December 5, 2020


PARMA, Ohio — The deadline is quickly approaching for the Parma City Schools Foundation’s annual car raffle.

a bench in front of a building: Tickets to the Parma City Schools Foundation’s annual car raffle can be purchased at the Parma City Schools Administrative Offices.

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Tickets to the Parma City Schools Foundation’s annual car raffle can be purchased at the Parma City Schools Administrative Offices.

“Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville does this every year,” Parma City Schools Foundation Trustee Tom Regas said. “They give us a car and we make tickets available to anybody who wants one for $10.

“We won’t sell more than 3,000 tickets. If we sold all of those tickets we’d bring in $30,000 into the district. Due to the pandemic, this event is our only major fundraiser this year.”

Tickets to win the 2020 Chevy Trax are available through Thursday (Dec. 3) at any school building and the district’s administrative offices. Cash or check will be accepted. For more information, call 440-885-8334.

On Dec. 10 all winning tickets will be pulled live on the Parma City Schools Foundation, Inc. and Parma City School District Facebook pages. The Foundation will also be awarding a $500 second-place prize and a $250 third-place prize!

Proceeds from this car raffle will benefit students and student organizations of the Parma City School District.

The Parma City Schools Foundation’s mission is to enrich educational experiences for students through awards, educator grants, special projects, student programs and scholarships.

“It’s important to have this organization that supports our schools,” Regas said.

Over the past nine years, the Parma City Schools Foundation through annual fundraising events — such as the annual car raffle, “Taste of the Towns” and “Drive 4 UR School” — has raised thousands of dollars, which was given money back to the schools, students and staff.

“We (the founders) all graduated from Parma Schools and all had great educational experiences,” said Parma City Schools Foundation member Barb Filipow in a press release. “We want to be able to give back and continue to help provide those great experiences for students.”

The community can support the Parma City Schools Foundation through donations, legacy gifts, attending fundraising events and even shopping through Amazon Smile.

“The Parma Schools Foundation is an indelible stitch in the social fabric that makes our school district so special,” Parma City Schools Superintendent Charles Smialek said. “We’re so grateful for all that are supporting this fundraiser as the foundation is always generous in their support of our students and teachers.”

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  • In the past two months alone, Tesla has hired around 1,000 additional sales and delivery staff across North America, sources familiar with the matter told Electrek.
  • Sales are booming for the electric vehicle company. In October, Tesla posted its most profitable quarter ever. But it must ramp up deliveries if it hopes to reach its 500,000 target for 2020.
  • Tesla is increasingly hiring part-time staff, the sources said. This is because these staff have fewer benefits and Tesla doesn’t have to supply them with laptops and cellphones.
  • Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
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Tesla has hired about 1,000 sales and delivery staff across North America over the past two months, sources familiar with the matter told Electrek, as it works towards its 500,000 annual deliveries target.


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Tesla is also using a new recruitment strategy, the sources said, focusing on hiring part-time sales and delivery workers.

This allows the company to save costs, the source added, because part-time employees have fewer benefits and Tesla doesn’t have to supply them with laptops and cellphones.

Tesla didn’t reply to Business Insider’s request for comment.

In October, Tesla blew past analyst estimates as it posted its most profitable quarter ever.

This marked Tesla’s fifth consecutive profitable quarter, and put it on track to turn its first-ever annual profit.

The automaker wants to reach 500,000 deliveries this year. To achieve this, Tesla needs to deliver 181,000 electric vehicles in the final three months of the year — 30% more than the third quarter.

In an earnings call in October, Tesla acknowledged that the goal has “become more difficult,” but said it could reach the target it if produces more Model Y and Shanghai vehicles, as well as making its logistics and delivery more efficient.

During the pandemic, Tesla has sparked criticism over the way it treats its employees

In May, the company defied local shelter-in-place orders to restart manufacturing. Soon after, “several” employees at its factories reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

In June, the company reportedly fired at least five people at its factory in California for staying home amid the pandemic.

Read more: 10 times Elon Musk proved Tesla doesn’t need a traditional dealership model to be successful

CEO Elon Musk had previously told staff they were not obligated to come to work.

One employee told The Washington Post he was fired after staying home because his one-year-old son had a respiratory condition.

Throughout the pandemic, Musk has been a vocal opponent of lockdown measures. He urged leaders to “give people their goddamn freedom back,” and even filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, California, for making the company temporarily stop manufacturing at its Fremont factory.

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HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: GPI), (“Group 1” or the “Company”), an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, today announced that senior management will present at the Stephens Annual Investment Conference 2020 on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  The virtual conference presentation is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. E.T.

