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It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the progress of the Minnesota Zoo Field Research vehicle that we donated back in 2012. By providing the Zoo with the CX-5 we are able to assist with conservation research efforts by providing the necessary means of transportation so that researchers can to travel to area’s where field work can be conducted.
Since our last update, Biologist, Nick McCann published a scientific manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Zoology that describes how moose at the Minnesota Zoo responded to heat last summer. He also drafted a second manuscript that identifies habitat that free-ranging moose in northeastern Minnesota select when “bedding down” (laying down to rest and digest food). Results from his research will be used to develop science-based management recommendations, with the goal of keeping moose in Minnesota into the future.
Researcher, Brian Kot and his field team recently completed a short series of tests where attempts were made to capture wolves and then release them with GPS tracking collars. This is part of the study was to understand wolf-moose interactions in northern Minnesota. Based on information from these field tests, Brian will build new equipment this winter and resume field work in the spring. He is now working with federal, state, and tribal biologists to analyze behavioral and ecological data from wolves in different areas of Minnesota.
Last but not least, Kim VanderWaal is also making strides in field research in the Mazda CX-5. She traveled to northern Minnesota, where she placed GPS-collars on wild white-tailed deer. She was in the field during Winter Storm Cleon, wading through thigh-deep snow (36 inches!) in this unseasonably cold December. The aim of the project is to determine how deer and moose utilize the same habitat, and how that might influence the transmission of harmful parasites from deer to moose.
Here is a picture of the whole butterfly research team!
We’re so thankful that the Mazda CX-5 Field Research vehicle has helped with Minnesota Zoo Moose and Butterfly research efforts. Here at Morrie’s, giving back is important to us and we are proud to be able to work with such a great organization to help grow our community. Make sure to stay tuned for our blog for updates on the Minnesota Zoo Field Research Vehicle and everything else going on within our organization!
Last month, 22 of our team members at Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda put down the razors to raise money for prostate, testicular cancer and other men’s health issues. With your help, we made an everlasting impact on men’s health by raising over $9,000! We want to thank everyone who donated to our team and helped to spread the word. Many individuals within the Morrie’s Automotive Group and Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda have been touched by cancer. We felt that Movember was a great oppertunity to come together and fight a cause that we care deeply about.
We made sure to have a little fun throughout Movember and we shared a lot of entertaining mustache content throughout the month. Head over to our Facebook page to see some of our Movember trivia, pictures and the winner of our “best stache” contest.
Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda is excited to announce that we have partnered with Gordy’s County Market once again to bring you the 90 Days of Giving!
Over the next 90 days, Morrie’s will be giving away three cars and $1,500 worth of gas to individuals in need. If you know someone in need of a vehicle please take a moment and nominate them here.
In order to nominate an individual for the 90 days of giving, you will need the following.
-The individuals name and contact information
-An explanation as to why they deserve the vehicle
- You name and contact information as a nominator.
Deadlines for nomination submissions each month are as follows:
November 20th 2013, December 11th 2013, and January 15th 2014. Winners will be chosen after we have reviewed all nominations in order to determine who ultimately wins the vehicle. Vehicle give-away’s will be held on November 27th, December 18th and January 22nd 2014. Make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook page for coverage of these heartwarming giveaways!
If you have any questions regarding the 90 days of giving or would like to nominate someone, head over to our website. We look forward to working with other local businesses to give back to the Chippewa Falls and surrounding area communities.
The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and 2013 marks the 15th year that Hyundai and the Hope on Wheels program have been helping to fight this cause. Every time Morrie’s 394 Hyundai sell a new Hyundai vehicle, $14 is donated to the program to help fund the research to fight childhood cancer. Since its inception in 1998, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has committed more than $72 million (and counting) to children’s hospitals and organizations nationwide to help fight kids cancer. The goal behind the program is to share personal triumphs of each of the children and their families all across the country.
The Hope on Wheels goal for this year is to gain 100,000 “likes” on Facebook to help build awareness and get the word out about the cause. On July 23rd the Hyundai Cancer Institute opened a location in the brand new Bill Holmes Tower at the CHOC Children’s in Orange County, CA. The project has come together from a 5-year long commitment that Hyundai has made and over $10 million invested which began in 2011. Many other grants are being donated to help the cause all over the country from the more than 820 Hyundai dealers nationwide.
Everyday nearly 50 children are diagnosed with cancer and while there are many advancements in cancer research, no child deserves to fight this alone. That is the basis from where the program was developed, and what keeps the program striving for more and improved research everyday. This is why the U.S. Hyundai Dealers, the Company, and thousands of customers look to donate to make a difference today. Make sure to “like” Hyundai Hope on Wheels Facebook page to help build the awareness with us. If you’re a runner/walker/jogger look up the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K events around the country to help support the cause in a town near you by clicking here.
