Car for a cause: Boys and Girls Club gets new van

2011-11-17T00:30:00Z 2011-11-17T18:38:06Z Car for a cause: Boys and Girls Club gets new vanPaige Fieldsted - Daily Herald Daily Herald
November 17, 2011 12:30 am  • 

The brand-new 2012 Toyota Sienna has been sitting in the showroom at Brent Brown Toyota for weeks.

On Wednesday that van was finally taken to its new home: the Boys and Girls Club of Utah County.

The minivan was given to the club as part of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program. The Boys and Girls Club was chosen as a finalist out of more than 3,000 organizations, then the public voted on which 100 organizations would receive a car.

"When we sent in our application I was like 'Well, let's give it a shot, let's see what happens.' I didn't have any idea we would be a winner but we are very excited to have won," said David Bayles, executive director of the club.

As part of the application, the Boys and Girls Club made a video showcasing why they needed a van and how they would put it to good use.

"The main focus will be to transport kids from school to the Boys and Girls Club," Bayles said. "It is important they are safe when they are coming to the club and this is a safe van that is going to help us a lot."

The van will be used for field trips as well, like taking older children to visit college campuses or younger children to skating rinks and other fun activities after school.

"After school is the most dangerous time for kids. It's the time they are mostly likely to engage in risky behavior that can forever impact their lives," Bayles said. "We want to make sure they are at the Boys and Girls Club and engaged in good things during those hours and this van certainly helps accomplish that."

The club did a lot of work to win the van. Bayles estimates they sent more than a million emails to businesses and people in Salt Lake and Utah counties encouraging them to vote for the club on July 29. The Daily Herald also heavily promoted the voting. The Boys and Girls Club of Utah County is the only chapter and only organization in Utah to have been chosen as one of the 100 winners.

"What an exciting day," Brent Brown, owner of Brent Brown Toyota said. "We were just the lucky guys that are able to give this car away. I feel like the luckiest dealer around. The program is 100 Cars for Good, but I feel like this is may be one car for the best."

In addition to the van, the Boys and Girls Club received a six-year, 100,000-mile service warranty, meaning the Boys and Girls Club won't have to pay for routine maintenance or repairs on the van for six years.

To say thanks the Boys and Girls Club presented Brent Brown Toyota with a special surprise of their own.

"When the kids heard we won they wanted to thank Toyota, so they made thank-you cards," Bayles said. "The kids really wanted to be here but we told them they needed to be in school, so that is where they are."

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