The day kicked off with Toyota executives addressing 400 VIP guests at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, where they thanked everyone who has played an integral role in helping Toyota deepen its roots in Texas and establish its new North American headquarters. They also announced two donations to the city of Plano.
Mr. Jim Lentz, Toyota North America President and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin announced a $1 million contribution to the Plano ISD Academy High School. The education facility places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). “Toyota is committed to being a model neighbor and corporate citizen,” said Lentz. “We are pleased to join other local businesses in supporting the STEAM curriculum and helping open the eyes of students to career opportunities in these fields. We look forward to furthering the school’s mission to inspire tomorrow’s leaders through problem solving, team building, mentoring and student immersion into the business world.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere were on hand for the ceremony. The two officials have played a significant role in Toyota’s decision to choose Texas for its North American headquarters. As an expression of gratitude, Toyota also announced the donation of six Texas-built Tundra pickup trucks to the City.
“We are thankful for Toyota’s generosity and truly appreciate the unexpected donation,” said LaRosiliere. “We will put these Tundras to great use immediately and are proud that they are built at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in San Antonio by the more than 6,000 hardworking Texas men and women employed there.”
The donations reflect Toyota’s ongoing commitment to philanthropy and community engagement in Texas. Investments made to date include $4.4 billion in the state’s economy and $15 million in nonprofit contributions.