The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.


What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

How is Darrell Waltrip Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

Williamson Co. Animal Shelter, Nashville Humane Association, Happy Tales Humane Society

Harpeth River Watershed, Williamson County Parks and Re

Williamson Co. Schools, High Hopes Inclusive Pre-Schoo, College Grove Recreation, Franklin Lions Club

Fisher House, Habitat for Humanity, Franklin Tomorrow, Challenged Athletes Foundation, VSA Tennessee

Vanderbilt LifeFlight, St. Jude Children's Hospitals, Mercy Health Services, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Williamson Medical Center

Did Darrell Waltrip Subaru go above and beyond, provide exceptional service, or support causes that are important to you? We'd love to hear about it.

Love Promise Stories from Darrell Waltrip Subaru

Subaru and Darrell Waltrip Subaru believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Deaf pup defies the 'underdog' stereotype - Debbie S

Williamson County Animal Center was pleased to team up with Darrell Waltrip Subaru of Franklin, TN for the October 2020 Subaru Loves Pets campaign. Focused on the ‘underdogs’, the campaign highlighted the older and physically challenged pets that are often the last to be adopted. Subaru of America. Inc. and Darrell Waltrip Subaru committed to donating $100 for every pet adopted at our shelter in October, up to $3,100 in total. With the help of Darrell Waltrip Subaru, we were able to meet that goal in the first two weeks of the month! One of the special dogs adopted during the campaign was an underdog named Hickory, a sweet Ridgeback mix who happened to be deaf. Before coming to our shelter, Hickory had spent most of her life in a fenced yard with no communication, and she was both isolated and agitated. Labelled as an escape artist, Hickory’s owners decided not to take her to their new home, and she was surrendered to our shelter. She was shy at first, but quickly warmed up to our staff and volunteers, who began to teach her hand commands. What a breakthrough and a life changing moment for this sweet pup! She caught on quickly to hand commands, and began to show her calmer, more confident self. Because of her deafness, we thought she would do best in an adoptive home with no small children surprising her from all sides; as well as a home where deficits are embraced and celebrated. Finding an adopter for a deaf dog can take months, so we settled in for the wait. However, after only a few days, a wonderful local couple that had just relocated to our area saw Hickory’s profile online and came to meet her. One of them knew sign language and the other had a slight visual deficit, so they had a real heart for underdogs like Hickory, and an instant understanding of the challenges deafness presents in a dog. It was love at first sight! Hickory is now thriving in her new home and continues to learn more hand commands. Her owner says Hickory came along at just the right time and makes their family complete. She cuddles up on the couch craving human companionship, but also goes to the dog park and for long walks. What a wonderful life! Thank you Darrell Waltrip Subaru for supporting the underdogs and for fulfilling your Love Promise-Subaru Loves Pets!

Williamson County Animal Center
Deaf pup defies the 'underdog' stereotype

Darrell Waltrip Subaru Helps After Tornados - Jessica P

When a tornado devastated parts of Nashville on March 3, 2020, leaders at the Darrell Waltrip Subaru knew they wanted to do something big to help with the recovery effort. The company donated $120,000 —its largest ever one-time gift — to Hands On Nashville to support its mission to meet community needs through volunteerism.“ We have been following along with Hands On Nashville’s efforts for years,” says John Gallagher, Vice President and Executive General Manager of Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group. “And knowing that recovery from the devastating tornados would take months — if not years —we knew it would require lots of volunteer hours. Hands On Nashville seemed like the perfect fit for our donation.” The donation directly supports ongoing tornado-relief efforts, including paying for supplies and staff salaries spent on disaster-recovery activities. “The support from the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group is a game-changer for our tornado-relief efforts,” says HON President and CEO Lori Shinton. “Those funds are going directly to recruit and manage volunteers who are doing the important work of helping people put their lives back together after a major disaster.” For more than 25 years, Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group has had an active role supporting Middle Tennessee charities. From being the first corporation to enroll in Waves Office Recycling Program, to assisting those who lost their vehicles in the 2010 flood, to now supplying personal protective equipment to Williamson Medical Center –DWAG aims to be a company that cares about helping others. Gallagher says the company focuses much of its outreach and resources into two major programs, Hometown Heroes and Darrell Waltrip Automotive’s Drive Away Hunger Challenge. Hometown Heroes is a program honoring those who have shown a commitment to serving others and making a difference in their community. Community members nominate individuals, and each month a new hero is selected by DWAG, which makes a $500 donation to the charity of that hero’s choice. “One thing we learned through our Hometown Heroes event is just how many amazing people are at work in our communities, and how they are making a difference in big ways,” Gallagher says. This spring DWAG had planned to celebrate their 100th hero, but, due toCOVID-19, plans have been tentatively postponed until May 2021.The company created Drive Away Hunger in 2013 as a fundraising event partnering with Williamson County high schools and GraceWorks. Through Drive Away Hunger, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been collected and donated to food pantries throughout Williamson County. The initiative has since expanded to include the Franklin Special School District and Williamson County elementary and middle schools. “We are proud of all we have done in the community, and thankful for our customers who make it all possible,” Gallagher said.

