Kuni in the Community

 

Kuni Automotive wholeheartedly believes in giving back to the communities

As a company with multiple locations in California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon, Kuni Automotive wholeheartedly believes in giving back to the communities that have welcomed us. We like to do it in a big way, and in a meaningful way. Together with our company, our dealerships are proud to support many worthwhile causes, both in and beyond their respective communities.

Following the example of our founder Wayne Kuni, we choose to support those organizations in which our associates are personally involved. This helps us keep bequests at a manageable level, while making a positive impact on the causes that are closest to our employees' hearts. It's also a tangible way to show our appreciation to our coworkers who choose to give their personal time in the service
of others.

 


The Wayne D Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation

The mission of the foundation is to support medical research, especially for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and to support and enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. 


  
 


Recent Kuni Automotive Sponsorships and Donations:


$5 million contribution by the Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation to Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute.

The contribution was dedicated to OHSU's Knight Cancer Challenge to transform early detection and treatment of cancer and save countless lives, which completed its $1 billion fundraising campaign on Thursday June 25th.

The gift from the Kuni Foundation was one of a handful of major gifts in recent weeks that allowed the Knight Cancer Institute to meet the Challenge in record time. 

The Challenge included a matching pledge from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and his wife, Penny - a pledge contingent on OHSU's ability to raise $500 million in two years. Over 10,000 donors from all 50 states contributed toward meeting The Challenge.

The gift is a fitting tribute to the long-standing relationship between the two organizations, and a reflection of Kuni's commitment to supporting OHSU's work to find smarter, foolproof ways to detect cancer in the early stages.

The Kuni Foundation is Kuni Automotive's largest shareholder. Since its founding in 2005, the Kuni Foundation has made grants totaling several million dollars to support the research of a number of "Kuni Scholars" working in leading cancer research hospitals in the Northwest, including OHSU.

 Kuni Scholars are carefully chosen by a scientific review panel, which works on behalf of the Foundation. One of OHSU's most prolific cancer researchers, Dr. Joshi Alumkal, is a Kuni Scholar who is credited with making great strides in prostate cancer research.


 
Bowl for Kids Sake: Benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.

Oregon has the worst graduation rate in the nation and the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to change that. Their mission is to start kids strong with relationships, so they finish school strong - and it works. 90% of the students involved in their program graduate from high school.
 
With the participation of teams of employees from Kuni Garage, Kuni BMW and Kuni Lexus of Portland, $5,680 was raised at this years Bowl for Kids Sake event to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest!

Stephen's Place

Stephen's Place, a home and community for adults with developmental challenges opened its doors in February. The building was fully funded by the Kuni Foundation. The Mission of Stephen's Place is to provide positive living solutions for adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities so they may live with meaning and dignity. Learn more about Stephen's Place: http://bit.ly/1RhHcHd


 

A Van for Stephen's Place

Kuni Automotive donated a fully loaded 2015 Honda Odyssey to the staff and residents of Stephen's Place to help them with their transportation needs. 


  

Community Valentine Project

For Valentines Day 2015. Kuni Automotive held a Community Valentines contest. Each store nominated one community partner to win $2,500 for their organization. The Valentine with the most community love/ likes on Facebook by the end of the contest won! The winner was The Bridge house nominated by Audi Boulder. Read more about the contest here: http://bit.ly/1RlMZvn


 

Classic Wines Auction

Kuni automotive has been a presenting sponsor for The Classic Wines Auction since 2013, and a lead sponsor for several years before that. Kuni automotive and Kuni BMW have donated four BMW i8's to the auction in the past two years. The auction supports the good work of Oregon non-profit organizations by providing funds to pre-selected entities benefiting children and families. The Classic Wines Auction partners with organizations with the following characteristics: mission compatibility, effective organizational management, sound financial practices, Board-led fundraising, sustainability, and a solid volunteer network. www.classicwinesauction.com 


 

Kuni Automotive Donation to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Efforts

Portland, Oregon - April 4, 2011 -- Kuni Automotive, parent company of 11 automobile dealerships located in Oregon, Washington, California, and Colorado, has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts. The funds were contributed by Kuni Automotive corporate headquarters of Vancouver, Washington; Kuni Honda on Arapahoe of Centennial, Colorado; Lexus of Portland, Oregon; Kuni Lexus of Seattle and Kuni Westside Infiniti of Lynnwood, Washington; Kuni Lexus of Littleton, Colorado; and Kuni Lexus of Colorado Springs.

