Der Kobblers Automobile Association Donates Over $16,750 Over 11 Years to UPMC Chautauqua!

Der Kobblers Automobile Association Donates Over $16,750 Over 11 Years to UPMC Chautauqua!

Members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated $750 to the UPMC Chautauqua Diabetes Self-Management Program which represented proceeds from their 2019 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. This gift will enable UPMC Chautauqua to purchase educational materials and tools, including measuring utensils to assist patients who have diabetes with portion control and empower them to make healthier food choices.

“The diabetes education provided by UPMC Chautauqua is critical to this community,” says Sam Ognibene, Der Kobblers Board member. “Der Kobblers is pleased to once again partner with UPMC Chautauqua so that patients can live a longer and healthier life.” Sam and Der Kobblers also wanted to thank all of the sponsors and community members who supported the event. If it wasn’t for everyone involved, they wouldn’t be able to provide support to so many in the community. The rain hindered a lot of people coming out this year, so we are hoping for better weather next year!”

Over the last eleven years, Der Kobblers has donated over $16,750 to UPMC Chautauqua. These gifts have been used to furnish the diabetes teaching classrooms, including a laptop, screen, and food models, to better educate patients how to manage diabetes and provide tools they can utilize to change their lifestyles.

“The faithful commitment and generosity of Der Kobblers has allowed us to provide additional valuable resources which empower patients to take charge of their health,” says Kerry Mihalko, R.D., and UPMC Chautauqua Certified Diabetes Educator. “I was able to attend the event this year, and it was an amazing turn out with some of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen. If you have an opportunity to attend, you won’t be disappointed. If you can’t attend, and would like to make a donation to Der Kobblers, they give generously to our program every year.”

Der Kobblers, founded in 1958 by car enthusiasts, the club continues their enthusiastic approach to giving. “Our goal is to change the way view “hot rodders” of the 50s and 60s,” says Sam. “We endeavor to help our community the best way we can by donating to UPMC Chautauqua, in addition to other great causes.” To donate to Der Kobblers causes, attend the local Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. No admission to the show is required. Donations are gratefully accepted from all those who participate in the car show. For more information or to join Der Kobblers, call (716) 450-0663.

For more information on the UPMC Chautauqua Diabetes Self-Management Program, call (716) 485-7474 or visit A physician referral is necessary to access the program. Or, if you would like to make a donation to UPMC Chautauqua, please contact Megan Barone, director of development at