SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Auto Expo raised more than $290,000 for local charities.

In all, 14 charities were awarded checks in Syracuse Thursday.

David's Refuge received more than $51,000, with Maureen's Hope Foundation getting more than $48,000.

The money was raised through ticket sales, from what officials say was the biggest year yet. They say it is wonderful being able to make a difference in the community.

"The key is that all the money stays local. So that's what we're proud of, we work hard as car dealers and other people to do the party to make sure that local people and local charities benefit from the event," said Gino Barbuto, the event co-chair.

Over the years, the event has raised more than $3 million. This year's Auto Show will be held in November.