Hands on Nashville
Darrell Waltrip Subaru Helps After Tornados

Local Volunteer Honored - Jessica P

Along with raising her family and working, Jodi Rall is committed to volunteering and helping her community wherever she can. She serves on the Brentwood Historical commission, volunteers at the Brentwood YMCA, at her church Brentwood United Methodist Church, with the Children’s Miracle Network and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Recently with the city of Brentwood’s 50th anniversary, Jodi helped raise enough funds for an all-inclusive playground in Brentwood. In honor of all of this and more Jodi was recently named a Darrell Waltrip Hometown Hero.

DW Subaru Supports Employee Recovering From Crash - Jessica P

Rachel, an employee of Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group for 12 years, recently had a motorcycle accident and was hit head on by a car. She suffered internal bleeding, 20 broken bones and multiple fractures in her pelvis. She has had five surgeries to repair all the damage to include receiving six units of blood and four units of platelets and titanium rods, plates, and screws in her pelvis, left leg and right arm. When we asked Rachel what she needed, her only answer was donate blood. “I received blood in the ER that saved my life and I want to make sure other people get this life saving measure.” Rachel is an active donor for the Red Cross after a good friend of hers was in an accident and had received nine units of blood. She recognized the need for her blood type and started actively donating in the summer of 2018. She was looking forward to reaching her gallon mark before her accident. During our recent blood drive for the American Red Cross we collected 53 pints of blood which will go to 159 patients in the Nashville area.

American Red Cross
DW Subaru Supports Employee Recovering From Crash

Make a Dog’s Day - Andy A

Subaru is proud to establish the first-ever National Make A Dog’s Day October 22nd. As part of Subaru Loves Pets month, we’re inviting all dog lovers to do something extra special for their furry best friends. Plus, Subaru will be focusing our efforts on helping the hardest-to-adopt shelter Dogs –those with special needs-find homes. Get ready to fall in love withThe Underdogs. #MakeADogsDay Meet Gabi! Gabi has been at the Humane Society of NWGA (Northwest Georgia) for seven years. If you asked the volunteers to pick their favorite animal at the shelter, Gabi would win hands down. She does not do well with dogs or cats so must be the only animal in an adult only family. She loves people and will bond very quickly to you. Gabi would make someone a great companion. She is waiting patiently for her forever home. If you have room in your heart and your home for this sweet girl then please fill out an adoption application, highlight and right click this link: #MakeADogsDay #SubaruLovesPets #TheUnderdogs

