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July 02, 2015

Toyota Helps Paralyzed Veteran Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center
Toyota Provides Last-Mile Support to Innovative Facility

TAMPA, Fla. (July 2, 2015) – During his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Romy Camargo’s patrol was ambushed. A sniper’s bullet changed the life of this decorated war veteran and his family. Now, with help from Toyota, Camargo, his family and a strong team of supporters are forever changing the lives of paraplegics and quadriplegics across the country.

Camargo and his wife, Gaby, have opened the doors to Stay In Step, a new, non-profit recovery center dedicated to helping spinal-cord injury (SCI) patients take a step forward toward recovery. This groundbreaking facility offers treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians in Tampa, Fla.

Toyota donated $300,000 in last-mile funding to help the facility reach its $750,000 fundraising goal and open its doors. At the grand opening June 20, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata also presented Stay In Step with a wheelchair-accessible 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan.

“Supporting Stay In Step is aligned with Toyota’s corporate vision to lead the way to the future of mobility and enrich lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people,” Nagata said. “Toyota is proud to support Stay In Step and the tremendous work of Romy and Gaby.”

By combining intense strength and conditioning workouts with a focus on the natural movements and weight of the body, Stay In Step will use emerging therapies and a “never quit” attitude to help patients and their families.

“Stay In Step is dedicated to providing cutting edge physical rehabilitation services and including the much needed tools to win the mental game,” Gaby Camargo said. “We want to create an environment for patients to support one another, share stories and give encouragement, and offer some relief from the intense daily schedule. Stay In Step provides a place of comfort, relaxation and shares a sense of family.”

That sense of family was in full force June 20, when the Camargos cut a long resistance band to open the center. They were surrounded by Nagata, Lt. Gen. Martin Steele, Lt. Col. Scott Mann and other supporters.

For Toyota, the support and interest in Stay In Step goes beyond the donations.

“We are applying the strength and expertise of Toyota’s engineering and robotics to the challenges faced by those injured in service to this country,” Nagata said. “Toyota’s partner robots are being developed to assist people in their everyday activities.

“By sharing this technology, we hope to serve the mobility needs of veterans and people around the world.”

The Stay In Step story began in 2008 when Romy was shot. He spent 18 months of intensive inpatient care before he was finally able to leave the hospital, in a wheelchair. Romy and Gaby drove twice a week from their Tampa home to Orlando for treatment.

Now, there is a center in Tampa that can treat Romy and other SCI patients in the community, helping them continue on their road to recovery. Tampa is home to the busiest polytrauma unit in the nation at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. The Haley polytrauma unit treats the most severely injured veterans while they are in the hospital.

“With everyone’s support, we have built up a center that’s going to impact so many lives,” Romy Camargo said. “Gaby said that we could do this – that we could open up this center in Tampa. And now it’s a reality.”

Recovery Center Opening

Romy Camargo and Lt. Gen. Martin Steele (Ret.) welcomes Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata (right) and his wife to the Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Tampa, Fla., June 20, 2015.

About Stay In Step
Founded by Romy and Gaby Camargo, Stay In Step is a Step Forward Toward Recovery. This groundbreaking facility offers treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians with spinal cord injuries. By combining intense strength and conditioning workouts with a focus on the natural movements and weight of the body, Stay In Step uses emerging therapies and a “never quit” attitude to help quadriplegics, paraplegics and their families across the United States take a step forward towards recovery. Additional information about Stay In Step is available at www.stayinstep.org.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

June 22, 2015

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Morgan’s Wonderland
Local athletes, Morgan’s Wonderland team members and Toyota executives participate in Unified Relay Across America

SAN ANTONIO (June 22, 2015) – Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota celebrated Special Olympics athletes at the San Antonio-based family theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind.

Local Special Olympics Athletes Scott Mena and Kristen Medley participated by cheering on Toyota Texas’ General Manager of the Assembly Division Brad Nye and Morgan’s Wonderland Founder Gordon Hartman and park namesake Morgan Hartman as they carried the Flame of Hope in a half-mile torch run around the park’s scenic lake en route to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

“Special Olympics has such a positive, strong impact on athletes and those who participate, and everyone at Toyota is proud to play a supporting role in the World Games and Special Olympics USA,” said Brad Nye, general manager, assembly division, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas. “We’re looking forward to following the progress of all the local athletes and cheering them on!”

