Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crown Customer Service Representative, Joe Higdon, Bicycles for Multiple Sclerosis!

Our very own Joe Higdon participated in the MS 150 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society September 14-15.  Joe is an avid bicycle rider and has been a member of the Team Katie for the past six years.  Team Katie began when Joe’s son Justin experienced the disease through his mother-in-law, Katie.  Justin became passionate for the cause after seeing what the disease can do to families who have a loved one with the illness.  Team Katie has grown from three people six years ago to 15 people today.
The Bike-A-Thon is divided up into three routes depending on skill level.  Riders in the two day event can choose from:  1.  The Centennial Route-100 miles each day-Advanced Riders.  2.  Regular Route-75 miles each day-mid level rider, and 3.  Short Route- 36 miles each day-Beginner riders.  The first ten miles is the same route for everyone.  After that, the routes divide.  Team Katie has five members in the advanced level, five in the mid level, and five in the beginner level.  The Bike-A-Thon began at 7:00 am at Garmin in Olathe and ended at 5:30 in Lawrence on day one. Day two began at 7 am in Lawrence and ended at 11:45 in pouring rain at Garmin.
Team Katie has hit the $20K mark in donations over their career, and Joe is currently in the top 200 donor generators.  He is very near moving into the top 150 category and would like your help.  Please support Joe by sending your donations to and click on “Joe Higdon”, or just see Joe in the Volkswagen building.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Letter from the 2013 "Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer" Organizers

September 13, 2013
Crown Toyota Scion
Attn: Miles Schnaer
3430 Iowa St
Lawrence, KS 66046

Dear Miles,
Thank you for your support of breast cancer awareness and the “Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer” Dance. Thanks to your generous donation last year you helped raise $67,500 for breast cancer education and prevention! The proceeds from this event helped over 12,000 women get breast cancer screenings and treatments at LMH last year. We hope you will continue to support breast cancer awareness this year as well!

On Saturday, October 26, 2013 Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) Endowment Association will host the 21th anniversary “Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer” Dance. Proceed from the dance’s 700+ attendees and corporate sponsors will assist breast cancer awareness through early detection, education, treatment, support and equipment at LMH. We ask that you consider joining us in this mission by making a donation to the Stepping Out  Against Breast Cancer Dance. Our goal this year is to raise at least $68,000!

One in eight women will get breast cancer. Think about eight women you know – your mom, wife, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker, employee, neighbor. Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. When found early, the survival rate at five years is 96 percent. Each year 150 women in our region have had mammograms as a result of the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer event, with many other receiving education and support. LMH has significantly enhanced the quality of care to both men and women in our community through the coordinated services that its staff provides. You can help all women and have a great time by “Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer”!

Recently, LMH was named as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals nationwide by Truven Health Analytics. This is the first time LMH has been recognized with this prestigious award. No other hospitals in Kansas or Missouri made the 2013 list. This award belongs to our community and individuals like YOU who have made financial contributions to support LMH.

We greatly appreciate your generous donations to this cause in previous years and hope that you will join us again this year in “Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer”/ Community support is critical to our success in this endeavor, and we know that we can count on you for your support! If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Kathy Clausing-Willis at (785) 505-6134.


Amy Gustin, Event Co-Chair
Lisa Patrick, Event Co-Chair
Kathy Clausing-Willis, Vice President/CDO

