At October’s National Dealer Forum meeting in New York, BMW NA partnered with the BMW National Dealer Forum to donate $10,000 to Citymeals on Wheels.
Citymeals on Wheels New York City serves the elderly through hand-delivered meals on weekends, during holidays, and in emergencies, including severe weather.
In the spirit of collaboration sought at the Dealer Forum meetings, this donation was borne out of initial plans for forum members and BMW of North America executives and leaders to roll up their sleeves and volunteer at Citymeals on Wheels in The Bronx.
When schedules and logistics changed to make that impossible, the dealers and BMW NA quickly decided that they wouldn’t be leaving NYC without making an impact – and collaborated, financially – on a $10,000 donation to the organization.
“We usually have at least one Forum meeting in New York City each year,” said Pat Womack, Chairman of the National Dealer Forum. “When it became clear that our volunteering opportunity would not be possible, we still wanted a chance to give back to the city that has hosted the Forum so many times.”
“While we had looked forward to working with our dealer partners as volunteers at Citymeals on Wheels,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO, BMW NA, “logistics weren’t in our favor. We’re pleased to be able to partner with our dealers on the Forum to help meals get where they’re needed for New York City’s homebound seniors.”
The $10,000 check was presented to Citymeals on Wheels at the Dealer Forum dinner at Manhattan’s Café Boulud. Citymeals on Wheels has been a lifeline of nourishment, serving homebound elderly New Yorkers since being founded by restaurant critic Gael Greene and cookbook author and culinary personality James Beard in 1981.