STAY ALIVE …. JUST DRIVE! (SAJD) NAMED A FINALIST IN
TOYOTA’S 2012 100 CARS FOR GOOD PROGRAM
Toyota Donating 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days –
Public to Choose the Winners on Facebook
SAJD Would Use New Toyota Vehicle to Help curb distracted driving in Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, Florida – April 25, 2012 – Lee County-based Stay Alive …. Just Drive! (SAJD) announced today that it has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days. SAJD was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.
Each day, beginning May 14, 2012, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
SAJD will be up for consideration on Thursday May 24th from 12:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“Everyone at Stay Alive …. Just Drive is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 100 Cars for Good program,” said Jay Anderson, Executive Director, SAJD “We’re grateful for this incredible opportunity to showcase our mission of making our roads safer for all users and hopefully win a truck to help us increase our impact in Southwest Florida. We hope everyone will help us spread the word now and, of course, will make time to visit www.100carsforgood.com on Thursday May 24th to vote for us. A new vehicle would really be a game changer for our ability to educate everyone regarding the dangers of distracted driving.”
“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, SAJD is a nationally recognized 501(c)3, traffic crash prevention, education and awareness program aimed at curbing distracted driving and promoting safe driving. Today, most people consider unsafe driving as a major personal threat to themselves and others. Our goal is to make our roads safer for all users by reaching every motorist at least once a day with our message: SAFE DRIVING IS NOT EXPENSIVE, IT’S PRICELESS! and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”
100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.
For more information on SAJD and its efforts to win one of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, please visit SAJD’s website at www.sajd.org. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Stay-Alive-Just-Drive/339947649395688 . For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.
Local residents are encouraged to support Stay Alive …. Just Drive! and their quest for a new Toyota Tundra. If SAJD receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used to tow our educational outreach trailer to community events increasing awareness of the dangers of unsafe and distracted driving.
A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.
About Stay Alive …. Just Drive!, Inc.
Stay Alive …. Just Drive!, Inc. is a nationally recognized 501©3 traffic crash prevention, education and awareness program aimed at promoting safe driving and curbing distracted driving. SAJD, Inc. is affiliated with the American Trauma Society, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition. For more information on SAJD, please visit www.sajd.org
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people 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 facilities. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.
Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S.
For more information on Toyota, please visit www.toyota.com.
About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)
TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.