Luther Honda of St. Cloud combined the fun aspects of a holiday party with charitable giving in a casino royale night theme to support Toys for Tots.
Employees gathered at Jack & Jim’s restaurant in nearby Duelm. Many brought toys to donate and received an extra $500 in “funny money,” explains biller Lana High-Porozski, a key organizer.
When the casino game vendor took a break, the group then switched to another Minnesota favorite– bingo. Prizes each had a gift attached, bound for Toys for Tots, said receptionist Trish Bauman. “I was amazed at what we collected,” said High-Porozski.
Among the items were $50 gift cards to the store, detail and Crystal Fusion packages, oil changes and two free parking spots up close for a year. And, High-Porozski was named “Employee of the Year.”
“It was a good time,” said Bauman. “Everybody talked about how much fun it was. It will be hard to top it for next year.”
Another retailer of Japanese cars, Rudy Luther’s Toyota, built up its Toys for Tots stock by offering $9.95 oil changes with a toy donation of $10 in value or more. Customer Relations Manager Deborah Basurto called it a “sweet deal.” Almost 350 customers participated.
Vehicle loads of toys were dropped off at KARE 11 offices in Golden Valley, and several employees appeared on its newscasts.
The toy collection program here has grown every year, and has been an annual tradition for quite some time.