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Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships Donating $500,000 to Schools and Universities

Several officials stand around a large check for $50,000 made out to WVU Tech

WVU Tech officials join Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships President Shawn Ball as he presents a $50,000 donation to WVU Tech. Pictured from left to right: WVU Nursing Beckley Campus Chairperson Hillary Parcell, WVU Tech President T. Ramon Stuart, Ph.D., Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships President Shawn Ball and Dean, Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences Tamara Smith, Ph.D., P.E.

BECKLEY, WV – The Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships, which includes Ball Toyota Charleston, L&S Toyota Beckley, and Advantage Toyota Barboursville, generously donated $50,000 to WVU Tech along with more than $500,000 to schools in their dealership communities as part of a partnership with multiple West Virginia schools in their footprint.

The Ball Family of Dealerships is working closely with school leadership to provide essential items like food, clothing, shoes, coats, and hygiene products. This initiative works directly with the Department of Education and Communities in Schools to establish "virtual pantries" in 247 schools across West Virginia.

At a press conference on October 4, 2023, Ball Toyota President Shawn Ball presented this half a million dollar donation along with a $50,000 contribution to WVU Tech and a $30,000 to Marshall University. West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice, WVU Tech President T. Ramon Stuart and Superintendent of West Virginia Schools Michelle Blatt joined the Ball Family Dealership team for the announcement along with other state and local public officials.

Ball emphasized the vulnerability of children in today's world, particularly evident in the alarming increase in cases of child abuse and neglect across the state. Reflecting on his upbringing in Boone County, he and his brother and partner, David Ball, said they were motivated to alleviate the hardships faced by families. Their objective is to raise awareness by highlighting these critical issues and utilize the donations to collaborate with teachers and staff in providing essential resources to students.