Van Horn Employees Help with Habitat for Humanity Build in Fond Du Lac


Yesterday, ten Van Horn employees volunteered their time to day one on a Habitat for Humanity build. The house is located in Fond Du Lac, WI.

The build was organized by Brian Wieland (Joann Van Horn Wieland's Son). The employees included Amy Horness, Niki Meixensperger, Cathy Schultz, Sarah Rieder, Deidre D'Amato, Shellie Miller, Sandy Schaefer, Steve Gottsacker, Brian Weiland, and Teresa Van Horn. 

The build began at 8:00 AM and went until 4:00 PM. Tom Wilhelms, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, ReStore and Joel, Habitat for Humanity Contractor. Joel worked with the Van Horn Employees to go through each step of the building process.

The goal was to deck a floor. At the end of the day, the foundation, crossbeam, and joists of the house were built up and half of the floor was decked.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit:

From left to right: Brian Wieland, Shellie Miller, John, Steve Gottsacker, Brennan Van Horn, Casey Van Horn, Teresa Van Horn, Sandy Schaefer, Sarah Rieder, Amy Horness. Deidre D'Amato, Cathy Schultz.

Van Horn Auto Group is Paying it Forward to Junior Achievement


On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual meeting and awards dinner. The guest speaker was Scott Walker and it took place at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. Van Horn Auto Group was honored by winning Large Business of the Year!

Van Horn Auto Group also created another Pay-it-Forward donation. Van Horn donated $1,000 dollars to a randomly selected participant at the event. That person then decides what local organization or charity they would like the money to go to. 

The recipient was Jodi Schoerner of Masters Gallery Foods. Jodi decided to Pay-It-Forward to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin which helps kids learn about entrepreneurship, financial responsibilities, and future career choices and responsibilities.

"Considering the state of Wisconsin has virtually no requirements for personal finance education JA ECD is well positioned to educate our young people to own their personal economic success.  At Junior Achievement we have core curriculum approved and academic career path approved programs to meet the needs of the students, teachers and state and federal requirements," says Mary Monday, Junior Achievement District Director.

Junior Achievement in the East Central District is very well positioned in the elementary schools.  A goal for the 15-16 year includes expansion of the path into the middle and high schools district-wide to increase financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurial programs.

Another goal is to increase the volunteer force to present the Junior Achievement programs in the middle and high school classrooms. The volunteers bring the relevant and hands on programs to life in the classrooms. 

Having been around since 1919, Junior Achievement is all about the students and their direct connection and interaction with the community.

To learn more information or volunteer for Junior Achievement visit: 

From Left to Right: Teresa Van Horn, COO of Van Horn Automotive Group; Jon Grosshuesch, President of the Oostburg State Bank and Vice Chairman for Junior Achievement in the East Central District; Jodi Schoerner, Masters Gallery Foods; and Steve Heun, CFO of the Vollrath Company and Chairman for Junior Achievement int he East Central District

Van Horn Auto Group Donates to Plymouth Youth Baseball


Plymouth Youth Baseball in Plymouth is being sponsored by the Van Horn Auto Group who has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program. Van Horn is providing new equipment, a monetary contribution, and hosting a Test Drive fundraiser for community members to earn extra donations for their leagues.

2016 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s 11th year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2015, more than 1,400 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Van Horn Auto Group will present the Plymouth Youth Baseball with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, scorebooks, catcher’s gear and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts.

In addition, Van Horn Auto Group will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Plymouth Youth Baseball.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Laehn.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit

This release was written and contributed by GM dealer programs.

Rodney Steffen presenting the Plymouth Youth Baseball Association with  donation check in June 2015

Van Horn donates to Sheboygan County's Maki Family


At the end of January, a tragic fire changed the lives of Sheboygan Fall's Maki family. The family lost three member's on the night of January 26th. Van Horn Chevrolet pledged to donate 5% of all body shop, service, and parts profits from the month of February to the Maki family. $2,500 came from parts, $650 came from service, and $1,850 came from the body shop, creating a total donation of $5,000.

Yesterday, (March 16, 2016) Ryan Passini, the uncle of the Maki children, accepted the donation on behalf of the family.

Van Horn appreciates every customer who helped make this donation possible. A community stands together and we are happy to be able to contribute in this time of tragedy.