Greg Goodwin, CEO of Kuni Automotive, cited Kuni's strong ties to the three largest Japanese automakers - Toyota (Lexus), Honda, and Nissan (Infiniti), saying "our 750 employees and shareholders are heartbroken at the immense loss of life and the scale of destruction that these events have caused. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our many dear friends in Japan, to their families, their employees, and their fellow countrymen. We have long admired the spirit of the Japanese people. We are confident that same spirit will prevail in the coming months and years. We know that the resulting recovery and reconstruction will once again demonstrate the remarkable resilience and optimism of the Japanese nation."

The company has also requested that employees and customers who wish to donate to Japan relief efforts do so through the American Red Cross, http://american.redcross.org.



Dealership Sponsorship's, Donations & Community Partnerships:

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Kuni Honda on Arapahoe

Drive for a Cause:
Kuni Automotive and Kuni Honda have a long history of supporting the community that we live in. We are passionate about doing what we can to make a difference in the lives of those around us, especially children and those battling medical disorders. Our employees are proud to bring awareness and support to the following causes: 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver:
Kuni Honda recently partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver to raise money to support the children and families in our local neighborhoods. The Ronald McDonald House Charities does even more to promote and strengthen our community beyond the two area Ronald McDonald Houses they manage. They also provide grants and scholarships, mobile medical and dental care and a summer camp for children fighting cancer and their siblings.
 


Take Steps for Crohn's Colitis (CCFA):
Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis is the largest walk to help find a cure for the diseases. The walk helps to raise awareness and funds and celebrate the hard work and dedication of patients, loved ones and caregivers.
Fight Colorectal Cancer:
Advocates for Fight Colorectal Cancer hike Longs Peak to give hope, encouragement and build camaraderie among colorectal survivors and those touched by this disease. Fight Colorectal Cancer envisions victory over colon and rectal cancers. They raise our voice to empower and activate a community of patients, fighters and champions to push for better policies and to support research, education and awareness for all those touched by this disease.

 

Shop with a Cop:
The program is designed to unite Aurora Police officers and public safety employees with local disadvantaged children for a special day of shopping. Each child is guaranteed new shoes, several outfits of clothing, and a backpack full of school supplies. Children and families will be carefully selected and screened by a committee of local law enforcement officers. Approximately $200 will be spent on each child. Our goal is to sponsor as many children as possible, through the support of donations from our citizens and businesses. 

 

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Audi Shawnee Mission

Alzheimers Association:
Walk to end Alzheimer's at Corporate Woods.

 

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Lexus of Seattle

Sozo Wine & Rescue Freedom International 
LOS's partnership with Sozo Wine Allows them to support Rescue Freedom International, a local Kirkland organization that helps to empower and heal victims of human trafficing. Each Sozo purchase directly contributes to the betterment of women who have suffered as a result of human trafficking.

Annie's Community Kitchen 
Annie's Community Kitchen is a service in Edmond's, Wa, that provides weekly free, hot community meals to those in need. LOS has helped to maintain the kitchen's van to ensure that it stays running, and encourages all of our customers to make donations on a regular basis.  

 

 
Cory Samuelson Racing 
Cory Samuelson has been racing since he was seven years old. and LOS has sponsored his career along the way. Cory has participated in races at the midget, micro, and full-size spring levels, and is an accomplished young driver. From Skagit Speedway to Grays Harbor Speedway, to Cottage Grove Speedway and beyond, LOS supports Cory wherever he races! 
 
Holiday Cheer 
During the Holidays LOS packs a Lexus GX full of toys and other gifts to surprise four local families in need!
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Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village

Lexus is proud to be a sponsor of the WPO!
We were honored to host a reception for the Women Presidents' Organization. The WPO is a global organization comprised of women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. 

 

Derek's Dash for Dravet // Working to fight childhood Epilepsy
Supported through donation and was 2013-14 bib sponsor

 
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraiser
Kuni Rat Pack Team

National Jewish Health 
support through donations / 2014 National Jewish Health Golf Classic Foursome sponsor as well as hole-in-one sponsor

Partnership with Denver Health 

Cherry Creek School Foundation 

Diamonds in the Rough Foundation
2014 Charity Golf Tournament Platinum Automobile Sponsor

  
Sponsor for the Colorado Pactimo
Kuni Lexus Cycling Team

Don't Fear the Finger Golf Outing // Raising awareness for prostate cancer
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor

 
Host to the 2014 Handbags & Hounds for Freedom Service Dogs

Riding for Reasons, Victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting 

Numerous tragedies in Colorado the summer of 2012 weighed heavily on everyone's minds but Shawn Evans and Jared Thaut decided to push themselves like never before in order to raise money and awareness for some of the hundreds of people injured, killed and displaced in Colorado that year. They raised over $14,000  for  the Aurora Shooting victims by riding bicycles from Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village to the Kuni Automotive corporate headquarters in Vancouver, Washington. 


