Community Involvement in the Great Mankato and Southern Minnesota Area

We love our Mankato area community! We have been an active leader amongst a wide range of organizations supporting education, sporting groups, church, benefits and non-profit types. 

Do you have an event or organization you would like us to consider? 
Please contact Brian Taylor - - The earlier you can get us the details the better. 

Our Vision at Mankato Motors "to be so effective we are able to be helpful to others"

May 2018

American Red Cross Blood Drive

We hosted our annual Mankato Motors Red Cross Blood Drive with another strong turnout. For each person who signed up and donated blood, we gave them a FREE Regular Oil Change certificate. 

January 2018 

Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic

Mankato Motors is the title sponsor for this years AF99 Pond Hockey Classic. 


September 2017

Mankato East/West Jug Game

Mankato Motors purchased hundred's of dollars in FREE admissions for random fans of the Annual East/West Football game at Blakeslee Field.

August 2017

Marystown Fall Church Festival

June 2017

Habitat for Humanity Southern MN Chapter

Mankato Motors donated $100.00 for every new and used vehicle sale for the month to the Habitat for Humanity Southern MN Chapter. We are excited and honored to help this great group. 


May 2017

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Mankato Motors had our annual Blood Drive on May 12th, 2016. In addition the donation of blood, we gave everyone a FREE regular oil change certificate. We had 34 presenting donors this year which represents tying our highest number. We reached 100% of our goal set by the Red Cross. Thanks to all involved! 

March 2017 

Minnesota Pheasants Inc. Blue Earth County

Mankato Motors donated $100 of every New and Used car sold during the month of March. Mankato Motors presented the Chapter with a check for $23,000 at their banquet on April 7th. 

Marystown Festival

August 2016

Marystown Festival

Joel and Lois M accepting their check for $10,000 from Mankato Motors. Mankato Motors was the Grand Prize Donor for the Marystown Church Festival. 

May 2016

American Red Cross

23 units were collected at this years Blood Drive and 3 donors were first time donors.

March 2016

American Red Cross

Dale Schmitt, Owner Mankato Motors presents Matt Gill, Major Gifts Officer at American Red Cross with a check. Mankato Motors donated $100 per car sold in the month of March. We also held our annual blood drive last Friday, May 13th. Everyone who donated was presented a Free Regular Oil Change certificate.

Dancing with the Mankato Stars

Mankato Motors was a sponsor of the 2016 Dancing with the Mankato Stars. Watch local celebrities, paired with professional dance partners from Dance Express and colleagues of Dance Express. They will each compete for trophies, awards and the top spot.

This event will raise money for the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota. The American Red Cross alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies through: Disasters Relief; Supporting Military Families; Health and Safety Training and Education; Lifesaving Blood; and Providing Assistance to our International Community.

October 2015

Mankato United Way

Mankato Motors held a kick-off campaign meeting, where all employees were told any donation to the Mankato United Way would be matched 100% by the company. 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Affinity Plus Credit Union held a Blood Drive at Mankato Motors for the 2nd time. Mankato Motors has held several Red Cross Blood Drives and when asked by Affinity if they could use our facility - we were honored to help them. 

Making Strides - Cancer Walk

Mankato Motors was the headline sponsor for the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk held at Spring Lake Park in Mankato. The event held Saturday October 15th raised over $30,000. 

August 2015

Marystown Church Festival

Mankato Motors donated a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze to the Marystown Church Festival raffle to help the Church raise money. John (pictured) from Shakopee was the lucky winner of the of the raffle. 
June 2015

Golf Fundraiser

Mankato Motors participated in the Dean Trauger MSU Golf Classic on June 1st at the Mankato Golf Club and June 4th in the U of M Golf Classic - both benefiting Student Athlete Scholarships for the respective universities. 

