Owasco Giving Back

Mayfest – Community BBQ and Charity Event

Our annual Mayfest Day is a community involvement day where we invite families to join us for a free BBQ where Bob is the head chef and burger tosser! This free fun filled family event includes a petting zoo, paint ball shooting, jumping castle, pit stop challenge and much more. Owasco matches any donations collected at Mayfest with the total funds being given to the Lakeridge Health Foundation. Thank you to everyone who came out this year, we hope to see you next May!!

We hope to see you again next year!

Lakeridge Health Foundation

Owasco was more than happy to contribute and participate at the InspirEVE Annual Gala for the Lakeridge Health Foundation. Owasco is known for always looking for ways to give back to the community and inspire others to do the same. The funds raised at this gala have been earmarked to support the building and outfitting of a new Interventional Radiology suite at Lakeridge Health which will help double the number of procedures and significantly reduce wait times.

The gala was successful in raising over $207,000 which will be put towards providing better, faster and safer care for all patients. We were more than happy to be part of this event and look forward to future events in helping out the community.

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Northumberland’s Hills Hospital

Owasco was more than happy to contribute to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation. This was the first time that Owasco took part in this Gala and we were glad to help raise funds which will be used to purchase lifesaving medical equipment for the hospital. This year was especially great because the gala was able to raise the most funds on record and we were glad to be a part of it. Owasco doesn’t only just give back to the Durham Region community but we also extend our arms to neighbouring communities and we look forwards to reaching out more.

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Town of Whitby/Salvation Toy Drive “Stuff A Bug”

Once again this year, Owasco Volkswagen together with the Town of Whitby, provided a New Volkswagen Beetle for its annual Stuff-a-Bug campaign. Many years ago, Bob came up with an idea of stuffing a car with toys for the kids in need. Starting with Whitby’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Celebration Square, followed by participating in Whitby’s Santa Claus Parade, the Stuff-A-Bug is then parked at Iroquois Park Sports Complex where it remains inside for people to stuff the car full of toys.

This campaign is so successful and recognized by the people of Whitby that in the last few years we have had to empty the car several times to accommodate the volume. In addition to the toys, food is also collected and in partnership with The Salvation Army all proceeds are distributed to less fortunate families within the Durham Region.

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Owasco VW is a Proud Sponsor and Participant of the Eric Lindros Celebrity Hockey Classic

Owasco’s purpose of their participation of this great event and charity is to raise money for children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario. Easter Seals helps kids BE KIDs and your support is integral to our success! This event is for anyone who loves a to play a great hockey game for an amazing cause, and this is anyone’s chance to play with friends, family, colleagues, and some of hockey’s greatest players.

Thank you for all your support! Owasco has raised $12,695 for the 2016 season. To learn more and to sponsor us for future Easter Seals events please visit Eric Lindros Hockey Tournament – OR CLICK HERE!

iSupport Lakeridge Campaign – Drive For Dollars

Owasco is a proud sponsor of the Lakeridge Health Foundation and support of their iSupport Lakeridge campaign towards raising funds for improving the Lakeridge hospital with bringing the newest and most innovative technology for safer health care to the Durham Region.

Canadian Cancer Society Appreciation

The Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledges Owasco Inc. For your dedication to the fight against cancer.

Because of you, we have more impact against more cancers in more communities than any other cancer charity in Canada!


The Rotary Park of Port Perry thanks Owasco for our valued support at this years Spring Gala on Saturday April 23rd. The event was a great success and raised over $47,000!


Owasco’s Stuff an Audi – Toy Drive

Owasco Audi participated in their Annual “Stuff an Audi For Santa Toy Drive”. Owasco Audi set up a New Audi Q3 at the Oshawa Tree Lighting Ceremony, as well as at the Oshawa Civic Centre during the month of December. Owasco asked the Durham Region to bring any unwrapped Christmas Gift to be donated to the children of women who are assisted by The Denise House. Owasco would like to thank the Durham Region for all of their gracious donations, and providing hope to the less fortune during the Holiday Season.