If you would like to make a donation of your own, visit here to learn more:

Van Horn Chevrolet's Body Shop Manager, Bruce Vreeke, presenting Ryan Passini with donation

Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund receives Pay-It-Forward Donation


Yesterday, Teresa Van Horn and Shannon Laehn met up with Gregg Voigt of Curt G. Joa, Tim Renzelmann, Vice President of the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund, and Bill Marklein of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce to present them with the
Pay-it-Forward donation from the Sheboygan County Chamber Champions Gala held on February 25th.

Gregg Voigt decided to Pay-it-Forward to the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. The Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund is a charitable organization that gives "gestures" to eligible cancer care patients and cancer survivors. They want to help as many people as possible with the money they raise, and a gesture provides things as small as wigs to as large as help with medical expenses.

Since 2002, SCCCF has approved hundreds of gestures totaling more that $900,000 in worth to help cancer patients and survivors. They want to help assist with the financial burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis. 

SCCCF also offers a variety of healthy living programs to cancer patients and survivors such as "Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors" and "Up the River WITH a Paddle." To learn more about the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund and all the good that they do visit them at

L-R:SCCCF “Beacon of Hope” mascot, Gregg Voigt – Curt Goa, Teresa Van Horn – Van Horn Automotive, Bill Marklein – Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Laehn – Van Horn Automitive, Tim E. Renzelmann – SCCCF.

Van Horn Donates to Habitat for Humanity


With the weather warming up and winter coming to a close, it's almost construction season in Wisconsin again. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization that builds homes with and for people in need. In the United states alone, there are over 1,400 local branches. Across the world there are more than 70 organizations. Since 1976, 6.8 million people have been helped to improve their living conditions by Habitat for Humanity.

In Fond du Lac, WI Habitat for Humanity's ReStore takes donations of gently used housing items such as building materials, furniture, accessories, and appliances. They then resell the items for bargain prices. They also have helped 107 family members into completed homes in Fond du Lac county.

Van Horn Automotive Group donated a RAM 2500 and $5,000 to the Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity to help them continue their meaningful work.

To send in your own donation or volunteer check out the Habitat here:

Teresa Van Horn presenting the truck and check to Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac

Van Horn Automotive Donates to Two Local Gala Events


Van Horn Employees were present at two events this past Thursday (February 25, 2016) in order to donate a total of $1,700 to local businesses. The two events were the Annual Sheboygan County Chamber Champions Gala held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI and the Samaritan's Hand Annual Gala held at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI.

2/25/15 - Banquet table at the Annual Sheboygan County Chamber Champions Gala 

The Samaratian's Hand Annual Fundraising Gala was a fundraising event for the faith based drug & alcohol outpatient clinic of the same name in the Sheboygan, WI. The gala included fundraising opportunities such as a silent auction, raffle ticket sales, a live auction, and a reverse auction (staring with a large dollar amount and having people promise a donation in that amount.) Over 200 people were at the event.

Van Horn donated $500 to the event and Teresa Van Horn designated an additional $50 donation per Van Horn Attendee at the event. With four employees at the event the final donation came to $700 to Samaritan's Hand. 

To find out more about their organization, please visit them at:

Testimonial given by Samaritan's Hand Participant
Bible passage center pieces that were auctioned off
Van Horn employees who attended. From left to right:
Sarah Rieder, Digital Marketing Specialist
Alex Laganowski, Customer Relations Specialist
Christine Lehmann, Customer Relations Manager

The Annual Sheboygan County Chamber Champions Gala was an awards ceremony that recognized local businesses for their success and achievements. More than 660 people attended the event.

Van Horn donated $1,000 to the event toward the Pay-it-Forward campaign. The Pay-it-Forward campaign takes donations and chooses a random Gala attendee to decide which Sheboygan County charity will receive the money.

Teresa Van Horn presented the check to Gregg Voigt of Curt C. Joa, Inc who was the random attendee picked. Voigt decided to donate the money to the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund.

To learn more about the Sheboygan County Chamber visit them here:

To learn more about the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund visit them here:
Teresa Van Horn & Gregg Voigt presenting the Pay It Forward check that will be donated to the Sheb. Co. Cancer Care Fund
Teresa Van Horn and Shannon Laehn choosing the Gala attendee to pick their charity of choice
Several Sheboygan County Chamber  awards
All the attendees at the Sheboygan County Chamber Champions Gala