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Boardman dealership makes record donation from Operation Santa campaign

January 30, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Jan. 24, a check for $32,350 was split between two local charities. The huge amount set a new record for the Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC dealership's Operation Santa campaign. The campaign began in mid November and saw $50 from each new car sales go into a pot to be disbursed to two charity groups.

"We started Nov. 19 and ended on Dec. 31," said Sweeney President Doug Sweeney. "This is the best year we've had. Since we started this program, we have raised over $125,000 for charity."

Half of this year's funds went to the Salvation Army of Mahoning County. Accepting the check was Paul Moore, who said the funds are really needed.

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Accepting their half of a $32,350 donation from Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC were members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Youngstown. In front holding the check was Sebastian Parnaby, Shawn Butler, Justyn Glover, Amira Stevens, and Reginald Watson. In back are Boys and Girls Clubs of Youngstown Executive Director Germaine McAlpine, Precious Parnaby, Unit Director Randi Russell, Sweeney Executive Manager Derek Snyder, Serenity Febres, and Sweeney Sales Manager Bobby Stackhouse.

"This will help us feed the needy and homeless," he said. "We do that five days a week and operate a food pantry. We also help families with clothing and even utility bills."

The other half of the donation went to the Boys of Girls Clubs of Youngstown. Executive Director Germaine McAlpine said the donation will go a long way in helping the Valley's children.

"This is going to help us expand our programs in the Valley," he said. "We have after-school programs and summer programs between two sites, Oak Hill and Stambaugh Charter Academy."

He said his organization serves about 120 children each day. In 2018, roughly 900 kids were in the programs.

Both causes were considered good ones by Sweeney. He said it is something he feels strongly about.

"We have been doing [Operation Santa] for five years," he said. "We are honored to be able to give back to the community."



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