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Land Rover San Diego

Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Travelers Aid
Survivors Rehab
Semper Fi Foundation

 
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival benefiting Monarch School
Lucky Duck Foundation
Shoot to Cure for Huntington Disease Society
Petco Foundation Gala
Miracle babies
San Ysidro Children's Foundation
Sports Medicine Foundation

 
Harvey Milk- Benefits LGBT Community Center
Boys and Girls Club of San Diego
Mama's Day Gala- Mama's Kitchen 
Marshall Faulk Foundation
Tee it up for troops
Pro Players Foundation benefiting MS
Challenge Athletes Foundation
Sports Medicine Foundation
 
Off Road Adventure Befitting Lions, Tigers and Bears
Scripps Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Ronald McDonald house
Cystic Fybrosis Foundation

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Audi Boulder

 

Farm to table Dinner - In partnership with local company, Zeal Optics, they were able to connect with some of Boulder's most progressive, outdoor companies.

 

There with Care - Rather than hosting, Audi Boulder was invited to support one of Boulder's pinnacle philanthropy's as they respond to immediate family & children based needs.

 

Bridge HouseThe Denim to Diamonds Gala represented the path in which clients of Bridge House embark upon.  Audi Boulder wrapped an A6 in denim & participants of the Gala wrote an encouraging note on the Diamond itself, then stuck it on the car.   The car remained in Loaner service after the gala & helped spread the Bridge House message

 

Mirinda "Rinny" CarfraeThe current, Female World Champion…2 years running will try yet again to defend the title this year. Audi Boulder found a great relationship in the local, triathlon community & love supporting not only the World's best, but a local athlete that acts as a great Ambassador to the Audi Boulder Brand. Keep an eye out for Rinny at Kona in Oct, 2015! 

 

Women's Jewelry association - "White Party" 

  

Tour De Cure- This is a great ride to support the local, Colorado movement of combating Diabetes!

Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Masters Cycling Team- This is Audi Boulders first year supporting the sport of cycling. They found a great match with a well-known team in Boulder, the #1 Masters Cycling Team in the state - Rocky Mountain Cancer Center team.  They're beyond respected in the community & represent the Audi Brand to the fullest

 

Warren Miller 65th Year anniversary- Warren Miller is iconic to the ski & snowboard world; luckily they call Boulder home! Audi Boulder got to participate in the 2014 Premier for their 65th Anniversary!

 

Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF)- This festival, Liken to the Sundance & Telluride film festival, brings an atmosphere to Boulder for a whole week!  This was Audi Boulder's 2nd year participating, chauffeuring film directors & Mr. Alan Arkin - we had a great time brushing up on our culture!

 
 
Without Limit's cycling race seriesThis is a fun relationship, the premier cycling event company in Colorado is Audi Boulders back yard!  It's a great relationship to connect with the community and get employees engaged in racing! Not to mention, showcase how good a bike looks on an Allroad.

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Roseville Volkswagen

 
Folsom Bike- Triathalon
Special Olympics of Northern California
Granite Bay Jr Grizzlies football and cheer department
Sponsorship of Christian Church Camp
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Volkswagen Foundation
Roseville Auto Mall Association Fund to Benefit the Community

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Kuni Chevrolet Cadillac

 
Chevy Youth Sports- Soccer & Little League
Sacramento SPCA
Easter Seals
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Hole-in-One
Rotary's Bids for Kids
Sacramento Bee Kids Day
United Way

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Kuni BMW

 
Meals On Wheels

 
The Classic Wines Auction

 
Oregon Humane Society

 
Race for the Cure

  
Portland Fashion Week

 
Abbys Closet
Helping Men Heal
St. Mary's Academy
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Jesuit High School
The Metropolitan Family Service

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Kuni Lexus of Portland

 
The Forest Park Conservancy
Helping Men Heal
Schoolhouse Supplies
Helping Men Heal

 
Sand in the City
Sozo Friends
Soul Giving Foundation
Portland Trail Blazers
Sunshine Division

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Porsche of San Diego

 
San Diego Art Museum

 
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

 
Coronado Speed Festival

 
California Festival of Speed

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 
St. Augustine High School
HRE Wheels
Wounded Warrior Project
VetRest 2nd Annual Golf Tournament


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