Morgan's Wonderland

“Being a part of the Unified Relay Across America is a truly gratifying and humbling experience,” said Gordon Hartman, founder of Morgan’s Wonderland. “It is because of our team members’ commitment to inclusion, and partners like Toyota that have strong community-based partnerships, that we can participate in meaningful events such as this. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the Special Olympics athletes from Texas!”

Yesterday's San Antonio ceremony was part of an ongoing celebration from Toyota as the Official Automotive Sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, taking place in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. With more than 7,000 athletes, 177 represented countries and 30,000 volunteers, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event this year.

In addition to torch stops, Toyota dealers nationwide are supporting Special Olympics USA athletes and coaches in their journey to the Games through a fundraising program.

“Toyota really stepped up to show their support for Special Olympics Texas and our athletes,” said Margaret Larsen, President and CEO of Special Olympics Texas. “We are thankful for their leadership and commitment to helping develop our athletes and create communities of inclusion for all citizens.”

Texas has fourteen athletes competing at the World Games, as members of Special Olympics USA. Also representing the Lone Star state will be nine volunteer coaches who will be serving as head and assistant coaches in an array of sports for Special Olympics USA athletes from throughout the country.

Toyota’s San Antonio manufacturing plant also boasts a Business Practice Group dedicated solely to those that have family members or friends dealing with special needs, ToyotAbility.

TMMTX is the home of the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, and also produces the ever-popular mid-size Tacoma. Founded on Texas Tradition in 1794, the oldest working ranch in Texas was acquired by Toyota in 2003. The manufacturing facility occupies 2,000 acres of the ranchland south of downtown San Antonio and began operations in 2006.

As a good corporate citizen, Toyota contributes to economic and social development in local communities, giving back to the communities where its team members live and work. When Toyota broke ground in San Antonio, it demonstrated its commitment to the community by providing donations supporting local organizations.

The Special Olympics event complements Toyota’s local investment in employment, philanthropic efforts and environmental responsibility. To date, Toyota has donated more than $700 million to non-profits across the U.S.

Morgan’s Wonderland is one of many highly visible initiatives of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation to help those with special needs. Encompassing 25 acres, the unique, colorful, safe and affordable theme park offers fun for all ages and abilities. It’s located in Northeast San Antonio, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive in what once was a quarry. VacationHomeRentals.com, an affiliate of Trip Advisor, has named Morgan’s Wonderland the “best family attraction” in Texas.

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Diversity and inclusion are long standing priorities for Toyota, grounded in our core values of respect and continuous improvement for people. Diversity and inclusion are central to all aspects of Toyota - our customers, employees, dealers, suppliers and the local communities where we operate. For more information on Toyota's commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit www.toyota.com/usa/diversity. For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Special Olympics USA
Special Olympics USA will send a 481 member delegation of athletes, coaches and official delegates to represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25-August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. The “home team” will include 344 athletes and Unified Partners, representing all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Athletes will compete in 17 sports, including aquatics, athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), kayaking, powerlifting, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The team includes several Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams, where people with and without intellectual disability compete together, as teammates. Special Olympics USA is supported by 96 volunteer coaches and 41 volunteer sports and management team members. Official sponsors for Special Olympics USA include Finish Line, Toyota, Champion, The Coca-Cola Company, American Federation of Teachers, Tommie Copper, Midwest Trophy Manufacturing, KPMG – Golf team sponsor, Mattel – Cycling team sponsor, and Speedo USA – Swimming team official supplier. To learn more and to follow the team, visit http://www.specialolympicsusa.org/, Facebook - www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSA, Twitter - @SpecialOlyUSA, Instagram - SpecialOlympicsUSA.

About Morgan’s Wonderland
Morgan’s Wonderland is one of many highly visible initiatives of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation to help those with special needs. Encompassing 25 acres, the unique, colorful, safe and affordable theme park offers fun for all ages and abilities. It’s located in Northeast San Antonio, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive in what once was a quarry. VacationHomeRentals.com, an affiliate of Trip Advisor, has named Morgan’s Wonderland the “best family attraction” in Texas.

June 22, 2015

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize Toyota as a Sustaining Host sponsor for the 35TH National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). Toyota will also be providing a fleet of complimentary vehicles wrapped and branded with Toyota and NVWG logos for official staff use throughout the week. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, with events like track and field, softball, and basketball beginning tomorrow June 22 in Dallas, Texas and continuing through June 26.

“On behalf of the more than 33,000 team members here in the U.S., Toyota is very proud of its 16-year relationship with the Paralyzed Veterans of America,” said Simon Nagata, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “It is truly an honor and a privilege for Toyota to once again be a sustaining sponsor of the 35th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games and support the many brave men and women who serve our country and defend our freedom.”

