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Sixteen years ago, the Toledo Auto Dealers Association saw an opportunity in their community to give back and help local children charities in need. They joined together to create the Auto Dealers United for Kids, a 501c organization and an annual charity event, "The Cars are the Stars Charity Preview Gala". Over the years The Cars are the Stars Preview Gala has grown to become one of the largest benefits in the Greater Toledo area and has surpassed $1.99 million dollars in donations to local children’s charities.

2019 Auto Dealers United for Kids Charity Gala

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 FROM 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Info



Tickets are $250 each and include valet parking, gourmet food stations, top shelf bars, and entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (567) 202-5236 or downloading the ticket order form.



401 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43604


Wednesday Evening ONLY: Free valet parking is available for the ADUK Charity Gala at the Jefferson Street entrance. Self-park is also free that evening in the Port Lawrence Garage.

Other parking options can be found HERE.


Click here for a map and directions to the SeaGate Convention Centre.
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Catholic Club

The Catholic Club is a non-profit, educational center open to everyone that provides quality, safe, supportive faith-based programs to children and families focusing on nationally-accredited educational childcare, youth development through enrichment opportunities and teaching family life skills to build stronger families. The Catholic Club is licensed and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and earned the highest 5-star rating through Ohio’s quality rating system, Step Up To Quality. Last year, they served 343 children in child care programs, 81 teens and adults in parenting programs and 840 children and adults in recreation and family programs.

Children's Rights Collaborative (CRC) of NW Ohio

The Children’s Rights Collaborative (CRC) of NW Ohio’s program provides children and parents with a safe, nurturing environment for supervised visitation and exchanges, allowing a child to have a relationship with the non-custodial parent without being placed in the middle of the parents’ conflict. CRC believes that every child has the right to know both parents whenever possible, and their program is available to anyone who wants to have a healthy relationship with their child. Children’s Rights Collaborative has been serving NW Ohio families for almost 20 years and last year alone provided 485 supervised visits.

Connecting Kids to Meals

Connecting Kids To Meals is the leading hunger-relief organization in Northwest Ohio that provides hot, healthy meals at no cost to kids ages 18 and under who are located in low-income and underserved areas of our community. Childhood hunger is a serious issue in the community, and Connecting Kids To Meals has partnered with over 185 locations throughout the region to ensure that children are getting the nutrition that their bodies need. They have been feeding hungry kids for 16 years, proudly providing over 5 million meals to children in need.

Safe Kids Greater Toledo

Safe Kids Greater Toledo is a community coalition led by Toledo Children’s Hospital and comprised of over 40 local organizations all with the same mission: To keep children safe from unintentional (accidental) injuries through a multifaceted community response of enactment/enforcement, engineering, education and evaluation. Coalition members include local police and fire departments, area hospitals and health departments as well as other social service agencies that volunteer their time to provide education and resources to help keep children safe.

YMCA Storer Camps

YMCA Storer Camps, owned and operated by the YMCA of Greater Toledo, provides a safe environment where children ages 7 – 17 can challenge themselves, connect with nature and grow in independence and responsibility. At Storer Camps, kids experience the joy of achievement, relationship development, and a deep sense of belonging. Located in the Irish Hills of Michigan, the camp’s natural setting provides opportunities to unplug from technology and enhance face-to-face communication, hands-on learning and fun. Overnight camp is one of the most impactful and memorable experiences for a child, and YMCA Storer Camps provide that experience to over 17,000 kids each year.

If you would like your charity to be considered for the 2020 ADUK Preview Gala, please download and complete the form.



The Blade

2019 Auto Dealers United for Kids Committee


  • Andrea Dunn Musselman, Dunn Chevrolet Buick


  • Mike Barchick, Charlie’s Dodge Chrysler
  • Paul Devers, Vin Devers Autohaus
  • Bobby Jorgensen, Kistler Ford
  • Tim Mathews, Mathews Ford
  • Robb Brown, Brown Automotive & Truck Group
  • Pat Stark, ADUK Executive Director
  • Richard Cronin, Perrysburg Auto Mall
  • Mike Rouen, Rouen Automotive Group
  • Marianne Ballas, Ballas Buick GMC
  • John Yark, Yark Automotive Group
  • Dave White Jr., Dave White Chevrolet Acura