Pine Belt Subaru and Rob Sickel Receive Community Champion Award

Posted on November 9, 2023 By

Megan O’Keefe, Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ), recently presented Pine Belt Enterprises, Lakewood, and owner Rob Sickel with its Community Champion Award at Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale. Pine Belt has been supporting Caregiver Volunteers since 2015 with monetary donations, most recently more than $19,000 via the “Share the Love” grant for the Caregiver’s Canine Pet Therapy Program.

O’Keefe said, “CVCJ also partners with Subaru to bring pet therapy dogs to their events, such as the most recent Trunk or Treat and the grand opening of their new showroom 2021. Jack Boylan, Rob Sickel’s brother, who is a long time trusted volunteer of CVCJ, volunteers in Caregiver’s Alzheimer’s Respite Program.”

Pine Belt Enterprises, nationally recognized for its dedication to their customers and community, teamed up with Caregiver Canines to bring a visiting dog therapy program to the elderly in Ocean and Monmouth counties for the fourth year in a row. The Caregiver Canines pet therapy program has 40 certified pet therapy dogs who make 1000 visits to homebound seniors annually. This program eases the burden of isolation for many seniors who no longer can own a pet. Visits with furry volunteers have shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and promotes a sense of calm and wellbeing. It also helps people suffering from dementia by improving their speech and triggering memories.

Bob Scott, Emcee, said, “The Community Champion Award is a prestigious recognition for businesses that have demonstrated a profound commitment to their community through significant philanthropic investments. These exceptional businesses stand out as champions, making a tangible and lasting impact across non-profit healthcare and social service sectors. Their unwavering support and generosity have transformed the lives of countless individuals and bolstered the well-being of the entire community.”

Dena Glynn, Director of Outreach & Community Relations for CVCJ, said, “We chose Rob Sickel and Pine Belt Enterprises for our Community Champion Award not just because of their incredible generosity to Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, but because of the immense support they give to others in our community as a whole.”

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Photo #1-Rob Sickel, owner Pine Belt Cars; Ryan Concord General Manager Pine Belt; Megan O’Keefe Executive Dir. CVCJ; Danielle Maley Program Mgr./Caregiver Canine Coordinator; Dena Glynn Dir. of Outreach & Community Relations CVCJ

Photo #2: Megan O’Keefe Executive Dir. CVCJ; Adeeyah Pettis, Sales Mgr Pine Belt Subaru; Michael Marquand, General Mgr Pine Belt Subaru; Danielle Maley Program Manager CVCJ; Dena Glynn, Dir. of Outreach & Community Relations CVCJ

About Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ): CVCJ provides vital assistance to seniors, the elderly disabled, veterans, individuals with dementia, and caregivers of loved ones with chronic illness to allow them to remain independent in their own homes. All services are free of charge and delivered by 1,200 volunteers to over 2,500 Ocean and Monmouth County residents over the age of 60, who no longer drive. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls, friendly visits, and relief for family caregivers.

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.

Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. His son, president and CEO David Sickel, is a lifelong Lakewood resident who graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He joined the family business in 1970 after attending the General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. When his father retired in 1975, David assumed his current role.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit