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Bob Siracusano doesn’t know if he will ever retire, but when he finally does, he’s passing the keys to Sawyer Motors down to his children, Macy and Joe. Along with those keys comes Siracusano’s 31-year dedication to giving back. It will be an easy transition, though, because Macy and Joe already work in the family business and have inherited their father’s dedication to both family and philanthropy.

“Our goal in life is to coach our kids, and now they feel the same way about giving back to the community that we do,” says Siracusano. “And this award means that we are being recognized for all of these efforts.”

Sawyer Motors isn’t a typical automotive dealership. The Saugerties showroom is filled with 1950s jukeboxes, black-and-white checkered floors, a mock diner, vintage signs, gas pumps, and ice cream carts galore. Siracusano is as unique and genuine as his decor. He created the Sawyer Automotive Foundation, and has held many charitable events over the years, raising $400,000 to benefit organizations and individuals in need.

These events include the annual Sawyer Motors Car Show (July 11), where 15,000 visitors enjoy hot rods and classic cars, live bands, and fireworks. This year, Siracusano expects to donate approximately $45,000 to charities and individuals in need. In the past, he has donated to Saugerties Animal Shelter, Saugerties Boys and Girls Club, American Legion’s baseball team, Saugerties Police Department, and Madison Jones, a cancer patient.

Each December, Sawyer Motors hosts an annual Holiday in the Village with wagon rides, performances, a parade of lights, a tree lighting, and Santa. “We reach out to families who need assistance at the holidays,” said Siracusano, whose Foundation also raised $70,000 for a responder memorial, which was unveiled in mid-June. “I have a big heart and personally feel rewarded when I’m able to give back to a child, family or veteran,” he says.

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