The Luther Automotive Group

Angels in the attic or volunteers?

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The Angel’s Attic name paints a picture of angelic beings pulling out long stored treasures.  Add a caring spirit and about a hundred volunteers and the picture is nearly complete.

The sale to help cancer patients with nonmedical emergency aid came to the old Four Seasons mall in Plymouth with double the merchandise offered in 2011. That event raised $102,000.  Linda McGinty in property management for Luther Automotive volunteers her assistance, and her connections.

“There isn’t a more positive’ person,” said Angel’s Attic co-chair Kay Melemed.  “She’s always willing to try to help with any situation we come up against. Asking what we need and then making a phone call to ‘make it happen.'”  Calling on vendors and other business connections in 2011, McGinty helped reduce event expenses to about $5,000.

This year’s event raised $137,000, according to the group’s website.

Just two years ago, Luther Auto provided a building for the grand scale garage sale.  McGinty said she was humbled by organizers Kay Melemed and Judy Kaufmann, who have put on similar sales for more than 30 years.  She first learned about Angel’s Attic from her daughter, who had a coworker with a husband fighting cancer.  A sale location fell through, so McGinty suggested the previous Westside Volkswagen building for the event.

This year, Angel’s Attic’s 80,000 square-feet was given by Walmart, which has hopes of demolishing the mall in the near future, McGinty explained.

Luther partners pitch in

Navigating city requirements, she called on Luther partner D.J. Kranz for a dumpster and “porta potties.” Ace Electric offered three days of labor to make the building compliant for fire and electrical inspections and another vendor provided discounted fire extinguishers to meet code. And, Henrickson Furniture donated a moving truck and labor.

Luther stores pitched in as well, with water for volunteers provided by Brookdale Toyota.  Brookdale Chevrolet and Brookdale Honda supplied tables.  And, McGinty is making signs herself.

“Everybody knows somebody who has had cancer, who has suffered, and needed an extra helping hand. That’s why this cause is so important,” McGinty said.

Set up like a department store, the sale looks like several individual stores, she explained.  The process took about six weeks. From antiques to affordable furniture and clothing, the selection was ample.  “It’s just contagious to see the energy from this group,” McGinty said.

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