By Alan Wood
LEXINGTON, Ky (AP) – The Quantrell Auto-Group is becoming locally famous for its donations and sponsorships of local charities, most notably the Woodford Humane Society’s monthly Freedom Fest, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the new found Save the Turtles Foundation, headed by a 6-year old boy.
The Quantrell Auto-Group is a local car dealership that prides itself on giving back to the community. Every year they work with a number of organizations and help sponsor activities for them. They have worked with groups such as the Hope Center, God’s Pantry helping to feed the needy, Santa’s Shop With A Cop allowing for kids to go Christmas shopping with police officers. They also help sponsor the Make A Wish Foundation for kids who are terminally ill.
Quantrell also helps to sponsor the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer as well as the Alzheimer’s Association to fund Alzheimer’s research. Quantrell’s favorite organizations to give back to are the Woodford Humane Society and the Lexington Humane Society. Both humane societies are about giving good homes to animals. “The owners love animals and even take care of stray cats that live around the dealership,” said Becky Wood, the parts manager at Quantrell.
Quantrell is currently preparing for the Woodford Humane Society’s monthly Freedom Fest on June 27-28. Freedom Fest is to help raise animal awareness and raise funds to sponsor animals and pets. This year nearly 90 percent of all funds raised will be donated to the humane society to help the animals.
Due to their love for animals, Quantrell decided to help sponsor the most unlikely of organizations, called Save the Turtles. This was founded by a 6-year old boy with a passion for turtles. His hopes were to raise awareness for turtles to help prevent them from being killed, ranging from every type of turtle from sea turtles to a common turtle found in your back yard.
His techniques ranged from fund raisers to help rescue endangered turtles to drawing pictures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and going door to door talking to people about saving the turtle.