Schomp is known for its civic involvement.
Schomp employees volunteer hundreds of hours coordinating and working at Schomp-sponsored community events. Despite bleak economic forecasts for the auto industry, Lisa surprised many by her decision to continue funding Schomp's community partners, maintaining "They need our support now more than ever before."
Knowing how costly space can be for a small business or nonprofit, Lisa and her family offer their large MINI and BMW conference rooms and Schomp BMW's "Galleria" basement showroom at no charge for meetings, classes, and fundraising events. Giving back to the community has been a longtime Schomp Automotive family tradition, as illustrated by the following:
ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHARITY SALE 1986 - PRESENT
While many Denver area dealerships typically have a "huge inventory clearance" every other week, Schomp Automotive has held just one significant sale annually ? The Children's Hospital Sales Event. For the last 21 years, Schomp has raised almost $268,000 for the Children's Colorado Burn Center, established over 30 years ago as the only one in the state dedicated to treating pediatric burn patients and providing burn prevention education. Aaron Wallace, fourth generation owner of Schomp Automotive, recently presented a check for $17,500 to the Burn Unit staff at Children's Hospital Colorado.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL COLORADO "CARING & CURING" GALA 2011
Schomp BMW donated a 12-month lease on an elegant silver 2011 535i TwinPower Turbo luxury sedan valued at $19,500 for the live auction which capped off the 34th annual Children's Hospital Colorado "Caring & Curing" Gala. Held September 10th at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the black-tie affair attended by 1,400 supporters raised $1.86 million for The Children's Fund, whose mission is to provide the highest level of pediatric care to all patients, regardless of income.
SCHOMP BMW POLO CLASSIC 2008 - Present
Reported to be the nation's largest charitable polo tournament, this year's 3-day event raised more than $500,000 for the Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation, a philanthropic organization consisting of young professional men ages 20-39 committed to improving the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged children.
PRESENTING SPONSOR, ANNUAL SCHOMP FIRE TRUCK PARADE & MUSTER 1985 -Present
This June, Schomp presented its 26th annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster, an educational, free family festival co-hosted by Littleton Fire Rescue and Mile High Hook & Ladder, a volunteer antique fire truck club "dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of fire apparatus in America." Following the parade from Littleton High School to Arapahoe Community College, spectators enjoyed a "muster"? a showcase of antique and modern-day fire and rescue apparatus; fire safety demonstrations,"jaws of life" auto extrication, medical helicopter rescue, arson dog demonstrations, junior firefighter games, fire truck pull, bucket brigade, and more.
TITLE SPONSOR (MINI), COLORADO SCOTTISH FESTIVAL 2011
This event is hosted by the St. Andrew Society of Colorado, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1963 to provide all persons the opportunity to pursue their interest in Scottish culture.
SILVER SPONSOR, DENVER PRESS CLUB'S DAMON RUNYON AWARD DINNER 2007 - Present
This annual fundraiser, hosted by the nation's oldest press club, honors leaders in print and electronic journalism, including Rick Reilly, Tom Brokaw, Ted Turner, Tim Russert, and Bob Costas. Proceeds provide scholarships for college journalism students.
PARTNER, COLORADO STATE PATROL, "ALIVE AT 25" 2004 - Present
According to the Colorado State Patrol, vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Schomp takes this statistic very seriously and is proud to be a partner since 2004 with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) on the National Safety Council's "Alive at 25" Defensive Driving Course. This interactive 4-hour intervention program teaches young drivers how to take responsibility for their behavior behind the wheel. "Alive at 25" classes are held regularly in Schomp's conference rooms and are free for their customers.
