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A Truck Load of Caring 

This holiday season the Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group made it their mission to fill the back of a pickup truck with canned food items to donate to locals in need. Their food drive was open to the public and anyone who contributed received $10 off their next service at one of the Pohanka Service Departments

By the end of the food drive, the Pohanka stores collected over 300 cans of food as well as a large selection of bread, rice, and pasta to donate to HALO Ministries, a local organization who offers meals and social activities to those in need. 

“We really appreciate this,” says Logan Schevel, Halo’s Thrift Ministry Administrator. “We are extremely busy this time of year and we will make great use of the donations.” 

Logan and the rest of the Halo staff and volunteers were grateful for the donations. They will be serving a special Thanksgiving dinner for which the donated food will be served. 

Pohanka of Salisbury has made serving the community a prime goal of their organization since establishing the Pohanka Pays It Forward initiative in 2009. Since its founding, Pohanka of Salisbury has donated over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 charitable organizations. It is Pohanka’s belief that nothing is more important than giving back to the community that we all work, live and raise our families in and they are very grateful to be able to help Halo Ministries this Thanksgiving.

Scoops For Law Enforcement – Hosted by Pohanka of Salisbury

Pohanka of Salisbury and Angello’s Scoops wants to show their appreciation for local law enforcement by offering complimentary ice cream to those who serve. This week, Sunday, November 10th through the 17th, Law Enforcement officials are encouraged to visit Angello’s Scoops in Downtown Salisbury for a free frozen treat as a symbol of gratitude for their hard work and dedication to our community.

Sandy Fitzgerald, Owner/Operator of the Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group, has always been a large supporter of local law enforcement. In the past, Fitzgerald has held a number of “blue pride” events including a luncheon for local officials held in the Pohanka Toyota showroom. This year Sandy couldn’t think of a better way to honor these men and women than with complimentary homemade ice cream from her new ice cream parlor and gift shop Angello’s Scoops located in the heart of Salisbury, Maryland.

Fitzgerald enjoys taking this time of year to do something special for the people who work tirelessly to make our community a safer and better place to raise our families. “It’s important to me,” says Fitzgerald “to serve the people who serve us.”

If you or a loved one works for local law enforcement, we hope to see you downtown this week enjoying a delicious free treat from Angello’s and the wonderful atmosphere this town has to offer. We thank you for your service and all that you do.

5 Quick and Easy Tips to Stay Safe This Halloween 

Halloween is a magical time of year. It is a time to let your imagination run wild and for one special night children can be anyone they wish to be, fictional or not. However, for the adults taking little ones trick or treating this Hallows Eve, there are a few safety tips you should follow to make this most of this mystical evening. 


Walk Safely 

Remember to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible and to only cross the street using crosswalks or other designated crossing areas. If you are trick or treating in an area where there are no sidewalks make sure you are walking in the opposite direction of traffic so you can see any cars coming from a distance and have ample time to get out of the way.


Put the Cell Phone Down 

This is an important tip for children and their parents. Do not allow yourself or your child to be distracted by a cell phone while trick or treating. Put the phones away to prevent accidents and make sure you are keeping an attentive eye on your children.


Wear Bright Costumes 

Wearing bright and reflective costumes greatly reduces the risk of accidents occurring while trick or treating and it is also fun for kids! Glow in the dark costumes are a huge neighborhood hit and allow any incoming traffic to see the trick or treater from a distance.


Use the Buddy System 

Try to get a group together to go trick or treating and use the buddy system at all times. Going trick or treating with other kids is fun and engaging, plus groups are easy to see from a distance and far less likely to engage in an accident. Never let children go trick or treating by themselves, there should be at least one trusted adult with the children at all times.


Wait Until You Get Home to Eat Candy 

This is perhaps one of the hardest rules to follow. Your just a few houses in and you get a “fun-sized” version of your favorite candy bar (score!) but hold off eating any candy until your lot is safely at home. Not only does this prevent anyone from getting sick due to overindulging too quickly but it is also very important to perform a quick scan of all the candy received once you are in a secure environment to make sure you notice and any pieces that look like they have been opened or tampered with. These pieces should be thrown away immediately.


By following these tips you and your loved ones are all set to have a safe and happy Halloween!


Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello Voted Wicomico County Businesswomen of the Year

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Every year Coastal Style Magazine, the lifestyle magazine of the eastern shore, allows residents of Dorchester, Talbot, Sussex, Wicomico, and Worcester counties to vote online for businesses and individuals who they feel proudly represents their district and actively gives back to the community.

Everything from art galleries and hair salons to restaurants and nonprofits have the ability to be recognized in this special yearly issue of the magazine.

A selective group of this local competition is called “Coastal Style Honors” where citizens have the ability to pick out a single individual, or group of people, who best embodies an overall title such as best philanthropist, best small business and best businessman and businesswoman of the year.

This year, 2019, Sandy Angello-Fitzgerald, Owner-Operator of the Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group, won the exclusive title of Wicomico County’s Businesswomen of the year. Angello’s business methods have proved unmatched on the Delmarva Peninsula. As the Owner-Operator of one of the largest automotive groups on the Eastern Shore, she oversees the operations of six dealerships as well as a pre-owned car store located in Delmar, Delaware and a premier truck store located in Salisbury, Maryland.

