Thursday, February 7 - Sunday, February 10



Fifteen 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 $1.85 million dollars in donations to local children’s charities.

2018 Auto Dealers United for Kids Charity Gala

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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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Heartbeat of Toledo

Heartbeat of Toledo is a pregnancy help center whose mission is to be the best source of information and support to women facing pregnancies and to help moms, dads and babies in need. Heartbeat has two locations: 101 Main St. Toledo and 4041 W. Sylvania across from Franklin Park Mall. Since 2007, Heartbeat has been offering one-on-one parenting to new and expectant moms and dads to help them have healthy pregnancies and to reduce child abuse and neglect by teaching them the skills to be loving, effective parents. Heartbeat also offers group classes including childbirth classes, nurturing parenting and more. The expectant moms, dads and families Heartbeat serves comes from several sources. Many start at Heartbeat’s Your First Look Women’s Center initially because they are facing an unplanned pregnancy and have come for a pregnancy test, ultrasound, and options counseling. These women are often young, single and without any family support putting them at a higher risk for being abusive or neglectful of their children. Others come from referrals from United Way 211 or other agencies. Participants in Heartbeat’s parenting classes are able to earn free baby items including diapers, food, clothing, blankets, baby equipment and more. During 2016, Heartbeat served 1,400 families, and provided 3,530 individual and group prenatal and parenting classes.

Boys and Girls Club of Toledo

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Purpose: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo has been serving Toledo’s youth since 1892 and focuses on programs which develop Academic Success, Good Character & Leadership and Healthy Lifestyles. In Toledo the Clubs serve over 5,000 youngsters, ages 7-18, each year. With a special concern for young people who need us most, professional staff and volunteers use daily and varied programs in neighborhood facilities to help youth develop three key priority outcomes. Academic Success: It is our goal that our Club members graduate from High School ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Good Character & Citizenship: Club members are encouraged to be engaged citizens involved in the community, upon reaching voting age, registered to vote and model strong character. Healthy Lifestyles: Our programs instruct members on how to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness. To achieve these outcomes, our targeted programs also include high yield activities and build with regular attendance.

Mobile Meals of Toledo Weekender Program

The mission of Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. is to help our clients sustain independence and enhance their quality of life by delivering nutritious food. We accomplish our mission through two programs: Our Home-Delivered Meal Program and the Weekender Program for school children to ensure that students have enough to eat all weekend long so they can come to school Monday morning nourished and ready to learn.

Owens Community College Educational Scholarship Endowment

Develops and provides resources to advance the College’s mission of serving our students and our community. We invest in your success. The Owens Community College Foundation believes that higher education should be available to everyone. The Foundation will work to remove barriers to education by providing student scholarships and supporting growth and innovation at Owens Community College.


BeInstrumental offers musical education opportunities to children in our community. We offer instruments, lessons, scholarships and a musical mentor programs throughout schools and after-school programs within the region. Since our inception 9 years ago, BeInstrumental has positively affected the lives of over 1,000 Toledo area children. We are changing our community one note at a time.

Cherry Street Missions

Since 1947, we have been serving people in need by cooking them meals, offering shelter, and most importantly preparing them for independence and transformation. Cherry Street serves men, women and children who are living in poverty in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Increasingly, Cherry Street is becoming a place for a younger and younger population. Cherry Street is meeting the need of our community- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

We grant the wishes of children with life-threating medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

If you would like your charity to be considered for the 2019 ADUK Preview Gala, please download and complete the form.



The Blade

2018 Auto Dealers United for Kids Committee


  • Robb Brown, Brown Automotive and Truck Group


  • Mike Barchick, Charlie’s Dodge Chrysler
  • Paul Devers, Vin Devers Autohaus
  • Bobby Jorgensen, Kistler Ford
  • Tim Mathews, Mathews Ford
  • Andrea Musselman, Dunn Chevrolet
  • 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