TGK in the Community
TGK Automotive was founded in 2007 in Hugo, Minnesota by Troy and Alana Kaplan. They had a dream of building a company that would be client centered, employee friendly, and community focused. Giving back to the communities where they have auto repair shops was important to Troy and Alana, and more than a decade after opening their first shop, they are still giving back. “We dedicate a portion of our revenue every year to helping community organizations thrive,” says Troy Kaplan. “We have received so much support from the communities we are in for nearly a decade, and this gives us the opportunity to give back to those communities.”
Here are some of the community projects they have been involved with recently.
TGK Automotive has been a sponsor this summer of The Andy Nelson Artist Gallery located behind home plate at CHS Field, which is where the St. Paul Saints play their home games. The gallery is named for the artist responsible for the murals and other artwork that livened up the former home of the St. Paul Saints – Midway Stadium – from 1993 – 2014. The gallery serves as a venue for temporary public art installations commissioned by the Saints and features two art kiosks reserved for local artist to display and sell their work during games.
”This is a unique way for us to show how much ‘we care’ about the St. Paul community that has been so good to our company and ties in perfectly with our ongoing community support program,” said Troy Kaplan, co-owner of TGK Automotive. “
The “Showing with the Saints” kiosk program is managed by The Show Nonprofit. Based in the Lowertown Arts District of St. Paul, The Show provides space and opportunity for artist of all abilities to engage the arts through exhibitions, art classes and workshops. The Show Gallery is located at 346 N. Sibley Street.
TGK Automotive sponsors an annual school supplies drive at all of its Twin Cities locations and over the last several years clients have donated several thousand school supplies. Clients who donate school supplies in August each year receive a 5% discount on vehicle repairs at any of TGK Automotive’s locations. “Having young children, I know that our schools are struggling in providing enough school supplies to children for the whole year,” says Troy Kaplan, founder of TGK Automotive. “Our kids deserve better and they need the right tools in order to help them grow and prosper. I want to make sure that my children and other children in the local community are getting the education they deserve.”
TGK Automotive has been one of the sponsors of the Hugo Good Neighbor Days annual community celebration in early June for many years. The event is presented by the Lions Club of Hugo and highlights of this 4-day festival include carnival rides, trout fishing pond, parade, bingo, beer garden and fireworks. According to Troy Kaplan, founder of TGK Automotive, “Our sponsorship of Hugo Good Neighbor Days is just one example of our commitment to being a good partner to our communities.” Pictured at the 2018 Hugo Good Neighbors parade are Troy and Alana Kaplan, and their adorable daughters Lucy and Lexi. TGK Automotive earned an award for their parade entry year.
TGK Automotive clients are invited to donate non-perishable food items during the holiday season each December to help support families in their local communities in need. TGK shops offer a discount on services to clients who donate to the food drive and often match the items donated. Thanks for the generosity of its clients, TGK Automotive has provided thousands of non-perishable food items to their local communities.
TGK Automotive was at Hugo’s Kidz and Biz celebration as a sponsor in May 2018. The Fest is hosted by the Hugo Area Business Association and gives kids and their families a fun, free event in their community. The event featured carnival games, bike raffles, balloon animals, face painters, a family fun stage, bouncy castle, giant slide, and food and refreshments. Troy Kaplan and Tim Kruse represented TGK Automotive at the event (and that’s Troy’s daughter Lexi helping out at their booth). TGK has been a sponsor of the event for many years.
Breast cancer research gets a boost in the fall at TGK Automotive shops through the PINK wiper blade campaign. “We support breast cancer research by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of PINK wiper blades in our shops during the month of October,” notes Troy Kaplan, founder of TGK Automotive. These fun pink wiper blades can add some flair to a client’s vehicle or they can choose the black version that flaunts a small pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. Just about every American has a family member or friend who has battled breast cancer, notes Alana Kaplan, who co-owns TGK Automotive with her husband Troy. “More than 2.6 million women in the United States have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and this is our way of helping to support them.”
For many years, TGK Automotive has been providing the Twin Cities chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with financial support for their baseball camps. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. The organization focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference. Pictured at one of the FCA camps is Troy Kaplan, along with Jamie Ogden (at right), who is the metro area director for FCA and played 8 years in the Minnesota Twin’s farm system; and Glenn Martin, FCA state director (at left). Also joining Kaplan in presenting a check to the FCA was Chris Boecker (second from left), a service runner for TGK Automotive.