“Toyota’s involvement with an event as important as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is extremely gratifying and meaningful,” said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager. “The privilege of witnessing the courageous veteran athletes who participate in the ‘Wheelchair Games’ is a very humbling experience. For it showcases the true meaning of the human spirit, as every athlete in the ‘Games’ is an American hero and thus, a champion. To say Toyota is very grateful to play a sponsor role in the success of the Games is an understatement.”

This year marks the 16th year that Toyota will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world, now in its 35th year. Toyota serves as one of the event host sponsors for table tennis and track. Toyota will also serve as sponsor of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games Wall of Appreciation. The Wall of Appreciation is a large message board on display during the entire week of the Games where Veteran athletes, family members, volunteers and anyone passing through are invited to handwrite a message of thanks and support to the athletes.

“Toyota has once again stepped up to support our nation’s disabled veterans at this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We thank Toyota for their continued support of this important rehabilitative event and for their commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes.”

Wheelchair Games

PVA Ribbon Cutting 2015

(from L to R) Toyota National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager, Mark Oldenburg pictured with Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Al Kovach Jr., Toyota Motor North America, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Simon Nagata, and Paralyzed Veterans of America Deputy Executive Director Sherman Gillums Jr. at the Toyota Wall of Appreciation at the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas, TX.

Recovery Center Opening

Simon Nagata, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer signs the PVA Toyota Wall of Fame

Recovery Center Opening

(From Left to Right) Mark Oldenburg, Toyota National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager, Simon Nagata, Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Al Kovach, National President - PVA, David Zurfluh, National Senior Vice President - PVA, Joe Fox, National Vice President - PVA, Bill Lawson, Immediate Past President - PVA, Tom Wheaton, National Treasurer - PVA, Ken Weas, National Vice President - PVA.

Tundra

Sienna

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans and VA, are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments, and who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represents a significant commitment to the rehabilitation of our nations veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission, especially American Airlines, helps us to reach out and support more of our nation’s heroes,” said David Tostenrude, director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Games will also feature a rowing exhibition. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.

For more information about the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.

January 26, 2015

Toyota and VMI Deliver Wheelchair Accessible Van to Disabled Local U.S. Air Force Veteran

PHOENIX, AZ – January 26, 2015 – Toyota and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) delivered a 2015 Toyota Sienna with the Northstar Access 360 in-floor side entry ramp conversion to disabled U.S. Air Force veteran and Star Spangled Salute contest winner, Susan Kirsch. The delivery ceremony was held this morning at the American Legion in Pasco, Wash., with executives from Toyota and VMI, as well as Ms. Kirsch’s friends and family and local mobility dealer, Specialty Mobility.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of a program that can change the lives of deserving veterans such as Ms. Kirsch,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI. “The Star Spangled Salute contest is our way of saying thank you and giving back to those veterans who have given so much. VMI is proud to provide mobility options that help disabled veterans regain their independence. We’re excited to see how Ms. Kirsch’s wheelchair accessible van transforms her family’s life.”

Community Giving - Operation Independence

Penny Malone (left) from VMI and Mark Oldenburg (right) from Toyota hand the keys to a new Sienna van with the Northstar Access 360 in-floor side entry ramp conversion to disabled U.S. Air Force veteran and Star Spangled Salute contest winner, Susan Kirsch (center).

The Star Spangled Salute is part of VMI’s Operation Independence, a national program to educate U.S. veterans about federal grants available to them, and to assist first-time buyers. More than 1,800 veterans from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico entered the contest for the chance to win the Toyota Sienna with a VMI Northstar Access360 conversion. The online contest began in March 2014 and Kirsch’s name was drawn on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014.

“Toyota is honored to, once again, donate a Sienna as a way of showing our appreciation to the men and women who bravely served our country,” said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota’s National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager. “Susan Kirsch is an inspiration to millions of Americans. She bravely served our nation and perseveres today by refusing to let her disability prevent her from raising a family. Delivering the Sienna conversion van to Ms. Kirsch is Toyota’s small way of saying, thank you.”

Kirsch is a 49-year-old veteran who joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17. She suffered a spinal injury during a war game training maneuver, leaving her disabled. Susan has a 14-year-old son who is also disabled, so the family will truly benefit from this mobility van. Her personalized gray Toyota Sienna was delivered by VMI dealer John Culver of Specialty Mobility in Kennewick, Wash.