May 2015

Educare Foundation

Mankato Motors donated a Brand New Chevrolet Cruze to Educare Foundation in Mankato. The annual Educare Spring Benefit was held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery. Grant awards were announced and educators recognized at the Benefit for the 2015-16 School Year. This donation supports the growth of technology and our youth in education in the Mankato Area Public Schools.


Mankato Motors Blood Drive

Mankato Motors hosted our annual Blood Drive with the NEW American Red Cross Blood Drive Bus. Thanks for everyone involved. We collect a lot of desperately needed blood samples and also handed out FREE regular oil changes to those who donated. 


Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Mankato Area Hockey

Mankato Motors donated $750 to Mankato Area Hockey Association. Mankato Motors will be proud sponsor of this seasons U14 Girls Hockey Team. Mankato Motors also donated $1000's in fundraising opportunities to the hockey association. 


October 2014

Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness

Mankato Motors was the Flagship Sponsor for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Oct. 11 in Mankato.


Summer 2014

Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association and Mankato Area Girls Fastpitch Association

Mankato Motors generously donated to help Mankato Boys and Girls Baseball and Softball leagues. 

May 2014

Red Cross Blood Drive 5th annual

Mankato Motors hosted our 5th Annual Red Cross Blood Drive. Everyone that donated got a FREE regular oil change certificate. 

April 2014

Bethany Lutheran College

Dale Schmitt, Owner presented Daniel Mundahl of Bethany Lutheran College with a check for $19,700. Each vehicle sold during the month of April represented $100.00. Bethany will use the money to help build a new sports complex at the school.


January 2014

10,000 Vehicle

Mankato Motors presented Mike and Marlene Lavigne of North Mankato with a check for $10,000.00. Mike and Marlene bought our 10k vehicle since the inception of Mankato Motors in January 2009.


October 2013 - December 2013

Mankato Area Hockey

Mankato Motors donated $500 to Mankato Area Hockey Association. Last year Mankato Motors donated $500 plus equipment and raffle opportunities. 

August 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness


May 2013

Red Cross Blood Drive 4th annual

Mankato Motors hosted another successful Red Cross Blood drive exceeding and surpassing our suggested return. 

April 2013

YWCA Mankato


Mankato Motors (Dale Schmitt) Presented members of the Mankato YWCA with a check for $20,000. Mankato Motors donated $100 for every vehicle sold in the Month of March.

May 2012

Mankato Motors 3rd Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

Another great turnout for our Blood Drive held Friday May 18th from 11 - 4. We had 30 people schedule appointments (the max they could handle for the day) including 7 1st time donations. Everyone that donated got a FREE regular oil change in our Mankato Motors Quick Lube. Look for more information on upcoming Blood Drives or contact Justin Frauendienst 507-625-5641 for more information. 

January 2012

South Central College/Mankato Motors

Mankato Motors proudly donated a New 2012 Chevy Cruze to South Central College as part of - "The Cruze Project" One car and three SCC programs come together to provide a real world learning experience. The finished product is a customized vehicle that showcases the college's programs.

August 2011

Destination Divas 

Destination Divas took part in a 2-day relay (approx 200 miles) from Winona to St. Paul. The Divas team was made up of 12 Divas, each running 3 legs of the race. Each leg is approx 3-8 miles in length all varying in difficulty. The Destination Diva group used a Chevy Suburban from Mankato Motors to ride, follow, transfer runners and keep cool and comfortable. Congrats on your 2nd place finish!

May 2011

Mankato Motors 2nd Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

American Red Cross pulled up the BIG RV and setup shop in front of Mankato Motors for the day on May 20th. This being our 2nd go around, we were very happy with the support and turnout. Everyone that donated received a FREE oil change from Mankato Motors Oil Change Quick Lube.

