The Parks Family, best known for their group of automotive and powersports stores throughout Florida, recently donated 20 Honda generators to residents in the Bahamas who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
The Parks family owns several automotive dealerships including two powersports stores between Gainesville, Orlando and Tampa.
Kathy Parks Suarez stated, "Those affected by Hurricane Dorian have absolutely nothing besides the shirt on their backs. The devastation is absolutely astounding. It will take a very long time for the area to recover. My family's donation of the 20 generators is the very least we can do. My concern was that the generators as well as other local donations that I brought to the shipping docks in Miami would make the voyage to the Bahamas. Once the generators made it to the port in the Bahamas the Church of Ascension would deliver to those most in need. I was happy to help in coordinating at the shipping dock to ensure the generators were actually shipped out and get a confirmation that they did make it into the right hands."
Seminole PowerSports, also part of the Parks family of dealerships, played a major role in acquiring the generators for the donation. As a Honda dealer in Sanford, Florida they were able to order and receive the generators from Honda in a timely fashion.
Kirby Mullins, owner and general manager of Seminole PowerSports, stated "Participating in this effort was an honor. It took many hands to make the donation possible. It was a team effort for every step from placing the order, ensuring we would receive the shipment here in Sanford, to then trailering it down to Miami for Kathy Parks to coordinate the actual shipment and receipt of the generators in the Bahamas. Honda makes a very reliable generator we are very confident this donation will help immensely in helping victims get some sense of normalcy as they rebuild. I remember when Central Florida was hit by Hurricane Irma, going without electric day after day was almost intolerable."
The Parks Motor Group was founded in 1975 by Jack Parks, father to Kathy Parks Suarez, Randy Parks and Ron Parks. This family run business includes several dealerships between Gainesville, Tampa and Orlando. Parks Alfa Romeo of Wesley Chapel, Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel, Parks Ford of Tampa, Parks Lincoln of Tampa, Parks Ford of Gainesville, Parks Genesis of Gainesville, Parks Hyundai of Gainesville, Parks Lincoln of Gainesville, Parks Lincoln of Longwood, Parks Toyota of DeLand, Seminole PowerSports in Sanford and Seminole PowerSports North in Eustis, Florida are all part of the Parks Motor Group family of dealerships.
Mullins added "Honda is very well known, reliable brand. The generators we donated will last a very long time for years to come. We carry both Honda Power Equipment and Honda motorcycles. Many of our customers will purchase a powersport from us and buy a Honda generator to go along with them on their weekend road trips. Whether it's an ATV, dirt bike or side-by-side, our customers tend to be weekend warriors, and in the fall and winter they take their rides off road, go camping and have a huge need for a generator. We sell plenty of the Honda brand generators, we know people like them, and they are built to last. Those in the Bahamas receiving our Honda generators are getting a high-quality piece of equipment."