The Kirsch family’s new Sienna was donated by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and features the Northstar Access360 conversion donated by VMI. VMI’s wheelchair conversion for the Toyota features full-cut floor and removable driver and passenger seats, offering greater access with more space, flexibility and ease of use.

August 13, 2014

Let the Games Begin! Toyota Again Named Sustaining Host Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games


Washington, DC – August 13, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America are proud to announce that Toyota will again serve as a Sustaining Host Sponsor for the 34 th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which begin today in Philadelphia, and run through Sunday, August 17. Toyota will also be providing vehicles for National Veterans Wheelchair Games officials to drive throughout the week.

"The support of our sponsors is vital to putting on an event as large as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. We thank Toyota for their continued support of this important rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans and for their commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes," said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

This year marks the 15th year that Toyota will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games — the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. Toyota will also serve as one of the event host sponsors for table tennis and weightlifting.

"Toyota is very proud of our 15-year relationship with the Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager. "Toyota is honored to once again be the sustaining sponsor of the 34th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games and support the brave men and women who serve our country and defend our freedom."

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America, are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments, and are focused on providing therapeutic, holistic treatments through adaptive sports. "These Games are empowering veterans with disabilities to improve their lives through sports and recreation," said Dave Tostenrude, Director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. "The athletes return home with the attitude and information of what they can do, versus, what they cannot."

Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also feature an exhibition of wheelchair lacrosse. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org .

January 7, 2014

TOYOTA AND DARRELL WALTRIP JOIN VMI TO PRESENT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SIENNA TO DISABLED VETERAN


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jan. 7, 2014 – Toyota and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip will join Vantage Mobility International (VMI), on Jan. 8, 2014, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to present Charlie Harvey, the disabled veteran and winner of the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute national contest, with a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with VMI Access360 Northstar In-floor Conversion. The presentation will take place at Waltrip's race shop in Harrisburg, N.C.

More than 850 U.S. military veterans from across the country, including every state in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, entered the contest for the chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with VMI's Access360 Northstar. The online contest was announced in March, and Harvey's name was drawn on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013. The contest was open to all disabled U.S. veterans.

"Toyota is proud to be a part of programs like VMI's Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest, which support our nation's disabled military veterans," said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota's national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager. "We're indebted to the service of these courageous men and women, many of whom now battle for their own mobility. Donating a Sienna for the contest is a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifices. We congratulate Mr. Harvey on winning the contest and look forward to presenting him with his Sienna."

Cpl. Harvey is a retired U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War in 1969. He has suffered three strokes in the last 16 years and is now dependent on a wheelchair and scooter for his mobility. The new Sienna SE was donated by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and features the Access360 Northstar donated by VMI.

"I'm so honored to be a part of the Star Spangled Salute," said Darrell Waltrip. "This is such a great program helping someone who has sacrificed so much. The disabled veterans need our support and gratitude and this specially equipped Toyota will let Charlie be able to do the things he loves to do. I'm proud that Toyota and VMI developed this program. You can go in style Charlie, congratulations!"

Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Network. A portion of the Operation Independence program is to educate veterans about Federal Vehicle Grants, which are available to disabled U.S. veterans.

"We launched the VMI Operation Independence initiative to better support our disabled veterans in obtaining their mobility vehicle benefits," said Monique McGivney, director of corporate communication at VMI. "The program has since grown to include a dedicated Veteran Advocate Center and other veteran-centric programs, like the Star Spangled Salute contest. We're grateful for Toyota's donation and Darrell Waltrip's participation to present Charlie and his family with a key to their new wheelchair accessible Sienna."

Army veteran Charlie Harvey and family receive a 2013 VMI-converted Toyota Sienna SE van from NASCAR
Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Waltrip.

Participating in the "Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute" Sienna donation are (Left to Right) Monique McGivney (VMI), Darryl Waltrip (NASCAR Hall of Fame), winner Charlie Harvey and Linda Harvey (in vehicle), Dave Depew (Toyota) and Mark Oldenburg (Toyota).

VMI's Access360 Northstar for the Toyota Sienna features more space to enter the vehicle and maneuver inside it, more flexibility and ease of use, more pleasing aesthetics and more confidence that it will deliver a safe and high quality owner experience. For a full list of features on the Toyota Sienna with VMI's Access360 Northstar, click here.

ABOUT VANTAGE MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL
Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats. For more information, call Aaron Cook at (214) 520-3430 Ext. 306 or visit www.vantagemobility.com.

ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com, www.toyotanewsroom.com or www.toyotainaction.com.

