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McElveen Buick GMC, Summerville, South Carolina
The McElveen legacy of charitable giving began with an endowment from Doug McElveen’s parents. Mac Gives Back allocates that a percentage of every retail vehicle sale goes back to the community. That’s a total of $100,000 annually that helps a number of local groups, including the Red Cross.
But Doug’s support doesn’t stop there. He also provides a pickup to the Red Cross for use in disaster relief during hurricane season. It’s something with which Doug has had a very personal experience. “The worst storm ever for this dealership was Hurricane Hugo in September, 1989 — a direct hit on Charleston. It tore the dealership in half with over 150 vehicles damaged.”
Mac Gives Back is also involved in fund-raising for a new children’s hospital in Charleston, which will be part of the University of South Carolina Medical Center.
“We’ve been fortunate,” says Doug. “We want to do our part. In America, auto dealers take pride in being leaders in our communities. For everything he’s done in business and in our community, my dad was honored as the South Carolina Dealer of the Year, his greatest honor as a dealer. As his son, I plan to keep the tradition going.”