Rascal Rodeo wins new Toyota truck

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Toyota of Tri-Cities presented a new 2014 Toyota Tundra to Ann-Erica Whitemarsh, founder of Rascal Rodeo.

Press Release from Toyota of Tri-Cities:

Rascal Rodeo was one of 100 non-profits nationwide to win a new Toyota vehicle as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program. This major philanthropic initiative, in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, recognizes organizations that touch real lives in their community and is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public and allows them to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded.

Presentation Location: Toyota of Tri-Cities, 6321 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick – Please arrive by 6:45P

During the voting phase, which began Oct. 1, 2013, the 100 Cars for Good program profiled five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Members of the public were invited to vote for which nonprofits they believed could do the most good with new vehicles. The two organizations with the most votes at the end of each day won one of five Toyota models. Runners-up each received a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication that Ann-Erica and her team of volunteers show towards our special needs community. Toyota of Tri-Cities is proud to have a role in the 100 Cars for Good program and recognize their efforts. Hopefully this new Tundra will help make their job just a little easier.” said Porky Thomsen, Spokesperson for Toyota of Tri-Cities.

Rascal Rodeo started as a High School Senior Project hosting four participants and has blossomed to now accommodate 70 or more at numerous events each year with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Parents have testified their special needs children have never been happier as when they participate in a Rascal Rodeo event; gaining confidence and overcoming fears. Rascal Rodeo has shown communities what special needs people can do and are anxious to introduce their program to new locations. “One thing holding us back from growing outside of the Pacific Northwest was a dependable truck to haul the trailer of props, with our new Tundra, that won’t be an issue any longer” said Ann-Erica.

“The 100 Cars for Good program elevates nonprofits’ positive impact and is an opportunity for Toyota to demonstrate our commitment to communities across America,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “All 100 of the winners are providing extraordinary and much-needed services, and we thank Toyota of Tri-Cities for its role in delivering Habitat for Humanity’s car to help them with their important work.”

A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.