$30,000 donation helping to send out regional veterans to National Wheelchair Games next month

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Local automotive dealer McGeorge Toyota announced it is partnering with Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic to help send a team of veterans to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games next month in Orlando.

The donation – totaling $30,000 – is part of the Henrico-based dealer’s Random Acts of McGeorge and Salesperson of the Month community outreach programs. Through the program, each of the dealership’s top salespeople are given the opportunity to donate $5,000 to the local charity of their choice.

Since October, top salesperson Tom Baskin has claimed the award six times, making each donation to PVA Mid-Atlantic. The donations have allowed the Richmond-based chapter to increase the number of athletes it is able to take to the games this summer, President Robert Satterwhite said.

“The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter can never thank Tom Baskin and McGeorge Toyota enough for their generous efforts and support of our veteran athletes,” Satterwhite said. “We have one of the largest teams, with over 60 athletes from our chapter, and because of Tom and McGeorge’s dedication to supporting their community, we are able to make our veteran’s dreams come true and fulfill our mission of being ‘a supportive community for capable heroes.’”

Last year, Baskin helped send athletes to the 2017 games by compiling $10,000 in donations through the Salesperson of the Month program. This year, he said he’s proud to have tripled that figure.

“As a veteran myself, I’m honored to be able to give back to a group that helps support those who gave so much for our country,” Baskin said. “They do so much good for veterans, and I’m just happy to play a part, no matter how small.”

The National Wheelchair Games is an annual event held each year through a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Celebrating its 38th year in 2018, the games feature 19 different events in which veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological impairments can compete.

McGeorge Toyota General Manager Bob Farlow said he’s thrilled to be able to play a part in such a great event.

“We’ve always stood by the belief that the more you get, the more you should give back,” Farlow said. “Partnering with PVA fully encompasses that mindset. We have always thoroughly enjoyed working with them and supporting all the wonderful work they do in the local community and beyond.”