Ally Financial teams up with Jay Automotive Group to provide school supplies to Georgia military families

Contributions will purchase backpacks and other essential school supplies

Jul 26, 2012, 09:00 ET from Ally Financial

COLUMBUS, Ga., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces, Ally Financial has teamed up with Jay Automotive Group to provide $10,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to children of Georgia military personnel.

In cooperation with Operation Homefront Georgia, backpacks and school supplies will be delivered to children of Active Duty and National Guard military personnel throughout the state of Georgia.  

Military families from Fort Benning will be on-hand at Jay Auto Mall in Columbus on Sat., July 28 for children to pick up their fully-stocked backpacks and enjoy refreshments from 1 – 3 p.m. EDT.

"Our men and women in the armed forces sacrifice so much for us every day," said Ally Financial regional vice president, Doug Timmerman. "It is a privilege and honor to stand with Jay Automotive Group and contribute to such an outstanding community cause, both financially and through our employee volunteer efforts."

This year's event marks the third time Ally has partnered with Operation Homefront to provide essential items to families of military personnel. Ally also partnered with Operation Homefront Oklahoma last December to provide holiday gifts and meals to Oklahoma military families.

"It's so important to show our appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice made by our Active Duty and National Guard personnel," said Jay Stelzenmuller, president and dealer principal at Jay Automotive Group. "We're so pleased to work with Ally and Operation Homefront to host this wonderful event and get involved in this valuable community effort."

Jay Auto Mall is located at 1661 Whittlesey Road, Columbus, GA 31904 for area residents interested in coming out to show their support.

"Military families can see a real money crunch at back-to-school time," said Kim Scofi, president, Operation Homefront Georgia. "We are delighted to partner with Ally Financial and Jay Automotive Group to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies to military children in Georgia. Through their generosity, hundreds of military children from National Guard and Active Duty families will start school this fall with the supplies they need."

About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. is a leading automotive financial services company powered by a top direct banking franchise. Ally's automotive services business offers a full suite of financing products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, inventory insurance, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services.  Ally Bank, the company's direct banking subsidiary, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and online checking.  Ally's Commercial Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries. With approximately $186 billion in assets as of March 31, 2012, Ally operates as a bank holding company.  For more information, visit the Ally media site at or follow Ally on Twitter: @ally

About Jay's Auto Group
Jay Automotive Group, Inc. began in 1983 and is the oldest automobile dealership in the Columbus area. Jay is a dealer for Buick-GMC, Toyota-Scion, Mazda, Volvo, and Subaru, as well as operates the JayMaxx Super Center, a mega used vehicle operation all of which serve the entire Chattahoochee Valley area including Eastern Georgia and Western Alabama. Jay has over 300 employees, all of whom are dedicated to serving the complete transportation needs of its customers.

Jay is the proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau Torch award for the highest standard of treatment to its customers, and is sponsor of many events at Ft. Benning, including the Best Ranger Competition. At Jay "it is all about the customer" and that is not just a slogan but a way of life.

About Operation Homefront Georgia
Operation Homefront Georgia provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. For more information about Operation Homefront Georgia please visit or call 770-973-0014.

Steve Kinkade
Ally Financial Inc.

Liz Fichtel
Operation Homefront

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