Yesterday, at Camelback Toyota, the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit that serves the first responder community, announced the beginning of a $100,000 partnership with the Valley Toyota Dealers Association. The funds will be directed towards purchasing much needed safety gear for local police and fire departments as a part of the 100 Club’s Safety Enhancement Stipend Program.
“The Valley Toyota Dealers Association has enabled us to literally double our budget in Maricopa County. We often are providing equipment, safety equipment for rural agencies, agencies that are underfunded, and don’t have the opportunities that we have here in Maricopa County,” said Angela Harrolle, CEO of the 100 Club of Arizona. “But because of Valley Toyota Dealerships Association, we now can provide an extra $100,000 in safety equipment throughout Maricopa County, and to start with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is wonderful.”
The partnership kicked off with the presentation of the first grant to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which will use the funds to purchase air monitoring equipment to protect officers entering toxic or highly flammable environments.
“Thank you to the Toyota Valley Dealers, to the 100 Club, Frank and Angela for allowing us the opportunity to fund something of critical need, that often times is outside our ability within our budget,” Said Sheriff Paul Penzone. “It makes a huge difference for the men and women who every day put their lives on the line.”
Additional grants to Maricopa County fire and police departments will be made from the fund throughout the next year.
About the 100 Club of Arizona
Since 1968, the 100 Club has provided assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics, and their families. The 100 Club supports all city, county, state, federal and tribal public safety agencies, fire services, probation, corrections, parole and law enforcement departments who provide for the safety of the citizens of Arizona. Benefits and support are also extended to officers and firefighters who are called to active duty military while still employed by a qualified public safety agency. As a 501(c)(3), the 100 Club of Arizona is dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. For more information, visit 100club.org.
About the Valley Toyota Dealers Association
Founded in 1989, Valley Toyota Dealers consists of all 10 Toyota dealers in the metropolitan Phoenix area, including AutoNation Toyota Tempe, Avondale, Bell Road, Big Two, Camelback, Earnhardt, Larry H. Miller, Right, Riverview and Toyota of Surprise.