Grayson Subaru presents record-breaking check to Ijams Nature Center from 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event

April 22nd, 2019

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From left, Grayson Auto Group Marketing Coordinator Dan Moyer and
Grayson Subaru Manager Randy Carter present Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker and Ijams Board President Bo Townsend with a record-breaking check
for $21,896 from the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event.

Grayson Subaru presented Ijams Nature Center with a check for $21,896 from Subaru of America’s 2018 Share the Love event on Monday, April 22.

The check breaks last year’s record for the largest amount ever presented by Grayson Subaru to a local hometown charity.

“This gift is possible because Grayson Subaru customers have again shown their love not only for Subaru vehicles but also for Ijams Nature Center,” said Randy Carter, Grayson Subaru sales manager. “Subaru of America’s Share the Love Event makes a difference on both the national and local level. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to an organization in our community in such a significant way.”

The Subaru Share the Love event ran Nov. 15, 2018, through Jan. 2, 2019. Subaru of America, Inc., donated $250 for each new Subaru purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of several charities. Grayson Subaru customers could choose to designate donations to Ijams or one of the following charities: ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America and National Park Foundation.

In celebration of the campaign’s 11th anniversary and the automaker’s 50th anniversary in the United States, Subaru did not place a cap on total contributions to its Share the Love charitable partners for the second consecutive year.

Since the Share the Love Event began, Subaru of America and its retailers have donated more than $140 million to national charities and more than 1,170 hometown charities.

“Ijams is so grateful to be Grayson Subaru’s hometown charity,” Parker said. “It means a great deal to have partners that believe in and support Ijams’ mission, and it’s incredible to know that the people Ijams serves feel the same way.”

Funding will assist the nonprofit nature center in cleaning up and restoring the Grayson Subaru Preserve, a 13.46-acre property that will become a cutting-edge nature play area for children with observation areas for parents.

Work to clean up the site began in 2018. The former homesite had been an illegal dumping ground when the prior owners moved off the property. A team of Grayson Subaru volunteers first tackled the site in April 2018 as part of the annual Ijams River Rescue, removing 112 tires and an estimated 1,332 pounds of trash, most of it glass.

In January 2019, Ijams contracted with Invasive Plant Control, a company based in Nashville, Tenn., to conduct a mass removal of invasive species on three acres of the property running along Island Home Avenue between McClure and Harold Lanes.

Volunteers removed another 100 pounds of trash and 29 tires from the property during the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA with support from Lowe’s on April 6.

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