Cindy's Hope Chest Receives New Toyota Highlander Hybrid to Improve Efficiency and Increase Support

Scott Clark’s Toyota City presented a Highlander HV Limited hybrid to Cindy’s Hope Chest as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, awarding 100 Vehicles to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days.
 
Sept. 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Charlotte, NC – Scott Clark’s Toyota City presented a Highlander HV Limited hybrid to Cindy’s Hope Chest (CHC) as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program. The non-profit organization, which provides services and resources to women battling breast cancer, will use the new vehicle to transport these women to doctors’ appointments, pick up prescriptions and deliver resources to those they are helping quicker and more efficiently.

The impact this vehicle will have for clients of CHC is tremendous, said Cindy Sommers, CHC founder and breast cancer survivor. Sommers made a vow to herself when she was sick that if she beat the disease, she would establish a nonprofit ensuring other women would not have to endure their battle alone.

“Toyota is doing more than giving us a car, they are giving us the opportunity to make the lives of these women a little bit easier, to lessen the everyday stresses they have to juggle,” Sommers said.  “I’ve been where they are, I didn’t want anyone to have to go this journey alone. Seeing the votes of the community come together to support our mission and get our organization this Toyota has been amazing.”

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has awarded 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving non-profit organizations nationwide based on votes from the public. 100 Cars for Good was launched as a Facebook-enabled philanthropy initiative which engaged supporters of these charities through its Facebook application. Each day for 100 days, five organizations were profiled on the Facebook page and the one with the most votes at the end of the day was awarded a car.  The 400 runners-up each received $1,000.  

Chris Cady, general manager of Scott Clark’s Toyota, said the dealership is a strong community supporter of CHC and encouraged its 10,000 Facebook fans to vote for the nonprofit during the 100 Cars for Good program.  Additionally, the dealership has sponsored several CHC fundraisers and plans to continue its support.

“Cindy’s Hope Chest does such a great job supporting the women who are fighting and surviving their battles with breast cancer,” Cady said.  “We were so happy to see them receive this vehicle, and we look forward to working with them more to help them carry out their mission.”

A part of the community since 1972, the dealership is an active member of the area. In October each year, the used car lot is turned into a 3D Ghostwalk Adventure – a haunting experience with a professionally built haunted house. Every dollar raised goes back to local elementary schools. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 for the 27 schools involved. Scott Clark’s Toyota is also involved with a Susan G. Komen, to which they just donated a 2011 Camry for a grand prize raffle, Toys for Tots and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Cindy’s Hope Chest provides women battling breast with emotional and financial support through various services, assistance and education as well as offering comfort and encouragement while undergoing treatments. www.cindyshopechest.org.

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program enables 100 organizations to receive a Toyota vehicle to make a greater impact on the community. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where it does business.  If you’d like to learn more, please visit http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/.

Through the 100 Cars for Good initiative, donations will be awarded to non-profits in other locations throughout North Carolina to include:  Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County in Concord; North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue in Harrisburg; Carolina Canines for Service in Wilmington; Petey’s Promise in Concord; Sandhills Children’s Center in Rockingham; and PAWS: Placing Animals Within Society in Bryson City.

About Toyota
Toyota  established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction.  Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.  

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.

Media Contact:       
Christie Caliendo
Southeast Toyota Distributors
954-363-6285
christie.caliendo@setoyota.com
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