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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.

6 Things to Do in Salisbury This Spring

Spring is finally in the air and as the sun shines bright in the sky the people of Delmarva are eager to have some fun in the sun! Luckily Salisbury offers many beautiful and exciting outdoor venues for families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up some rays after a long winter. Check out these six springtime attractions available in the heart of Salisbury MD!

 

Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoo is a local zoo that is free and open to the public. Here you can see everything from llamas to flamingos! With exhibits showcasing animals and critters native from North, Central and South America you will have an action packed day watching these beautiful animals roam the grounds. This venue is complete with a beastro where you can grab lunch, a playground for kids to play and even a gift shop for anyone wanting to take home a memory from this modest but elegant local zoo. There is no question, the Salisbury Zoo is the place to be on a warm spring day in Salisbury.

 

Delmarva Shorebirds

The start of spring is also the start of baseball season! Delmarva is very proud to have their own minor league baseball team; the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Shorebirds are a member of the South Atlantic League and play at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in good old Salisbury Md. Peanuts and crackerjacks are just the start of all the fun a Delmarva Shorebirds game has to offer! The shorebirds get the crowd involved in every game with fun contests, games and surprises. Come dance with the Shorebird mascot Sherman on top of the dug out! There is even a kids area to let the little ones play while parents watch the game. Click here to see the Shorebirds schedule for spring/summer 2018.

 

Pemberton Historical House

Looking for a great picnic spot? What about running, walking and biking trails through the woods? Or maybe a nice place for some authentic family pictures in the sunshine? Pemberton Historical Park offers all of that and more. The historic Pemberton Hall was built in 1741 on a 262 acre spot of land that was later transformed into a beautiful park open to the public. This historic site offers the opportunity to hike up to 4.5 miles and appreciate the beauty and wildlife of the eastern shore. The park is open everyday from 5AM-8PM this spring season.

 

Downtown Salisbury 3rd Friday

Third Friday is one of the most anticipated and interactive outdoor activities in all of Salisbury. On the third friday of every month (April-October) Downtown Salisbury hosts a festival free to the public. During this event the streets are lined with local vendors, artists and crafters selling their one of a kind pieces as live music fills the air. There are games for the children and food trucks offering a variety of local dishes. The event encourages people to interact with one another and support the local economy. For more information on the festival including dates, themes and how to get involved click here!

 

Nutters Crossing Golf Club

Spend a day on the green at Salisbury’s distinguished Nutters Crossing Golf Club. This high end facility is a golfers dream. The beautiful Par 72 course includes lush fairways, 8 water hazards and 50 bunkers built to the USGA’s specifications. Bring the entire family for a round of golf or have some much deserved alone time on these rolling hills. For information on memberships, specials and packages click here

 

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Salisbury is full of superb local restaurants with cuisine ranging from fresh seafood to luscious meats. Many of these restaurants such as Brew River Restaurant & Bar and Market Street Inn offer outdoor dining with beautiful water views. Come to one of these prime dining spots on a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy live music and various drink and appetizer specials. Book your reservation for a family dinner or night on the town at one of these fantastic restaurants today.

Pohanka Helps Cancer Patients on the Road to Recovery

 

The Pohanka Pays It Forward program is very active in community efforts. Since their beginning in 2009 this exclusive community outreach program , funded by Pohanka of Salisbury, has given over $1,000,000 to more then 750 non profit organizations.

 

Though they are very active with many volunteer groups one of their greatest partnerships is with the American Cancer Society. Not only is the  Pohanka Pays It Forward Relay For Life Team one of the top fundraising teams in the county but Pohanka is also largely involved in the American Cancer Society’s program “Road to Recovery.”

 

Road to Recovery is a service where cars and drivers are provided to cancer patients who don’t otherwise have transportation to get to and from their treatments. Patients notify Road to Recovery with their treatment schedule and local drivers make sure they will be available to get these patients to and from their treatments safley.

 

Pohankas involvement with Road to Recovery is rather extensive. The Pohanka Pays It Forward Road to Recovery group covers areas in Sussex as well as Worcester and Wicomico counties. Pohanka supplies two cars to the program and pays for drivers to actively be available when a patient needs them. Furthermore Pohanka pays for the gas, tools, parking fee and anything else required to get these patents to where they need to be at no cost to them.

 

These patients range from children to adults who often need rides to the Baltimore or D.C. areas where their doctors are located. Some of the patients only use the service once or twice but others require the rides every month, every week and some everyday.

 

“I love the program because i think it’s great to be able to give back in a way that the community really needs help.” Says Robert Cummings , A Road to Recovery volunteer and Pohanka of Salisbury Employee. “These people are unfortunately without a ride in a time when they most need it and we get to support that and give them the rides they need to get cured.”

 

Are you interested in joining a Road to Recovery team? Click here!

 

 

Pohanka Sponsors Fifth Annual New Years Ball Drop

Ball drop

On Sunday December 31st 2017 Downtown Salisbury hosted their Fifth Annual New Years Eve Ball Drop of which Pohanka was a main sponsor.

