From Left to Right:  Elaine Jones, Carolyn Kleinpeter, Janie Hoover , Jonathan Hardie, Will Dyer and John Dyer

                                                    THE MAIN STREET VERO BEACH

In June of 2008, the Dyer Difference Award program was created for giving back to the local community. An award committee is made up of the management team at Dyer. The award is presented on behalf of Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru and salutes a 501©3 non-profit organization in Indian River County that is truly making a difference. The Dyer family and management team is committed to recognizing those organizations whose service and contributions proactively build Indian River County into a strong and caring community.

On January 16, 2017, The "Dyer! Difference Award" was presented to Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) in recognition of their outstanding achievements and notable efforts in making our community a better place to live. Those accepting the award was Elaine Jones, Executive Director of MSVB, Carolyn Kleinpeter, MSVB Administrative Assistant and Janie Graves Hoover, President of the MSVB Board of Directors. Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru salutes Main Street Vero Beach for making a difference.

Main Street Vero Beach is a non-profit 501©3 organization whose mission is to promote Historic Downtown. MSVB is a membership based organization comprised of business property owners, residents, government, business and professional people that are dedicated to the promotion of civic pride in our community to make downtown an attractive, safe place to live, shop, work and play.


From Left to Right: Carl Fountain, Jonathan Hardie, Wayne Howard, Tatiana & Will Dyer

                                                Indian River County Firefighters

The Dyer Difference Award was presented  to The Indian River County Firefighters' Fair in recognition of their outstanding achievements and notable efforts in making our community a better place to live. Present to accept the Award was Wayne Howard, General Manager of The Firefighters' IRC Fair .

Dyer Auto Group will support the 2017 Firefighters's Indian River County Fair.  This event will be held at Indian River County Fair Grounds From March 10th to March 19th with approximately 50.000 attendees offers an environment of family of fun and entertainment . The Dyer Auto Group is pleased to sponsor in particular "the Carload Night" on Monday March 13th. All Passengers in a vehicle (7 maximum are buckled in individual seat-belted) will receive gate admission and unlimited ride wristband for $70.00 per vehicle, that is a $10.00 p/p. A savings of up to $161.00.  This has been an ever growing promotion each year. For More information about the Firefighters' Fair call 772.562.2974 or go online to ww.firefightersfair.org


                                                        LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS


Left to Right: Hunter & Seth Pietsch, Loretta Kaul (Secretary) and Angel Pietsch (Executive Director), Jonathan Hardie, Will Dyer & John Dyer

Dyer Mazda Subaru and Dyer Chevrolet announced the recipient of the Dyer Difference Award for March: Little Birthday Angels which was created in 2014 by Angel Pietsch.  Angel had a vision to help those in need.  She and her two son’s Hunter and Seth, are involved in the community and identified a very specific need:  they wanted to provide birthday celebration to children residing in shelters around the Treasure Coast of Florida.   They started collecting donations and brought parties to the shelters on a child’s special day.  Their programs serve babies, young children and teens living in homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities and domestic violence programs

 In the past years, Little Birthday Angels, has provided gifts for teens at the Hibiscus Children’s Center, they also have established a monthly birthday party at The Safe Space for children celebrating their birthdays.  To date, 251 children have been touched by the Little Birthday Angels on their special day.   Little Birthday Angels provides decorations, gifts, goody bags, games, personalized cakes and cupcakes with all the fun of a traditional child’s birthday and has plans to add more shelters in the very near future.   

For more information on this program, to donate, or to volunteer please visit  http://www.littlebirthdayang



                                                  LIVE LIKE COLE FOUNDATION

Left to Right: John Dyer, Jonathan Hardie,  accepting the award  Elaine Coppola, Susan Gilchrist and Margaret Mattingly

          Dyer Chevrolet and Dyer Mazda Subaru presented the Dyer Difference Award along with a $3,000.00 check to April’s recipient: Live Like Cole Foundation.
The Live Like Cole Foundation is hosting the second annual charity Golf Tournament on June 17th at Grand Harbor Golf Club to help reach a $75,000 goal to help fund the fishing pier. The launch project for the Live Like Cole Foundation is the construction of a fishing pier in Riverside Park, The fishing pier will serve more than 7,300 people annually and will help introduce teens and children the joy of fishing and the need foe ecological preservation of the Indian River Lagoon.

          The Family and friends of Dr. Nick and Elaine Coppola have established a foundation in memory of their son, Cole Coppola. Cole an avid fisherman died as a result of injuries he suffered after being hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike on the Alma Lee Loy Bridge> the passionate manner in which Cole lived his life and the positive impact that he had on our community serves as an opportunity and a reminder to all of us to live each day to its fullest and to "Live Like Cole".

For more information on this event to help or to volunteer or donate please visit http://www.livelikecole.org



​                                         SPECIAL EQUESTRIANS OF TREASURE COST

 Left to Right  -  Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast board member Denise Jiruska accepts the May Dyer Difference Award for Indian River County from Will and Tatiana Dyer of Dyer Automotive Group.

