YMCA Honors Leading Honda Dealer With 2010 Community Enrichment Award

Jun 18, 2010, 07:31 ET from Hamilton Honda

HAMILTON, N.J., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The YMCA announced that Mike Saporito and five-time NFL Pro-Bowler Jessie Armstead, co-owners of Hamilton Honda, have been honored with YMCA's prestigious 2010 Community Enrichment Award. The award, granted to community leaders who make an extraordinary impact on the YMCA's ability to meet critical social needs, was presented to Saporito and Armstead at the 22nd Annual Spring Ball at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey.

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"Mike and Jessie are being recognized not only for the kind and generous support of the YMCA, but also for the multitude of other organizations they've helped," said James J. Fell, CEO of Hamilton Area YMCA.

Over the past year, the Hamilton Honda co-owners have focused intensely on giving back to their local communities by assisting the YMCA, one of America's largest and most effective social not-for-profit organizations. To this end, the Hamilton Honda owners and their employees have worked tirelessly to fulfill YMCA's mission of helping children, families and individuals reach their full potential.

The partnership between YMCA and Hamilton Honda's Saporito and Armstead was also lauded by Governor Christie of New Jersey. "I commend the YMCA for its dedicated efforts to improving the welfare of others and I commend these honorees for their commitment, generosity, dedication and philanthropic support," the Governor said.

In a senate draft resolution, New Jersey Senator Tom Goodwin said that, "The people of the state of New Jersey are genuinely indebted to dedicated businesses, exemplified by Hamilton Honda, which are dedicated to improving the effectiveness of their communities and the quality of life for their neighbors. Hamilton Honda has established a model to emulate and set a standard of excellence towards which others might strive." The mayor of Hamilton Township, John F. Bencivengo, also issued high praise for the work of Saporito and Armstead, noting that, "Hamilton Honda has significantly contributed to the success of the Hamilton area."

It's Hamilton Honda's mesh of community awareness and friendly business practices that helped Saporito and Armstead grow the dealership into one of the world's largest Honda dealers, despite being in business for only one year.

"The YMCA and the people that work there make a huge impact and we hope we can do our small part to support their great mission," says Mike Saporito. Co-owner Jessie Armstead noted that, "There is nothing more fulfilling than to help kids reach their potential. For us as individuals and as a local business, it's an honor to have that kind of impact."

About Mike Saporito

Mike Saporito is an entrepreneur and 24-year-veteran of the automotive industry who has achieved a rare industry milestone by generating more than two billion dollars of automotive sales while representing Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan and Lexus. Hamilton Honda, Saporito's newest Honda dealership, recently sky-rocketed into the top 10 Honda retailers in the world within one year of opening its doors. Saporito is also a key supporter of the international YMCA, volunteering his time and raising funds to help further the organization's mission. Saporito is also an active supporter of the Children's Miracle Network, Jimmy's Fund, YWCA, SKOR, and Ryan's Quest.

About Jessie Armstead

Jessie Armstead is co-owner of Hamilton Honda, one of the top 10 largest and fastest growing Honda dealerships in the world. Prior to his turn in the auto industry, Armstead played 11 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, and went to the Pro-Bowl five times. In addition to his work at Hamilton Honda, Armstead works hard for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including YMCA, DARE, Cystic Fibrosis, My Sisters Place, Giants Academy, ASC Football Camp, City Meals on Wheels and Make a Wish Foundation.

About Hamilton Honda

Hamilton Honda opened its 65,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Hamilton, New Jersey on May 19, 2009.  The dealership, located on a 12 acre campus in central New Jersey, was founded by Automotive Veteran Mike Saporito and 5-time NFL pro-bowler Jessie Armstead. After only one year in business, Hamilton Honda sky-rocketed into the top 10 Honda retailers in the world.  Hamilton's extraordinary growth is a result of their active community involvement and their discounted volume pricing strategy which gives consumers guaranteed low prices, free oil changes and car washes for life. New Jersey Senator Tom Goodwin recognized that "Hamilton Honda has become an important member of the New Jersey business community since in its first year, Hamilton is employing more than 100 individuals and has generated more than $90 million in sales revenue, with 4, 600 new and used cars sold and another 27,000 serviced."

About YMCA

THE NATION'S 2,686 YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on our collective strength as of one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the United States.

Today's YMCAs serve thousands of U.S. communities, uniting 21 million children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. Their reach and impact can be seen in the millions of lives touched every year.  At every stage of life, YMCAs are there to help children, families and individuals reach their full potential.

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