2023 Cars for a Cause, a San Diego NAPA Auto Care BDG Tradition

The San Diego NAPA Auto Care Business Development Group (BDG) made Christmas 2023 one to remember for Deanna Fuentas and family. On December 17, Deanna and her family was presented with a refurbished 2005 Toyota Sienna during a presentation televised on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego. Cars for a Cause, made possible by the BDG’s NAPA AutoCare Centers, has been a tradition for more than a dozen years.

Car For a Cause Nomination

Between October 1st and November 30th, 2023, participants could nominate a deserving family, friend, neighbor, or anyone they personally know who deserves a little help with a used vehicle in great condition. The Official “CAR FOR A CAUSE” nomination form could be completed at any participating NAPA AutoCare SoCal location or on the BDG website

Between October 1 and November 30, 2023, more than 200 applications were submitted. All the nominations are read and reviewed by a selected Car for a Cause BDG team. Once a recipient is selected, NAPA Wholesale Manager John Hartman, who heads the San Diego BDG, speaks to the individuals who nominated the chosen recipient before contacting that individual.

Nicole Martinez, a great friend of Deanna and her family submitted the 2023 Car for A Cause nomination on-line. Deanna and her family are very thankful. We presented the vehicle and keys during the KUSI Good Morning San Diego broadcast along with cash to spend on her own family Christmas.

Cars for a Cause Made Possible by Generosity of NAPA Auto Care BDG Members

The annual Car for a Cause vehicle giveaway program is made possible by the generosity of the NAPA Auto Care BDG members. Typically, one of the member shops has a vehicle and the group allocates money for vehicle repairs.

The San Diego BDG includes 14 AutoCare Centers and their owners: 1-Way Auto Clinic, Chris Jackson; Aero Auto Repair, Tony Kaju; Bonita Point Auto Care, Lori Hupp; Bonita Valley Auto Care, Bill Ballard; Boulevard Automotive, Atta Erikat & Ed Abrahim; Convoy Auto Repair, David Ely; Dragonfly Automotive, Blanca Yebra & Julio Campos; FTS Automotive Service, Joe Dimaio; John’s Automotive Care, John Eppstein; Miramar Automotive & Transmission, Kim Dais; Pacific Automotive, Ben Busch; Pacific Auto Service, Olivier Lesecq & Will Ortega; Wentworth Automotive, Justin Wentworth; West Kearney Mesa Automotive & Transmission, Brian Bowersock.

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