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Toyota to Donate Vehicles for FFA use During 2012 National FFA Convention and CountryMark Donates Fuel

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For the seventh straight year, Toyota will provide the National FFA Organization with 25 vehicles for use as courtesy vehicles during the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo next week at several venues in the greater Indianapolis area.Toyota will donate 25 Sienna, Highlander and Tundra vehicles. An estimated value of the company’s donation to FFA is $32,600. “Toyota is proud to support FFA and has for more than 30 years,” said Kevin Fletcher, general manager of the Chicago region of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. “ FFA has a long history of positively impacting our future agricultural leaders and we are pleased to be affiliated with such a storied American institution.”

Indiana-based CountryMark will donate all fuel needed by FFA as it hosts its 85th annual convention for FFA members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Last year, CountryMark provided 1,131 gallons of fuel, a donation to FFA valued at an estimated $4,000, and the company expects to provide the same amount of fuel this year.

“At CountryMark, we’re proud to support FFA’s dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of students,” said Jon Lantz, CountryMark vice president of marketing.  “FFA develops each student’s potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  Building leadership and career success capacity are initiatives that will serve these students well throughout their lives, and at CountryMark we’re proud to support these worthy endeavors.” CountryMark will also serve this year as a sponsor of the convention’s Welcome Lunch on October 23, and will provide volunteers for the convention’s Rally to Fight Hunger Initiative.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.