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Van Horn Donates Van to Sheboygan County Humane Society

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017


It's officially spring, and to kick the season off, Van Horn Automotive Group has donated a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring to the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society is an open admissions shelter (that turns no homeless animals away) located in Sheboygan, WI. For over 50 years, they have been providing care for the lost and mistreated  animals of Sheboygan County. They take care of 2,500 pets a year, so every donation they get helps so much. Leah Helms, Executive Director of the Sheboygan County Humane Society, said that food and care-taking costs add up to about $275/animal. 

“The employee owners at Van Horn hold a special place in their heart for animals. They are the innocent ones. They don't have the power to protect themselves in our society. Van Horn really wants to help those who are innocent victims,” says Chuck Van Horn.

Van Horn is very fortunate to be able to donate a van to help with some of the organizations needs for the pets. They often need vans to pick up large donations, to bring animals to vet services, to bring in aluminum cans to get weighed and turned in, and to run errands. It is important to have transportation methods to rescue abused or neglected animals from a poor environment.  The vans also help with transport to adopt-a-pet events and to local assisted living facilities to bring the pets for visits with the patients.

Leah Helms wanted to thank Van Horn saying,“When a community joins together we can do powerful things. Thank you Van Horn for supporting SCHS; together we are making our community a better place to live.”

Adam Gaedke, General Manager, presenting keys to the Sheboygan County Humane Society 

To learn more about the Sheboygan County Humane Society, visit them at 3107 North 20th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53083 or online at

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Teresa Van Horn designates Movers and Shakers Donation to Samaritans Hand

Friday, March 24th, 2017


On May 20th, Teresa Van Horn will take the stage at Lakeland University's annual event, the Movers and Shakers gala. This year, the event features 7 local celebrities that will dance with a professional dancer in hopes of winning a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Teresa has chosen Samaritans Hand of Sheboygan, Wisconsin to be the recipient of the donation. 

Samaritans Hand is the only faith-based, non-profit, drug and alcohol clinic that helps recovering addicts in the Sheboygan County area. Established in March 2011, the outpatient clinic has grown and blossomed within the community. Kent “Kully” Kollath, the Director of Samaritans Hand, said in the last two months, they have helped over 200 people alone.

Samaritans Hand holds completely anonymous group sessions in Sheboygan at their location on 8th street, at Word of Grace Church in Sheboygan Falls, and at New Life Community Church in Plymouth. They want to get the word out to the community about their services in order to help as many people as they possibly can.

Van Horn Automotive Group has donated $40,000 to Samaritans Hand in order to help them continue the good they are doing within the community. All the money donated to Samaritans Hand stays in the Sheboygan County communities which really helps clean up our local communities and helps provide safer environments to live in. As Kully stated, “Drugs are about supply and demand. If we take away their demand, the drug dealers will move on.”

Teresa Van Horn stated, “I chose Samaritan’s Hand because there is such a great need for their services in our county.  Drug and alcohol addiction has adversely affected the lives of too many people.  Helping them and their families overcome that addiction and getting back to leading happy, successful lives is crucial.” 

From right to left: Julie Conard, Program Administrator, Samaritan's Hand, Teresa Van Horn, COO, Van Horn Automotive, and Kent “Kully” Kollath, Director, Samaritan's Hand

Samaritan's Hand executive director Kully Kollath also said,”that as a non-profit, it's not about stock piling money, but more like we put the funds to work for us.  The more money we raise, the more people we can help & ultimately the better our community becomes.”

To vote for Teresa for Movers and Shakers and help get the donation to Samaritan's Hand, please visit and vote for Teresa!

To learn more about Samaritans Hand and how you can get involved please visit:

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

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


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

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