Ford-Hyundai of Kirkland donate $15,000 raised during holiday sales challenge

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Holiday season sales contest raises $15,000 for local charities.

Hopelink presented with a check for $10,000 and Boys & Girls Club presented with $5,000.

During the recent holiday, Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland held a “Sales Challenge” between their two franchises.

The store that sold more vehicles, and collected more online public votes would win. The prize was to be a donation to a designated nonprofit organization.

Ford of Kirkland selected Hopelink, and Hyundai of Kirkland selected The Boys & Girls Club.  As a result of winning a holiday sales competition, both organizations will receive a donation from the dealerships!

“Between both of our stores we have over 100 dedicated team members that are very excited to give back to our community through these vital organizations that do so much,” says Jim Walen, President Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland.

Mayor Joan McBride and Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet were on hand as two extremely large checks were presented to representatives from Hopelink and The Boys & Girls Club. Several employees were also celebrated at the event for their exceptional work.

Since 1971, Hopelink has provided comprehensive social services to at-risk families and individuals throughout Washington State's north and east King County region. The Hopelink approach - promoting self-sufficiency to create lasting personal and community change - has helped move tens of thousands of people from vulnerability and crisis to independence and stability. Today, Hopelink provides a full array of critical social services through more than 40 different programs, including housing, transportation, case management, financial assistance, employment programs, adult education and literacy training, a vast referral network and five food banks.

“With the generous donation from Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland,” says Marilyn Mason–Plunkett, Hopelink President and CEO “they will be a large participant in our End Summer Hunger.  With the end of the school year only a couple of months away this program will be vital for approximately 14,000 children in the north and east King County.  Children that depend on at-school meal programs would otherwise go hungry without the services of Hopelink during the summer months.  This donation will also help stock Hopelink’s 5 food banks and support there homeless prevention programs.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington. This organization provides health and life skills, character and leadership development, education and career development, sports, fitness and recreation to 141,774 kids annually and on average over 10,000 a day with 124 clubs in Washington State.  They also have programs that promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness and a sense of belonging.  When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps boys & girls achieve their full potential.

“Through the support of Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland” says Matt Watrous, Executive Director Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Association, “we will be able to hold Tech Fest, a fun and collaborative curriculum dedicated to engage young people in technology, digital arts, and problem solving.  Starting with afterschool programming and culminating with a full day event in October, over 250 youth from across Washington will gain skills preparing them to face the demands of college and the global workplace.”

These young people are our future computer programmers, engineers and scientists working for companies such as Microsoft, Boeing and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Tech Fest gets youth excited about the high need areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), supporting and enhancing the K-12 school curriculum.

Also this week, The Ford of Kirkland Cafe was recognized by the Seattle Weekly in their article, Business in the Front, Party in the Back at the Kirkland Ford Cafe.