May/June/July 2011

Eagle Lake Baseball Association

Pat Adams, Chevy Sales Manager and Justin Frauendienst, Internet Sales Manager (both residents of Eagle Lake) donate to help coach/organize and work with area kids from Eagle Lake/Madison Lake and surrounding cities that participate in Eagle Lake Summer Baseball. In addition to coaching, both worked hard at re-cutting the field, up keep of the field and general field maintenance. Eagle Lake Area Baseball starts in May and the kids from t-ball to High School compete on different age levels against area kids from Southern MN teams with games 2x a week and practices all summer long. Mankato Motors also contributes as a company to Eagle Lake Baseball. If interested in learning more visit

February 2011

Mankato Motors Saint Jude Children's Hospital

Dale Schmitt (far right) presented a check to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for $16400 from Mankato Motors Chevy, Nissan, VW. St. Jude was our charity of choice for the month of December. Mankato Motors donated $100 from the sale of every new and used vehicle. 164 vehicles sold equaled a contribution to be proud of.

January 2011

Veteran's Fundraiser

Mankato Motor Company was proud to help support the Veteran's Fundraiser. For more information on this great event visit the Community Spotlight Page at - Video available to view under January 21, 2011 - Wine Tasting & Silent Auction.

Here is a comment we would like to share left by the committee "THANK YOU to Mankato Motors for supporting this veteran's fundraiser with all the copies, as well as temporary storage of silent auction items. We all know how busy a committee chairman can get leading up to a fundraiser like this and I really appreciate the company's support in light of interruptions at work and changes in schedule!" Ivy

September 2010

Mankato Motors Blood Drive

On Monday September 20, 2010 we held a blood drive with the American Red Cross. Every donor received a certificate for a free oil change in our Quick Lube. The event was very successful and we are planning for more in the near future. We had 15 first-time donors and many repeat donors. You can get more information on the American Red Cross by visiting their website

Pictured L to R: Dawn from American Red Cross; Dale Schmitt, Owner Mankato Motor Company; Michelle from KEYC

October 2010

Mankato Motors Pumpkin Give-Away

We purchased and gave-away two truck loads of pumpkins as a thank you to guests, customers, anyone who wanted a Halloween pumpkin. We filled (2) 2011 Chevy Silverado's and had them available during business hours at the front of our store.

November 2010

ECHO Food Shelf Drive

December 3, 2010...Dale presented a check to the assistant manager of Echo Food Shelf live on Z99 this morning for $11,400 representing $100 for every new and used vehicle sold in the month of November. We are proud to give back to the community.

December 2010

St. Jude Children's Hospital

 The entire month of December Mankato Motor Company collected $100 for every New and Pre-Owned vehicle sold during the month for a later Saint Jude Children's Hospital Telethon. 

Other Groups/Organizations/Events we sponsor:
Various Local Benefits 
Dollars for Scholars - We gave a car away and over $8100 in scholarships
Mankato Loyola Catholic Schools MACS Nite 
North Mankato Fun Days Parade
Saint Peter 4th of July Parade
Eagle Lake Tator Days
Mankato Area Hockey Association
Eagle Lake Baseball Association
Mankato Area Baseball
St. Peter Area Baseball 
Minnesota State University - Mankato
University of Minnesota
4th of July Fireworks in Mankato
Tee it up for the Troops
Miracle League Golf Fundraiser
Echo Food Shelf - $11400
Pheasants Forever
Ducks Unlimited
Turkey Federation
MSU Golf Fundraiser
Saint Jude Children's Hospital - $16400
Special Olympics Minnesota
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Riverbend Academy Public Charter School
Audrey Doyle Scholarship Fund
Rick Pearson Benefit Fund
People to People Student Ambassador Pledge
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Minnesota Teen Challenge
Blue Earth County Chapter of MN Pheasants

  1. Mankato Motors

    1815 Madison Avenue
    Mankato, MN 56001

    • Sales: 507-625-5641
  2. Mankato Chevy

    1815 Madison Avenue
    Mankato, MN 56001

    • Sales: (507) 237-8003
  3. Mankato Nissan

    2031 Fern Lake Rd
    Mankato, MN 56001

    • Sales: (507) 344-6960
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    2021 Fern Lake Rd
    Mankato, MN 56001

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