LAKE ORION, Michigan — When Golling Buick GMC scored 50 tickets and a VIP package to today's Detroit Tigers versus Los Angeles Angels game from Fox Sports Detroit, General Manager John Cooper knew exactly who needed to attend.
He called Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh and asked him to invite area children who have never been to a professional sports event.
Cooper thought of Narsh's connections because of his Shop with a Hero program that has officers taking 120 underprivileged kids to the store to buy items from their holiday wish lists, Narsh told Edmunds.
Some of those off-duty officers will be chaperoning about 35 children for their first baseball game.
They will be whisked away from Golling in a Fox Sports Detroit luxury coach and greeted by Detroit Tiger ambassadors at a VIP entrance, provided snacks and prizes at the game and have the opportunity to be on a live TV segment during the broadcast.
"John Cooper gets this amazing opportunity and rather than give it to someone connected to his dealership, his first thought is to give it to the kids," Narsh said. "This isn't customer outreach; this is community outreach. No one steps up to the plate and hits more home runs than Golling."
Edmunds says: A dealership becomes a big-league hero to local kids.