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Hawaii Wildlife Center named ‘100 Cars for Good’ finalist


Kapaau-based Hawaii Wildlife Center has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days.

The Hawaii Wildlife Center was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Each day, beginning May 14, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at

Individual members of the public will be able to vote for the nonprofit they fel can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models.

Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

The Hawaii Wildlife Center will be up for consideration June 22, 2012 and would greatly benefit from a new Toyota Sienna.

“We’re grateful for this incredible opportunity to showcase our mission to protect, conserve and aid in the recovery of Hawaii’s native wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs, and hopefully win a car to help us increase our impact in the state of Hawaii,” said Rae Okawa, center development coordinator.

“A new vehicle would really be a game changer for our ability to transport animals, especially when we need to bring sick, injured, or oiled wildlife to the center for potentially life-saving treatment and subsequently, when we need to transport rehabilitated animals to their release site,” Okawa said.

“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”

100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.

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