Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Peter Welch, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, and Annette Sykora, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, arrived in the flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, La., and announced they would seek to raise $2 million for new-car dealership families displaced by the flooding there.
Welch and Sykora are meeting this week with dealers and dealership employees to assess the need for financial assistance. Initial estimates indicate that more than 1,200 dealership families from 60 new-car dealerships in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas have been flooded out of their homes and desperately need financial assistance.
“At NADA, we view our dealerships as one big family. When a member of our family hurts, we all hurt,” Welch said. “That’s why it’s time to come together and help our dealership family members who are hurting in Louisiana by contributing to the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. We call on auto dealers across America to help raise funds to help families through the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund.”
The Emergency Relief Fund provides dealership families with funds up to $1,500 affected by natural disasters. To date, the fund has supported more than 8,700 dealership families affected by natural disasters.