PARTNER, COLORADO STATE PATROL, "TAKE IT TO THE TRACK"
2004 - Present
For the past few summers, thousands of teen drivers have raced safely at Bandimere Speedway instead of Colorado streets during the Colorado State Patrol's "Take It To The Track", a 22-event drag racing series for teens, conducted with the support of "Alive at 25". Lisa Schomp donated a Honda Civic Hatchback used as the official "Alive at 25/Take it to the Track" vehicle used in parades and at Bandimere. Schomp personnel help prepare the teens' vehicles for racing. Lisa Schomp was honored with the "Colonel's Award of Excellence by the Chief of the Colorado State Patrol in 2008.
SCHOMP FIRE TRUCK IN ST. PATRICK'S DAY, WESTERN WELCOME WEEK PARADES
Ralph Schomp's classic red 1952 American LaFrance pumper has been a crowd-pleaser in the annual Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade; has been an award-winner in the Western Welcome Week and Englewood Holiday Parades, plus neighborhood parades for the last 25 years.
PLATINUM SPONSOR, WOMEN'S FOUNDATION "GENDER MATTERS" LUNCHEON
From 2004 to present, Schomp has sponsored this annual fundraising event, which features leading activist speakers, and over 2,400 community and corporate leaders interested in supporting the Women's Foundation in it its efforts to empower girls and women, and educate the community about their obstacles to economic self-sufficiency.
CORPORATE SPONSOR, NAWBO 1995-2009
For 15 years, Schomp was a major corporate sponsor of the Denver Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), an organization which represented the interests of women business owners in all industries. (The organization folded in 2009.)
GOLD SPONSOR, COLORADO WOMEN'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2007-Present
ARAPAHOE COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 1990 - Present
AWARDS FROM WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS
"Corporate Leader of the Year" South Metro Chamber of Commerce - 2009
Women in Leadership group
Athena Award Finalist; Colorado Biz/Colorado Women's Chamber - 2008
"Woman of Distinction", Girl Scouts of America - 2005
Jean Yancey "Business Owner of the Year" Award - 1997
National Association of Women Business Owners
Winner of The Denver Business Journal's first "Inspirational - 1999
Leadership" category, first "Real Women, Real Business" awards
"Woman of the Year", Englewood Business and Professional Women - 1993
PUBLIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
In the mid-90's, Lisa Schomp decided that with the overwhelming number of requests by charitable organizations, the corporation needed to focus its corporate philanthropy on a cause where the dealership could truly make a difference. She became a vocal advocate of public education, supporting area education foundations and schools with teacher creativity grants, event sponsorships, job-shadowing and car-buying clinics. Schomp supports/has supported:
DOUGLAS COUNTY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Sponsor, "Fill the Gap" campaign - 2010-2011
Presenting sponsor of "Greg & Steve" educational kids' concerts - 1999 - 2007
Sponsor of DCEF's annual fundraising golf tournament - 1999 - Present
LITTLETON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
Major corporate partner of LPSF; donates funds for teacher creativity grants - 1996 - Present Presenting Sponsor of Littleton Stride/benefit for Littleton Public Schools - 1995 - 2009
THE JEFFERSON FOUNDATION
Donates funds for teacher creativity grants - 2010 - Present
Major sponsor, annual "Crystal Ball" fundraiser - 2009
Donated BMW 128i coupe for fundraising raffle to benefit Jeffco Schools - 2008
ENGLEWOOD EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Donates funds for teacher creativity grants - 1996 - Present
Presenting Sponsor of annual fundraisers - 1996 - 2008
Donated new MINI for fundraising raffle - 2006
CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS/CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
Presenting Sponsor of the annual Leadership Luncheon - 2009
Schomp donates annually to a number of area high schools to help promote a safe prom environment; also provides vehicles for homecoming parades.
Colorado Association of Career and Technical Educators Merit Award- 2004
Littleton Public Schools Foundation "Spirit of Littleton" Award - 2002
Englewood Education Foundation,"Corporate Partner Award" - 2002
Douglas County Educational Foundation "Commitment to Education" Award - 2001
CAPE (Colorado Association of Partners in Education) - 2000
"Business Volunteer of the Year" Award