Kawasaki Raised Nearly $100,000 For Charities In 2019


Years ago in college, Kawasaki motors made a lovely donation in the form of a brand-new Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycle to the Formula SAE design team.

This unit was then used to design and build a formula one-style race car using the Kawasaki’s engine, transmission, electronics, and many other components.  The experience and knowledge gained was priceless.

Kawasaki has always made tremendous strides in making donations to education and other charitable efforts.  Last year, they tallied nearly $100,000 in donations to various causes such as the ALS-Association, Wounded Military Foundation, and CHIPs for KIDS toy drive.

They even donated two 2020 STX-160 Jet Ski’s as well as an Ultra LX to support charities.  For full details on all of these efforts, read press-release below.

Foothill Ranch, Calif. – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has proudly supported several local and national charities in raising hundreds and thousands of dollars in 2019, supporting worthy causes with cash and product donations, as well as VIP racing fan experiences at Monster Energy Supercross. The charitable efforts of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. and its employees have nearly exceeded $100,000 in value.

“The charities Kawasaki has chosen to work with are a fundamental part of our community,” said Bill Jenkins, SVP Sales and Operations. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support charities such as the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast Area, the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive, Honoring our Wounded Military (HOWM), Orange County Police Canine Association, and The ALS Association – Orange County Chapter. We have supported these organizations with both financial and product donations for their causes to help our community where we can.”

Kawasaki’s efforts helped to raise $45,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast Area by donating two 2020 Jet Ski® STX®160 personal watercraft and two VIP Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Supercross experience. The items were auctioned off at the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast 2019 Great Futures Gala.

With the holidays fast approaching, Kawasaki employees always make sure to support those in need by providing toys and other gifts for the California Highway Patrol’s ninth annual CHiPs for KIDS toy drive. In 2019, Kawasaki team members stepped up once again to help deliver a happy holiday to families in Southern California.

Amongst the many important charitable causes Kawasaki supports is the Honoring Our Wounded Military Foundation. For 2019, Kawasaki donated a 2019 Jet Ski® Ultra® LX for the Honoring Our Wounded Military live auction, that helped to raise $40,000, which enabled the foundation to achieve more than $195,000 in donations for 2019.

The ALS Association’s Walk To Defeat event became close to the hearts of many Kawasaki employees in 2019, with many participating on Team Tamura in the ALS Association — Orange County Chapter event. Kawasaki helped to raise more than $1,300 for the organization in tribute to former Kawasaki President Yoshi Tamura, helping ALS Association — Orange County Chapter raise more than $283,000 in 2019.

Kawasaki also raised $1,500 for the Orange County Police Canine Association in 2019.

And as 2019 comes to an end the Kawasaki Motors Corp. Charitable Match Contribution Program employees have additionally raised nearly $10,000 for various charities serving an array of causes across the country.

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Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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    Richard Lasseter PhD 13 January, 2020 at 11:03 Reply

    Really?! Are you kiddin’, Gaudet? This was just an IDEA. There are so many “people” charities that are already well-funded, and often even get government assistance, but innocent and abused animals are at the very bottom rung. No govt. assistance for them! Just your comment alone shows that you’re not an animal person.

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    Michael Gaudet 22 January, 2020 at 09:56 Reply

    Well your wrong mr..phd…i have 3 rescue dogs and a vegan but your atitude is notuing is ever good enough. You cant be happy someone raised money just because your charity isnt mentioned. Hoe do you know they dont give to animal charities!? No one has to tell you or anyone else where rhey give their money to!

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