Press

RECORD BREAKING AUTO EXPO CHARITY PREVIEW PROCEEDS REVEALED

The final results of the Syracuse Auto Expo Charity Preview were be revealed on Thursday March 23rd at Strada Mia. Fourteen charities were presented with checks that they brought back to their communities.  This year ticket sales totaled well over $291,000 making the 2017 event a record breaker!  Chairpersons Gino Barbuto and Jim Barr were thrilled with the results.  “The generosity of this community and the auto dealer’s commitment to making Central New York a better place is what makes this event such a success. Thanks to the support of not only the attendees, but the underwriters who help pay for this event, these funds will go directly to the children and families across our area.” The 19th Annual Charity Preview kicked off the Auto Expo on Wednesday, February 15th.  Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised just over $3 million dollars.

 Charity Totals:

Access CNY - $11,901.61
ARC of Onondaga - $8011.61
The Centers @ St. Camillus - $13,328.27
Crouse Health Foundation - $11,424.11
David's Refuge, Inc. -  $51,194.94
Hospice of Central New York - $25,748.76
Huntington Family Centers, Inc - $11,350.86
Learning Disabilities Association of CNY - $26,690.36

The Loretto Foundation - $13,365.78
Make A Wish of Central New York - $20,697.04
Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc. - $47,985.61
Meals On Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc. - $23,732.44
National Kidney Foundation of CNY - $22,322.85
Syracuse Community Connections - $3215.76

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. This year’s Charity Preview will return with a Fall show on November 1st. The Syracuse Auto Expo will be November 2nd through the 5th at the OnCenter. The show is moving to a fall date due to the American Bowling Congress Championships at the Oncenter in February of 2018.

Nothing Virtual About It!  “Actual Reality” At The 2017 Syracuse Auto Expo

Syracuse, NY (January 25th, 2017) –The connected car is the latest buzzword as more vehicles get integrated into our phones, computers and our daily lives. However, experiencing a new car smell, the feel of getting into the vehicle of your dreams or finding perfect leg room is something that can only be experienced in “actual reality” at Syracuse Auto Expo at the Oncenter, Thursday February 16th through Sunday, February 19th.

The 109th Auto Expo sponsored by SADA features hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and four BIG floors totaling 135,000 square feet, and you can experience it all without ever having to step outside into Syracuse’s cold temperatures. See the latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety and comfort and style for work, play or leisure.

Returning for a second year, the Toyota Drive Center is ready to hand you the keys and let you experience their most popular vehicles. Syracuse Auto Expo licensed drivers can get behind the wheel of some of the newest Toyota cars and trucks and drive them down Salina Street or around the streets of downtown Syracuse.

We’re all about comfort this year and that’s why the new Customer Appreciation Lounge will be available downstairs in the Ballroom for the entire show. Enjoy an expanded menu of light meals, check-in on social media (#syrautoexpo17) and fill up on snacks while you relax at bistro tables.

On Saturday afternoon we turn up the volume with two great acts plus wine tastings from some of our most creative local businesses. First up 1-4:30pm “Just Joe” (http://www.justjoe.com/) will get your feet tapping with their soulful take on music from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. From 5-8pm “Brickyard Road”, CNY's premiere modern country band will be on stage along with Syracuse’s New Hit Country station 92.1. WOLF. Hosting the finale from 5-7pm will be CNY’s top country personality, WOLF’s Skip Clark.

We’re so excited to shine the spotlight on CNY’s wine businesses with a tasting room that can be found in the downstairs partitioned ballroom on Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. The afternoon will feature some of CNY’s best local winemakers including Greenwood, Lakeland and Ashley Lynn Wineries. In addition, tastings will be hosted by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Upstate NY.  Bottles will be available for purchase (off premise consumption only) and tastings will be available to guests who are 21 years or older.

The Outdoors Lifestyle exhibit downstairs reminds everyone that outdoor weather is right around the corner. Imagine warm summer days as you ride motorcycles, ATV’s, personal watercraft, easily trailer able boats, scooters and towable campers.

Sunday is Family 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 on Saturday the 18th from 12 to 5 and on Sunday the 19th from 12 to 4.  Plus, kids can be transformed into their favorite character with “The Face Paint Lady” (www.nyfacepaintlady.com) on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00.

It’s a party for the kids on Sunday with a giant screen and dancing in the downstairs lounge with karaoke and Xbox’s Just Dance hosted by “FunFlicks” (www.FunFlicks.com)   Find out if your child has what it takes to be the star of the next viral video!

The AutoExpo will be open Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 9pm, 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, children under 12 are $3 and under 5 are free.  Veterans, first responders and military personnel are free on Thursday night with ID. For more information, go to www.autoexposyracuse.com or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/syracuseautoexpo.

This year’s show chair is Bruce Rapp, owner of Bill Rapp Buick GMC, Bill Rapp Pre-Owned and Bill Rapp Subaru on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse. Bruce is a second-generation dealer whose family has been in the business since 1954. He started working in his family’s dealership when he was 14, and his lifelong experience makes him a perfect fit for this year’s show chair.

