North End Subaru makes donation for children


North End Subaru makes donation for children

By Amanda Burke

 04/29/2018
From left, North End Subaru district sales manager Joe Altavilla, Lunenburg Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Michelle Belleza, North End Subaru General

From left, North End Subaru district sales manager Joe Altavilla, Lunenburg Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Michelle Belleza, North End Subaru General Manager Marty Babineau, North End Subaru General Sales Manager Jesse Manning and Rocco Spagnuolo, a director at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, pose after a donation was made to the clubs. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / AMANDA BURKE

LUNENBURG — For the fourth straight year, North End Subaru has donated the proceeds of an annual fundraiser to the area’s Boys & Girls Clubs, helping them give children a place to play and learn after school ends.

“Things like this make it possible for us to stay open,” Michelle Belleza, the executive director of the Lunenburg Boys & Girls Club said Friday. “It gives us a little bit of wiggle room so we can keep doing what we do.”

Belleza and Rocco Spagnuolo, a director at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, were on hand Friday to accept a $30,769 check from North End Subaru.

The money was raised through Subaru of North America’s annual “Share the Love” program. For every car that was sold between Nov. 16, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018, Subaru donated $250 to one of five charities of a customer’s choosing.

Subaru selected four national charitable organizations, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels America and the National Park Foundation.

The local dealership selected two local clubs for children, the Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. The clubs will split this year’s $30,769 donation.

Marty Babineau, the dealership’s general manager, said that over the past four years North End Subaru donated over $80,000 to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

“We’re in the small town of Lunenburg, so we wanted to find a charity that served the whole community,” he said.

“Helping children was our main goal, and we felt that we could serve more kids by donating to the Boys & Girls Club than any other program out there.”Belleza said Subaru’s contribution will supplement her organization’s budget and its ability to provide a safe place for children.

“It fills in some gaps in our own funding,” she said.

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