May 8, 2020 (North Bethesda M.D.) As we celebrate the National Military Appreciation Month this May,Fitzgerald Auto Malls (“Fitzgerald”) has announced its commitment to supporting military personnel and theirfamilies by making a donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund for every new Toyota purchased at Fitzgerald ToyotaGaithersburg during this month. The Yellow Ribbon Fund ensures that every donation received goes towardssupporting and assisting the service men and women responsible for protecting our Nation.
Fitzgerald has been a longtime partner of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports returning service men andwomen and the behind the scenes heroes and their caregivers. “When we started by just providing rental cars forfamilies who were here with their loved ones at Walter Reed and Navy Medical, we had no idea what an impactthis would have. We think supporting America’s heroes, especially during this extraordinary time, is just the rightthing to do” said Jack Fitzgerald, Chairman of Fitzgerald Auto Malls.
Yellow Ribbon Fund (“YRF”) proudly serves, protects, and assists our military families from hospital tohometown. The Fund is seeking donations to provide the vital resources our military families need to survive.Weakened immune systems, PTSD, mobility issues, TBI’S, and wounds sustained from combat impact ourveterans each day. The YRF gathers support to remind our veterans they are not alone in their time of need. Fitzgerald Auto Malls’ donations support two key programs, The Housing & Transportation-The CrossroadsProgram and the Caregiver & Family Support-Keystone Activities. The Housing & Transportation-TheCrossroads Program provides housing and transportation needs that are individualized to each family; and theCaregiver & Family Support-Keystone Activities provides support to all members including wellness, life skills,peer support, education and respite programs and events.
Please watch the YRF video to learn about the impact of the programs please click here.About Fitzgerald Auto Mall
In 1966, Jack Fitzgerald founded Fitzgerald's Colonial Dodge in North Bethesda, Maryland. From the beginning,the guiding principle of this new dealership was to provide exceptional value in the most comfortable, customerfriendly sales and service environment possible. Today, Fitzgerald Auto Malls represents over twenty brands atAuto Mall locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida, where that same guiding principal continues. That'sthe #FitzWay! www.FitzMall.comAbout The Yellow Ribbon Fund
The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a veteran service organization, 501(c)3 providing housing, transportation, andcaregiver & family support to severely wounded, ill and injured post-9/11 servicemembers from every branch of the United States military following unexpected medical crises. www.yellowribbonfund.org
NORTH BETHESDA, MD – March 17, 2020 At the request of the Maryland Department of Health, Kids In Safety Seat program Fitzgerald Auto Mall has CANCELLED our March 19, 2020 Child Safety Seat Event.
Fitzgerald Auto Mall is known for their community service and their Child Safety Seat Events that have inspected more than 50,000th child safety seat since the beginning of their program in 1999. Fitzgerald has hosted a monthly Child Seat Inspection program at Fitzgerald Buick GMC Truck on Nicholson lane in Rockville, MD.
The Maryland Department of Health has reminded Fitzgerald that people are supposed to be distancing themselves. Child Passenger Safety Advocates have been asked to assist the public in a responsible manner by requesting caregivers use their owner's manuals, and referring to YouTube channels for companies like Graco and Britax and referring caregivers with Goodbaby/Evenflo products to their own customer service video chat service.
When monthly events are rescheduled, they will be held at the Buick GMC Dealership on Nicholson Lane, on the third Thursday of every month. Visit www.FitzMall.com for details or to make an appointment.
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September 26, 2019 (Gaithersburg M.D) - Gill Briggs, Service Director at Fitzgerald Toyota of Gaithersburg and Jim Lashear Master Technician and Team Lead at Fitzgerald Toyota of Gaithersburg have been awarded the Challenge Coin for Outstanding Product Quality Support on behalf of the Field Technical Operations of Toyota Motors North America.
This recognition was bestowed upon Briggs and Lashear for their outstanding support of Toyota quality and always putting the customer first. Their contributions will enable Toyota's Product Engineers, vehicle assembly plants, suppliers, designers and future product developers to improve quality of products and services to their costumers.Jack Fitzgerald, the founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls congratulated Briggs and Lashear for "their dedication in providing the highest quality of costumer service, a first priority to us as a company. It is wonderful to see that Toyota recognized their efforts." said Fitzgerald.