Humane Society of NWGA (Northwest Georgia)
Make a Dog’s Day

The Vehicle That Saved My Life - Leah G

Hello, My name is Leah Grams Johnson and I am an independent artist in Nashville, TN. I want to share my story with you. In the spring of 2017, I purchased my first Subaru. It was an ivory white 2014 Outback, and my personal “tour bus” as a one-woman-show. I remember the sense of pride I felt the first time I drove it, past old farm houses and rolling Tennessee fields. The vehicle was used but brand new to me, and I lovingly named it “Pearl.” Three weeks later, I embarked on a summer-long tour, from Nashville to Northern California. I was chosen as a finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s songwriting competition, where I performed on the main stage and camped with hundreds of other music lovers in the Town Park. On June 18, 2017, I packed up Pearl to continue my solo journey, the beautiful mountain town of Telluride in my rear-view mirror. Highway 145 in Southwest Colorado is a magnificent mountain road— winding between cliffs and rivers. I was fatigued from the past week and hoping for a place to pull over and rest, but there was none. My eyes fluttered closed for several seconds. The next thing I can recall was losing control of my vehicle, and my beautiful Pearl rolled three times. The feeling of spinning through the air was surreal, and I remember thinking the words, “no, no, no,” and, “when am I going to stop moving?” Then the powerful impact of the car hitting the vertical rock cliff on the side of the road, and the movement stopped. Suspended upside down, I unbuckled my seat-belt and crawled out from under my unrecognizable car (see attached photo). Several strangers were running towards me and wrapped their arms around me, crying and amazed that I was still alive. The pure kindness for me in that moment was something I will never forget. I pulled my guitars from the shattered glass throughout the backseat and sat down in the grass across the road, staring in shock at the wreckage, unable to speak. I remember watching soft white tufts drift from the cottonwood trees while thinking how quickly everything can change. That night I stood in the shower and washed broken glass from my hair, with only a scratch across my chest where the seatbelt held me in place. After the accident, I still had miles to cover and songs to sing. Friends and family made great strides to get me from Colorado to the West coast, and with help from my father, I was able to find a used 2013 Outback in my hometown in Northern California. There was absolutely no hesitation in my purchase of a second Subaru— the car that saved my life. This one is green and her name is “Sage”.The first time I got back on the road, my body remembered the intensity and trauma of the crash. However, the feeling of security my vehicle provides has helped me heal— transforming my trauma into gratitude, wonderment, and hunger for the wild unknown territory of my own journey. As a songwriter, music is how I capture the experiences in my life. How I express my innermost emotions and perception of the world around me. With this letter I have also attached a link to one of my original songs, and I feel it could be of value to your company. Though I wrote and recorded this song before the wreck occurred, it has taken on a new meaning. The song is about the joy I feel once again, driving through rolling countryside, big-city interstate highways, breathtaking mountain roads, and steep red canyons. The “You” in this song could very well be my Subaru. Your vehicle saved my life, and I want you to know how grateful I am. From the deepest place in my heart, thank you. Humbly yours, Leah

The Vehicle That Saved My Life

Hometown Hero - Luke Jenkins - Luke J

What started in Kindergarten as a desire to win a class pizza party has turned into a true passion for high school freshman Luke Jenkins. Over the past nine years Luke has collected over $3,800, 75% in pennies, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a part of their Pennies for Patients program."Our next door neighbors, the Riveras, lost their teenage daughter, Dariana, to cancer when Luke was in the 3rd grade," shared Luke's mother Michelle Jenkins. "I think that's when it started getting closer to our hearts as we learned along his path many stories about Leukemia and Lymphoma. Even the GREAT Tom Landry for whom Luke's sister was named after died of Leukemia. Although it is the largest childhood disease of all the cancers, we have learned of many adult stories, too. We have made countless trips to the CoinStar Machines inside the local Kroger during the fundraisers. All donations go straight to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at NO charge!"

Hometown Hero - Jon Boye - Jon B

Jonathan Boye grew up struggling with dyslexia and ADHD and with the "faith of a mustard seed" he found himself helping thousands of people with similar struggles."Jon has been a visionary for providing mental health services first to our children in Williamson county but now to all ages in all of middle Tennessee," shared Margaret Owens, Chief Operations Officer at Mercy, in her nomination of Boye. "He came to work at Mercy in June of 2006." 10 years ago this summer. He was brought in to start a behavioral health department to serve the children of Franklin and Williamson County. Mercy now sees adults and children from over 33 counties in middle Tennessee. The behavioral health department that Jon build now has 14 licensed therapists, 1 psychiatrist and 3 psychiatric nurse practitioners. Jon has placed therapists in New Hope Academy, Winstead Academy and now in the Fairview schools."

Hometown Hero - Dr. Headrick - Donnie H

In honor of the countless lives he has impacted during his 40+ years as a practicing vet, Doctor Donnie Headrick was recently named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Hometown Hero."Donnie has gone out of his way time and time again not just for us but for people all in the community," said Darrell Waltrip about Dr. Headrick, his personal vet of 20+ years. "I could tell you stories about things he has done. He's a special man and this was a big honor for me to have him here and present him with this trophy."As a part of his award a $500 donation was made to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and The Davis House Child Advocacy Center."It's been said that children are our nations greatest asset and I believe that," shared Dr. Headrick. "I think they are our county's greatest asset. We're in a little bit of a bubble here in Williamson County and we don't always know there are children around us who are hurt. These organizations, that's what they are here for. I think they do a wonderful job. They're a safety net for kids that fall through the cracks and they exist to help these kids and let them know someone cares about them.""The impact of support from people like Dr. Headrick and Darrell Waltrip goes far beyond the financial contributions," said Ondrea Johnson, Director of Development for CASA. "From that one day, both Mrs. Headrick and Mrs. Waltrip have volunteered for CASA. Other community members have heard about CASA and the need of children in our community, we've gained a partner in the fight for the children of our County, and formed relationships that will outlast the day. When community heroes believe in our work, it benefits us all, particularly the children we serve.""Davis House relies heavily on community support and the generosity of individuals," Marcus Stamps, Executive Director of The Davis House. "The investigative and healing services we provide are critical for the well-being of the children and families we serve, both short and long term. Dr. Headrick and Darrell Waltrip represent individuals and organizations coming together to help the children in our community.

