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Off Lease Only Sponsors Carl Pavano’s Pitch In For Santa Toy Drive

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That’s what the holidays are all about and that’s why used car dealer OffLeaseOnly is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Pitch In Foundation’s Pitch In For Santa charity toy drive this Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

The foundation is the creation of recently-retired Major League baseball player Carl Pavano, who wanted to do something to help out needy kids. So with the holidays just around the corner, collecting toys made sense. Pavano was acquainted with Off Lease Only general manager John Giasullo through a shared love of classic cars, and asked Giasullo if Off Lease Only could help out.

The answer of course was “yes.”

“Carl has numerous charities he works with and I knew Off Lease Only had a lot of reach,” Giasullo said. “I am hoping that every employee will take up the challenge and realize they are blessed and give back – one toy – $10, $20 or whatever, is all it takes.”

In the spirit of giving, toy collection boxes will be located at each of Off Lease Only’s four locations – Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Miami and Orlando. Employees are encouraged to bring in toys and spread the word about the toy drive.pitch in logo

The Pitch In for Santa toy drive will be especially exciting for baseball buffs. Billy the Marlin and Marlins player Tom Koehler, along with Pavano, will be on hand to sign autographs for anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy.  The toy drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 13th on the corner of Main Street and University Drive on the plaza.

The toys will be delivered to Palm Beach County Elementary schools and distributed to parents who are struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. Those unable to attend but interested in contributing, can visit CarlPavano.org to make a donation.

Pavano, who announced his retirement from major league baseball in February 2014, said the Pitch In for Santa toy drive marks the first time he has organized a major activity off-season. It’s also his first toy drive.

“I just want people who might not have the opportunity to open a present to feel the joy of receiving,” said Pavano, who is father to two boys, ages 6 and 6-months, and a 5-year-old daughter. “It’s exciting.”

Pavano knows Giasullo from Bubbas East Coast Rods & Customs in Jupiter, FL, where they both like to hang out. Pavano is originally from Connecticut and Giasullo is from Boston, Mass. The two felt a kinship.

“We have a mutual friend who runs a hot rod shop,” Pavano explained. “John is an Italian guy from Northeast … we hit it off – we obviously have a love for cars. We have a lot in common.

“I figured he would be a good guy to get involved, so I asked would you be interested in helping me out?” Pavano said.

Giasullo said Pavano was a customer of his years ago when he worked in the retail world.

“We have a natural rivalry relationship: he won a World Series with the New York Yankees and I hate everything Yankees. I am a Red Sox fan,” Giasullo joked.

Pavano’s major league baseball career spanned from 1998 to 2012, during which time he played for the Montreal Expos, the Florida Marlins, the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins. He was a member of the 2003 World Series champions and appeared in the 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

He now works as an analyst for FOX Sports Florida for Marlins LIVE pre- and postgame shows.

Pavano’s hopes for the charity toy drive are big.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Pavano said. “We will see where it goes. It’s an opportunity to get involved.”

Stop in to one of Off Lease Only four locations and drive home your next beautiful used car today!

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