Toyota of Santa Maria Donates $5K From Sale of 2020 Supra to Support the Hancock Promise

A special ceremony was held to mark the generous donation on Nov. 4

ToyotaSMDonationNOVEMBER 5, 2019--Toyota of Santa Maria donated $5,000 from the sale of a 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition to Allan Hancock College to support local students through the Hancock Promise.

Hancock and Toyota of Santa Maria celebrated the generous donation with a special ceremony on Nov. 4 at the college’s Santa Maria campus.

“We are excited that Toyota of Santa Maria is supporting our students and our whole community,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.  “We made a promise to our students, and we are happy that Toyota of Santa Maria is keeping their promise to those students as well.”

In August, Toyota of Santa Maria announced that it would help change the odds for students by donating a portion of the proceeds from a 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition directly to the Hancock Promise. Toyota of Santa Maria General Manager David LeRoy was inspired to donate proceeds from the sale after learning that the very first 2020 Supra to roll off the production line was auctioned off earlier this year for charity.

“One of our core values at Toyota of Santa Maria is having a ‘service’ mindset, so what better way to serve our community than giving part of the proceeds from the sale of the Supra to Allan Hancock College’s Promise program,” said Toyota of Santa Maria Sales Associate Brian McConkey.

The Hancock Promise provides local high school graduates with the opportunity to get their first year of tuition and fees covered at Allan Hancock College. The Hancock Promise is open to all students who enroll at Hancock immediately after graduating from a high school located in the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District. More than 1,500 local students in Hancock’s incoming class of fall 2019 took advantage of the program.

In just two years, the Allan Hancock College Foundation has secured over $3.5 million in cash and pledges to the Hancock Promise Fund, a permanent endowment ensuring the viability of the Hancock Promise scholarship program at the college. The total campaign goal is $10 million, which will ensure that first-year tuition and fees are covered for local high school students in perpetuity.

Toyota of Santa Maria has a 23-year history of community service in the Santa Maria Valley and has collaborated with hundreds of local organizations. They’ve won the prestigious Toyota President’s Award 19 times, a recognition very few dealers across the nation have received.

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Photo Caption: Toyota of Santa Maria donated $5,000 from the sale of a 2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition to Allan Hancock College to support local students through the Hancock Promise. Left to right, Robert Senior (car owner), Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D and Toyota of Santa Maria Sales Associate Brian McConkey.

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Last Modified Nov 5, 2019