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Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program Names Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS) as Winning Organization

Plainview, New York - July 18, 2011 – Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS) is pleased to announce that the organization was recognized as a winner of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program and will receive a TOYOTA SIENNA MOBILITY to better serve the community. The Toyota 100 Cars for Good program is awarding 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

Public voting began on May 9 and continues for 100 consecutive days. Each day, five organizations are profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page and voters may vote for the charity they feel is most deserving of the vehicle. A vehicle will be awarded each day through August 16 for a total of 100 vehicles.

“The outpouring of support and interest in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has been tremendous,” Michael Rouse, Toyota Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Affairs. “It is amazing to see how this program has brought individuals, organizations and communities together. We are equally excited to see ACDS utilize their new vehicle to do good in the community.”

ACDS was profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page on July 7th, 2011, along with four other finalists who were in the running to receive a new vehicle. Based on support from the community and votes from the public, ACDS was named the July 7th winner.

ACDS is dedicated to providing lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. ACDS has seven group homes that house adult residents with developmental disabilities. The organization strives to help the residents live self-sufficient lives and achieve full integration into the community. The addition of a new Toyota Sienna will help ACDS transport their residents to and from their many activities and appointments and will increase their quality of life and give them additional independence.

Michael M. Smith, Executive Director of ACDS said: “Many thanks to Toyota for their generosity!! The Toyota Sienna Mobility will help us improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by fostering their independence. Also the contest was great fun for staff and our friends and families.”

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program enables 100 organizations to receive a Toyota vehicle to make a greater impact on the community. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where it does business.If you’d like to learn more, please visit

http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit

http://www.toyota.com/community

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