Carter Cares

What is Carter Cares?
In previous years, Jack Carter Chev has always been involved in many charity events, but for 2016 we decided to go even further to help the community around us. To do this, we needed to identify who needed our help so we called upon our own employees. With over 100 people on the Carter team, there are many opportunities for people who know of charities, community teams, special fundraisers or even a neighbour that's down on their luck. So Carter's asked every employee to identify a recipient and spend $200 each in helping them. Some of the team members even decided to team up to help their recipient.

All photos/videos will be posted here as well as our blog, along with the story and the employees involved. Check back for updates!

Alberta Strong Challenge for Fort McMurray

Our hearts and prayers are with all families impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfires.

As a proud Alberta business, we've been overwhelmed by the devastation and the immediate need for support for the Fort McMurray evacuees. And so, Jack Carter is proud to donate $10,900, and we're challenging other Calgary businesses to give too.

We've all seen terrifying videos of vehicles racing down highways surrounded by walls of fire. Homes destroyed. And more than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents forced to evacuate. The massive wildfire in Alberta has triggered the largest-fire related evacuation in the province's history.

John Bowerman in an email to everyone at Jack Carter explained how he wanted to use the Carter Cares program to donate to the Red Cross's Alberta Fire Appeal. John said, "In speaking to others here, they agree. I personally donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund on Monday, and will probably do it again. There are a number of businesses in Calgary donating to this crisis, and it would be good for Jack Carter and all of us to get involved in some way."

"I too have been moved by the events in Fort McMurray," Jay McKeen, owner of Jack Carter, told staff. "I really think we should do something on an even bigger scale as a dealership and on behalf of all 109 of us."

After approaching the Motor Dealer Association, Jack Carter has added our $10,900 to the fund that they have set-up. Donations will be given to the Red Cross through the fund in order to qualify for Provincial & Federal matching dollars. While other types of donations are appreciated, the overwhelming information that we've been given is that cash is what is needed now and it's needed quickly to help.

To participate, we're asking other businesses to donate within 24 hours of being challenged. It can be through the Motor Dealer Association of Alberta or directly to The Red Cross on their website or by phoning 1-800-418-1111.

"At Jack Carter, we deeply care about the community around us," says Jay. "We can never help too much when it comes to those less fortunate."




For over 50 years, Jack Carter Chev has been a big supporter of the Heritage Park Foundation. For the past 12 of those years Jack Carter has partnered with Heritage Park to run the Annual Heritage Park/Jack Carter Charity Golf Classic. It was a large success, as it has been in previous years, and ended with over $60,000 raised. This year Carter's contributed something interesting as a possible hole in one prize as well. A beautiful 1956 Chevy Bel Air would go to whoever scored a hole in one. Unfortunately, nobody made one on the day, and the car remains at Carter's. Jack Carter's is extremely pleased to continue supporting Heritage Park, and to continue this traditional golf tournament. To learn more about Carter's Classic Cars, click here, or click the Carter Classics drop down menu above. To learn more about Heritage Park and the Heritage Park Foundation, click here.
Carter Cares Rides for Johnson MS Bike Airdrie to Olds
Carter's Employees Providing A Different Type of Transportation
At the beginning of the summer, 16 of our team members decided they would get a little creative with their donation. Ken, Bob, James, Rory, Ritchie, Don, Gord, Eric, Dale, Glen, Chris, Darren, Bert, Jeff, Cosimo and Kirk teamed up and put their money together. The recipient of this donation is a lady named Carol H., who has physical disabilities and requires a wheelchair. These 16 team members put their funds together and bought her an electric mobility scooter, adding their own touch to it with a Jack Carter Emblem on the rear. Carol and her husband were extremely grateful for the donation, and wrote the group a letter thanking them, including a photo of her on the scooter. To the left is a picture of some team members with the scooter, her husband with the scooter, the emblem on the back, as well as the letter.

Carter's is very proud to be involved with this team and their contribution.

12th Annual Heritage Park/Jack Carter Charity Golf Classic

On Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26, Jay, Richard and Jared from the dealership along with Mark DeBoon took to their bikes to ride in The Johnson MS Bike Tour.

Beginning in Airdrie, our team cycled over 160 km to Olds and back during the two-day event. The weather on day one definitely made the ride more challenging for our riders as they faced a 25 km/h headwind which at times gusted to 60 km/h. They rode through rain, then driving rain, and even hail to complete the first day. Under normal conditions, our riders could have completed it in 2 hours 45 minutes, but given the conditions it took them 3.5 hours. As Jared said, "we were all glad that we pushed through and never gave in to the conditions." On day two, our team had an easier time returning the 88 km from Olds to finish in Airdrie.

MS Bike is the largest cycling series in North America to raise money to end Canada's disease. Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. MS Bike has more than 10,000 cyclists in one- or two-day events from June to September through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country.

We're proud of our fundraising efforts and glad to give $2,240 for the cure to help end MS.

Team Members Pool Their Money Together for Veterans Food Bank
Recently, 12 Carter's Team Members got together and pooled their $200 for a total of $2400 towards the Calgary Veteran's Food Bank. To learn more about the Veteran's Food Bank and the Canadian Legacy Project, click this link here.

Donation to the Calgary Homicide Support Society
Another group of Carter's team members decided to pool their money, this time for the Calgary Homicide Support Group, a local organization that helps families of homicide victims. Pictured to the left is about half of the contributors presenting the donation of $5000 to Karen Venables, the group's president. Here is a link to the CHSS website, click it to learn more.
Calgary Champion Life Centre Christmas Hampers
In November 2016, three of the Jack Carter team members put their money towards supporting the Calgary Champion Life Center, a Christian charity organization. The team member's donations went towards supporting fourteen families in Brenda's House (a family emergency shelter) with Christmas hampers. Learn more about Champion Life Centre here and the Brenda Strafford Foundation here.