Hope Chest for Breast Cancer in the news

Just by getting your oil changed, you can help change a life. Oil Change for Hope is a partnership between Apple Autos and Hope Chest for Breast Cancer where all through the month of May, Apple Autos will donate one dollar from each oil change at one of the five locations to Hope Chest. Hope Chest for Breast Cancer provides the quickest access to help for the most urgent needs of local breast cancer patients and their families, including housing, transportation, utilities, food and child care. Since 2011, Oil Change for Hope has helped raise over $40,000 for those in need, whose stories you can read about here.

Recently, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director, Nancy Pihofer, was interviewed by KSTP on Oil Change for Hope and how the funds raised help Hope Chest continue to impact the lives of those affected by breast cancer. You can watch the full video here.

If you want to be a part of Oil Change for Hope, here is a list of the five Apple Autos locations where you can get your oil changed:

  • Apple Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram:  1684 Weston Court, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Apple Ford Lincoln Apple Valley:  7200 150thSt W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  • Apple Ford Shakopee:  1624 Weston Court, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Apple Chevrolet Buick Northfield:  1600 Cannon Lane, Northfield, MN 55057
  • Apple Used Autos Shakopee:  1400 1st Ave. E. Shakopee, MN 55379
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Girls on the Run Twin Cities

Helping girls find their inner strength at a young age is critical to their development of confidence and success in the future.  Girls on the Run is an organization that strives to provide those opportunities to 3rd – 8th grade girls in the Twin Cities area.  Apple Autos Jana’s Fund is honored to be a partner with GOTR – TC and we recently sponsored the Limitless Potential Luncheon on May 8th.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization passionate about teaching girls their true potential and motivating them to pursue their dreams. The Limitless Potential Luncheon helped them surpass their fundraising goal, by raising over $100,000 to help empower girls throughout the Twin Cities and Rochester.

The event featured keynote speaker, author, and the first female NFL coach Dr. Jen Welter with opening remarks from CaringBridge CEO Liwanag Ojala as well as emcee and Olympic runner Carrie Tollefson. During the event, Dr. Jen Welter talked about how when girls have people who believe in them and opportunities to set and reach goals, anything is possible.

As stated by Mary Uran, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Twin Cities, the funds raised at this event, “will help motivate and inspire more than 5,000 girls in 2018 to not only unleash their confidence through accomplishment, but also grow in their connections and contribution to our local community.” Thank you for making this possible!

Apple Autos will also be at the Girls on the Run Spring 5k that is taking place on June 3. You can learn more about and register for this event here.

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May is Oil Change for Hope Supporting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Barbara Hensley lost her two sisters to breast cancer. She saw firsthand the financial hardships that cancer patients face. After meeting other patients and hearing their stories, she had to do something. In 2001 she started Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Hope Chest doesn’t fund research, it funds the financial needs associated with treatment. It pays the rent, keeps the lights on, puts food in the fridge, pays for childcare, and other needs of breast cancer patients.

Barbara Hensley is an Apple Autos customer, and we became a supporter of her and her cause. Since 2011 we have raised over $38,000 for Hope Chest. Every May we donate $1 for every oil change we do to support Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. Customers have the opportunity to match or round up. This year our goal is to contribute another $10,000 to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

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I Am Thankful for… Grab a Marker and Share on a Vehicle…

What are you thankful for? Grab a neon marker and share your thoughts on the vehicle!

During this season we are reminded of all that we have to be thankful for. Grab a marker and write what you are thankful for on the vehicle located at any one of our 5 locations. Feel free to take a photo and post on social media with #appleautos. We will be posting some of our favorites throughout the month.

It’s Different Here!


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Wheels for Wheels Campaign supporting Free Bikes 4 Kids

Wheels for Wheels is an Apple Autos promotion that supports  Free Bikes for Kids ( For every new car Apple Autos sells in November we’ll donate the funds necessary to acquire and recondition a bike to be given away. We’re committed to providing $10,000 so that lots of kids can have a bike this holiday season.

