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JM FAMILY/SOUTHEAST TOYOTA HURRICANE RELIEF FUND ESTABLISHED THROUGH BROWARD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

 JM FAMILY/SOUTHEAST TOYOTA HURRICANE RELIEF FUND
 ESTABLISHED THROUGH BROWARD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A relief fund to provide both short and long term assistance to victims of Hurricane Andrew has been established with a $150,000 grant by JM Family Enterprises, Inc./Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. JM Family President Ms. Pat Moran announced the creation of the fund in honor of company founder and chairman, Jim Moran. In addition, the company has distributed tons of free ice to thousands of hurricane victims, donated hundreds of man hours by its associates, provided temporary housing for law enforcement officers, delivered tons of food and other supplies through the use of its aircraft and provided vehicles for use in disaster relief efforts.
 The JM Family/Southeast Toyota Hurricane Relief Fund is being administered through the Broward Community Foundation and is comparable to one established in 1989 in Charleston, S.C., following the destruction caused by Hurricane Hugo. Charleston community leaders cited an increasing need for cash contributions to meet the needs of victims as donations of goods and services waned in the weeks and months after the storm.
 Grants from the Moran fund will be awarded to organizations that demonstrate a need for dollars to undertake or continue services to hurricane victims. The board of directors of the Broward Community Foundation is expected to make several immediate grants to help meet critical needs of storm-ravaged South Florida. Future grants will be made once applications are reviewed.
 "Hurricane Andrew caused terrible destruction, including many of the homes of associates of our Dade County Toyota dealers," said Moran. "The outpouring of support has been remarkable. Our own associates have given their time and money, and the company is pleased to do its share."
 At the request of Federal Aviation Administration staff members, four jet aircraft owned by JM Family Enterprises have flown more than five tons of relief supplies into Opa Locka Airport. The airplanes also transported critical care nurses from Jacksonville to Miami and flew drivers from Opa Locka to Cape Kennedy to drive needed heavy equipment to Miami.
 To date, associates and the company have purchased and distributed more than 100,000 pounds of ice, 2,700 gallons of water, 338 cartons of food, baby supplies, household items, medical supplies and more. Through JM Pontiac and Southeast Toyota Distributors, the company has donated the use of cars and trucks to the United Way, Red Cross, University of Miami School of Nursing, WSVN-TV Channel 7 and WTVJ-TV Channel 4, for use in food drives and medical services.
 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., the importer of Toyotas, has donated $250,000 to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross, for use in Hurricane Andrew relief efforts.
 Additional contributions to the relief fund are welcome. Checks may be made out to the JM Family/Southeast Toyota Hurricane Relief Fund of the Broward Community Foundation and sent to the foundation at 2601 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. For more information, call the foundation, 305-563-4483.
 The Broward Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that encourages public service contributions and administers the distribution of dollars to community organizations. More than $5 million has been raised by the organization since its inception in 1984.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Bitner of Azen Bitner Pierson, 305-522-0022, for the JM Family/Southeast Toyota Hurricane Relief Fund/ CO: JM Family/Southeast Toyota Hurricane Relief Fund ST: Florida IN: SU:


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