About Frank J. DeLuca
Frank’s life has been about cars since 1967. In 1978 Frank DeLuca arrived in Ocala Florida from Orlando and soon opened his car dealership – DeLuca Toyota. It began with 22000 square feet on just 3.5 acres on State Road 200 and the recent expansion will bring the highly successful dealership lot to a huge 67000 square feet on 24.7 acres!
He is a member of the National Auto Dealers Association, past director of the Florida Auto Dealers Association and also served as the Dealer Council representative of Southeast Toyota Distribution, Incorporated. Frank was re-elected as Dealer Council Representative of Southeast Toyota until 2013. He is a recipient of the prestigious Toyota President’s Award from Toyota Motor Sales USA.
Not only is Frank one of Ocala’s premier business leaders, he is also an avid community supporter.Frank has served on the board of directors for Ocala Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Ocala Elks Club, and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and The Club at Treasure Island in Treasure Island, FL.
Frank was also recognized by Ocala Magazine as Philanthropist of the Year in 2011. In December 2011, Frank’s charitable endeavors were recognized by The City of Ocala by naming him Grand Marshall of the 2011 Ocala Christmas Parade. Education, charities, and local civic organizations all benefit from Frank DeLuca’s generosity.
Frank is a long-time member of Blessed Trinity Church in Ocala. Frank has two children, Frank Paul DeLuca and Deanne DeLuca Denney. He has five grandchildren. His favorite hobbies are snow skiing, traveling, and yachting.
Since the tragic and untimely passing of his beloved wife Carole in 2006, Frank has dedicated more of his time, energy, resources, and experience to further widen the reach of his support for the community and the greater good of Central Florida, proudly continuing Carole’s support of the community. Frank recently married Michelle and the event was captured beautifully by Ocala Magazine here.
- Central Florida Community College (CFCC) link
- Member of the President’s Community Council (2007-2009)
- Established the Carole A. DeLuca Endowed Memorial Scholarship in 2006
- Supporter of Taste of Ocala fundraiser for over 15 years
- Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (link): Supporter of “Alive in Christ” campaign
- Trinity Catholic High School (link): Built a media center in his late wife Carole A. DeLuca’s name
- Initiated the DeLuca Toyota Education Challenge
- University of Florida (link): Scholarship Club Associate and Bull Gator
- Marion Technical Institute (MTI) (link): Sponsors internships
- Ocala/Silver Springs Rotary Club:
- Member since 1979
- Past President and Past Board of Directors
- Three time named a Paul Harris Fellow
- 2009 Community Service Above Self Award Recipient
- March of Dimes
- Honorary Chairman, March for Babies Campaign 2009
- Marion County Volunteer of the Year 2009
- Principal Sponsor, March for Babies 2010
- President’s Society Member, 2010
- American Cancer Society / Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc.
- Contributor for over 15 years
- Ocala Royal Dames Royal Knight, 2006.
- Honorary Chairman of the annual Tiara Ball, 2007 & 2008.
- American Heart Association
- Active member since 2006
- Go Red For Women Legacy Sponsor
- Co-Chair for the inaugural Marion County’s Red Tie Society event
- Trinity Catholic High School/Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
- Long time supporter for Catholic education
- Helped raise funds for the founding of Trinity Catholic High School
- Memorialized the untimely passing of his wife Carole with the Carole DeLuca Media Center in 2007
- Frank is a Gold Honor Roll Member of the Munroe Regional Medical Center and serves on the board. Frank and Michelle are also Gold Level Members of the Munroe Fellowship (more)
- Frank is a staunch supporter of the City of Ocala and served on the board of the Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce. He is a Legacy Trustee.
- Over the past 5 years, Frank has sponsored 5 homes through Habitat for Humanity Marion County, providing 10 adults and 22 children with affordable housing.