Audi Beverly Hills plans to donate $100,000 over the next four years to the as part of the foundation’s new business sponsorship program, BHEF officials said Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to welcome Audi Beverly Hills to the BHEF family,” BHEF President Annette Saleh said as she told the Board of Education about Audi’s commitment. The nonprofit BHEF funds staff and programs at all five city schools.
The dealership is expected to make its first donation of $25,000 to BHEF at its March 8 grand opening, Saleh said.
“We want to help not only with a donation of $100,000 to invest in the community’s public schools, but also with a commitment to help grow safe-driving awareness through [Beverly Hills] High School’s infrastructure,” Keith May, president of Fletcher Jones, said in a statement. Newport Beach-based Fletcher Jones manages several dealerships throughout Southern California.
May and his Beverly Hills Audi team, led by general manager Michael C. Bradford, will work with BHHS Principal Carter Paysinger to produce an annual event at the school in which the importance of driving safety is stressed, according to the statement.
“We hope, too, to offer work experience placement for Beverly’s students as the next generation take their important first steps into the real world,” May said, referring to plans to allow BHHS students to intern at the dealership.
The BHEF Business Sponsorship Program is one in which various benefits are given to local businesses who choose to support the foundation at differing levels of donations. The program aims to develop multi-year partnerships with local businesses.
“We look forward to developing similar partnerships with the businesses in the community with whom we’ve had such good relationships in the past,” BHEF chairman Jonathan Prince said.
Next week’s grand opening of the dealership, located at 8850 Wilshire Blvd., will be a “family-friendly event,” according to a BHEF statement. It will include special children’s activities like remote control race cars, live music and food for adults, and a tour of the facilities.
For more information about the BHEF Business Sponsorship Program visit the foundation's website. For more information about the March 8 Audi event, contact the dealership at 424-281-5600 or visit its website.