Hometown Hero - Wilson Family - Jennifer W

"I can't think of anyone who embodies the qualities of a hero more than Jennifer," shared Gail Horton, a dear friend of Jennifer's and her inspiration for exploring foster parenting. "She is a champion for the least of these, the children who are medically fragile and in foster care. Jennifer advocates for these children as if her life depends on it! She is a champion for the children that are in her care. There are some weeks where she spends more time talking to doctors, taking kids to therapy than she is at home. The days at home are filled with sick babies who she rocks and loves on. She not only loves on these babies but also mentors, coaches and empowers the birth families who have not been able to care for their own children. The Wilson family is sacrificial in their giving. Brad, Trent, Liana and Nolan have been a Super Bowl winning team when it comes to working at a calling that God has put on their hearts. I am so proud and privileged to call them my friends."

Hometown Hero - Michael Fletcher - Michael F

Michael Fletcher is a well known public servant in Williamson County. A decorated US Army Veteran, Michael has served as a Lieutenant with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, a paramedic for Williamson Medical Center EMS and currently serves as the Director of Safety and Security for Williamson County Schools."'Fletch' has an extremely rare combination of subject matter knowledge, wisdom and empathy," said Jason Golden, Deputy Superintendent, Williamson County Schools. "His life experiences in the Army, with law enforcement, and as a paramedic have made him particularly well suited to serving our students as the Director of Safety for Williamson County Schools. Our faculty, staff and student body are fortunate that his life of service includes WCS."

Hometown Hero - Carrie Ralph - Carrie R

Cary Ralph, RN, spends her days, and often her nights and weekends, helping women who are battling breast cancer learn to navigate their way through the disease. As soon as they are diagnosed, Cary is there with them. She doesn't keep any set hours. She is at the hospital, on the phone, or in her office with a patient whenever they need her. She almost never says no to them. She answers questions, holds their hand during a biopsy, goes into surgery with them, and on and on."I thought everyone had a cancer nurse like Cary Ralph, but apparently not," shared a former patient of Cary's. "I assumed all the different facilities had the same things we have here at Williamson, but that isn't the case. My friends asked me where I got my wig. I told them Cary ordered it for me and they said they had to go to a store and buy theirs. I had several biopsies and Cary sat there and held my hand and coached me through every one of them. She was there for me. She was my family.

Hometown Hero - Shawn Aswad - Shawn A

Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, based in Thompson's Station, TN, began over 10 years ago as a grass roots organization when founder Shawn South-Aswad and her husband began taking in a few dogs here and there who found themselves in need of a place to lay their head until they could find their own home. As time passed they developed a love and special touch with seniors and medical needs dogs that needed more one on one attention and were being overlooked by the general rescue population. As their children grew older and schedules became more flexible, Shawn decided that it was time to slowly grow the rescue into what is now Snooty Giggles, funding it solely with the profits earned from her art and furniture business, Silo Studios. One extra foster at that time, has now turned into a foster team of approximately 50 active foster families (both regular and temp) who open up their homes to these amazing dogs, of all sizes, age, and ability and "raise them like their own" until the perfect match of a forever home is found.

Hometown Hero - Thistle Farms - Becca S

Many Nashville locals are familiar with the Thistle Farms brand. We see it in our grocery stores and enjoy their lavender hand soaps, lotions and candles. What many may not know is how the Survivor-Leaders, graduates of the Thistle Farms program, are paying it forward mentoring other women who have also survived abuse, prostitution and addiction. The Survivor-Leaders are actively involved in not only mentoring newer residents of the program, but also in sharing this work through speaking, and events, with the wider community.

