Van Horn "Pays-it-Forward" to the Sheboygan County Community


Last week, the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce held their 2017 Chamber Champions Gala at the Osthoff. Van Horn Automotive Group sponsored the Pay-it-Forward moment, which consists of a random drawing of the guests at the gala (local company employees) and a donation of $1,000 to the recipient of the winner's choosing.

Mike Tasche & Teresa Van Horn pick Scott Pieper as the Pay-it-Forward winner
at the Chamber Champions Gala 2017

Scott Pieper, Logistics Coordinator at Masters Gallery Foods, was the lucky recipient of the Pay-it-Forward moment. He choose to pay it forward to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, WI. He stated that he choose Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice as he had heard wonderful things about their care-giving and he recently had a friend pass away there. 

Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice is the only locally-owned, community-based hospice provider in Sheboygan County. They provide compassionate and high-quality end of life care for local community members in home and at their facility in Sheboygan Falls.

Van Horn has sponsored the Pay-it-Forward donation for the past three years, benefiting other local organizations such as the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund and
RCS Empowers Inc. 

Teresa Van Horn believes it is very important as a pillar of the communities we live to give back to the community and support one another. "We have been very fortunate to have the support of our communities these past 50 years.  Pay-it-forward gives us the opportunity to say thank you and give the community the additional opportunity to help each other out.  The support that communities receive from our business and the many other businesses will help us to continue to grow and remain strong for the future," says Van Horn.

Scott Pieper & Teresa Van Horn present check to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice

For more information about the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, please visit

Van Horn Donates Chevrolet Volt to Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County


A Chevrolet Volt will soon be zipping around Sheboygan County over the noon hour thanks to the continued generosity of the Van Horn Automotive Group. As a direct result from a pilot program with Sheboygan Aurora Medical Center, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County began delivering meals to the far reaches of Sheboygan County, affectionately known as the “hinterland” among those who deliver meals. This resulted in a need for a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Immediately after learning about the need of an eco-friendly vehicle, Van Horn quickly offered to donate a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. Van Horn has provided a three-year lease, for the gas-electric hybrid, and offered Meals On Wheels the option to purchase the Volt at the end of the lease for just $1.

Teresa Van Horn presenting the Chevrolet Volt to Meals on Wheels Representative

 “I mentioned to Dave Heather, a long-time Meals On Wheels supporter and former owner of Lakeland Automotive, that we could use an economical vehicle for our expanding county route. He offered to reach out to his friends in the automotive world, and Teresa Van Horn immediately jumped in to help – again. We are so blessed to have generous people like Dave and Teresa, and companies like Van Horn Automotive Group in our community. We can’t thank them enough,” said Meals On Wheels CEO Kelly Heyn.

Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County has grown from one route in Sheboygan in 1970
to 29 routes serving the entire county today. Two years ago, after hearing about Meals
On Wheels’ need for a garden vehicle, Van Horn donated a 2000 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck.

- Article written by Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County

To learn more about Meals of Wheels of Sheboygan County, visit:

Van Horn Employee's Give Back to Salvation Army


It's that time of year again. The time to remember to love thy neighbor, promote peace on earth, and give back in your communities. Van Horn wanted to give back this year and partnered with the Salvation Army to do so.

The first weekend in December Van Horn employee's, including Teresa Van Horn, reached out to the community by committing their time to bell ring at the Plymouth Walmart.

From 8:00 to Noon, Van Horn employee's greeted Saturday morning shoppers with cheery songs and thank you's in order to raise money for the Salvation Army. Van Horn pledged to match all donations that were donated during the time of the Van Horn bell ringers.

We are still waiting on the total amount, but there will be updates to follow.

Van Horn Employees Cathy Schultz, Lindsey Nygaard,
and Hillary Kammerzelt spreading some holiday cheer

For the past month, Van Horn locations have had little Christmas tree's displayed with families names and gifts in each store. Each tree represents two families from the community that the Salvation Army has selected to help out this holiday season.

Van Horn Employee's volunteered to take a tag or more and buy each gift on the tag. We had an overwhelming response from our employees. Here are the results from our Plymouth Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family.

Ginger Weimer of the Salvation Army, Sarah Rieder and
Tina Tasche presenting the gifts to the Salvation Army

The gifts will be distributed by the Salvation Army to each family anonymously this weekend. 

Van Horn is proud to support the Salvation Army this Christmas. After all, Dr. Suess said it best with his line "Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

Van Horn Truck Center Congratulates Ram Cave Winner


With the end of August, came the end of our Ram Cave Sweepstakes. Our lucky winner was Janice Earing from Illinois.

Janice is the lucky winner of a Ram Cave from Ram that includes a recliner, a 60" screen TV, a Weber gas grill, a Ram neon clock, a mini refrigerator, a Van Horn Travel Care gift basket, a Ram hat, and more! Congratulations, Janice!

The drawing ran from the July 23rd Grand Opening of the Truck Center until the end of August. For more details about the Truck Center, visit

Ram Cave winner, Janice Earing, with family and Ram Cave items

Van Horn Donates a Dodge Dart to United Way


Van Horn donated a Dodge Dart to United Way for their Annual Campaign Sweepstakes. The Dodge Dart came from our Manitowoc location, First Chrysler of Manitowoc. 

To enter to win the Dodge Dart, you can donate $104 (it can be broken up into weekly payments) to the United Way of Manitowoc County, Inc. until December 31, 2016. See details below.

To find out more details, visit their Facebook page:

Kyle Fale, Greg Fencl, and Taylor Kopidlansky presenting the Dodge Dart to United Way of Manitowoc County.

Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Hosts Truck Center Ribbon Cutting


This past Thursday, August 11th, 2016, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted the Van Horn Truck Center open house which consisted of a ribbon cutting and appetizers with members of the community.

The Van Horn Truck Center opened July 23, 2016, and has made a splash in the community with the amount of trucks they offer. Van Horn employees and the members of the community came together to see the new center and to welcome the new business.

The Van Horn Truck Center, the tenth and newest addition to the Van Horn locations, is expected to bring in customers state-wide with its large selection of Ram and Chevrolet Trucks. 

Learn more at

Teresa Van Horn, COO and Adam Gaedke, GM cut the ribbon at the Van Horn Truck Center open house

Van Horn Sign & Drive Raises Money for Generations in Plymouth


In early July, Generations, an inter-generational center located in Plymouth, WI had a family fun night and Van Horn hosted a sign & drive at this event. Van Horn is proud to announce a grand total of 22 test drives that raised $440 for Generations!

Joann Wieland and other Generations employees gathered around to accept the sign & drive check this past week.

Teresa Van Horn presents the Sign & Drive check to Generations employees