Dealership, foundation help veterans
by Joel Danoy
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Artist Joe Lee (left) talks about a painting he made for the Vets and Vines Foundation while Deborah and Tony Pappas, co-owners of Premier Automotive, look on. Copies of the painting that is on display at the 3460 Naglee Road dealership through May can be purchased, with proceeds going to the foundation. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Artist Joe Lee (left) talks about a painting he made for the Vets and Vines Foundation while Deborah and Tony Pappas, co-owners of Premier Automotive, look on. Copies of the painting that is on display at the 3460 Naglee Road dealership through May can be purchased, with proceeds going to the foundation. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A local car dealership is donating a portion of its May profits and opening its showroom to art sales to support a nonprofit organization that reintegrates members of the military back into a civilian lifestyle.

During May, the painting “For Freedom” by Carmel Valley-based artist Joe Lee, will be on display for purchase in the showroom of Premier Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep at 3460 Naglee Road.

Lee is donating 50 percent of the sale of the limited edition print — priced at a discount of $400 — to the Vets & Vines Foundation.

He spent four days painting the piece, which also comes framed. Only 5,000 prints will be sold.

“It really turned out better than I thought it would, so I thought about reproducing it,” Lee said. “I started realizing that something could be done with this. I wanted to start my own nonprofit to help the military, but then I found Vets & Vines.”

Josh Laine, founder of Vets & Vines, said the foundation gives veterans a job at Valor Winery in Livermore, where he teaches them skills relating to viticulture, agriculture and livestock.

Many of the veterans in this generation have a large amount of debt, have poor credit and have trouble making purchases, such as a home or car. Working at the winery gives the veterans the structure they need when first discharged, he said.

“It’s a brotherhood, a tight-knit group that supports each other in the transition from military to civilian life,” Lane said. “When men and women in the military come home, it’s not easy for them to just start over. We want them to be comfortable and have options so that they can start contributing in the civilian life as soon as possible.”

Debbie Pappas, community outreach director for Premier, said the dealership supports a local nonprofit group each month.

A portion of Premier’s sales in May will be donated to the foundation.

“We couldn’t be happier to be supporting Vets & Vines because they are working for a great cause and they need the exposure, so it was an obvious choice for us to work with them,” Pappas said. “It’s a great painting and we’re really excited to have it here in our showroom.”

The painting can be viewed at the dealership and purchased on Lee’s website or the Vets & Vines Foundation website.

For information: www.joeleeart.com, www.vvfusa.org or call Joe Lee at 401-5283.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.
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May 22, 2013
That's thoughtful of the newest dealership in town to be involved with the community and Vets. The previous owners of Tracy Dodge was not involved like this new dealership Premier Chrysler! Hope to see more involvement :)


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