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German-American Festival and BMW of Toledo donate portion of proceeds to Alzheimer's Care

La Prensa - 10/11/2018

Oregon, Ohio - September 5, 2018. BMW of Toledo and the German-American Festival have teamed up to help people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The German-American Festival is an annual hallmark event in Northwest Ohio that was supported in part by BMW of Toledo, owned by the Yark family of Yark Automotive Group. The German- American Festival committee will donate a portion of its proceeds to MemoryLane Care Services in order to recognize the Yark family's philanthropic work in the local community.

The Yark family and representatives from the German- American Festival will announce the $1,000 donation at a check presentation on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The presentation will take place at the offices of MemoryLane Care Services, located at 2500 North Reynolds Road in Toledo.

MemoryLane Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Services is a local nonprofit organization that provides services to those struggling with Alzheimer's and related dementia- and to their families. Services include an adult day center and short-term respite, along with education, information, advice and support to individuals and families living with dementia.

"Yark Automotive Group is truly embedded in Northwest Ohio, and we want to help enrich our local community," said Emily Yark, the company's Community Relations Manager. "We truly believe in supporting the community where we live and work by engaging in a wide range of activities from unique and fun community festivals and events that enhance quality of life to local charities who provide services right in our community."

"Supporting the German- American Festival provides Yark an opportunity to celebrate a hallmark event in our community and also contribute to a local charity that is close to our family," adds Yark. "We are thrilled to participate in community events like the German-American Festival, which has a long tradition in our community and also understand the need for an agency such as MemoryLane and how their services can help families with caregiving."

Michael M. Malone, Board Chairman for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Services, says that Yark Automotive Group's donation will help support daily, local programming at the agency's adult day center. "We are so grateful to Yark Automotive Group for their generous contribution," Malone said. "The Yark family has a strong, proven commitment- demonstrated through a long history of generous giving-to helping people in our local community."

About Yark Automotive Group:

Founded in 1981 by Jim Yark, Yark Automotive Group has grown to include more than 450 employees and annual sales of over $350 million. Since 1995, Yark Automotive Group has been the largest volume new-and-usedvehicle dealership in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The company showcases eleven vehicle franchises, including Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, BMW, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota dealerships, as well as used car sales and a body shop-and the business continues to grow. The Yark family is originally from Toledo, Ohio, and five of the Yark children currently work in various positions within the company. To learn more about Yark Automotive Group, visit www.yarkauto.com

About the German- American Festival:

The Festival is operated by GAF Society, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization. It is sponsored by the seven German and Swiss-American societies in Toledo, and is intended to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures, as well as generate revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, along with a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area. https:// germanamericanfestival.net/ index.html

About MemoryLane - Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Services:

MemoryLane- Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Services is a local, private, nonprofit organization providing help, compassion and hope to families impacted by Alzheimer's diseases and related dementia in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The agency's day-center and respite care help families who are caregiving and recognizes the paths families take as caregivers are wide and varied, thus, services must be provided to meet the needs of each individual family. To learn more about MemoryLane - Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Services, visit www.memorylanecare.org


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