Gary Rome Hyundai celebrates 25 years at Holyoke with gala celebration and charitable donations (photos)

HOLYOKE – Gary Rome Hyundai celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala celebration on Friday, May 13, but rather than accepting gifts, car dealership Whiting Farms Road offered gifts.

Brandon Ramirez and Michelle Karajelian of Hyundai Motor America’s Corporate Social Responsibility and External Relations Division were on hand to present a check for $10,000 to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and an additional $5,000 to the Thrive Food Pantry of Holyoke Community College. Gary Rome also donated an additional $5,000 to the HCC Pantry.

Additionally, Rome donated $2,500 to two charities selected by an employee and gala guest: the Forest Park Zoological Society and Rays of Hope.

Anthony Cignoli, president of AL Cignoli Company, was the emcee for the anniversary celebration and dignitaries included U.S. Representative Ricard E. Neal; Mayor Joshua A. Garcia; Rick Sullivan, President and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council; Sense state. John C. Velis, D-Westfield, and Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadoow; State Representative Patricia Duffy, D-Holyoke; Robert O’Koniewski, executive vice president of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association; and executives from Hyundai Motor America.

“I’m beyond grateful that the community has been with us for 25 years and I’m thrilled to celebrate this milestone with everyone,” Rome said. “As an owner, I receive a lot of recognition and accolades for dealership performance and accomplishments, but it’s really the people at Gary Rome Hyundai who deserve the recognition and accolades; the people who show up for work every day and go the extra mile to make Gary Rome Hyundai the exemplary dealership it has become in 25 years.

He added, “I wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone without them and the support of the Western Mass community. I’m very grateful.

Gary Rome Hyundai was established in 1997 on Main Street in Holyoke.

In 2016, Rome moved the dealership to 150 Whiting Farms Road and built a $10 million facility on a 19-acre site that includes a car wash, motor vehicle inspection station and registry office. of Massachusetts Motor Vehicles to obtain license plates on the spot.

The concession employs nearly 80 people.

Rome and the Whiting Farms Road facility have made clean energy a priority.

The installation with its solar field has saved more than 7 million pounds of CO2 emissions since its installation date in 2016, which is equivalent to the planting of 53,000 trees. It also subsidizes energy bills for 12 buildings in Holyoke.

The showroom and customer waiting area feature 142 energy-saving LED lights and the facility has two units of oil recycling equipment, which recycle oil used by after-sales service. -sale and heat the whole building.

There is a 2,500 gallon tank on site that reuses water used at the dealership’s car wash.

The site also has six Level 2 chargers for electric vehicles and two new Level 3 chargers which were installed at the end of last year.

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