Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2012, 01:57 AM UPDATED 2:07 AMBy Auto Remarketing Staff
TORRANCE, Calif. -
This holiday season, Toyota Financial Services and two of its auction partners decided to surprise 17 Boys & Girls Clubs with a significant donation.
Partnering with ADESA and Norwalk Auto Auctions, TFS and the two businesses donated $302,620 to be shared among Boys & Girls Clubs in the cities the three companies operate.
As part of TFS’ “Making Life Easier for Youth” initiative, the donation was a result of a joint promotion from TFS and its auction partners.
Just how did they raise the funds?
From Nov. 25th thru Dec. 19th, for every vehicle purchased from TFS at any ADESA and Norwalk Auto Auction venue, the company pledged a $50 donation to several local Boys & Girls Clubs, and the auction houses pledged an additional $15 to $25 per vehicle, officials explained.
TFS national remarketing manager Mike Reid commented on the news, noting, "I'm incredibly proud to work for an organization that recognizes the need to assist youth, especially those in under-served communities. At Toyota Financial Services, we've partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs on a local and national level for many years, and we've seen the great impact they have in their communities.
"We know the money raised through this promotion with our auction partners, ADESA and Norwalk Auto Auctions, will absolutely help make a significant and positive difference for thousands of kids,” he added.
Officials also noted that the donation has provided Boys & Girls Clubs with “much-needed funds at a time when more and more families are relying on the Clubs' after-school activities.”
To celebrate the donations, the Clubs held local events across the country.
Also, Toyota and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America even held a special check presentation on Dec. 21.
The ceremony was held in Whittier, Calif., where Tim Hogan, director of development at Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Mike Groff, group vice president of TFS; Samantha Rideout, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Wittier; and youth and family members involved in the clubs attended.
The companies also provided a list of the specific Boys & Girls Clubs the donation will be benefiting, as well as how the contribution will be broken up, as follows:
—Boys & Girls Club of Fontana, Calif. : $47,320.00
—Boys & Girls Club of Union County, N.J. : $40,170.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, Pa. : $34,450.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Texas: $30,420.00.
—Boys & Girls Club at Salvation Army of the Bluegrass, Va.: $26,650.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest Boston, Mass. : $23,660.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Wis.: $22,450.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Whittier, Calif. : $14,550.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Ariz.: $11,750.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro, Calif. : $11,750.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Ga.: $9,750.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.: $7,250.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of King County, Wash. : $6,650.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, Kan.: $5,900.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside, Calif. : $5,850.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Fla. : $2,150.00.
—Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County, N.J.: $1,900.00.
Boys & Girls Clubs programs include academic support, career enrichment, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports and fitness and family support resources.