Owasco RV – Food Truck Frenzy And Win Marathon Run

Owasco RV Centre is a proud sponsor of the Food Truck Frenzy event in Whitby. Owasco RV has donated an RV for the Food Truck Frenzy annual event and we have also provided financial donations for the WIN Marathon event.

Owasco Auto Group Family Days

Owasco Auto Group strives to improve employee morality by organizing fun filled family days. We invite Owasco employees and their families to join Owasco at the Oshawa Civic for a fun filled day of Soccer or Hockey. Owasco Auto Group’s Annual Family day has been a consistent success.

Whitby Minor Hockey

We are a proud sponsor of Whitby Minor Hockey recognizing a new “Clean Player” each year and providing that child with a cheque to pay for their registration and a banner bearing their name which is displayed in Iroquois Park Sports Centre. We are also proud Title Sponsors of Rink #3, one of six Ice Pads at the Sports Centre.

This year we were glad to give the “Clean Player” award to Lauren Lomer! We wish her and her family all the best in his future endeavors.

Owasco Audi – Clean Player Award & Oshawa Turul Soccer League

Owasco Audi is a proud and annual sponsor of Oshawa Turul Soccer League recognizing a new “Clean Player” Award. Each year Owasco Audi provides that child with a cheque to pay for their registration and a banner bearing their name. Under the four-year partnership, Owasco Audi will hold the naming rights to Field C in the new Civic Recreation Complex Fieldhouse where the “Clean Player” Award will be displayed.

Owasco Vehicle and Fire Prevention Week!

In honour of the launch of the Fire Safety Beetle the Whitby Fire Firefighters were educating the public on safety during Fire Prevention Week October 3rd-10th.

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Owasco Auto Group & PHS Electric Car

Owasco Auto Group provides assistance to Durham Region High Schools, in providing educational tools and donations to help build and shape the young minds of the Durham Region. The Owasco Auto Group contributed $1000.00 to the Pickering High School Automotive department. The generous donation, has been put towards the continuing research and construction of the Pickering High School’s electric car project. Owasco Auto Group is pleased to hear that the Electric Car Project has proceeded extremely well, and the first test run was a success!

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Durham College Marketing Advisory Committee & “DCMC”

Bob Verwey is a long standing member of the Marketing Program Advisory Committee for the local Durham College. This Committee represented by faculty, students and business people, ensures that the programs are in line with what is required for today’s young people to enter the work force. A program is in place at the dealership to supply local schools with unwanted tools and equipment for their shop needs.

Share Life

Owasco has partnered for many years with the Share Life organization providing vehicles for the Hole in One Challenge at their annual Golf Tournament. Bob has done door to door canvasing for his church to support of share life.

Relay for Life – Canadian Cancer Society

We are one of the biggest sponsors equaling Canadian Tire, CTV news and TD Bank for the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life Oshawa. Owasco is the official Survivor Sponsor at the Oshawa Relay, where Bob speaks from the heart about those touched by disease. When Owasco started working with the cancer society on the relay for life well over 15 years ago; very little money was being raised. Oshawa Relay alone now raises in excess of $500,000 each year. Owasco also enters it’s own Relay team consisting of employees and members of their family. The company received a long standing award for our support in the Relay for Life from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Owasco is a proud sponsor of The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life Event. We give prizes for those who have obtained the highest sponsorship in the Oshawa & Clarington Relay For Life Sponsorship Pledge Campaign.

We our proud to recognize this year’s top fundraisers:

1. Lizabeth Earle – $18,480 Raised
2. Ericka Swaby – $9,990.91 Raised
3. Maggie Lefevre – $7,206 Raised


1. Mary Stralak – $5160 Raised
2. Marissa Hendrikx – $4030 Raised

Hospital Foundations

We provide free weekend and weekly rentals of vehicles as prizes at many fundraising events throughout the year, ranging from local fashion shows to major Hospital Foundation Gala’s; Rouge Valley Hospital Foundation, Lakeridge Health Foundation and Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. Thousands of dollars are raised to benefit these foundations to support research and purchase equipment. We are currently supporting the Rouge Valley Hospital Foundation at their Gala in their efforts to purchase MRI machines.

