Indian River County Award Recipients 2017



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


                                                        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