By Media News Group

PHILADELPHIA — Those in need of a new automobile and tired of running around to a variety of showrooms to see what’s available and at what price were in luck recently as the city’s annual Auto Show was open for business at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Looking for a Ford or a Fiat? This was the place to find both. Interested in a Jeep or a Jaguar? The former runs from $25,000, while the latter begins at twice that much, and Hyundai products will seem like an incredible bargain with figures as low as $15,000 for its Elantra line of wheels.

But the real reason to attend this “parking lot” of vehicles was to support ADAGP (Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia), which is the “grandfather” of auto shows in the USA, along with its philanthropic arm that is best known as the Philadelphia Auto Show.

Not content to only sell cars for their own benefit, auto dealers in the tri-state area have banded together to help those who are marginalized as well. In the last decade, nearly 370,000 children have been clothed in warm winter jackets because of its CARing for Kids Foundation.

Another part of ADAGP’s arm of outreach (totaling a tidy $1 million) goes to scholarships for those wanting to one day work in various fields of automotive research or development.

The beneficiary of the 2019 Black Tie Tailgate party was the Department of Nursing at CHOP.