Auto mall fuels teachers

By Chris Tittel

CHARLOTTE – Sandra Worthey thinks Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall is a gas.
Worthey, a registrar data manager at North Mecklenburg High School, received the royal treatment during the Fueling Our Teachers event March 18 at the auto mall.
She and more than 400 other administrators and teachers lined up at the gas pumps to present special gift cards for a full-service experience, complete with a free tank of gas and windshield wash.
“I live all the way down in the university area and drive a big SUV,” she said. “This helps so much.”
Elkin Franco, who parks cars on the auto mall, was wiping down Worthey’s windshield as she shared her gratitude.
“A big shout-out to Hendrick!” she said.
Tarrah Johnson, an English teacher at North Meck, also expressed her thanks.
“A $40 tank of gas means a lot to a teacher,” Johnson said. “We really appreciate it.”
Cali Young, marketing and special events director for the auto mall, said the Fueling Our Teachers program celebrates educators and the gifts they give the community.
“They’re the professionals who shape our future,” she said.
The auto mall, which opened almost four years ago, includes BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Audi dealerships. It has a Shell gas station mini-complex that features a 7-Eleven and The Sandwich Corner fast food restaurant.
Young joined more than 50 auto mall and 7-Eleven employees at the Shell mini-complex to pump gas and wash windshields. An employee from The Sandwich Corner wandered the mini-complex, offering free cups of fries and ketchup. The event was staffed in three one-hour shifts, between 3 and 6 p.m.
Staff from three schools – North Meck, Lake Norman Charter and Blythe Elementary – didn’t have to drive far to collect their prize. All three schools are within a mile of the auto mall.
“What better way to thank our neighbors, the teachers,” Audi General Manager Chad Lamprey said. “It’s also a great way to let people know the auto mall is here.”
Gabrielle Davidson, who works with autistic youth at North Meck, smiled broadly as she thanked Annie Ellis, guest services manager for Audi, for the windshield wash.
“It’s my first year here,” Davidson said. “It’s really cool to know the community supports us. I really appreciate it.”

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