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Video: Help Lions Eye Win a Toyota!

Toyota's 2012 100 Cars for Good program is delivering 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days, and our local Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research has been named a finalist!

Lions Eye Institute Would Use New Toyota Vehicle to Help Deliver the Gift of Sight

The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research announced today that it has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days. LEITR was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Each day, beginning May 14, 2012, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at   Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models.  Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

LEITR will be up for consideration all day on Sunday, June 24. 

"Every second counts when our drivers deliver cornea tissue to patients waiting for their chance to regain sight," said Jason Woody, president and CEO of LEITR. "A new reliable, gas-efficient Prius from Toyota would help us deliver the gift of sight to thousands of men, women and children around the world."

"At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide," noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them."

100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota's philanthropic donations are awarded.  

For more information on LEITR and its efforts to win one of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good, please visit LEITR's website at You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter at and @LionsEyeInst. For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit

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