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5819 US Highway 19, New Port Richey, FL 34652
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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
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Kristen King, Executive Director
(727) 842-7651


Friendly Kia announced as Presenting Sponsor for True Oldies Concert

New Port Richey, FL – Friendly Kia has agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor for the True Oldies concert on April 12. Thanks to their generous support, the Friendly Kia True Oldies concert will be free!  We are thrilled to partner with such a community focused company. 

The host for the evening will be True Oldies 106.3.  The headliner for the concert will be the Black Honkeys, who specialize in feel good motown soul music.  The other acts for the concert have not yet been confirmed.  Check out the website at to stay up to date on the 2013 Chasco Fiesta™.

The mission of Chasco Fiesta™, Inc. is to provide a venue for local non-profits to raise funds and awareness for their organizations.  The nine day festival will take place April 5 – April 13 at Sims Park in New Port Richey.


As President of friendly KIA in New
Port Richey, John Gilliss is known to most
as ?Mr. Friendly.? Last year John was voted
?Best Community Activist? in Tampa Bay
Magazine?s ?Best of Tampa Bay? issue. He
sponsors innumerable charitable functions
and has been involved with Chasco Fiesta
for the past seven years. He donates the
use of the unique ?Friendly Trolley? to a
wide variety of non-profit organizations.
It will be the official parade float in the
Chasco Fiesta Celebration.
John is recognized for extending a
helping hand to those in need without being
asked, as he seeks to make the Tampa Bay
community a better place for all to live.
John Gilliss and his friendly KIA Team
have built their reputation by earning your
trust - proudly serving generations for the
past fifteen years with exemplary service
and all-star automobiles. friendly KIA?s
goal is making your car buying experience
FUN, not frustrating, providing you with
REAL DEAL pricing and no hidden costs!


Friendly KIA of New Port Richey Sponsors Morning Star School/Dave Vosen Memorial Golf Tournament for 4th Year!
The Morning Star School/Dave Vosen Golf Tournament will be held at Lansbrook Golf Club on April 30, 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Morning Star School in continuing with its mission in educating children with special learning needs.
Dave Vosen love of golf, his vision, his dreams and his exceptional commitment to youth and community continue to live on through this benefit tournament. The school is located in Pinellas Park, Florida and serves elementary school age children of all faiths, races and nationalities who have special learning needs. 
“I am proud to be a sponsor of this tournament which benefits children with special learning needs,” states John Gilliss of Friendly KIA in New Port Richey. “We encourage other businesses to be involved by participating or sponsoring this beneficial tournament in the memory of Dave.”


Update 2/18/2011:

On November 9th, Friendly Kia participated in the First Annual Festival of the Trees, helping the Good Samaritan Health Clinic raise over $8,000! Over 4,000 patients have benefited from Good Samaritan Health Clinic services this year alone. The Good Samaritan Clinic measures success by the number of lives touched and the way they are able to reach out to other and truly make a difference. We at Friendly Kia are happy to support their efforts. A heartfelt thanks for all involved in the community for being a part of the success.


 All New Friendly Kia Trolley!!

Friendly Kia purchased this trolley and has made it available to ALL Main Street Downtown events; including all charitable and homeowner events in the local community. Whenever it is around, you know that big things are happening and Friendly Kia is providing free transportation to the multitudes!

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Saturday, November 21, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Gulfview Square Mall
Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco County is having hosting a fundraiser that is sponsored by Friendly KIA of New Port Richey on November 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Gulfview Square Mall.
Donations of $25 will benefit the Free Clinic and go towards indigent care. Entertainment for the evening will be Genesis Bell ringers, finger food catered by Havana Dreamers/Honey Baked Ham and there will be a Wine Bar sponsored by Homewood Suites by Hilton. Local businesses are decorating Holiday Tree’s and bids will be taken during the LIVE Auction.
Gulfview Square Mall is located at 9409 US Hwy 19 in New Port Richey and guests should use the Sam Seltzer’s entrance. For tickets and more information on this event please contact Melissa Fahy, CEO of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic at 727-848-7789. 

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Friendly Kia supports "Festival of the Christmas Tree Extravaganza
benefiting The Good Samaritan Health Clinic

 The first “Festival of the Christmas Tree Extravaganza,” sponsored by friendly KIA Motors, will benefit The Good Samaritan Health Clinic.  This event will be held at the Gulf View Square Mall the entire week of Nov. 22-28 in the mall.  A VIP kick-off affair is planned for the evening of Sun., Nov. 21 also at the mall.  
There will be 30 different tree sizes sponsored by a variety of local businesses and each will be fully decorated and  auctioned off at the VIP affair. Any remaining trees available after the auction will remain at the mall for the week. The Good Samaritan clinic will sell chance tickets for a silent auction for the remaining trees through Sun., Nov. 28.
All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. The Free Clinic is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization that provides quality, non-emergency medical and dental services free of charge to eligible indigent and less fortunate folks that live in Pasco County.   
If you would like more information about VIP tickets or volunteer opportunities, please call the Clinic at 727-848-7789.




Friendly KIA of New Port Richey assist Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad with
 2nd Annual Happy Halloween Train Rides
October 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Pasco County
This years scary train ride thru the woods will be bigger and better with more Ghost and Goblins to give you the thrill of your life! Come on out enjoy the ride and family fun. Tickets are only $3.00 per person with food and beverages available for purchase.
The Friendly Trolley from Friendly KIA of New Port Richey will once again be on site during this event to accommodate the increased traffic generated by this wonderful spooky family event.
Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving railroad history. 




Dealer entertains locals with Bands and Fireworks

Friendly Kia Kiafest

John Gilliss, Owner of Friendly KIA in New Port Richey, Florida is known as Mr. Friendly around town and it is due to his generosity. Every year a week before the 4th of July celebration in Tampa Bay he brings Bands, Arts & Crafts, Games and a giant Fireworks display to Sims Park in downtown NewPort Richey.

This year the KIAFEST was a surfing celebration with four tribute bands rocking the park: Mamas and Papas, The Beach Boys, Todd Plant’s Doobie Brothers and The Eagles.

Approximately 16,000 people attended the 2010 KIAFEST on June 28th and got a chance to take a look at the KIA vehicle lineup that surrounded the stage!

What a fantastic way to be in the public eye as a contributor to the local community. We believe that this is a great special interest story that would be a positive influence and benefit all dealers if shared through Automotive News.

See see pictures from previous years, please click here: Kia Fest Fun!


For more information or an interview please call John Gilliss on his cell phone

727-641-3930. Additional Photos Available.