501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Over a period of time in 2008 to 2009, we were made aware of the many millions of dollars that were being donated to charities on a monthly basis within the United States -- in the form of vehicles of all kinds. Through much investigation, we were initially "shocked" to conclude that there existed a gross lack of ethical and moral transparency throughout the majority of the vehicle donation industry. There are no federal or state laws governing the "generosity" or "common sense morality" of individual vehicle donation companies. By using extremely aggressive mass media marketing, many of the companies in the industry actually are operating as "for profit" corporations, disguised as legal non-profit corporations.  Click here for the New York Attorney General report.

Consequently, we made a conscious decision to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit vehicle donation organization -- with total transparency -- thus developing a genuine feeling of trust and credibility. Most of all, we donate as much as possible to the chosen charities, thus helping as many groups and / or individuals who are in need. Even though we concentrate on various Catholic / Christian charities and organizations such as the fraternal organization(s), we want to be a viable benefactor to any and all worthy and needy charities!

So now we are here successfully embarking on a national program with a serious moral and ethical 501(c)(3) foundation! We are continually proving that Ave Maria Catholic Vehicle Donations is the perfect partner to act as a facilitator or conduit for a very worthy cause.


Denis J. Weber , B.S., B.A., MBA -- Founder, Chairman, CEO

  • Registered Investment Advisor; Landscape Construction Entrepreneur
  • Daily Active Member: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Parish, Dana Point, CA
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Indiana State University, B.S.; Loras College (Catholic), B.A.; Ball State University, MBA.; Indiana University, St. Joseph’s College
  • 4th Degree - fraternal organization(s)
  • Previously: Owens-Illinois, Inc. (Industrial Packaging); Brown Shoe Co.; 9 West, Inc.; Cherokee, Inc.; Denco Marketing Co., Inc. (Wholesale Marketing / Designing of Footwear, Clothing, Handbags, Jewelry, and Accessories). Principal customer: Nordstroms, Inc.

Joseph J. DeRitis, B.B.A. -- Chief Financial Officer

  • Retired Catholic Business Executive.
  • Hometown: Rochester, New York
  • Daily Active Member: St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Parish, Dana Point, CA
  • Loyola University, B.B.A.; St John Fisher College
  • 4th Degree - fraternal organization(s), an Honorary Knights Life Member
  • Previously: President , Reynolds Group (Torrance, CA) ; and National Sales Manager, Kimball Systems, Div. Litton Industries; U.S. Navy

Christina I. Balsom, B.S.

  • Retired Catholic Business Executive.
  • Hometown: Gross Point Woods, Michigan
  • Daily Active Member: St. Kilian Catholic Parish, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Wayne State University, B.S. Wayne State University, Medical School
  • Previously: International Shipping Entrepreneur; Hospital Management; Multiple Restaurant Ownership; Real Estate Broker

Rev. Christopher H. Heath, B.A., M.Div.

  • Diocesan Catholic Priest: Pastor, St. Hedwig, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • St. Johns Seminary College B.A.; St. John’s Major Seminary, M.Div.
  • 4th Degree - fraternal organization(s)
  • Previously: Pastor and / or Parochial Vicar of 7 additional Parishes; Hospital Chaplain

Craig E. Lowe, B.S., M.S. Ed, DMP, (Foot & Leg Surgery)

  • Retired Medical Doctor
  • Currently CEO of Digital Orthotics Inc., Riverside, CA
  • Hometown: Montebello CA.
  • Daily Active Member: San Secondo d'Asti Catholic Parish, Ontario, CA
  • 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus
  • Podiatric Medical Center of San Francisco, B.S., DPM
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA M.S. Ed.
  • Western State University:
  • Previously: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (20 Years)
  • Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
  • Cal Poly University Pomona, CA
  • Medical Fellowships (4)
  • Medical Board Certifications (2)
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