HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — In the last two days, Huntsville’s Toyota plant has given back to community — to the tune of two vehicles and $200,000.
“We love the opportunity to give something back,” said Mark Brazeal, the general manager of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
At a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the production of the first four-cylinder engines, gifts of $50,000 each were presented to Habitat for Humanity of Madison County and Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center in Huntsville for its Johnny Stallings Arts Program, which provides arts education for special needs children.
Myra Sanderson, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, and Debra Jenkins, Merrimack’s founder and executive director, accepted the over-sized checks.
Students who take part in the arts program’s Project UP performed to the song, “Rainbow Connection.”
At a dinner Wednesday night to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the plant’s ground-breaking, Hospice Family Care was presented a Toyota Sienna and Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc. was given a Toyota Tundra.
Gifts of $10,000 each went to The Arts Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Education Foundation for Delta Theta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Junior Achievement of North Alabama, The Land Trust of North Alabama, National Children’s Advocacy Center, The Schools Foundation, Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center, Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics and the U.S. Space Rocket Center Foundation.