In 2008 Free Bikes for Kids gave away 300 bikes, in 2015 – 5000 bikes, this year – who knows. In the last eight years over 30,000 bikes have rolled through and FB4K is not done yet—their sights are set on other locations throughout the US and the world.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, FB4K organizes thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then  give them away to kids in need.

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Lincoln Continental Launch Event at Vivo Kitchen

Guests will enjoy an exclusive Red Carpet Lincoln Experience at Vivo Kitchen, celebrating the launch of the new Lincoln Continental! It will be an evening to discover an extraordinary automobile paired with the ultimate dining experience at Vivo. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments all evening including an exclusive mocktail named the “Continental” crafted by Vivo’s head Mixologist.

The event is Tuesday May 23rd, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. We are excited to share more experiences on the blog and social media, #appleautos.


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Oil Change for Hope Campaign supporting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

Apple Autos is proud to be partnering with Hope Chest For Breast Cancer in 2017 with our Oil Change for Hope campaign.    

During the month of May for every oil change completed at any of our Apple Autos locations we will be donating $1 to Hope Chest.  We are excited to announce that our guests will be able to double their donation when they post a photo and/or check in at Apple Autos on their Facebook or Instagram accounts using #appleautos and #oilchangeforhope.  Over $6000 was donated during our 2016 Oil Change for Hope campaign and in 2017 we are hoping to donate over $10,000.

Hope Chest has assisted patients with over $1.5 million in emergency assistance grants since its inception.  This year alone it is expected that 4,230 people in Minnesota will be diagnosed with breast cancer.   Hope Chest ensures the best use of its funds with a low operating cost leading to 84% of its revenue going directly to breast cancer patients and programming.

Please join us in our support for Hope Chest during the month of May.  To find out more about Hope Chest and the work they do visit



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Girls on the Run Limitless Potential Luncheon

Apple Autos was honored to sponsor and attend the Girls on the Run Limitless Potential Luncheon at Aria Event Center in the Twin Cities on May 2nd. The keynote speaker for the event was Olympic medalist and best-selling author, Bonnie St. John, who spoke to the audience about her passion for empowering girls and women, and about resiliency and perseverance thru adversity.

The event helped Girls on the Run surpass their fundraising goal, by raising close to $90,000 to help empower girls throughout the Twin Cities and Rochester.




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Apple Autos Jana’s Fund Supports Graze 4 Good

Apple Autos Jana’s Fund was proud to support the 6th Annual Graze 4 Good Event at Surly Brewing Company as the silent auction sponsor. This fundraiser is hosted by the Minneapolis Foundation’s Fourth Generation program. Graze 4 Good featured amazing chefs who shared delicious food paired with Surly beer. The event drew more than 200 community members and raised $22,500 to support 4th Generation’s focus on Criminal justice reform.

The winner of the Apple Autos silent auction item will enjoy a fun weekend in the Lincoln of their choice!

Tap to view photos of the event from the Minneapolis Foundation’s Facebook page.  View Photos

Thank you to all sponsors!

Featured Chefs:

Steven Brown, Chef/Owner, Tilia & St. Genevieve

Doug Flicker, Chef/Owner, Piccolo & Sandcastle

Katy Gerdes, Chef/Owner, Angel Food Bakery

Jorge Guzman, Executive Chef, Surly

Christina Nguyen, Chef/Owner, Hola Arepa

Landon Schoenefeld, Chef/Owner, Nighthawks & Haute Dish













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All Apple Autos Locations are Toys for Tots Drop-off Locations

Toys for Tots

Apple Autos is proud to support Toys for Tots  by providing drop off points at all Apple Autos locations in Apple Valley, Shakopee and Northfield.  Toys for Tots is a charitable program of the U.S. Marine Corps. We’ll be collecting toys that the Marines will distribute to families in need. Our employees are already bringing in toys to get the ball rolling.

In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Since its inception the Toys for Tots program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children.

This is a great organization to support. Their mission is simple and has an immeasurable effect on kids during the Christmas season. Since  2005, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance reported that Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has met all 20 of its standards and been designated as an accredited charity.

Please join us in making Christmas a little better for kids in our community.

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