Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., donated a Grizzly 700 ATV to the Wish I Could of Northeast Louisiana, Inc. (WIC) foundation, helping to raise $9,230 for the charity at the annual Marengo Swamp Run in Hebert, La., on June 4. The annual event, which raises money mainly through entry fees and private donations, helps fund the WIC mission of granting wishes of terminally ill children in Northeast Louisiana.
Yamaha has donated an ATV each of the past eight years helping to raise more than $50,000 — money that pays for the WIC annual kids’ Christmas party. The WIC Foundation has in total raised more than $400,000 in the same time to help make kids’ wishes come true.
“Yamaha is proud to support Wish I Could and its cause of helping terminally ill children,” said Mike Martinez, general manager of Yamaha’s ATV & SxS vehicle group. “Yamaha also congratulates Ricky Rollins for winning the Grizzly 700 ATV, and thanks everyone who purchased a $5 raffle ticket. That money goes directly to WIC and the kids.”
“The ATV raffle is the sole fundraiser for the Wish I Could annual Christmas Party,” said Wayne Moore, WIC president. “Each year the surviving children are given a gift of their choice from Santa because of the support we receive from Yamaha. We are proud to partner with and receive support from this wonderful corporation.”