Dealership owner Steve Moore said the donation to help 17 area nonprofit service agencies supported by the annual Washington County United Way campaign represented a contribution made by the Subaru corporation on behalf of every car buyer who purchased a vehicle at the dealership from mid-November through the end of December.
Wallace Imports has participated Subaru’s Share the Love every year for the past four years, and Moore said the dealership is pleased to have that opportunity.
“It’s a big deal for us,” Moore said. “Each year during the Share the Love event, Subaru makes a $250 donation in the name of customers who buy cars here. The customer gets to choose one of a select group of national charities or a local charity that we chose. Most of them, about 90 percent, wanted to give local, and we encouraged them to give to the United Way.
“The local United Way supports many different types of groups that do charitable things in the community. We like the fact that they focus on the children and a lot of important local charities.”
United Way of Washington County President and CEO Kristan Ginnings said, “The Share the Love event is a great example of giving back to our community and is a model for other companies to follow.
“We are truly appreciative and grateful for the partnership with Wallace Subaru. Their leadership and team members are committed to helping us improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
“Thank you to the Wallace Imports of Johnson City family and all who purchased or leased a vehicle during this event,” she said.
Moore said, “We are proud to ‘Share the Love’ in our community with this event. We appreciate the United Way recognizing our team for back-to-back 100 percent participation in our annual campaign. We were very happy to have United Way of Washington County as our local partner for the month- and-a-half-long Share the Love event.”
Ginnings said the contribution will be added to the total funds raised in United Way’s 2017 campaign, which ended up finishing very successfully and allowed the United Way to increase its allocations to the 17 local nonprofit service agencies it supports.
Checks to the local agencies will be presented at next week’s annual United Way Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast with the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.
Nationally, more than 660 community-based charitable groups have benefited from Share the Love contributions since the event was initiated 10 years ago. Subaru projects this year’s Share the Love contributions will bring the total contributed to community-based organizations over the past decade to $115 million.
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