A softcopy of the Company’s presentation material provided at the virtual conference will also be available within and within the Investor Relations section of Group 1’s website at 

About Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Group 1 owns and operates 185 automotive dealerships, 241 franchises, and 49 collision centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil that offer 31 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships, the Company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts.

Investors please visit,,,, and, where Group 1 discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations.

Investor contacts:
Sheila Roth
Manager, Investor Relations
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
713-647-5741 | [email protected]

Media contacts:
Pete DeLongchamps
Senior V.P. Manufacturer Relations, Financial Services and Public Affairs
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
713-647-5770 | [email protected]
Clint Woods
Pierpont Communications, Inc.
713-627-2223 | [email protected]

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“Piston Automotive is honored to be recognized by Ford Motor Company for both the Diversity Supplier of the Year Award and the Fitness Production Award.  Piston Automotive is a leading MBE focused on complex module assemblies and value creation. Our dedicated team champions innovation and delivers on best in class performance that ultimately drives Piston Automotive’s success. These awards reflect the close collaboration and commitment to deliver on flexible and high-quality solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges.

It is our mission to leave things better then when we found them, this means giving people better jobs, an opportunity for a better life and as a business it means finding the right partners to work with to better the communities that we live and work in. We are proud to be a supplier to Ford Motor Company, a company that shares our principles, values and dedication to social equity,” said Vinnie Johnson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Piston Group.

“Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer. “Congratulations to Piston Automotive for being a recipient of this coveted award. Thank you for all that you do in support of Ford Motor Company.”

Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in categories, including:

  • Primary brand pillar awards in winning portfolio, propulsion choices, autonomous technology and connected services categories
  • Fitness awards for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation
  • Special recognition for suppliers that deliver results exceeding expectations
  • Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year for suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organization and business process
  • Sustainability supplier of the year for a supplier that improves the business environment
  • Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year

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Medically Retired Air Force Senior Airman and Rally Car Racer, Karah Behrend, will use her new vehicle to help other disabled people learn how to drive with hand-controls

DrivenToDrive 2020 Recipient and Veteran, Karah Behrend

TrueCar's DrivenToDrive 2020 Recipient, Karah Behrend, next to her brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.TrueCar's DrivenToDrive 2020 Recipient, Karah Behrend, next to her brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive 2020 Recipient, Karah Behrend, next to her brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive 2020 Recipient, Karah Behrend, next to her brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TrueCar, Inc., (NASDAQ: TRUE), the most efficient and transparent way to find a car, and AutoNation, America’s largest and most recognized automotive retailer, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) today announced the awarding of a vehicle to medically retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend. The retrofitted 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was presented to Behrend in a surprise virtual ceremony by TrueCar Military’s brand ambassador, Jesse Iwuji, in conjunction with Veterans Day, November 11, 2020 at 10 am PT.

DrivenToDrive was inspired by Army Ranger and DrivenToDrive ambassador, Cory Remsburg, who influenced TrueCar’s connection to the disabled veterans’ community. The DrivenToDrive program helps injured veterans, like Behrend, who have greatly sacrificed for our country, regain their independence and get back behind the wheel of a retrofitted vehicle. This marks the fourth year and fifth vehicle donation through TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive, a program built in partnership with DAV and AutoNation. The DrivenToDrive program took place remotely this year with a virtual ceremony on Veterans Day.

This year, TrueCar Military’s brand ambassador, NASCAR Driver and Naval Officer, Jesse Iwuji, participated as a special guest in the 2020 DrivenToDrive program. He surprised Behrend at her home in Phoenix, Arizona with a brand-new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

“No one can see my disability when I’m behind the wheel of a car. Driving gives me a sense of freedom and the confidence that I’m not limited by my disability,” said Airman Behrend. “Whether it’s running errands or letting my adrenaline flow with off-road racing, I feel like I have my independence back when I’m driving. I’m proud of serving my country and so appreciative to be TrueCar’s 2020 DrivenToDrive recipient. I cannot wait to drive my brand-new Chevy Colorado.”

Behrend joined the Air Force in 2011 as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and spent approximately six and a half years in the military before medically retiring. She was diagnosed with RSD CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) that left her in a wheelchair. The 27-year-old’s fighting spirit has led her to become an incredible adaptive athlete who participates in basketball and rugby Warrior Games. Additionally, Behrend is passionate about off-road racing and competes as an amateur rally racer; she recently placed second in the Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.

Behrend plans to use the vehicle that she receives from the DrivenToDrive program to train other disabled individuals how to drive off-road with hand controls, in case they find themselves in a vulnerable situation or stuck off-road. She also has ambitions to create her very