The 19th Annual Charity Preview kicks off the Auto Expo on Wednesday, February 15th.  The preview party raises money for 14 not for profit organizations that work with children and families. Since its inception, the “best party in town” has raised just over $3 million dollars.

This year’s charities include:

AccessCNY
ARC of Onondaga
The Centers @ St. Camillus
Crouse Health 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.
National Kidney Foundation of Central NY
Syracuse Community Connections

EVENT DETAILS:
Syracuse Oncenter - 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

Charity Preview:
Wednesday February 15th 6pm - 10pm

Auto Expo:
Thursday through Sunday, February 16-19th
Thursday & Friday: 4PM–9PM | Saturday: Noon–9PM | Sunday: Noon–5PM
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.

Bruce Rapp to Chair 2017 Auto Show

We are very pleased to announce that past President Bruce Rapp has agreed to chair the 2017 Auto Expo. He brings enthusiasm, wisdom and an understanding of what it takes to promote an auto show. More importantly, having served as President for three years, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the event.

One of the highlights of the show is the sales personnel breakfast on Thursday, February 16th which is opening day of the Expo. The breakfast takes a moment to honor the terrific salespersons who work in our field. The winning person receives $1,000 and a plaque.

Last year, over 350 attended the opening day breakfast including a tremendous number of prior honorees. Syracuse University Coach Dino Babers, in one of his first appearances in Syracuse, gave a fiery speech about what it takes to be successful. The breakfast is co-sponsored by ADESA of Buffalo and SADA.

A little fun for the sales professionals at the show will include mystery shoppers who will be on the floor every day.  Sales personnel that demonstrate knowledge and provide their business card can receive a $ 100 bill. We appreciate Dave Taylor of ADESA Syracuse for his continued support.

 

2017 Charity Preview Teaser Video Released 

Syracuse Auto Dealers Association Elects Officers

(June 10, 2016) - The Syracuse Auto Dealers Association recently elected officers for the coming year.   They are:

President – Gino Barbuto (East Syracuse Chevrolet)

Vice-President – Stephen Byer (Alan Byer Auto Sales)

Secretary – Michael W. Spinelli (Heritage Lincoln)

Treasurer – Richard Burritt (RM Burritt Motors)

Past President – James B. Barr (Crest Cadillac/Acura)

IMG_5714

Past President James B. Barr and recently elected President Gino Barbuto at 2016 Charity Preview Lunch.

The organization founded in 1909, produces the annual auto show and provides services to the membership.   The Auto Show Charity Preview, now 18 years running, has generated over3 million dollars to organizations in the community.   The February 2016 event distributed over $287,000 and plans are underway for the 19th edition next February.

Gino Barbuto purchased East Syracuse Chevrolet in December of 2011 and is very active in the S.A.D.A., Co-chairing the Preview and most recently serving at Vice-President.   He also is Assistant Treasurer of the New York State Auto Dealers and is President of the Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Group

The 2017 Auto Show will be February 16 – 19 with the preview on the 15th.

syracuse auto expo charity preview group photo

AUTO EXPO CHARITY LUNCHEON ANNOUNCES CHARITY TOTALS 

The annual Auto Expo Charity Preview luncheon was held Monday March 21st 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,” Barr and Barbuto stated. “It shows the generosity of this community and the auto dealers commitment to making Central New York a better place to live.”


18th Annual Syracuse Automobile Dealers Association Charity Preview Sets Ticket Sale & Attendance Record
113_charity_preview.jpg

(Syracuse, NY) – The 18th Annual Syracuse Auto Charity Preview is pleased to announce that this year's event will raise over $280,000 for 14 local charities. Over 2100 guests will attend tonight's event which features a first look at over 300 2016 models and an elegant night of entertainment, delicious food, desserts and cocktails.

"It is an honor to co-chair this terrific CNY event, the "Best Party in Town," with Dealer Gino Barbuto of East Syracuse Chevrolet, say Preview Co-Chair, Jim Barr, General Manager Crest Cadillac. "Thanks to the generous underwriters, our goal is to give back 100% of every $125 ticket. We are proud of the nearly 2.8 million dollars that participating CNY not-for-profits have received as a result of this event over the years. Each of these organizations makes a huge difference in the lives of Central New Yorkers."

Participating charities in 2016 include: AccessCNY (formerly Enable and TLS), ARC of Onondaga, Clear Path for Veterans, Crouse Health Foundation, David's Refuge, Inc., Hospice of Central New York, Huntington Family Centers, Inc., Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York, Make-A-Wish Central New York, Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc., Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc., National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. and the Centers at St. Camillus.

The Charity Preview will kick off the Syracuse Auto Expo which officially opens on Thursday, February 11th. The Charity Preview Party Founder Level Sponsors include the Chevrolet Dealers of CNY, Colonial Voluntary Benefits/The Kevin Edwards Agency, Syracuse Area Toyota Dealers, Syracuse Media Group, the Syracuse Area Honda Dealers and Time Warner Cable.

For more information on the Syracuse Auto Expo go to www.autoexposyracuse.com or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/syracuseautodealers. We have designated a hashtag for the 2016 show, #SyrAutoExpo, so be sure to use that hashtag when posting on your social media sites about the show.

