Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford, presents the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce with a check for $30,000 on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Chamber President Anne Gill received the check.

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Last year San Tan Ford gave the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce its largest-ever single donation of $30,000 and this August, the auto dealership is set to do it again.

In the month of August, San Tan Ford will donate $100 to the chamber for every vehicle sold. Last year San Tan Ford held the same fundraiser in July. A goal of $25,000 was set and the company was able to raise $30,000. This year, Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford, said he estimates the amount could reach $40,000.

“The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber is honored to again work with San Tan Ford on this campaign,” said Anne Gill, president and CEO of the chamber. “They are a dedicated Ahwatukee Chamber member and believe that success should be shared.”

San Tan Ford was awarded 2011 Business of the Year by the chamber and in 2013, Hovik received the Spirit of Ahwatukee award for his support of the community. Hovik, an Ahwatukee resident, said the chamber has a special place in his heart.

“The Ahwatukee Foothills chamber is so much more about the community than just about business,” he said. “There are so many things that go on behind the scenes that make the Ahwatukee Foothills area such a great place to live. Most places, a chamber wouldn’t be responsible for these things, but this chamber fills in the cracks in Ahwatukee Foothills because they aren’t representing a city, they’re representing a village.”

Hovik said while he’s hoping the promotion will help the chamber, he also expects it to also aid his business.

“That’s the great thing about the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce is you try to marry business to community,” he said. “You try and create a lot of win-win situations. I think that’s what we’re trying to create with this promotion. We’re trying to give back to the community and at the same time, we’re trying to promote our business and let people know if you come and purchase a vehicle this month, not only are you getting a great product from San Tan Ford but you’re also helping the community as a whole.”

The campaign will kick off with a “give back” party on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at San Tan Ford, located at 1429 E. Motorplex Loop in Gilbert. Chamber members and the community are invited to see and test-drive the latest vehicles in the Ford lineup while enjoying food, beverages and entertainment.

As part of the promotion, many chamber groups and events will be held at San Tan Ford during August For more information about the promotion, visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com or www.santanford.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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