Grappone Automotive Group Supports Plymouth State University

June 16th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
The Grappone Automotive Group has joined the group of business leaders supporting the Active Living, Learning and Wellness (ALLWell) Center at Plymouth State University through the purchase of Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) tax credits. To recognize their gift, PSU will designate the entrance lobby of the new ice arena in honor of the Grappone Automotive Group.

Plymouth State’s ALLWell Center will integrate academics, athletics and recreation in one area and create an environmentally sustainable complex that will eventually replace the existing Physical Education Center. Phase one of ALLWell, an ice arena and welcome center, is slated to open this summer, with community events planned for September and October.

Grappone Automotive Group has been a family-run business since 1924 and has a long legacy of philanthropy. Company owner Robert J. Grappone says Plymouth State’s ALLWell Center is a good match for the organization’s philanthropic philosophy.

“Our philosophy from the beginning has been to do what we can with the resources we have available,” Grappone said, noting that generations of the Grappone family share that passion for supporting local communities. “The ALLWell Center represents such a great opportunity, and we are happy to support the ice arena and the region.”

Grappone and his wife, Beverly, have been significant supporters of the New Hampshire Technical Institute nursing program and Concord Hospital. They have also worked closely with Easter Seals in fighting autism and with many other local organizations.

In 2006 Robert Grappone received the Ford Motor Company Salute to Dealers Award. In presenting the award Edsel Ford said, “Bob Grappone’s dedication to enriching the lives of people in his community is a commitment that extends beyond his showrooms. He is an inspiration.”

“Plymouth State University is so pleased to partner with the Grappone Automotive Group around the ALLWell Center,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “Both organizations are deeply invested in the economic and cultural vitality of the region, so it is fitting to have the Grappone Automotive Group name represented in a prominent place on campus. We are grateful for their continued support of our mission, our students and the region, in so many meaningful ways.”

Grappone Automotive Group’s support of the ALLWell Center is just one example of partnership with PSU. College of Business Administration (COBA) Dean Trent Boggess says the academic partnerships Plymouth State has developed with Grappone Automotive Group provide opportunities for both organizations, offering real-world experience for talented students and potential additions to the workforce.

Grappone CEO Larry Haynes, who is a 1986 PSU alumnus and member of the University’s President’s Council, has facilitated a job fair at PSU for students with interest in working in the automotive industry. He says, “We think that the Grappone-PSU relationship has been beneficial to both sides. Plymouth State does a fantastic job of preparing students to enter the business world. We are fortunate to have a first-class institution in Plymouth State University, willing and able to work with New Hampshire businesses.

“It’s exciting to see the PSU ice arena project nearing completion. We are proud to have the primary arena entrance to this wonderful facility designated the Grappone Automotive Group Lobby. This facility will be great for PSU and its students and for hockey fans throughout New Hampshire.”

Plymouth State University’s ice arena will serve as a facility for instruction and research in ice activities, a home for Panther varsity women’s and men’s ice hockey teams and a site for student recreation as well as community and club hockey and skating. The facility also features a welcome center that will provide an attractive meeting place and services for prospective students, parents and visitors to the campus and to the towns of Plymouth and Holderness and the wider region.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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