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Pace presents $500 to Shop with a Cop

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011

Pace Auto Group presented $500 to the Shop with a Cop program on Thursday, November 3. The $500 will go to help needy children in the Huntington area shop for clothes and toys as a part of their Christmas.

In its 11th year, the Shop with a Cop program, selects four or five of the neediest children from each elementary school and presents each child with $100 and the opportunity to shop with a police officer. The child selects half of the merchandise in clothing and the other half in toys. The items are then given to their parents to wrap and present to the child on Christmas Day.

Terry Stoffel, Huntington County Sheriff, explained that each year around 32 to 33 children are part of the program and the shopping takes place at Wal-Mart which also contributes financially. Stoffel has a special memory of a little girl who was a part of the program a few years ago – when asked what she would like to purchase with her money, she replied that she would like to get something for her mother because it might be the only gift her mother would receive.

The money donated by Pace will be a part of the Shop with a Cop program this year through contributions by Pace employees from the dealership’s Quality Improvement Team. Pace employees voluntarily contribute money each week from their paychecks.

Joe Pais, owner of Pace Auto, said that through the generosity of Pace employees, thousands of dollars have been given away over the years to noteworthy causes.

Shown in the above photo from left to right, are Sheriff Terry Stoffel receiving a $500 contribution to the Shop with a Cop program from Joe Pais, right, owner of Pace Auto Group, and Joe Burgess, center, Pace business manager.