Annette Sykora, Owner and Operator of Smith South Plains in Levelland is in Louisiana this week along with other members of the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) visiting with new-car dealership families who have been displaced by the recent flooding in that area.
Sykora who is the chairwoman for the NADA Charitable Foundation accompanied Peter Welch, President of NADA and arrived in Baton Rouge, LA Monday. Upon their arrival they announced that they would seek to raise $2 Million dollars for new-car dealership families displaced by the flooding.
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. Dealership employees can apply for financial assistance through the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. To date, the fund has supported more than 8,700 dealership families affected by natural disasters. To apply for assistance or to contribute to the fund, call 703.821.7102 or visit www.nada.org/emergencyrelief.
“The flooding in Louisiana has been described as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy,” said Sykora, who served as NADA chairman in 2008. “Now that the flood waters have receded the real work of rebuilding begins.”
“Thousands of dealership employees and their families have suffered devastating losses from the recent flooding,” Sykora added. “The need for financial assistance will be significant and will last for months to come.”
Smith South Plains Owner/Operator Annette Sykora pictured with NADA President Peter Welch visiting with representatives of All Star Automotive Group in Baton Rouge, LA after devastating flooding in Louisiana. (Photo Courtesy Smith South Plains)
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