City Of Oshawa’s Civic Recreation Complex

Owasco Audi & Audi Canada are proud partners of the City of Oshawa. Owasco Audi is the first corporate sponsor of the renewed Civic Recreation Complex. Under the four-year partnership, Owasco Audi & Audi Canada will hold the naming rights to Field C in the new Civic Recreation Complex Field House, an international FIFA-size artificial turf playing field.

In addition to investing in the community, the Corporate Partnership Program offers recognition and value added opportunities. With this partnership Owasco Audi is also able to offer use of this fine facility to its service customers (See Service Advisor For Details). We are encouraging our customers to visit and take advantage of the excellent amenities available at the complex.

The six-field Civic Recreation Complex is a premier sport training and competition facility. In addition to the new fieldhouse, facility amenities include: six-lane pool; fitness centre; four indoor tennis courts; two international squash courts; international-level track and field facility with stadium seating for 2,000, scoreboard and press box; and six meeting rooms including a tournament convener room. The family friendly facility also features a new outdoor accessible children’s playground, as well as the ‘Rec Room’ – an activity room with computers, large screen TVs; and gaming consoles.

Owasco Audi & The Denise House

Owasco Audi partners with The Denise House during the Holiday season, to raise gifts for the children of the Denise House. The Denise House is a local community women’s shelter that has helped more than 15,000 women and their children making a change in their life. Owasco Auto Group has been involved in community support services, fundraisers, foundations and charities since 1975.

Best Buddies Challenge

Owasco teamed with Audi Canada participating in the first, Best Buddies Challenge, a 5k/10k run in Toronto which raised money for the Best Buddies Organization. Bob ran his first and probably last 10K in true Verwey style. Owasco was recognized by Audi Canada for the highest number of participants, consisting of employees and their families. This was a very proud moment for all concerned.

Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity

Owasco donates a large sum each year to the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity, which is an organization of Global Missionaries founded by Mother Teresa. It is a humbling experience that Bob shares each year with a staff member when they go to present the cheque which provides help for the poorest of the poor. Vehicles are also provided (when needed) for the sisters to be transported to special events.

Movember Fundraiser Event

Owasco employees participated in the Movember fundraiser event in order to raise money for prostate cancer. Members in this event grew facial hair for the month of November in order to gain awareness and support over prostate cancer. Owasco was also involved in this event by matching donations raised by Owasco employees.

Owasco employees raised a total of $2,270 in this event.
Owasco Inc. contributed another $2,270 for the Movember cause.
Overall Owasco Raised $4,540 in the Movember Event.
Special thanks to the following members: John, Andrew, Adam, Stephen, Walt, John, Andy, Paul, Rob and Matt

Drive 4 Dollars – Lakeridge Health Oshawa

Owasco is one of the few dealership members that are participating in the Drive 4 Dollars Campaign. Owasco has contributed a generous donation towards raising money for the CT Scanner for Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Owasco will also donate money towards the CT Scanner on every test drive or vehicle purchased at Owasco during the Drive 4 Dollars Campaign. For more information regarding the Drive 4 Dollars campaign & the CT Scanner for the Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

Durham Community Foundation

Owasco is proud to support our local community foundation, providing a free RV Rental as a prize for its Odyssey Ball!

Owasco Auto Group & The Ride To Conquer Cancer

The Owasco Auto Group annually participates and supports The Enbridge Ride To Conquer

CIBC – Run For The Cure

Owasco is a proud sponsor and participant of the CIBC – Run For The Cure.

“Thank you for your support Owasco! Your donation and participation for “Pink Friday” was greatly appreciated in the support for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation”

Owasco supports the Ronald McDonald House In Toronto

Owasco Auto Group & Furry Friends 5k Event

Owasco Auto Group is a proud and participant of the annual Furry Friends 5k run/walk event held at Heydenshore pavilion in Whitby. Owasco Auto Group is proud to have donated $500.00, as well as opening our Owasco Dealership for participants to pick up their Furry Friend Race kits, in addition Owasco also offered a variety of discounted services to Charities, and participants in the Furry Friends 5k Event. Owasco Auto Group is proud to inform that with your assistance the Furry Friends 5k Event raised over $84,000 for The Human Society of Durham Region, Homeward Bound Rescue and The Animal Guardian Society.