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Pohanka of Salisbury opens Pohanka Automotive Training Center in Salisbury, MD

In August 2022, Pohanka of Salisbury opened its newest venture with the Pohanka Automotive Training Center located in Salisbury, MD. Led by Master Technician David White, the training center allows anyone in Delmarva, seventeen and older, to begin or transition into a career as an automotive technician, free of charge. Pohanka provides students with a complete toolset and guarantees them a full-time job at the end of the 2-year training program. As long as students fulfill the course requirements they will graduate as a Certified  Automotive Technician, free of debt, with a full set of tools! 

David White has worked for the past 35 years as a teacher at Parkside High School, teaching Automotive Technology for their CTE program. He also taught Automotive Courses for Wor-Wic Community College and served as a trainer/consultant for current technicians at Pohanka of Salisbury. He is excited to join Pohanka as the full-time instructor and head of the all-new Pohanka Automotive Training Center. 

On Thursday, September 8th, from 5 pm-7 pm, the Pohanka Automotive Training Center will be hosting a business after-hours event for the public. There you can tour the new facility, meet with Instructor David White to learn more about this unique program and hear from the students of the inaugural class. There will be lite fare from Green Hill Country Club provided and chances to win door prizes.

To register for the business after-hours event visit: http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=mdsal&evtid=364517&class=E


To learn more about the Pohanka Automotive Training Center visit: https://pohankaacademy.com/

Community Raises Over $50,000 for Family Struck by Tragedy

On June 12th, the Delmarva community suffered an extreme loss when Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect in Pittsville. Hilliard was a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Office said Hilliard “was a son, a husband and a father to three beautiful children, a brother to those he worked with, and an exemplary public servant to the citizens of Wicomico County and to the State of Maryland.” Sheriff Mike Lewis posthumously promoted Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard to corporal and awarded him the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Valor

In his honor, the Glenn Hilliard Memorial fund was set up to support his children and widow. In the wake of the tragedy, a fundraiser event was planned by AJ Angello, county council candidate, Mitchell’s Martial Arts, and Pohanka of Salisbury. Raffle tickets were sold to win a Toyota Tacoma, donated by Pohanka of Salisbury. The drawing took place on Friday, July 16th at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury with Hilliard’s wife, county government officials, and members of the community present.

While one lucky winner received a brand new truck, the astounding part was the community support for the Hilliard Family. The event raised a staggering $51,000 dollars, with all proceeds donated directly to the Hilliard Family. Although a member of our police lost his life, it was inspiring to see how a community could rally around a family to help them in their time of need.

Pohanka of Salisbury Sponsors Mardela Fire Company’s Annual Extrication Day

On Saturday, April, 9th, Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company held their annual vehicle extrication training day. Each year Mardela Springs invites all surrounding fire companies of Delmarva to participate in this instruction and training to better prepare all first responders.

In the event of a severe motor accident, firefighters use hydraulic tools, often known as the jaws of life, to free trapped passengers from the vehicles. Annual training days are used to simulate collisions to give the rescuers first-hand experience with these life-saving tools. It is also an important team-building day since the surrounding companies often respond to assist with vehicle accidents. Fire Fighters from Sharptown, Hebron, Vienna, Delmar, Pocomoke, and Mardela Fire Companies were invited to participate in this event.

This year, Pohanka of Salisbury graciously donated the training cars for the extraction drills. Five cars were delivered to be flipped, rolled, and torn to pieces in the name of training. Pohanka then took care of removing the vehicle pieces after the training. Without the transportation, a fire company would be out of service for trips to the junk yard, making it a critical step.

The generous donation from Pohanka of Salisbury of their time and vehicles is vital to the success of the training day. It also ensures that firefighters all over the Delmarva peninsula are fully prepared to respond to vehicle emergencies.

Pohanka Welcomed Sheriff Mike Lewis and County Council Candidate AJ Angello for a Business After-Hours Event

Pohanka of Salisbury hosted a meet and greet with Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis and County Council Candidate AJ Angello on Wednesday, March 16th at the stunning Pohanka Toyota showroom. Over 100 members of the community came out to enjoy the evening with two of Salisbury’s most prominent political figures. Lewis has been serving his local community as Sheriff since 2006, following his 22 years as a dedicated state police Sergeant. Angello is a promising candidate for County Council to bridge the generational gap of District 5 and keep Wicomico County at the forefront of our ever-changing economic environment.

It was a great chance for Sheriff Lewis to showcase his new biography Constitutional. Uncanceled. His biography follows the 37-year career of one of the most prominent and constitutionally steadfast sheriffs in the nation. Sheriff Lewis has been a leader of important initiatives protecting conservatism and the American way of life. Fans eagerly lined up to speak with the Sheriff and have their copies of his book signed.

Guests we were also able to speak with County Council candidate AJ Angello and learn more about his platform. Angello is a local business owner here on the Delmarva Peninsula and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the county council. He strongly supports protecting individual freedoms, including 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights. Angello also believes in advocating for the county’s first responders and agricultural workers. 

The evening was rounded out with a spectacular tasting menu provided by Executive Chef Jeremy Dashiell of Green Hill Country Club. The event was a great way for members of the Salisbury community to support their long-time Sheriff, meet a promising new candidate of the local government, and enjoy the generous hospitality of Pohanka of Salisbury. 

Pohanka Raises Over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society at Annual Golf Tournament

One of the largest and most anticipated charitable events of the year on the Delmarva Peninsula is the annual Pohanka Pays It Forward Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament was held on Sunday, August 8th at the GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin MD, and benefited the American Cancer Society. Over 70 golfers came out for a day of fun, sport, and charitable giving.

Many Pohanka employees as well as a large group of local business owners, golfers, and philanthropists attended the tournament and put their best foot forward on the green.

“It’s a great event we here at Pohanka look forward to all year,” Says Jared Algier, General Sales Manager at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury. “It’s a fantastic way to bring people together and raise money for the community we live in.”

Collectively the tournament raised over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society and gave their first-place trophy to the Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury team which included Toyota’s General Manager Thurman Donoway and their Sales & Leasing Consultant Ryan DeVage.

Many participants were thrilled with the outcome of the tournament and look forward to participating next year. Caleb Moore, Sales Manager at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury said, “I have not had that much fun in a long time and I am looking forward to participating in the future to help the tournament grow.”

Pohanka of Salisbury has been known for its continuous community involvement and generous charitable donations on the Eastern Shore since founding the “Pohanka Pays It Forward” charity initiative in early 2009. Sandy Angello-Fitzgerald, the automotive group’s Owner/Operator, started the initiative amidst the great recession in order to grow the community we all live in and raise our families in. Since that time the program has succeeded in donating over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 local charitable organizations.