Representatives from Michael Hohl Subaru in Carson City presented Katie Leao, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada with a check in the amount of $7,685 on Tuesday from the Subaru Share the Love.
“This donation will provide two full meals a day for at least 12 kids for an entire year,” Leao said. “Besides free or reduced lunch at school, we provide the only food some of our members get. We offer meals for them and send food home on weekends to ensure they don’t go hungry. We are grateful for Michael Hohl Subaru’s long-standing friendship with our Club.”
Each year for six weeks between mid-November and early January, Hohl donates $250 for each new car sold during the “Share the Love” event. Subaru corporate office selects national nonprofit education, health, community, animal and environmental organizations, and each dealership selects one local organization for customers to choose to receive the donation.
Bryan Worch, general sales manager for Michael Hohl Subaru, said Hohl has chosen to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada for over 20 years. This year’s donation topped last year’s by more than $2,000 as the company continues to grow its business in Carson City.
“Carson City is a close community,” he said. “When given the choice between local and national charities, most people choose the Boys & Girls Club here because their money is going right down the street. Many of our customers have their own Club stories they share with us.”
Shawn Bachelder, district sales manager for Subaru, made the drive from Sacramento to attend the check presentation. Bachelder said he, too, has his own Club story.
“It feels good to give to the club, it hits home to me,” he said. “I worked at a Boys & Girls Club in New Hampshire where I grew up. This is a great partnership for Subaru.”
According to the company’s website, Subaru of America has donated more than $50 million and 28,000 volunteer hours to charities across the country.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada has been a cornerstone of the community since opening its doors in 1993. Serving some 1,800 youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada provides a safe, structured and positive environment for young people after school, during holidays and summer vacation in six locations around Carson City and Douglas County. For more information, please visit www.bgcwn.org.