Sandy also owns an ice cream shop called Angello’s Scoops in downtown Salisbury. The shop offers a wide selection of homemade ice cream treats from Hopkins Farm Creamery as well as a wide selection of unique gifts including beach themed and Maryland pride items.

Apart from her business practices, Angello’s community involvement goes above and beyond. Angello started the “Pohanka Pays It Forward” charitable initiative campaign back in 2009 during the recession. During this time most companies cut charitable giving altogether, but it was Sandy’s concern that “It is important now more than ever to give back”. Since its foundation in 2009, Pohanka of Salisbury has donated over $3,000,000.00 to 750 charitable organizations and counting. It is Sandy’s belief that nothing is more important than giving back to the community that we all work, live and raise our families in.

Sandy would like to thank all of those who voted and who have supported her and her company over the years. She would also like to thank Coastal Style magazine for hosting this competition and recognizing those who take an active part in their local communities.


22-Year-Old Wins Brand New Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

AG1Pohanka of Salisbury has been delivering dreams to driveways for 20 years and for 22-year-old Alan Nguyen, his dream car became an exciting reality after spending an evening at the Ocean Downs Casino in Ocean City Maryland. After participating in the casino’s preliminary events Nguyen was selected as one of five participants to be given an envelope. One of these envelopes held a $1,000 gift certificate to the casino, as well as the key to a brand new 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, supplied by Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury located on the Delmarva Peninsula.


When the five finalists were told to open their envelopes Nguyen ripped into his to find that he was the proud owner of a new Mercedes-Benz. Filled with excitement, Nguyen began jumping with joy and rolling around on the casino floor. Only moments after winning he whipped out his cell phone, called his mother and eagerly exclaimed: “I won the Mercedes-Benz!”


“I was ecstatic I couldn’t even believe it, Says Nguyen “I had to call someone so I thought, mom!”


This once in a lifetime experience was the result of a proud partnership between Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury, located in Salisbury Maryland, and the Ocean Downs Casino. These two local companies have a proud partnership and were ecstatic to see the joy this competition brought to the community.


“Thank you to everyone”, says Nguyen “This is awesome I can’t even believe it happened. It was insane that I got that lucky.”


Check out the Mercedes-Ben of Salisbury Facebook page to see the live video of Alan Nguyen winning his dream car!


Pohanka Donates 30 Cases of Dog Food To Wicomico County Humane Society

Pohanka of Salisbury is always there when times get ruff. Recently the Wicomico County Humane Society was in desperate need of wet dog food for their injured puppies with weak and sensitive teeth. The shelter was almost completely out of wet dog food and feeding these poor animals dry food could further harm their health and prolong the healing process. In need of help, the Humane Society staff went to social media imploring local residents and business to donate a can or two of wet dog food to their shelter.


Pohanka took the initiative one step further. Only minutes after seeing the post, Pohanka’s Marketing Team was clearing local markets out of wet dog food. They packed the back of a pickup truck with over thirty cases of wet dog food cans and headed to the shelter.


The volunteers and staff were amazed when a truck full of donations pulled up to their door at just 10:30 in the morning. “It was absolutely incredible and so helpful. You have no idea how much this will help these animals grow and heal. We are all so grateful and know we can always count on Pohanka.” Said Siobhan Wyatt the Shelter Manager.


Pohanka’s donation along with numerous other wet food donations by various locals stocked the shelter’s pantry. The animals the shelter houses are once again properly fed and are on their way to finding new homes.
To learn more about the Wicomico County Humane Society or the Pohanka Pays It Forward local charity initiative that has given more than  $1,000,000,000 to over 750 local charitable organizations click the hyperlinks below.

City of Salisbury Hosts First Ever Marathon Event

The City of Salisbury hosted their first ever full marathon, half marathon and 5k event on the morning of April 6th 2018. Runners from all over the nation flocked to our small city to enjoy a one of a kind course.


The 26.2 mile course was a qualifier for the famous Boston Marathon. Known for its flat terrain, Salisbury became the ideal course for competitive runners to qualify for the legendary race. Every mile or so had snack and aid stations as well as volunteers and bystanders cheering on the runners.


“The SBY Marathon was exciting in that it brought a Boston qualifier to our backyard.” Said Jeff Rodgers, a seasoned marathon runner “All the volunteers made you feel incredible and encouraged you to push through and run on.”


While some came with high hopes of placing or getting a qualifying spot, others were simply along for the ride.


Amanda Wilkinson , a Delmar Delaware native who had never run a timed race in her life said she had been training for months for this event. For Wilkinson it wasn’t about finishing as fast as she could but just to finish at all. She wanted to prove to herself and her loved ones that anything is possible and wanted to represent the Salisbury area.


“The race was incredible” said Wilkinson. “The first half felt great but it got pretty intense after mile 18 or so, but I finished!”


Pohanka’s involvement with the race was substantial given that they were the title sponsor. The start and finish lines were both laced with the Pohanka Pays It Forward logo reminding all the runners and spectators the importance of giving back and supporting the local community.


“Pohanka made all the difference” said marathon participant Janet McGillian. “Their involvement really made the event possible.”


The organizers of the Salisbury Marathon were very excited with the great success of the event. Hopefully this will become an annual tradition that the people of Salisbury will look forward to and participate in for years to come.