The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region received a 2015 Toyota RAV4 from Bobby Rahal Toyota during a special presentation held at the dealership in Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Graciously donated by Bobby Rahal Toyota, the vehicle will now be used as part of the Red Cross’ emergency response operation, which assists thousands of people in the 22 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Region.
“The Bobby Rahal Automotive Group and owners Pat and Ron Ferris are known for their philanthropic efforts in the community,” stated Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski. “This vehicle is a priceless addition to our fleet and will enable us to better serve our clients in times of need.”
Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards was joined by Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz in presenting the keys to representatives from the Red Cross. Rickards noted that while the Red Cross might be second responders to a disaster scene behind fire, police and EMS, they are the first responders for the people needing assistance following a disaster.
American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer commented, “Here in Central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross responds to an average of one fire call every day. Over the past year we assisted over 750 families in times of crisis. Thanks to the extreme generosity of Toyota, and specifically the crew at Bobby Rahal Toyota, our ability to reach our clients where they are has been greatly improved.”
Pictured above left to right: American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region Chief Development Officer Barb Taylor, Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, Board Members Bud Bollinger and Angela Leopold, Board Chair Karen Deklinski, Bobby Rahal Automotive Group President John Rickards, and Toyota District Manager Emilio Isidoro-Ortiz.