How many of us lost friends, family, and colleagues to cancer? Just like the rest of Northern New Mexico, the staff at Beaver Toyota knows about cancer first hand.
General Sales Manager, Buddy Espinosa comments, “Beaver Toyota is more than just a team. It’s a family. And just like any family, when something happens to one of us, we are all affected”
“It was 6 years ago,” remembers owner Linda Beaver. “We just lost a dear friend to cancer. He came with us to Santa Fe as one of our finance managers. He was also married to our customer relation manager. The whole Beaver team suffered together through his illness and death.“
It is more than a feeling of loss. There’s also a feeling of wanting to help make things better.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. “ unknown.
That is when Beaver Toyota first started supporting Cancer Foundation of New Mexico.
“Even when people have insurance, they often don’t have the financial means to travel back and forth to Santa Fe, “explains General Manager Matt Calavan. “We wanted to help provide a solution to that problem. The Cancer Foundation gives us a way to do something to make an impact for our friends in Northern New Mexico. “
The Cancer Foundation hosts its 8th annual Sweetheart Auction 5pm on Saturday, February 9th at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
Eileen Berry is the Cancer Foundation’s Development Director. We asked her about the importance of the Sweetheart Banquet. “Over 40% of our local Foundation’s operating budget comes from the Sweetheart Auction, and the event has had increased sales of 20% each of the 7 years we’ve been hosting it, now our 8th year.”
Beaver has been right there at the Sweetheart Banquet.
Last year, the raffle was for a new Highlander Hybrid.
The previous year, the Cancer Foundation raffled a new 2011 Prius.
The winners of both prizes decided to donate the prize back to the Cancer Foundation of New Mexico.
This year, the raffle is for a dream vacation.
For more information about the Cancer Foundation of New Mexico, visit them online at cffnm.org or call 505-955-7931 ext 1.
To learn about other things Beaver Toyota does for the community, visit us online at our http://www.beavertoyotaadvantage.com/about-us/beaver-boosters.