Philadelphia, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/07/2019 -- Gary Barbera of Barbera Cares—who was the recipient of the prestigious Philadelphia Family Business Award for Community Service Excellence—spent the night championing the Variety Club of Philadelphia's Annual Fundraiser. The Variety Club Black Hat Bash was held at the Cescaphe's Waterworks near the Philadelphia Art Museum.
The gala event raises funds to continue to help enrich the lives of children with disabilities benefiting their VarietyWorks program. VarietyWorks is a vocational transition program to prepare children with disabilities for the transition to young adulthood and employment.
The Variety Club of Philadelphia has been chosen by The Philadelphia Eagles, WAWA, Sesame Place, Firsttrust Bank and ABC 6 as a charity they support. Boathouse Row lit up in red to honor the event. The event honored The Golden Hearts of Variety Recipients for their dedication to the Variety Club. The honorees included, Tim Hughes Sr, President/CEO of MSS, Tim Hughes Jr., Vice President Strategy and Marketing of MSS and Cathy Valeriano, Park President of Sesame Place.
Barbera explained, "As a proud recipient of the prestigious Philadelphia Family Business Award for Community Service Excellence, we are proud to be apart of such a great event to help enrich the lives of children with disabilities."
About Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard and BarberaCares – Proud Recipient of Family Business Awards
Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard proudly celebrates their 30th anniversary since swinging open the doors showcasing Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, and CPOV vehicles collaborating with its own Philadelphia's Credit Connection- On-Site Instant Auto Credit. Over 1,000 vehicles, including 300 Jeeps Cheap, Barbera's Autoland is recognized by FCA as Philadelphia's #1 volume dealer in both new and pre-owned vehicles for decades. Getting their start as a Dodge dealer has propelled them to be the #1 Dodge Dealer in 6 states (PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and WV) since the start, while receiving Chrysler's highest accolade, J D Power certification.
The Barbera Culture is rooted in the belief that "Business Comes Where It is Invited and Stays where It is Well Treated". The Barbera organization hires hospitality and trains talent, instilling within every single employee the philosophy of guest hospitality, consistent service, and gratefulness for the client's most precious gift of their precious time. Their proudest moments are when they are welcoming back families who have purchased 9-10 cars, and who send their friends and family. The biggest compliment is the wonderful, thoughtful gift of a referral of family and friends.
The Barbera family credits their parents with instilling the Barbera Culture of Hospitality, Family Values, and Work Ethic. Their mother, Rita Barbera—known to all as "Lovely Rita"—was kind, socially conscience, and valued family and hardwork. Their father, Eugene Barbera, planted the automotive seed through his business, Palm Auto, a carwash, gas station, auto repair, and body shop center located in Fishtown before it bloomed into the sprawling area it is today. The Barbera family would work for their father as children, inspired by their father's work ethic and client satisfaction standards. Their dad said, "Hard work never hurt anyone, but aggravation sure will kill you."
Honored to be recognized with The Family Owned Business Award for dual accolades—Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard for positively impacting their communities economically and BarberaCares for Community Service Excellence.
BarberaCares principles of Support, Enhance, and Inspire lead the way in community service, including broadcasting their "Don't Text and Drive" campaign and "Keep the Boulevard Safe" message to everyone, especially the young. Proud to be the inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway state wide clean up initiative from the ground up, 1000's of Turkey and Winter Coat hand deliveries to underserved sections of the city such as Strawberry Mansion, massively leading the way in Solar Recycling Cans around the city. Support of Philadelphia's finest including P.A.L., honoring Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Of course, 1000's of individuals, children, families, youth groups, churches, and synagogues have been added to the list of those being assisted by BarberaCares over the 3 decades.
Their Philly famous mascot, the Barbera Bear, can be seen helping out and entertaining during parades and community clean-ups. Gary Barbera's Autoland is also known for being where the Stars buy their Cars! It all began with Jim McMahon and Doug Pederson as a young Quarterback in the 90's with many, many stars in between and after. Now, it's Coach Doug Pederson, and he's been driving Barbera for decades! Now it's your turn. I would be remorse if I didn't ask you...
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About The Variety Club
Since 1935, Variety - the Children's Charity of the Delaware Valley has fulfilled its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with intellectual disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.
Gary Barbera invites all to visit their website to donate a little or a lot to this amazing organization at https://varietyphila.org. Barbera Cares tips their "black" hats to all who make the decision to help improve the lives of these children. Barbera Cares to support, enhance and inspire the community.
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