Friday, September 13, 2013

Join Crown in Upcoming Events in September

This weekend, Sept. 14-15, the National Multiple Sclerosis Bike series will be going through Lawrence, which is one leg of their premium fund raising event for the year.  With 2,500 cyclists participating, this is truly going to be an exciting and colorful event.  Keep your eyes open for Crown’s very own Joe Higdon in the “Team Katie” group.  Joe is part of our Volkswagen Sales Team and has been participating in this event for more than ten years.
Crown employees will be “walking against cancer” downtown on September 28th in the annual “Light the Night” for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This is LLS’s nationwide fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer.
The Champions For Cures walk a two-mile route along Massachusetts, carrying illuminated balloons:  white for patients and survivors, red for supporters, and gold for teams walking in memory of a loved one.  Last year, more than 500 people in Lawrence participated in the Light the Night walk.
The walk takes place each fall in communities across the nation. Come walk with Crown this year:
Check-in begins at 6:00 P.M. along with food, family activities and entertainment.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Bone Marrow Drive and Mario Chalmers Autograph Signing - Saturday, July 27th from 12:00 - 2:00PM at Crown Toyota Showroom!

The Light the Night Walk is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s family focused event held each Fall to raise much needed funds for research and support for our patients and their families.

Light the night is a family focused carnival and walk where participants walk down Massachusetts Street at dusk carrying illuminated lanterns. The inspiration and funds raised from this event go to help fund a variety of local programs.

Locally, one of our primary goals is to help grow the national bone marrow registry.

If you are between the ages of 18-55, registering as a potential donor is as simple as filling out a form and swabbing your cheek!

By signing up for the registry you are able to join in the fight against blood cancers and could be a match to save a life.

Meet our Crown Toyota Award Winning Sales Team!

Crown Toyota of Lawrence - Award Winning Sales Team

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Avalon Interior Praised as One of 2013's Best

We already know how beautiful the newly redesigned Avalon is, both inside and out. And others are starting to take notice as well.

The Avalon's interior was honored this week by Ward's Auto as on of 2013's 10 best. As Toyota continues to make a place for itself in the full-size sedan market while still appealing to a younger driver, Ward's described Avalon as "the most luxurious non-luxury car tested in the competition." The only other full-size sedan to make the list was the Cadillac XTS.

Ward's praised Avalon's exterior for its "impeccable build quality" as well as its advanced technological features and rich materials. Ward's was also impressed with the depth of Avalon's tiered, "seemingly floating" instrument panel and its glowing center cup holders.

Leave it to people who use words for a living to come up with great new ways to praise Toyota's quality and luxury. Don't hesitate to share such singing praise with potential buyers of all ages.

Toyota Hybrid Sales Hit 5 Million Mark Worldwide

The hybrid revolution began in July of 2000, with Toyota leading the way with the Prius. And now, thirteen years later, Prius is still in the forefront of automotive and environmental technology.

Toyota announced this weeek that it has now sold 5 million hybrids worldwide, with 2 million of those being sold in the U.S. alone. Besides saving drivers money to the tune of about 3 billion gallons of gas, hybrids have also helped the auto industry shrink its carbon footprint by keeping about 34 million tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Toyota, the leader in hybrid technology, is not slowing down when it comes to its commitment to this technology. Since that first Prius hit the streets 13 years ago, Toyota has put 18 more hybrid models on the road, with another 18 planned for rollout by 2015.

Over the next few days, Toyota will be celebrating this amazing milestone on the Toyota USA and Prius Facebook pages, as well as on our muticultural Facebook pages, Twiitter, Instagram and Google+. All of the company's social media channels will feature a new "5 Million" cover image, a post and video thanking hybrid owners for their support, and posts over the next five days that will highlight key moments in the history of Toyota's hybrid cars.

In addition, a commemorative Toyota Hybrid Nation badge will be made available to both hybrid owners and sales associates. This is just the beginning of an extensive campaign, so be sure to stay in touch with all of Toyota's social channels over the next few days to see everything that's happening.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dancing Through The Decades 2013

Dancing Through the Decades 2013 from Amanda Storm on Vimeo.
Dancing Through the Decades is a promotional event, flash-mob style. Check out their moves as they promote Dancing Through the Decades, a fundraiser benefiting Trinity In Home Care! Come get your groove on February 9th, 2013, at Maceli's! Decade apparel is optional, but tons of fun. Can't wait to see you all there! (Opening scene was filmed at Crown!)