Hometown Hero - The Well - Mary Ann P

VOLUNTEER FINDS JOY SERVING AT LOCAL PANTRY Mary Ann Parks Honored For Her Work With The Well When Mary Ann Parks moved to middle Tennessee nine years ago to be close to her children she immediately began to look for a place where she could be of service in her new community. She found just that place at The Well Outreach in Spring Hill, Tennessee, serving on their prayer team, in the pantry and working at their events. In honor of Mary Ann’s service and the friendly way she loves each person The Well serves she has been named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Hometown Hero. “Mary Ann works with our families we service with food assistance. She has one of the happiest hearts and always greets people with a warm smile and welcome,” shared Sully Cook, The Well’s former pantry manager. “Although she serves in many other ways, this is one of the places we feel she is gifted at because of her bright and warm personality. She never complains and always goes above and beyond when it comes to helping hungry people in our community. She is a blessing to have as apart of our team at The Well and she is a joy to serve alongside each and every time.”The Well Outreach began as a food pantry in a local church in 2006, with the goal of showing God's love by giving food to those in need. The Well is supported by the amazingly generous community in Spring Hill and surrounding areas. Numerous individuals, churches, civic organizations, and businesses contribute on a regular basis to ensure that no household in Spring Hill, Thompson Station, College Grove, or northern Columbia is without food assistance when needed.“That’s the heart of the what Hometown Heroes is all about,” said Darrell Waltrip when speaking of Mary Ann and her work with The Well. “It’s people behind the scenes that have serving hearts that put themselves second and go out in the community and go out and serve others.” For more information about The Well Outreach or to learn how you can help or be helped visit For more information about Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group’s Hometown Heroes visit

Hometown Hero - Barefoot Republic - Tommy R

When Tommy Rhodes was a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt he had a vision to start a camp that brought together kids from all socioeconomic levels, races, and backgrounds. Not long after he had that vision Tommy and his wife sold all of their possessions and began Barefoot Republic. Seventeen years later they welcomed their 10,000th camper and now have camps in three states. In honor of Tommy’s vision for and of leadership of Barefoot Republic, he was recently named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero. “I remember God giving me a vision at 20 that every kid deserves to be in this type of environment and be in a place that they can be affirmed and loved on,” said Rhodes. Barefoot Republic’s overnight campground is located in Kentucky and campers stay in “Swiss family Robinson meets MacGyver” style treehouses. They also offer day camps in the Nashville area and California. “We’re grateful for Tommy’s vision and what Barefoot Republic means to all of the kids that go and are able to find a common bond,” said Darrell Waltrip. In honor of Tommy’s hero award, the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group made a $500 donation to Barefoot Republic. “The financial support is huge. We give away camp to about 65% of our students,” said Rhodes. For more information about Barefoot Republic and their camps visit Tommy Rhodes is the 80th Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero. For more information about Darrell Waltrip’s Hometown Heroes visit

Hometown Hero Ellie Ambrose - Ellie A

Many locals already know the story- when Ellie Ambrose was only 10 years old, she had a dream of hosting a 5K Run and Family Fun Day to benefit kids in the slums of Africa. Over the past 11 years, thousands of middle Tennessee runners and Hero fund raisers have joined together to raise over $500,000 funding education for thousands of kids who now have hope of a future outside of the slums.


At the tender age of 7 Christian Kissinger convinced his mother to take on a position that led to her starting a statewide branch of VSA International, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in and express themselves through the arts and arts education. And over the years he has helped VSA Tennessee in multiple ways, from meeting with the legislators in Washington, D.C. lobbying for the cause, to performing for children with disabilities to help inspire them to reach their goals.


Forester Fun - Dan H

We rolled into DW Subaru early Saturday morning and we were first met by Wayne Marshall. We test drove several vehicles and talked about every model, every option, and every variation of anything that could be talked about. Wayne endured all our questions, some repeatedly, with a gracious smile and positive attitude. Tracey and I left the dealership to grab some lunch and talk about our options. We came back Saturday afternoon and ask Wayne more, yes, more questions. Wanting to give the process more thought, Tracey and I left the dealership without a purchase, again, Wayne still smiling and still as courteous as before. I called Wayne back Saturday evening to let him know what we had decided on a Subaru Forester Limited in blue. DW Subaru didn't have the car in stock, but made arrangements to secure the vehicle from another dealership. We were able to purchase our new vehicle Tuesday evening. Wayne took the time to introduce us to the service department managers, he also review all the options and how everything worked with Tracey and I, again. I get that maybe all your sales team associates are trained to this level of customer service, but Tracey and I feel blessed to have been paired with Wayne to make the purchasing of our first Subaru a positive experience. I would rate my experience with your sale associates, Wayne Marshall, a 10 out of 10 for professionalism, product knowledge, and outstanding character & patients.

