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May 13, 2021

Country Chevrolet donates bus to Boys & Girls Club

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier board members receive the bus from Country Chevrolet CEO Andy Budd, Inventory Manager Eric MacKenzie and CFO Lisa Austin on Thursday.
Country Chevrolet of Warrenton on Thursday donated a 20-passenger bus to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier.

“We have two, full-size buses that require CDL drivers,” club Chairman Clay Campbell said. “So, when we want to transport kids, we sometimes have to wait for a commercial driver.

“This will allow us to take kids out for activities and places like the WARF, where we have a garden, or to visit the General Assembly,” Mr. Campbell added.

Country Chevrolet President/CEO and majority owner Andy Budd said he got a call about six weeks ago from Sheriff Bob Mosier, a member of the club board.

“He asked if I knew anybody who could help find a small bus for the club,” said Mr. Budd, a longtime supporter of the organization.

Eric MacKenzie, the dealership’s inventory manager, began searching and found the 2016 Chevy in Chantilly. A preschool that had gone out of business put just 16,000 miles on the vehicle.

The Country Chevrolet staff ran the vehicle through its reconditioning center, had the club’s name and logo applied and, on Thursday, handed over the keys, representing a donation of “about $30,000,” Mr. Budd said.

Why does he so consistently give to the club?

“A lot of people can’t afford after-school care,” Mr. Budd said. “There are a lot of kids who don’t have opportunities that others do.”

Mr. Campbell said: “Time and again, Mr. Budd has stepped up to support the Boys & Girls Club. This means a lot to us.”

The dealership owner replied, “It’s easy to give money. You people volunteer your time to help kids, and not everybody does that.”
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