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Manheim Locations Support Leadership Development and Diversity

Teams exceeded the fundraising goal, collecting $78K to begin the first Girl Talk leadership camp in Florida

Supporting leadership development and diversity in business, 14 Manheim locations in the Southeast Region hosted Girl Talk Week during the week of May 15-19 to raise funds to host Girl Talk’s first camp in Florida. Girl Talk is an organization that inspires girls to develop the confidence to lead. Together, Manheim's teams raised more than $78,000 -- exceeding the initial $35,000 fundraising goal.


The participating Southeast Region locations included: Manheim Atlanta, Manheim Georgia, Manheim Metro Atlanta, Manheim Orlando, Manheim Central Florida, Manheim Daytona, Manheim Jacksonville, Manheim Pensacola, Manheim Lakeland, Manheim Tampa, Manheim St. Pete, Manheim Ft. Myers, Manheim Ft. Lauderdale and Manheim Palm Beach.


To support the effort, each Manheim team partnered with dealers to collect donations; host sale day events like bake sales, silent auctions and car washes; and help raise awareness with onsite signage and décor.


“More than 20 of our clients agreed to donate a portion of their sell fee or a lump sum to support our efforts, and we generated even more engagement with fun activities like a bake sale and raffle,” said Mark Ford, Regional Vice President of the Southeast.


Girl Talk outlined 11 different sponsorship opportunities that could help make a difference, ranging from $35 to sponsor a girl for the school year up to $5,000 to fully fund five Girl Talk chapters for one school year.


Founded in 2002 by author and motivational speaker Haley Kilpatrick, Girl Talk is an international non-profit peer-to-peer mentoring program pair high school mentors with middle school girls to help them cope more effectively with prevalent issues during their formative teenage years. Through a variety of ongoing projects and service events, the organization helps girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service.


To learn more about the organization, visit www.mygirltalk.org and watch this video.