November 12, 2013

TOYOTA AND VMI ANNOUNCE WINNER OF OPERATION INDEPENDENCE STAR SPANGLED SALUTE CONTEST

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Nov. 12, 2013 – Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leader in the manufacture and distribution of wheelchair accessible vehicles and Toyota, have announced Charlie Harvey, from North Carolina, as the winner of the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute national contest.

More than 850 U.S. military veterans from across the country, including every state in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, entered the contest for the chance to win a 2013 Toyota Sienna SE with VMI's Access360 In-floor Ramp Conversion. The online contest was announced in March, and the winner's name was drawn on Veteran's Day 2013. The contest was open to all disabled U.S. Veterans.

"Together with Toyota, we've been looking forward to announcing the winner of the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest since the contest began," said Jeff Weston, vice president of business development at Vantage Mobility International. "We stand behind our veterans and appreciate every opportunity we have to support the courageous men and women of our military. We're also grateful to our partners, like Toyota, who have been a big part of the success of the Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest."

Mr. Harvey is a retired U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. "We were just shocked that we won the Star Spangled Salute contest," said Mr. Harvey. "We currently use my wife's sedan as our primary transportation. The Toyota Sienna with VMI's ramp is going to give me a lot more freedom to get around using my wheelchair." Details of the Sienna's delivery to the Harvey family will be announced soon.

"When our team learned of VMI's Operation Independence Star Spangled Salute contest, we knew we had to get involved," said Mark Oldenburg, Toyota's national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager. "Toyota is honored to support the Paralyzed Veterans of America, VMI and all the men and women who gave so much to serve our country. We want to congratulate Mr. Harvey and look forward to presenting him with his 2013 Sienna with VMI In-floor ramp conversion in the near future."

Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Network and is supported by Paralyzed Veterans of America. A portion of the Operation Independence program is to educate veterans about Federal Grant 21-4502, which is available to disabled U.S. veterans. To learn more about the program and grant, veterans can visit www.pva.org/vmi

ABOUT VANTAGE MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL
Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats. For more information, call Aaron Cook at (214) 520-3430 Ext. 306 or visit www.vantagemobility.com.

ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com, www.toyotanewsroom.com or www.toyotainaction.com.

July 22, 2011

Newlywed Paralyzed in Tragic Accident Gains New Lease on Life
BraunAbility, Toyota Surprise Rachelle Friedman with Mobility Vehicle Donation
Click here to watch video reveal

RALEIGH, NC – July 22, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and The Braun Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, today announced the surprise wedding day donation of a brand new 2011 Toyota Sienna with a BraunAbility Rampvan® XT conversion to Rachelle Friedman, who was paralyzed as a result of a tragic accident during her bachelorette party in May 2010.

BraunAbility and local mobility dealer Van Products Inc. had loaned 23-year-old Rachelle and her fiancé Chris Chapman a BraunAbility Sienna Rampvan® while they planned their wedding. Unbeknownst to them, plans were in the works for the ultimate surprise: the donation of a mobility vehicle to the couple as a wedding gift they could use for years to come.

"Rachelle's resolve and strength are truly inspirational," said Nick Gutwein, President of Braun. "We were so moved by her story that we wanted to help her not only while she planned for her wedding, but also as she moves forward in her married life."

"On behalf of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Toyota Mobility, we are honored to share in this joyous occasion," Scott Heyer, Corporate Fleet/TRAC/TCUV Manager, told Rachelle and Chris. "We hope this special gift will enrich your new life together and enhance your health and happiness today and in the future. Congratulations!"

Rachelle had been using the loaned vehicle for wedding appointments and for travel between quad-rugby practices and tournaments, as well as therapy appointments. Until Van Products loaned her the vehicle, her mother had been carrying her in and out of her SUV.

"The van's made all the difference in the world," said Rachelle. "Not only has it saved my mom's back, it's just made it so much easier to get out and do things. I've missed this level of comfort, convenience and independence. Next up…learning to drive on my own!"

Joe Garnett, Braun Director of Marketing and Dealer Programs, and Scott Heyer, Toyota Motor Sales Corporate Fleet/TRAC/TCUV Manager, presented the 2011 Braun Toyota Sienna to Rachelle and Chris following the couple's wedding reception in Raleigh, NC.

Rachelle will keep the mobility community updated on her driving lessons via BraunAbility's online blog, AbilityVoice, at www.braunability.com/abilityvoice.

For more information on Rachelle, visit http://www.rachellefriedman.com/.

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