Forester Fun

Darrell Waltrip Subaru Supports Walden's Puddle - Lane B

As many who have worked with or for a non-profit know, sometimes exactly what you need is the breath of fresh air a new volunteer brings. Such is the case with Walden's Puddle, a professionally staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee. When Lane Brody came along it couldn't have been a better time or fit. "Lane Brody took Walden's Puddle from a financially and emotionally barren organization to what it is at the moment which is spectacular", said Emily Magid, fellow animal lover and Walden's Puddle volunteer. "She organized and invested her talents, tenacity and time getting WP into a stable and orderly business." Because of the difference Lane has made and continues to make with Walden's Puddle she is being honored as a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero for the month of August. As a part of Lane's Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Hero award, a $500 donation will be made in her honor. Walden's Puddle provides care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned native Tennessee wildlife and works to not only give these animals a second chance but to foster the relationship between the people and wild animals within each community. Although they are the only professionally staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee, they do not charge for services and receive no federal or state funding at this time.

Walden's Puddle
Darrell Waltrip Subaru Supports Walden's Puddle

Gary's DWA Hometown Hero Awards The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Rachel S

Out of the tragedy of losing a child, Gary Bennett and his wife Sharon have remained committed to finding a cure for and supporting those with Cystic Fibrosis, the disease that took his daughters life. Autumn Bennett was the light of her parents' lives. At the age of one she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. "She was given a life expectancy of 15 years", said Autumn's Father, Gary. "We were determined to make every year we had with her as great as possible." In honor of Gary's work to fight CF and commitment to finding a cure he is being honored as a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero. "During her countless hours that she spent at Vanderbilt Hospital, he was known to her as "Daddy" of course, but to all her friends, he was the "Milkshake Man." They all waited to see him arrive with the pails of ice cream to start his routine of nightly milkshake making!! A tradition, I believe he would continue today if HIPPA insurance laws would permit him to do so." "I have just never felt this was anything out of the ordinary just the right thing to do as I absolutely admire these children for what they endure without complaints, shared Gary. As a part of Gary's DWA Hometown Hero award, a $500 donation will be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of all of those like Autumn who have fought and continue to fight for a cure.

Cystic Fibrosis
Gary's DWA Hometown Hero Awards The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Honors Best Buddies As A Hometown Hero - Anne B

Every month Darrell Waltrip Automotive honors locals for the differences they make in the community. April 2014 Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Hero is volunteer Becky Haynes Shafer from Best Buddies. Best Buddies mission is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies host events, provides job coaching, creates friendships, and helps find socialization and leadership opportunities for the buddies who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. They do this in hopes that the buddies will become more independent and included in the community. Becky's work in Best Buddies is being honored by Darrell Waltrip Automotive by a $500 donation to Best Buddies in her honor. There was also a trophy and check presentation that took place on Wednesday, April 16th at Darrell Waltrip Honda. For more information about DW's Hometown Heroes please visit For more information about Best Buddies Tennessee please visit

Best Buddies
Honors Best Buddies As A Hometown Hero

Hosting The Drive Away Hunger Challenge for GraceWorks Pantry - S. R

Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group annually hosts The Drive Away Hunger Challenge for the nine public high schools in Williamson County. Franklin High School took the winning prize for the highest total number of pounds and Middle College High School for the most pounds of food per student. There were over 19,730 pounds of food collected between nine schools, over 11,000 students that went to the GraceWorks pantry. Each school had various ways of fund raising to collect the food. Franklin High came up with creative ideas such as competing for their principals to get a pie in the face, who could collect the most cans and a dodge ball tournament. The principals of the nine schools even volunteered at GraceWorks to help process the donated food and clothing. This year Franklin High School and Middle College High School were presented with a check for $1,250 from Darrell Waltrip Automovie. For more information about The Drive Away Hunger Challenge please visit For more information about GraceWorks please visit

Drive Away Hunger
 Hosting The Drive Away Hunger Challenge for GraceWorks Pantry

Ronald McDonald House Charities - Liz P

Every month, Darrell Waltrip Automotive honors locals for the differences they make in the community. Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Hero for June 2014 is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. The RMHC provides a place for families to go when they have a critically-ill child that is receiving care in hospitals around the Nashville area. The RMHC has a 32-bedroom house that families can stay at, a home away from home. In addition to the RMHC house, there is a family room in Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt that allows families to relax while a child is being treated. The family room provides the families of the children a meal and place to relax, but still be close to the child. Darrell Waltrip Automotive is honoring the RMHC by underwriting the cost of a month of supplies for the family room as part of their award. For more information about DWA's Hometown Heroes, please visit For more information about the RMHC, please visit

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities