Helping Our Local Community

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is a locally owned and operated business and employees nearly a hundred local area residents. With strong roots in the Lake Norman and surrounding area communities, as a dealership it's our goal to give back to local organizations and non-profit groups that improve the lives of the residents in the Charlotte, Lake Norman, and surrounding metro areas. We are proud to work with the organizations below and will be keeping you up to date regarding our involvement in fundraising and volunteer activities.


















CURRENTS Commodore
Cover Dog Search
Benefiting Friends of the Animals

Seventy canines competed for the title of 2012 CURRENTS Cover Dog.  Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is proud to have been a sponsor of the event, which raised more than $10,000 for Friends of the Animals. The Mooresville-based organization's mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, provide low-cost spay and neuter services, and promote adoption of homeless animals.

Big Day at the Lake 8

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the 8th Annual Big Day at the Lake on July 21, 2012. The event is an annual event for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, in which local boat hosts take "bigs" and "littles" out for a day of fun on Lake Norman.
About 144 kids enjoyed activities including boating, tubing and swimming plus a cookout, games and activities. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram's owner Jack Salzman (pictured far left) was a boat host as well as taking his turn as a "grill master" during the cookout.

An Evening for Dove House

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge is proud to be a sponsor of Dove House Children's Advocacy Center. An Evening for Dove House, their signature fundraising event, of which Lake Norman Chrysler was a major sponsor, was held in April 2012. More than 400 guests and 80 volunteers attended the 11th annual event, which including an incredibly moving first-hand account by a Dove House client's mother, which brought tears to the eyes of everyone. Both a silent and live auction were held, hosted by Charlotte TV personality Larry Sprinkle. 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to provide vital services to the 620+ child victims and non-offending family members that will receive services through Dove House this year.

Lake Norman Chrysler Helps Sponsor the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party Fundraising Event

The 12th Annual Hospice Lake Norman Regatta & Party will raise funds for Lake Norman Hospice and it's mission to provide peace and comfort to patients and their families. Their open access policy allows them to serve people with challenging medical needs, regardless of ability to pay, and their continuous care program helps patients in crisis remain at home, where they want to stay. They have served our region for over 30 years.

Lake Norman Chrysler Helps "Little Smiles"
Turn Patients Back Into Kids

As part of our commitment to helping our community, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is proud to be a supporter of Little Smiles, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides toys, games, DVD's, computers, VIP outings, celebrity meet & greets, concert and sporting event tickets, junk food runs, and more for children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters.

Sponsoring The Run Wild 5K &
Wild Child Fun Run at Birkdale Village

The African Children's Project's mission is to provide caring homes for children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The funds raised from the race will go directly towards the construction of a community-based, permanent home in Kenya that will provide passionate, holistic, long-term care for orphans in a family-oriented environment. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is glad to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor. To learn more visit:

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Sponsors Triple Cross Ranch Blue Jean Ball

Triple Cross Ranch offers programs to promote emotional health and well-being for adults and children, as well as rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been neglected or mistreated. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram contributed as a sponsor to the 2012 Blue Jean Ball fundraiser for Triple Cross Ranch. To learn more about the programs they offer and how to help, visit:

Angels of '97 5K Run/Walk/Fun Run Sponsor

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is pleased to be a sponsor of the Angels of '97 Memorial Scholorship Organization 5K Run/Walk/Fun Run. The organization raises money to assist local high school students with higher education and has provided over $450,000 in scholarships since its inception. Angels of '97 was created in honor of five students in the North Mecklenburg High School Class of '97. To learn more visit:

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Joins with the Lake Norman Chamber Supporting Our Towns Habitat

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge is proud to be joining with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in supporting Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Lake Norman Chrysler will be making a cash donation as well as participating in a volunteer day to assist with building a home for a deserving local family--Mia Patterson and her two young children. The average cost of a build is $71,500. Wells Fargo has contributed $30,000 up front and will match $1000 donations up to an additional $20,000.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for March 10th and fundraising is still in progress, as the full amount must be raised before the project can begin. Ms. Patterson, a single mother of two, has signed partnership papers with Habitat and will ultimately own the house, planned for a site on Poole Place off Bailey Road in Cornelius. If all goes according to plan, Ms. Patterson and her daughter, Tamya, 8, and son, TJ, 5, should be able to move in this summer.

Proud to be a 2012 Benefactor
of the Lake Norman Orchestra

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
is a 2012 Benefactor of the Lake Norman Orchestra, an all-volunteer community orchestra performing primarily in Iredell county.

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Sponsors Second Annual Pawz Too Run!

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram sponsored the Pawz Too Run event benefiting Friends of the Animals for the second year in a row on April 14, 2012. Created by 9th grade student Joanna Copio, Pawz Too Run is a family event featuring an officially times 5K and 10K race followed by a Dog Walk and Vendor Fair. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of the Animals and their planned pet education and adoption center in Mooresville, NC. Activities included:

  • 5K, 10K race for humans
  • Dog Walk for the four-legged participants
  • Vendor Fair and Community Expo
  • Animal rescue agencies with pets for adoption
  • Drawings, demos and more!               

If you'd like to participate in the next Pawz Too Run or any of the other activities benefiting Friends of the Animals, visit:

Jack Salzman Named Lake Norman
Chamber of Commerce Chairman for 2012

Jack Salzman, owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, was chosen as the Chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce for 2012. Salzman intends to ensure the Chamber mirrors his business philosophy: "The customer comes first. Without our customers we would not be employed." The Chamber Board members will be refocusing on the various ways that the Chamber can help member businesses grow and flourish, while serving as liaisons between members, the community and local government. Additionally, the Chamber will be working to promote the concept of regionalism in the Lake Norman business community.

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Donates a "Durango-Full" of Toys to Barium Springs

If you were at Northlake Mall anytime from Black Friday through December 9th, you might have seen a 2012 Dodge Durango stuffed with toys in the Macy's Court. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram  bought enough toys to fill the Durango and shoppers were invited to "Guess How Many Toys" were inside. The winner of the contest will receive a $250 Northlake Mall Gift card but the real winners will be the kids at the Barium Springs Home for Children, where all the toys were delivered on December 15th.

The toys will be wrapped and delivered to the children that Barium Springs serves, which include 40 on campus and 400 in the local community. Unfortunately, Barium Springs has been affected by the economy, much like other local businesses and non-profit organizations. The staff at Lake Norman Chrysler had a great time selecting the toys and imagining the happy faces of all the kids when they open them. If you'd like more information about Barium Springs, you can visit their website at: 

If you missed participating in our contest at Northlake Mall, you can still take a guess at how many toys were in the Durango and win a free oil change! Just visit our Facebook Page to enter. Deadline is Monday, December 19th.

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is proud to sponsor the SwimMAC Open Water Series!

Wednesday, May 4th, the Senior division kicked off the Open Water Wednesday series at beautiful Latta Plantation. Though it was a cool day, sunshine and hard exercise kept the swimmers warm! The swimmers were excited to participate in the first open water swim since last summer. As the coaches explained to the Senior swimmers, Open Water Wednesdays will provide a great chance for kids to get aerobic training in a  new environment. Open water provides an opportunity for swimmers to work on distance per stroke, rhythm, stroke balance, and continuous kicks without the interruption of turns. For those who want to pursue open water racing, this is a great chance to get some practice.

SwimMAC and Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are excited for the upcoming open water season. Congratulations to the Senior Division for a great start to the summer!

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Sponsors Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game

The Cornelius Police Department Guns beat the reigning champions the Cornelius Fire Department Hoses, 20-13 in their third annual charity softball game. The firefighters had been enjoying a two year winning streak and were expected to win but the Guns stole an early lead and maintained it throughout the game. Money raised from the game benefited the Veterans Memorial Monument in Cornelius, NC. The total amount raised was approximately $2000. We look forward to seeing whether the Guns or the Hoses take the win in the next showdown.

Big Fun at Big Day at the Lake 6!

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was proud to be a sponsor of Big Day at the Lake for the sixth consecutive year. 145 kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters got out on Lake Norman, many of them for the first time, for a full day of fun. It was a great experience for both volunteers and participants and we're looking forward to Big Day at the Lake 7!

5 Big Brothers Big Sisters matches were hosted on 85 boats for a morning of fun on Lake Norman before heading to the Duke Energy Explorium for a picnic and games.

Eighty-five "Boat Hosts" took the kids out starting at 9:45 a.m. for swimming, tubing, fishing and all-around fun. The event is highly dispersed. (The internet helps match up the "Bigs" and "Littles" with their hosts in Cornelius so they met up anywhere on Lake Norman, including boat ramps, marinas and private homes.)

"We got a lot of air out there," said Quincy, an 8-year-old who took to a tube with his new Big Brother Nikolai Kruger, a Charlotte banker who grew up in The Peninsula. A non-swimmer, Quincy held tight to his life jacket and a foam noodle ? it was his first time in the lake, not to mention a fast boat.

Quincy and Christian, a 9-year-old whose Big Brother is Edward Smith, is based at J.V. Washam Elementary School, swam and played catch with a dozen other Littles gathered at an island off Shearwater Point, alternately tubing and visiting other boats.

At 1:30 p.m., 550 Bigs, Littles, Boat Hosts and Cornelius familes moved to Duke's Energy Explorium for a picnic complete with hot dogs, pizza, salad and cookies.

To learn more about the event or how you can get involved visit:
Pawz Too Run Was a Howling Success!

Friends of the Animals is a non-profit organization created to promote responsible pet ownership, provide low-cost spay/neuter services, and promote adoption of homeless pets. The group's goal is to build a state-of-the-art animal adoption and education center with an on-site spay/neuter clinic.

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was a sponsor of their most recent fundraising event "Paws Too Run" a 5K Race and K-9 Dog Walk held on April 2, 2011. The event raised a net $5000 for Friends of the Animals and was organized by Cannon School eighth-grader Joanna Copio.

Their next fundraising event is "Fur in Flight", Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Iredell County Fairgrounds. Admission is free and they will accepting donations of unopened bags of dry dog and cat food to help needy animals. For more information on events and how you can help, visit:

Thank you to all the volunteers and participants in our first annual Dog Wash Fundraiser!

Dogs of all shapes and sizes...Dachshunds to Great Danes...came out to join the fun at the first Lake Norman Chrysler Dog Wash Fundraiser! The kitties came out and joined the fun....away from the water, of course, but available for adoption. There was plenty of laughs, a few woofs, and a good soaking for most of the volunteers, which was appreciated in the 90-degree-plus heat! The humans were treated to a free spinal screening by Ballas Chiropractic, who donates back to Friends for Life for every new client they receive that presents a special coupon from the rescue group. Free lunch was provided to volunteers and participants to keep everyone's energy up and treats were available for everyone's four-legged friends.
All proceeds benefited Friends for Life LKN and Catering to Cats and Dogs. Funds will help with care and maintenance of foster animals, low cost spay neuter, and any necessary medical care. We are all looking forward to the next Dog Wash, tentatively scheduled for September.
Thank you to all our volunteers and for all our canine, feline and human friends that came out to participate!

Our first customer! name only!

Tiny but brave!
Enjoying the cool water!
Relaxing rubdown!
Scrubbin' in the tub!
Enjoying a shower!

One of two beautiful Weimaraners that came.

She was adopted just
a few days later! 

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge joins the race to save animals with the Greg Biffle Foundation!

Local business owners will be racing to save local animals against NASCAR driver Greg Biffle We invite everyone to come out and cheer for Jack Salzman, owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge, as he takes Greg on in a race challenge! All proceeds will benefit the Cornelius Animal Shelter. The race will be located at the Aquesta Bank Headquarters in Cornelius.
After beginning as a temporary facility made up of a few cages and dog runs covered by tarps and sheltered by straw bales, the Cornelius Animal Shelter has recently opened as a new 3,265-square-foot facility. The new shelter offers a safe, climate-controlled environment for not only the animals but also the volunteers. Today, the shelter and it's 100-plus regular volunteers maintain a euthanasia rate of about 7 percent, while similar public shelters throughout North Carolina maintain a 70-plus percent euthanasia rate. For the majority of 2009, before the new facility opened the shelter averaged about 21 adoptions a month. Now with an extended volunteer force, expanded hours and increased awareness and publicity, the shelter is averaging about 46 adoptions per month. A considerable amount of hard work and monetary/in-kind donations have created the foundation for a truly successful public shelter. The public has, overall, been receptive and supportive, but the job has just begun. The Cornelius Animal Shelter offers opportunities to help in a number of ways.
  • Donate or Sponsor - animal wellness program for veterinary care, grooming, and to keep the lights on and the bowls full!
  • Buy a Brick or Magnet - engraved patio bricks are available, as well as car magnets
  • Volunteer - for activities needing to be done regularly at the shelter
  • Foster - many animals do better in a home environment than a shelter, but puppies, animals requiring medication, dogs needing training and animals needing socializing especially need foster homes
  • Shopping - check with your favorite pet stores to see if they donate a percentage of sales to the Cornelius Animal Shelter
  • And of course, ADOPT!!

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge was proud
to once again sponsor Big Day at the Lake

Our staff is always happy to be a part of this worthwhile event during which local boat owners take Big Brothers/Big Sisters and their "Littles" out on the lake to experience boating, tubing and other water activities. There is also a cookout, with food donated by local restaurants, and a variety of kids' activities including bouncers, water balloons, bubbles, and contests. As you can see below, Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge owners Jack & Robin Salzman actively participate in the fun!


Having bubbly fun
by the lake!

Jack Salzman (center)
Master of the Grill
Robin Salzman
scoops up ice cream

We are all looking forward to the next Big Day at the Lake! To find out more about the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program visit: or to participate in Big Day at the Lake, look for updates at:

Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge and its employees contribute to military care packages.



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