​Vickie Penly has been involved with Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (SETC) in Vero Beach for many years as a volunteer. A therapeutic riding organization which provides horsemanship instruction to children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, the organization provides more than 1,200 lessons per year to groups and individuals of all ages. Multiple studies have shown tremendous physical improvements and psychological benefits after equine-assisted therapy including muscle functionality, postural control and motor function. Psychologically, therapeutic riding has also been associated with assisting individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, self-esteem and social issues.

To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback.   The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality.  Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength.

The horses, most of them in their 20's, seem to understand their roles, patiently waiting for disabled riders to position themselves and give them the "walk on" cue either by voice, cluck, or hand sign.  Children and adults change as soon as they get into the saddle.  For a little while, at least, they are in control of their lives.

The Special Equestrians' facility is located at 7280 53rd Street in Vero Beach, FL.   For more information, or if you wan tot volunteer please call phone number (772) 562-7603.  or visit their website http://www.specialequestrianstreasurecoast.org



​​                                        THE HIBISCUS CHILDREN'S CENTER 

Left to Right : Ken Novander, Tatiana Dyer, Co-Chair John Mitchell, Trevor McKnight, and Beckett Horner.

Hibiscus Children’s Center focuses on providing a safe place for abused, neglected, and abandoned children throughout the Treasure Coast, including Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties. In addition to providing safe and secure housing for children from birth to age 17, Hibiscus Children’s Center also coordinates a variety of programs to help the teenage residents increase life skills and assist with making wise choices upon leaving the shelters. For children who have experienced many obstacles in life, the rush to grow up is tempered by caring adult supervision and an opportunity to learn to make good life choices.

The advent of the Career Pathways Program in 2011 has been an integral component of Hibiscus Children’s Center’s efforts to prepare the children for life. The program utilizes partnerships with local and national businesses and organizations such as Henkels and McCoy Training Services Group, Indian River State College, Indian River Chamber of Commerce, PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Builders Association, Indian River Sherriff’s Department, Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast, Wells Fargo Bank, and the School District of Indian River County. The Program establishes mentorship programs between its partners and the children staying at the Village. 

The Dyer award is helping to sponsor the 3rd Annual Vero Beach Smoke Inn Charity Golf Tournament  fund raising event held  on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Bent Pine Country Club and a live and silent auction.  Funds raised on this event will support the programs for the coming year. For more information or if you like to participate please contact Beckett Horner at becketth@gmail.com or (772) 559-1956 or visit www.verocigargolf.com





Indian River County – The July Dyer Difference Award for Indian River County recognizes the American Cancer Society. Pictured celebrating this month’s award are: Will and Tatiana Dyer, Dr. Daniel Glotzer, event lead chair, Theresa Woodson, Jenny Davis, Jonathan Hardie

                                    Dyer Difference Making Strides Against Cancer  

           The three words no one ever wants to hear from her health care professional are, “You have cancer.” And while those three words used to be akin to a death sentence, that is no longer the case, with more and more people surviving cancer and celebrating more birthdays. The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The organization’s dedication to research, education, serving and assisting individuals and families touched by cancer inspired the staff at Dyer Chevrolet in Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach to present the July Dyer Difference Award to the American Cancer Society in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties respectively.

In addition to groundbreaking research, the American Cancer Society provides services and education for those affected by cancer, with an increase of 21 percent of patients in need of assistance on the Treasure Coast from 2015 to 2016. Nearly 600 patients received assistance from support care programs in 2016, with many patients sharing that the support they received helped them beat the disease and become cancer survivors. Research and services are funded in part thanks to donations and fundraisers like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an annual walk which honors breast cancer survivors and raises awareness and funding to help reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and ultimately eliminating the disease.


                                                          SAVE THE CHIMPS

Left To Right: Indian River County The August Dyer Difference Award for Indian River County recognizes Save the Chimps. Accepting the award on their behalf from Dyer representatives Jonathan Hardie, Will and Tatiana Dyer were Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of special events, Laura Guttridge and Judy Van Saun both Chimps Kitchen Co-Chairs.

              The Indian River County Award and $3,000 check were presented to representatives from Save the Chimps. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, Save the Chimps is the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Save the Chimps was originally established to be a permanent home for chimpanzees once owned by the U.S. Air Force, but its purpose expanded to provide safe haven for other captive chimpanzees in the United States who were being used in research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade. STC provides lifetime care for more than 250 chimpanzees, which may translate to 50 years or more of daily, ongoing care. Accepting the award on the chimps behalf were Rebecca Rodriguez, Manager of special events, Laura Guttridge and Judy Van Saun both Co-Chairs of the organization’s annual Chimps Kitchen fundraiser.

Indian River County Award Recipients 2017