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Toyota dealers support Special Olympics at Bite of Oregon

Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND METRO TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Toyota's booth at Bite of Oregon included a banner that attendees could sign to pledge respect for others as part of Special Olympics Oregon's Respect campaign.
 Local Toyota dealers are supporting those with intellectual disabilities at this year's Bite of Oregon, which runs Aug. 8 to 10 in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

The Portland Metro Toyota Dealers Association is raising money to support Special Olympics Oregon's Respect campaign. For everyone who signs the Respect banner in the association's booth, the dealer will donate $5 to the campaign, up to a maximum of $4,000.

The campaign is part of a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.

Photo Credit: PORTLAND METRO TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Bite of Oregon visitors check out the Toyota Sienna Mobility, which includes an auto access seat for passengers with disabilities.
 Created at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, the campaign spreads the message in schools, organizations and at community events, such as the one at Bite of Oregon.

Last month, Toyota also announced a sponsorship of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 and plans to donate the use of 400 vehicles to LA2015, the event’s organizing committee.