It’s one of the most colorful sporting events in Anchorage! The Alaska Ski for Women event, held every Superbowl Sunday, brings out hundreds of women of all ages to ski for the benefit of non-profit agencies dedicated to fighting domestic violence and bettering the lives of all Alaskan women. In the event’s 21st year, approximately 800 costumed-clad participants braved below freezing weather, gliding through Anchorage’s dense ice fog in Kincaid Park on February 7th.
Since the event’s inception, over $1 million has been contributed to agencies that actively work to help stop the cycle of domestic abuse for Alaskan women’s and their children’s lives.
“Continental Subaru believes in supporting our Anchorage community in sponsoring events like Ski for Women.”, Derek Adolf, Principal Owner Continental Subaru. “When we invest in our community in meaningful ways, we ALL benefit!” Continental Subaru, a family owned and operated business for 46 years, actively participates in many of Anchorage’s community events.
For the past four holiday seasons, Mazda USA has partnered with charities throughout the United States during Mazda’s annual Drive for Good.
American Red Cross
American Heart Association
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
On a local level, Anchorage’s Continental Mazda partnered with KBEAR 104.1 during
their annual Country Cares Radiothon – a two-day event held each January in
Anchorage. Along with Continental Mazda’s support, Anchorage raised $81,910 for
the care, treatment and cure for childhood cancers. To become a Partner in Hope
in the research and cure, please click here to help http://cnt.al/2kjuv66
Every two seconds, someone is need of a blood donation – and in Alaska, that problem is compounded even further, considering our geography and topography. That’s why Continental Auto Group’s team held a blood drive on December 20th.
“We are all a part of the bigger picture here”, says Derek Adolf, Principal Owner of Continental Auto Group. “Community doesn’t work unless we all do our part, no matter if it’s a pint of blood or donating a can of food.”
One donation, one unit of blood, can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma; platelets and cryoprecipitate. Donated blood is used during trauma cases; platelets drawn from donations can help patients with leukemia and many people who suffer from severe sickle cell disease must have monthly blood transfusions
During Continental’s Blood Drive, over 21 units of blood were taken; potentially saving 63 lives in Alaska. “We’re definitely committed to having the blood mobile out again this coming summer. It’s just the right thing to do for our community,” says Adolf.
In carrying on the tradition of ‘giving back’ to Anchorage communities, Continental Subaru has selected the Alaska chapter of Newborns In Need as our 2016 Hometown Charity during this year’s Subaru Share the Love Event.
Nationally, Newborns In Need is an organization that is mobilized across the United States to offer baby items to those families who need help. Newborns In Need believes that communities can and will help each other if given the vehicle to do so. Whether crafted with love by the hands of a volunteer or donated by others who understand we need to take care of each other, Newborns In Need has positioned itself as the first response for the baby in crisis.
With a volunteer staff of only six active volunteers, the Alaska Chapter of Newborns in Need is an organization that offers baby items to those families who have been identified as needing a helping hand in what can be a very stress-filled time in their lives. Each month, the volunteers provide 30 filled diaper bags (360 bags a year) that are then distributed throughout various family practices and providers in Anchorage as well as Bethel – an outlying bush village 400 miles east of Anchorage and only accessible by plane.
Each diaper bag is filled with formula, diapers, wipes, clothing, quilts, infant caps/blankets/booties and other baby essential items valued at approximately $110. Many of these items are hand-made by the volunteers of Newborns in Need.
“Last year, our total operating budget was just $595. Yet every month received the right amount of donated items for the bags needed. If we fall short on something, our volunteers donate items out of their own pocket to make sure that diaper bags are filled and available for delivery to those who are in need,” says Kim Schlimgen, vice president of this small Alaskan charity and Continental Subaru’s Customer Relations Manager. “Being chosen as Continental Subaru’s Share the Love hometown charity this year is going to make such a huge impact on our entire community. With the donations we will receive from the Subaru Share the Love Event, we will be able to provide hundreds of filled diaper bags and increase our outreach for those families in need for years to come.”
Continental Subaru chose Newborns in Need during a company-wide nomination process.
“We have many of our team members that are involved in various non-profit charities within Anchorage. The entire team at Continental Subaru had a say of what charity to choose this year, and Kim’s charity ‘won’. We love our work family and we support and encourage each other to volunteer in our community”, says Derek Adolf – Principal Owner.