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Businesses Giving Back

Each year, THCF recognizes a corporate citizen whose generosity in charitable giving tremendously impacts the region we serve. Our community is a generous one and we consider it a privilege to recognize those companies whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live and serve.


Cable-Dahmer Automotive Group – 2017

THCF is proud to honor Cable-Dahmer Auto Group as the Heartland Corporate Citizen of the Year. Under the leadership of owner Carlos Ledezma, Cable-Dahmer Auto Group has grown to be the second largest automotive dealership group in Kansas City and employs more than 400 employees. They have created a brand of customer service through automotive sales, service, parts and body shop venues. Since 2002 the company has steadily risen as a leader in philanthropy in the Eastern Jackson County Community. Until recent years, Carlos’ commitment to philanthropy was a personal commitment that he chose to keep anonymous; however, he has recently recognized that leading by public example can have an amazing ripple effect within the culture of giving and volunteerism within his company and community.

Cable-Dahmer Auto Group is focused on making a positive change in the community by donating financially and through volunteerism by leadership and staff. Carlos supports his staff in giving back and his spirit encourages them to take on volunteer opportunities in the community. The company invites nonprofit organizations to present at their dealership meetings to inform staff members about community needs and encourage volunteerism. While Carlos’ personal philanthropic passion is for youth and education, many of the donations made by the organization are recommended by employees through an internal grants process.

With more than 50 receiving organizations on the list of donation recipients from Cable Dahmer Auto Group, the impact from this company’s charitable footprint is vast. From supporting Truman High School to Harvesters to Special Olympics to Sheffield Place to the Noland Road Community Improvement District, Cable Dahmer Auto Group is making positive change in the lives of people in our communities.

Past Recipients

2016 – Missouri Mavericks
2015 – Mid-Continent Public Library
2014 – Corporate Copy Print
2013 – Silverstein Eye Centers
2011 – Rotary District 6040, Heartland Service Award
2010 – Centerpoint Medical Center
2009 – Data Systems International
2008 – MeraVic
2006 – The EXAMINER
2005 – Meyer Music
2004 – Haldex
2003 – Commerce Bank
2002 – Jim Kidwell Construction
2001 – American Sterling Bank
2000 – Blue Ridge Bank & Trust

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