Byrider, one of America’s largest buy-here pay-here used car dealership and franchise systems, today announced it has raised over $38,000 for the American Heart Association’s 29th Annual Indianapolis Heart Walk and 5K. This year marks 20 years Byrider has participated in the Indianapolis Heart Walk and been a partner of the American Heart Association. Over the last two decades, Byrider has raised over $1 million for the non-profit organization.
“We are proud of our long-term partnership with the American Heart Association,” says Craig Peters, CEO of Byrider. “This cause is a deeply personal cause for many of us and it is a privilege to be a part of their life-saving work. Our fundraising efforts, the Heart Walk and other American Heart Association events are integral parts of what makes us who we are as an organization, and we look forward to participating each year.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s official Heart Walk took place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 12. Participants were able to walk remotely and engage on social media through the hashtag #IndyHeartWalk. Byrider employees participated in the Heart Walk virtually and in addition, over 80 Byrider employees walked together on Monday, Aug. 24, with social-distancing guidelines in place to ensure the safety of all who chose to participate.
To support fundraising efforts, Byrider organized over 13 internal teams competing and contributing to raffles, silent auctions and more, in order to meet established personal and team goals. Additionally, Byrider gifted a 2011 red Chevy Camaro to the American Heart Association to auction off as an additional donation. The virtual auction was live from Sept. 15 through Sept. 29 and the winning bid was $7,500 for the American Heart Association.
In February 2020, Byrider participated in the 8th Annual Red Dress Dash in downtown Indianapolis to raise awareness about heart disease during American Heart Month. Byrider plans to offer continued support for the American Heart Association in future years to help fund research and care on behalf of those living with heart disease.
Byrider, one of America’s largest buy-here pay-here used car dealership and franchise systems, has sold more than 1.33 million cars at more than 140 locations across the country. Founded in 1989 as J.D. Byrider, the company recently rebranded and changed its name to Byrider. As part of its commitment to customer service, Byrider offers high-quality autos, trucks and SUVs with on-site financing and features warranties and optional service plans with each vehicle sold. Each Byrider store features a state-of-the-art service department offering low-cost maintenance. Consumers who have been turned down for traditional bank financing are often able to “Buy, Finance and Drive On” with Byrider.