 

Despite record setting temperatures in the single digits the attendance was immaculate! Local restaurants and cafes were open and most of the local bars had live music planned so people could go in and out of the cold as they pleased but still be part of the festivities. 10 minutes before midnight the streets of Downtown Salisbury were packed with people. Over 1,500 attendees stood in the cold side by side to see the Salisbury Ball Drop to ring in 2018. As the clock struck midnight confetti cannons went off sprinkling the celebrating onlookers.

 

The Downton Salisbury Ball Drop was a recommendation of those who most often attended Salisbury’s well known event “3rd Friday.” 3rd Friday is a downtown festival on the third friday of every month where local artists and vendors set up tables and plan activities for the people of Salisbury. The creators of 3rd Friday wanted to continue to create that home town feel and thought the Ball Drop was a way to begin.

 

“Events like this absolutely help create a sense of community” Says Jamie Heater, Executive Director of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District. “ Ringing in the New Year is all about one moment – and coming together to celebrate that moment in the heart of Downtown Salisbury is exactly what our event producers believe is so important.  Our community deserves opportunities like this – to be together, and to celebrate – without fear, but with positive energy!”

 

Pohanka, being a firm believer in the Salisbury community and positive energy, took a major role in the planning and implementation of the Salisbury Ball Drop. Pohanka was not only the main sponsor of the event itself but Pohanka employees also helped with the setup and implementation of the unforgettable night.

 

“Pohanka is one of Downtown Salisbury’s biggest, and most reliable supporters, and our efforts would not be possible without their support.” Says Heater “From New Years Eve Ball Drop to the Downtown Salisbury Festival, Pohanka always makes sure our bases are covered.  They are even a prime sponsor of the National Folk Festival in September 2018.

 

Without Sandy and the Pohanka of Salisbury family – we would not be able to offer the community free, family friendly events.  Pohanka loves this community – and is always willing to support worthy causes.”
Pohanka was proud to aid Downtown Salisbury with this event as part of their Pohanka Pays It Forward program that has donated over $1,000,000 to over 750 local charities and causes. They look forward to assisting the community in later on events including the highly anticipated Folk Festival.

 

 

Pohanka Becomes Major Donation Drop Off For Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

You see the crimson “Toys For Tots” signs all over during the holiday season imploring you to donate toys to children in need. Pohanka however, in their usual generous efforts to raise awareness for charitable causes, took the “Toys For Tots” Initiative one step further this holiday season.

Any customer who was to donate a toy to one of the “Toys For Tots” bins, located in every Pohanka showroom and service department, would receive a $10 discount on any service. This not only gave initiative for every car owner to donate a toy but also implored them to bring their vehicle in for a discounted service visit and inspection before the harsh winter weather was to hit the eastern shore.

Pohanka donates to “Toys For Tots” every year and is proud to be a recognized and major donation drop off location for anyone willing to give to the cause regardless of whether they are in the market for a vehicle or not. It is giving acts like this that make Pohanka stand out amongst their competition as a top quality car dealership and also a kind, caring and giving organization of Wicomico County.

“We are always proud to help out when we can especially around the Holidays season when there are so many who could use our help” Says Paul Eaton COO of Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group and one of the proud leaders of Pohanka’s charitable group “Pohanka Pays It Forward.”

To learn more about the Holiday cheer spread by Pohanka this holiday season click here to read our other blog posts including information on Pohanka Pays It Forward and how Pohanka partnered with local Salisbury City Police and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office to spread some joy to unsuspecting citizens.

Cars Made EZ Gives Car To Eight-Month-Old Cancer Patient

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On Wednesday October 25th Cars Made Ez, a Pohanka Company, gave a 2003 Honda Odyssey to a local cancer patient in need. Kamdyn Barzada is an eight month old little boy who was born and raised in Delmarva. Just a few months ago he was diagnosed with a rare muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Since then his family and friends have been working tirelessly to get Kamdyn to and from his various doctors appointments as well as rounds of treatment. These appointments are often three hours away by car making a round trip visit a six hour journey. Kamdyn goes to these treatments as often as fives days a week.

In an attempt to get Kamdyn a safe and reliable vehicle to get to and from the doctor’s office his friends and family reached out to a local Cars Made EZ salesperson, William Toadvine, asking for help. Toadvine found a fantastic van at an affordable price from the family but took it to the next level when he spoke to Sandy Fitzgerald, Vice President and Dealer Operator of Pohanka of Salisbury, explaining the family’s situation and his yearning to help them. The vehicle was approved to be given to the family at no cost to them.

The state inspected Honda Odyssey was presented to Kamdyn and his family outside of Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on October 25th at 6pm. Kamryn’s mother, father and two old sisters were thrilled when they saw their new vehicle for the first time.

 

“I Feel so blessed that someone is willing to help out and give us a way to get back and forth to his treatments” Said Denise Brazda, Kayden’s loving mother. “Its incredible that someone is willing to do this for our son and our family.”

 

Kamdyn is slowly on the way to recovery and being cancer free. He will continue to go to his treatments and appointments multiple times a week at Children’s National in Washington DC. Thoughts and prayers for this little boy and his family are greatly appreciated. You can support the families “Go Fund Me Page” here.