Syracuse Automobile Dealers Association, Inc.

770 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

315-474-1041

113_charity_preview.jpg

18th Annual Syracuse Automobile Dealers Association Charity Preview to be held February 10th

(Syracuse, NY) – The 18th Annual Charity Preview will be held at the Syracuse OnCenter at 6:30 on Wednesday February 10th2016.

The Charity Preview is an opportunity to be a part of one of the most exclusive, high profile events in Central New York. Guests can take in the first views of the spectacular 2016 models while enjoying an elegant night of entertainment, delicious food, desserts and cocktails.

"It is an honor to co-chair this terrific CNY event, the "Best Party in Town," with Dealer Gino Barbuto of East Syracuse Chevrolet, say Preview Co-Chair, Jim Barr, General Manager Crest Cadillac. "Thanks to the generous underwriters, our goal is to give back 100% of every $125 ticket. We are proud of the nearly 2.8 million dollars that participating CNY not-for-profits have received as a result of this event over the years. Each of these organizations makes a huge difference in the lives of Central New Yorkers."

Participating charities in 2016 include: AccessCNY (formerly Enable and TLS), ARC of Onondaga, Clear Path for Veterans, Crouse Health Foundation, David's Refuge, Inc., Hospice of Central New York, Huntington Family Centers, Inc., Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York, Make-A-Wish Central New York, Maureen's Hope Foundation, Inc., Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, NY, Inc., National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. and the Centers at St. Camillus.

The Charity Preview will kick off the Syracuse Auto Expo which officially opens on Thursday, February 11th. The Charity Preview Party Founder Level Sponsors include the Chevrolet Dealers of CNY, Colonial Voluntary Benefits/The Kevin Edwards Agency, Syracuse Area Toyota Dealers, Syracuse Media Group, the Syracuse Area Honda Dealers and Time Warner Cable.

Tickets are still available for the Preview. For tickets and information, contact the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association at www.syracuseautodealers.org or 315-474-1041. For more information on the Syracuse Auto Expo go to www.autoexposyracuse.com or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/syracuseautodealers. We have designated a hashtag for the 2016 show, #SyrAutoExpo, so be sure to use that hashtag when posting on your social media sites about the show.

Get Ready to Fall in Love at the 2016 Syracuse AutoExpo

Syracuse, NY (December 20th 2015) – Central New York hearts will be on fire on Valentine's Day weekend as hundreds of the newest cars and trucks light up the OnCenter for the return of the Syracuse AutoExpo. Starting on Thursday February 11th and running through Sunday, February 14th, The 108th Annual New Car Show sponsored by S.A.D.A. will play matchmaker between shoppers and the next love of their life! With hundreds of vehicles to explore, consumers can hop in the driver's seat of the latest models and fulfill their automotive dreams.

The 2016 AutoExpo features hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and four BIG floors totaling 135,000 square feet. See the latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety and comfort and style for work, play or leisure.

Syracuse is also happy to welcome the Toyota Drive Center. AutoExpo licensed drivers can get behind the wheel of some of the newest Toyota cars and trucks.

Meet television star Ryan Evans of the History Channel's "Counting Cars." Ryan Evans is the Sr. Airbrush Artist for Counts Kustoms, a car restoration and customization shop in Las Vegas. He'll be signing autographs on Saturday afternoon.

At the Outdoors Lifestyle exhibit downstairs in the Ballroom, let your imagination run free as you see motorcycles, ATV's, personal watercraft, easily trailer able boats, scooters and towable campers. It's your chance to consider how your next vehicle can incorporate one or more of these presented outdoor lifestyle segments.

Sunday is Family Day with a special admission price of $20 for a family four pack. For the kids, you'll find clowns and balloons throughout the 3 area show and face painting too! Be awestruck by the Jackman's twin magicians on Saturday the 13th from 12 to 5 and on Sunday the 14th from 12 to 4. Plus, kids can be transformed into their favorite character with The Face Paint lady on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00.

The AutoExpo will be open Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 9pm, 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, children under 12 are $3 and under 5 are free. Veterans are free on Thursday night with ID. Free parking provided with the purchase of admission ticket. For more information, go towww.autoexposyracuse.com or like us on Facebook at Syracuse Auto Dealers Facebook

This year's show chair is Todd Shapiro, owner of Shapiro Motors in Oswego. Todd is a third generation dealer and his family owns the area's oldest franchised new car dealership which celebrated its 76th year in business during the 2016 model year and has been operated by the same family since 1939.

The 18th Annual Charity Preview kicks off the Auto Expo on Wednesday, February 10th. The preview party raises money for 14 not for profit organizations that work with children and families. Since its inception, the "best party in town" has raised just under $2.8 million dollars; all funds support programs and services right here in Central New York.

Location:

Syracuse OnCenter - 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

https://goo.gl/maps/qusFZiHA8sP2

Dates:

Thursday through Sunday, February 11-14th

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

Veterans Free on Thursday ONLY.

Sunday, February 14th ONLY:

Family Four Pack: $20