The Challenge Coins awarded to the FitzMall associates are two of the only 125 2019 Challenge Coins that will be distributed across all of Toyota and Lexus this year. This year's design incorporates the hood emblem of the 1935 Toyota A1, the first automobile produced by Toyota Loom Works.
In 1966, Jack Fitzgerald founded Fitzgerald's Colonial Dodge in North Bethesda, Maryland. From the beginning, the guiding principle of this new dealership was to provide exceptional value in the most comfortable, customer friendly sales and service environment possible. Today, Fitzgerald Auto Malls represents over twenty brands at Auto Mall locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida, where that same guiding principal continues. That's the #FitzWay!
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August 13, 2019 (Gaithersburg, MD) - U.S. Senator Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) toured Fitzgerald Auto Mall-Gaithersburg Genesis, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota on Monday afternoon to highlight the positive impact of the Solar Canopy on the local community.
The Fitzgerald Solar Array has 2,435 panels which covers approximately 45,168 square feet. Annually, this solar roof will generate 1,100,00 kWh (Kilowatt Hours), which is estimated to generate approximately 83% of the campus power.
"What an incredible investment in our community, saying, 'Look, we can figure out a way to meet part of the solution on climate change, reducing the amount of carbon footprint,"' Cardin told Fitzgerald employees gathered for the occasion. Cardin praised Fitzgerald founder, Jack Fitzgerald, for leading the way for business owners to make a difference by implementing sustainable energy practices.
The Fitzgerald Solar Canopy is the largest of any car dealer in the DMV and is believed to be the largest solar roof array east of the Mississippi.
To put this into perspective, an average house in Maryland uses about 1,200 kWk per month. The Fitzgerald Solar Roof Array will generate on average about 90,000+ kWh per month, or enough to power 75 homes per month in the area. The roof will make a tremendous positive impact on the environment as it will save approximately 1,702,800 pounds of CO2 emissions, the same amount of energy a power plant produces. This would be the equivalent of planting 42,891 trees per year in order to offset those CO2 emissions.
NORTH BETHESDA, MD – June 20, 2019 Fitzgerald Auto Mall will mark a milestone on June 20, 2019 as it installs the 50,000th child safety seat since the beginning of their program in 1999. Fitzgerald hosts a monthly Child Seat Inspection program at Fitzgerald Buick GMC Truck on Nicholson lane in Rockville, MD. No other local volunteer program in the United States has ever achieved this many child safety seat inspections within a single program.
Jack Fitzgerald, the founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, initiated the Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program in 1999 after he learned about the dangers of improperly installed child safety seats. Since then, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, in partnership with national and local government agencies, has been committed to injury prevention and increasing the number of lives saved through properly installed child safety seats.
“We started this because my own people wanted to make sure children were safer in cars, including their own. I am so thankful for their efforts because I know they’re making a difference every day,” said Jack Fitzgerald. “We couldn’t do this alone and we are grateful to have the support of the local government and state organizations to promote public safety. For 20 years now, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services and Police have been actively involved at our child safety seat events and I thank them for their support. Today we also welcome back the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).” The Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program has been a shining example of public-private partnership success. The local Montgomery County police and fire rescue volunteers have been integral in helping to organize and staff the events.
From 1975 through 2008, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost 9,000 children were saved in crashes because they were restrained in car seats or seat belts. The misuse of car seats remains a big problem and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14. The latest numbers show that every day in the United States, an average of 4 children younger than 14 were killed and 529 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. In 1999, the first year of the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat Program, the misuse rate was 97%. The numbers have dropped to 50% year to date. Please join us in celebrating this milestone and join us June 20 to educate families about how to properly install their child’s car seat and safety in around vehicles.
Child Safety Seat Inspection & Celebration of 50,000 Seats Inspected
Thursday, June 20, 2019 10 AM-1 PM. 9:45 AM Press Event
Fitzgerald Buick GMC Truck – 5501 Nicholson Lane Rockville MD 20852
Attendees | Jack Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Torine Creppy, President, Safe Kids Worldwide, Honorable Jennifer Homendy, National Transportation Safety Board, Member
Monthly events are held at the Buick GMC Dealership on Nicholson Lane, on the third Thursday of every month. Visit www.FitzMall.com for details or to make an appointment.