Runde Chevrolet’s 3rd annual Holiday Bake Sale set for Dec. 8

What: Runde Chevrolet’s 3rd annual Holiday Bake Sale
When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8
Where: Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, East Dubuque
Why: All proceeds are matched by Runde Auto Group & donated to local families.

Runde Chevrolet is excited to announce its third annual Holiday Bake Sale!

Each year, our generous employees prepare delicious baked goods that we sell in the showroom. All funds raised (PLUS a match by Runde Auto Group) are donated to help a few local families in need have a brighter holiday season.

Last year’s bake sale raised $784, which was then matched by Runde Auto Group. The money was donated to help 3 families in the East Dubuque School District.

We are hoping to continue the momentum this holiday season. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the showroom of Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, in East Dubuque. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

We will have homemade baked goods, along with apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate!

See you there!

View the Facebook event page here. 

Introducing Runde Auto Group’s Newest Salesperson: Dave Walser

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There is a new smiling face at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester!

Dave Walser, of Graf, IA, has joined the sales team and can help you with any of your vehicle needs!

A native of Dubuque County, Dave has been in the automotive business for about a year. He enjoys pairing customers with vehicles that fit their needs.

“I really get a charge from the smile a customer has when they are driving away from the lot after the sale,” Dave said. “I strive to keep that customer’s smile on their face throughout the ownership of the vehicle.”

Dave graduated from Iowa State, so he is a big fan of the Cyclones, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 33 years. They have three children, Anna, Samantha, and Jacob.

One of Dave’s favorite vehicles is the Dodge Grand Caravan.

“My wife and I have owned four different Grand Caravans,” Dave said. “We have used them in all kinds of applications, like using it as an enclosed pickup to haul ‘stuff,’ family events and outings, sporting events, and errands.”

Here are some fun facts about Dave:

  • He went to grade school (up to 4th grade) in a one-room school house.
  • He was part of the first graduating class to go all the way through Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque.
  • He was formerly a Dubuque County Fair Director for 9 years.

Dave looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde Auto Group.

“If you do that extra step, that added value for the customer adds to the dealership and gains the customer’s loyalty,” he said.

His advice for vehicle shoppers is simple: ask questions — he is more than willing to answer them!

“Do not be afraid to ask any question or have the answer repeated if you do not understand,” Dave said. ” The message must be clear and there are no bad questions.”

You can contact Dave at or 866-580-9767.




Haute Hong Kong to Benefit the Dubuque Museum of Art


Here’s a wonderful opportunity to fill your walls with local art while also supporting the Dubuque Museum of Art!

Haute Hong Kong, a gala, art auction and raffle, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Grande Ballroom at Hotel Julien Dubuque.

As the primary annual fundraiser for the Dubuque Museum of Art, this event helps to sustain its programs throughout the year. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of this event!

The night will feature:

  • More than 35 affordable pieces of art by some of our finest local and regional artists
    Click here to see the art
  • Travel and dining experiences and gift packages in a silent and live auction
  • Raffle drawings for $15,000 in cash prizes
  • A performance by Cameron Ramsey and his dance troupe
  • Incredible themed decor

This year’s theme centers around the Chinese New Year and haute couture.


Last year’s fundraiser/holiday party theme was “Whiteout.”

“We really loved the powerful visual imagery and colors associated with this theme,” said David Schmitz, executive director of the Dubuque Museum of Art.
“Hong Kong symbolizes the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures, and we thought upscale, haute couture fashion lends itself to that.”

The theme will be well represented with Chinese lanterns and table decorations, beautiful apparel, textiles, and colors.

“It feels a little different to people this year, which is what we intended,” Schmitz said. “We wanted to shake it up a bit.”

The dress code is semi-formal, cocktail attire. More than 200 people are expected to attend.

Tickets are $50 in advance (by Nov. 9) or $60 at the door. There is also $75 patron ticket that includes a limited-edition gift with your ticket. The extra cost of that ticket goes directly to the museum.

“It is a way to maximize your donation,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz noted that there is a variety of price points on the artwork.

“If you were re-decorating your apartment or house aimg_5350nd looking for something in the $200 price range, you could find something here for that,” he said. “There will be some pieces that go for well over $1,000, so there is wide range of media, sizes, and prices.”

Artists have the opportunity to take a 25 percent commission on their work. Schmitz said the fundraiser is a great representation of what the Dubuque Museum of Art is all about.

“The proceeds go right back to supporting artists and preserving art,” he said. “We really want our fundraiser to be known for art. We could do a fundraiser that didn’t involve the sale of art, but that wouldn’t feel like us. We want to reinforce who we are and what we do every day.”

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