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Supporting the Global Community

JM Family has a strong track record of stepping up to support the global community in times of crisis. For example, in 1992, the company established a $150,000 Hurricane Relief Fund following Hurricane Andrew to support associates, as well as dealerships and dealer personnel, who needed assistance. JM Family and Southeast Toyota made a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross in 2001 after the devastation from the largest earthquake and tsunami to ever hit Japan. The natural disaster affected many of Toyota’s manufacturing facilities, which caused vehicle parts shortages, slowed production and reduced car imports into the Talleyrand terminal. Jacksonville Port Authority numbers for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, showed a nearly 20 percent drop in all auto imports for Talleyrand. An oversight committee comprised of representatives from Corporate Communications, Corporate Philanthropy, Facilities, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management meets regularly to evaluate giving guidelines for major crises and makes recommendations for changes based on experiences.

Some additional relief efforts over the years include donations from JM Family of $1.5 million to the American Red Cross after hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne (2004); in 2005, SET, the Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers teamed up for Raffle 4 Relief, which gave Florida residents the opportunity to donate to the American Red Cross and a chance to win one of two customized 2006 Toyota Tundra Double Cab trucks; $100,000 to the Red Cross after the earthquake in Haiti (2010); $15,000 to the Red Cross to assist with devastating floods in southern Alberta, Canada (2013); $100,000 towards efforts following Hurricane Matthew, including $50,000 designated to recovery efforts in Haiti (2016); $100,000 to the OneOrlando Fund following the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting (2016); and in 2017, $100,000 to the Red Cross after the unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, $100,000 in support of relief efforts following Hurricane Irma, and $100,000 to One America Appeal to help the residents of Puerto Rico rebuild their island and their lives after Hurricane Maria.

After one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record, JM Family and SET donated $1.5 million to the American Red Cross following Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004. Jim Moran and Pat Moran presented the check to Bill Epps, executive director of the American Red Cross of Broward County.

Michael Yormark, chief operating officer of the Florida Panthers, David Stiff of Tamarac, Kathryn Cousins, chief development officer of the American Red Cross of Broward County, SET Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ed Sheehy, Jon Berggren of Boca Raton and Miami Dolphins Vice President of Sales and Marking Jim Ross.