Carbone Subaru of Utica Ribbon Cutting Features Big Surprise for Kelberman Center

On Wednesday, August 15th, Carbone Subaru of Utica welcomed friends, family and special guests to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony of their brand new, state-of-the-art facility on Commercial Drive. Live music, food from Symeon’s and Café CaNole, and tours of the new space made for a fun evening for all attendees. The Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce presented a plague to commemorate the event.

Long time employee Chris Cardello joined Ricky Z. for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. “We’ve got an amazing team here. They’ve been my family for more than 25 years,” said Cardello.

Representatives from Subaru were on hand to congratulate the team on the beautiful building and brought with them a big surprise. As part of the Subaru Share the Love event, Subaru has committed to making charitable donations to local charities throughout the country. In Utica and Troy, the Kelberman Center ( was selected as the Hometown Charity and Subaru was proud to present Dr. Robert Myers, Executive Director, with a check for $8,412.

Dedicated to the advancement of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and understanding the tremendous impact that an ASD has on individuals and families, The Kelberman Center has always been close to the hearts of the Carbone Family.

“Having a son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have personally experienced the support The Kelberman Center provides,” said Enessa Carbone. “The services they provide make a tremendous difference to families across Central New York and we are proud to be a part of that.”

The new Subaru store is part of the Carbone “20 in 2” campaign to build new stores and renovate existing store throughout New York and Vermont.

Ricky Z reflected on the night, “It’s events like this that make me so proud to be a part of this organization. This building was built by local companies. We created 50-60 new jobs. And thanks to our customers, we were able to donate over $8,000 to a local organization. When we talk about Community, this is what we mean.”