|Electric car gift will mobilize campers|
|Written by Valley View Staff|
|Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:48|
Camp Korey recipient of two electric golf carts from Discount Tire program
CARNATION –Two new electric “GEM” cars will enable children attending Camp Korey to move more easily from activity to activity, thanks to Discount Tire’s Driven to Care program.
On October 25, local Discount Tire “ambassadors” Tamara Hiler, Simo Hollister, Pamela Stone and Rosemary Perry presented the six-seat vehicles to a group of appreciative camp representatives.
“We picked Camp Korey because this year’s focus was ‘The Year of the Child,’” said ambassador Tamara Hiler. “We took note of what the camp does for children.”
Camp Korey at Carnation Farm offers a normal camping experience to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.
“Many campers use wheelchairs, canes, crutches, or live with conditions that dramatically reduce their energy and ability to walk from place to place,” said Hillary Carey, executive director of Camp Korey. “Our goal is for transitions between activities to be smooth and seamless for every kid.”
Camp Korey allows all the campers the opportunity to participate in each and every activity. Staffers say it’s a place where kids come to forget about limitations and try new things.
With plans to double camper capacity in 2012, Camp Korey reps say they are taking strides to uphold their world-class safety and universal accessibility standards.
The GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) cars are greener alternatives to gas-powered golf carts and will enhance camper mobility throughout the 818-acre Carnation Farm.
The six-seat open “golf carts” can be plugged into any outlet. For information on the cars, visit www.gemcar.com.
“GEM cars align perfectly with our values of safety and sustainability,” said Carey. “Seatbelts and rechargeable batteries …this is a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come. We are so grateful for Discount Tire’s support of Camp Korey’s growth.”
Each car cost $12,700. Camp Korey thanked Roberts Motors (Auburn, Wash.) for selling the GEM cars at a discounted price, and the Bellevue Rotary Club for funding additional cargo trailers and canvas side doors.
Camp Korey relies on the generous support of donors, corporate partners and community groups in order to provide life-changing programs free of charge. Visit www.campkorey.org for more information.
The Driven to Care program, which operates nation-wide, strives to improve the quality of lives in the communities through regional philanthropies. The women ambassadors’ husbands all work at Discount Tire.
Discount Tire was founded by Bruce T. Halle in 1960. He and his wife Diane run the Arizona-based philanthropic foundation.
Little-known fact: The “cranky old lady” throwing the tire through the dealer window in the Discount Tire TV ad is actually the founder, Bruce Halle. It is one of the longest-running commercials on television.