the newest vehicles in the comfort of the Oncenter. The latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety and comfort and style for work, play or leisure will be on display.

The festivities kick off on Wednesday, February 5th with the 22nd Annual Charity Preview.  The preview party gives a first look at the show while raising money for 15 Central New York not for profit organizations. Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised close to $3.7 million dollars.

Location:

Syracuse Oncenter – 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Dates:

Thursday through Sunday, February 6th – February 9th

Hours: Thursday & Friday: 4PM–9PM | Saturday: Noon–9PM | Sunday: Noon–5PM

Admission: Adults: $9 | Seniors: $7 | Children (6-12 yrs.): $3 | Age 5 and under: Free

Free parking provided with the purchase of admission ticket.  Veterans, first responders and military personnel are Free on Thursday ONLY.

2020 Syracuse Auto Expo Dates Revealed!

2020 Syracuse Auto Show February 6th - 9th, 2020. Charity Preview will be held on Wednesday February 5th, 2020.

The 2020 Syracuse Auto Show will be held on February 6th – 9th, 2020 at the Syracuse Oncenter. The Syracuse Auto Show Charity Preview will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020.

GIFT CERTIFICATES PRESENTED TO MORRISVILLE AUTO STUDENTS

(April 23, 2019) A big day for these students heading off to SUNY Morrisville next Fall. Anthony Lamacchia presented to Mason Bleck from the Cortland BOCES Auto Collision program and Colin Herold from the Onondaga County BOCES a $1,000 gift certificate from Snap-on to be used for their class toolsets. We can’t wait to see both of these amazing young men working in our industry!