“We’ve now raised over $72 million dollars, and ask everyone to join us this September on Facebook to raise awareness about this cause. ”
-John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
Last Friday the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic took place at Victory Links Golf Course and we were happy to be in attendance once again. We have had an ongoing partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation over the past year and it has been our pleasure to support the organization.
Throughout the winter season we supported the Herb Brooks Rink Rat program by providing shuttles and transporting Minneapolis public school students to parks in the area so that they could learn the sport of hockey. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and our partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation allows us to do just that.
This was the second year we sponsored the Herb Brooks Golf Open. We had a team of Morrie’s employees that played in the tournament and we also brought a few cars out to the event. Check out our photos and video coverage. We look forward to another successful Golf Classic next summer!
We were given a wonderful opportunity to team up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota this past January when we heard about Matthew’s wish to have his 1968 Dodge Charger restored. And after over 5 months of hard work, Matthew’s Charger is finally complete. We felt this partnership was a great fit and couldn’t wait to help out, so on January 12th, we set off for Northern Minnesota to pick up the car and see what kind of shape it was in.
You can imagine Matthew’s excitement when he found out we were there to grant the wish that he had patiently been waiting over a year for. We trailered the Charger back to our Minnetonka Ford store where we immediately began with a mechanical evaluation. We made sure to document the process of the restoration through a series of blog posts with videos and photos. You can check it out here. The story created a lot of buzz throughout the community and we were excited to be able to share it with everyone. We soon realized the amount of dedication and compassion that is present within the Morrie’s community amongst employees when they began volunteering their time and energy to help with the restoration.
It has been a long and rewarding process to help make Matthew’s wish come true and we were so thrilled to be able to finally surprise him this past weekend when he was least expecting it. We planned to have Matthew and his family visit for the weekend to tour a few of Morrie’s vehicles. He had no idea that towards the end of his tour, he would find his 1968 Dodge Charger, fully restored and finally complete. We held a small event with members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Morrie’s employees and vendors that worked on the restoration, and Matthew’s family.
The following morning, Matthew got to show his new Charger off at MN C&C , a car event that Morrie’s sponsors the first Saturday of each month throughout the summer. Matthew’s Charger looked great amongst all the other classic and exotic vehicles at the event and sure got a lot of attention. Stay tuned for a separate blog post highlighting the June C&C event and a special segment featuring Matthew’s appearance.
With over 600 hours of work, more than 40 employees, and a dozen different vendors, Matthew’s wish finally became a reality. All the time and hard work paid off when we all saw the look on Matthew’s face Friday night when he first laid eyes on the car. We were so proud to be able to work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help make this wish come true and we truly appreciate the opportunity to give back to our community and a great family like Matthew’s.
After almost 5-months of hard work, the 68′ Dodge Charger is finally complete! We are very excited to unveil the vehicle tonight and can’t wait for Matthew’s reaction when he see’s the finished product. If you have been following our blog you know that we teamed up with The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota to help grant Matthew’s wish of having his 1968 Dodge Charger restored. We were happy to be able to work together as a group to make Matthew’s wish come true. Stay tuned for coverage of the reveal. If you would like to see the car in person join us bright and early at the Automotorplex tomorrow for MN Cars & Coffee!
Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda is proud to be able to partner with Gordy’s County Market to bring you the 90 Days of Giving. Over the past 90 days Morrie’s has been taking nominations for individuals or non-profit organizations in need of a vehicle for transportation. Last month Morrie’s Mazda delivered a vehicle to our 2nd winner, Veronica Young.
Bash for Nash is an annual event that was initiated when Tom and Angela Wicka discovered that their son, Nash, was a victim of DMD, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is a muscle degenerating disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born. Life expectancy for those with the affliction is around 20 years. Tom and Angela have fought back over the past 9 years by creating The Nash Avery foundation. The foundation has spent 11 million dollars to help slow the growth of the disease and the organization has raised $3.6 million during their last four Bash events. More >
Since we first introduced you to Matthew’s 1968 Dodge Charger restoration wish a generous group of techs at our Minnetonka Ford store have conducted a mechanical evaluation of the car. While you never know what you are going to turn up when digging into an old car, our techs lucked out. With little more than a draining of the gas tank and some tinkering with the carburetor they were able to get the car up and running like a champ. An inspection of the transmission yielded new fluid and functional shifting into all gears. With no red flags and operational running gear we’ve decided to give the engine a tune up, replace some gaskets and clean it up nicely. Naturally if we see the engine or transmission needs more attention, we will make the necessary repairs.
Yesterday our techs, John and Paul, made quick work of removing the engine and transmission. The next step is sending the Charger out to our Long Lake Bodyworks facility for bodywork. Upon arrival the body trim, glass, ancillary engine components, interior and lights will be removed to prep for paint. Much like we lucked out on the mechanical end of things, we’ll also benefit from the cars many years spent in dry California. There is no significant rust to speak of and 99% of the body components appear to be there. This will certainly make it easier on the staff at our body shop.
Be sure to check back often for regular updates on the restoration status.