BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — Luther Bloomington Hyundai took to the ice with former National Hockey League players in a charity game that raised more than $46,000 for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The alumni game was a first for the dealership, General Manager Leonidas (Lenny) Checheris, told Edmunds.
Luther Automotive, which owns 32 dealerships with stores in four states including Bloomington Hyundai, recently encouraged each of its individual locations to pick their own community-outreach projects.
"The alumni game was a great way to bring together employees, vendors and customers," Checheris said.
The teams were split evenly with amateurs and alumni, including Mike Crowley, Dave Jensen, Craig Norwich, Chris McAlpine, Eric Westrum, Bob Bergloff, Lee Goren, Scott Anderson, Dan Trebil, Jon Rohloff, Jeff Nielsen and Sean Toomey.
Checheris chose to benefit Alzheimer's Association because it's a disease that touched his family.
"My father died in 2003 from complications from Alzeheimer's," he explained.
The Luther Family Foundation donated $30,000, while the remaining money was raised through a silent auction after the game and through sales of custom-made jerseys.
"It doesn't matter if we sell cars off the event," Checheris said. "It's about helping a worthy cause."
Edmunds says: Luther Bloomington Hyundai shoots and scores with some community-minded ice time.