Giving Back to the Community by Teaming up with Toyota.
Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is excited to announce the winners from their “Fuel Your Funds” contest. Together with Toyota, Fernelius was able to donate $5,000 to Camp Sancta Maria of Gaylord, Rising Hope Riding Center of Harbor Springs and the Cheboygan Youth Center.
Earlier this year Fernelius Toyota hosted a facebook contest awarding three non-profit organizations $2,500 from Fernelius Toyota and $2,500 from the Toyota Match Program. All non-profit organizations from Northern Michigan were encouraged to apply. After registration, the voting was left up to the public. “We had 31 non-profit organizations apply and nearly 2,000 votes via facebook,” said Dave Fernelius. “The race for the top three spots was very close. It was interesting to watch the votes come in each day.”
Each organization has specific goals, Camp Sancta Maria, a Catholic Summer Camp for boys and girls, plans on using the $5,000 to provide scholarships to deserving children who would not ordinarily be able to afford to attend summer camp. “Camp gives kids the opportunity to step away from family stress and ride a horse, climb a rock wall, and just be a kid for a few weeks out of the summer,” said James Shanek, Camp Sancta Maria Director.
Rising Hope Riding Center, an equestrian center for youth and adults, will use the money towards a horse trailer. With the new, larger trailer students and horses will be able to attend more shows and events in the community. “The Riding Center is open to the public and we certainly invite you to come and meet us,” said Lorelee Zook of Rising Hope Riding Center. “We are currently offering lessons for all ages, different levels of boarding, arena rental, and we are happy to host clinics, parties, and shows.”
The Cheboygan Youth Center (CYC), an after-school and summer program for area youth in grades 5-9, will use the money to renovate and rejuvenate the health and fitness portion of the Center. “We currently use these facilities as a part of our daily program focused on promoting healthy habits in children,” said Debra Turnbull, Director of the CYC. Turnbull went on to say “the CYC takes great pride in providing athletic outlets for our participants. Currently, youth can learn to play most sports with the help of our dedicated gym workers. We have also provided weight-lifting training as well as more social exercises such as jump rope, dance classes and hula hoop competitions. Though we provide many services, our equipment and facilities are in dire need of a make-over.”
“We’re so excited and honored to help support these local organizations and to give back to the community. All applicants were deserving of the $5,000. We’re very fortunate to have such a great program through Toyota where they match donated funds” said Fernelius.
The Toyota Dealer Match Program enables contributions to go farther. 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 we do business. To learn more about the Toyota Match Program visit http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/.