Carr Subaru Beaverton “Shares the Love” With Providence’s Medically Fragile Children

April 11, 2018

Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children resident Camille Stewart and her parents Christina and Bill Stewart (left) show her room at the center to (from left) Jason Hirata, Subaru of America, Ben Bradshaw, Carr Subaru, Jim Pernas, Subaru of America, Pete Holt, Subaru of America, Fernando Del Campo, Carr Subaru and Michael Parks, Carr Subara. Camille’s room is dedicated to Carr Subaru and Subaru of America for their ongoing support of the Center for Medically Fragile Children.

The love flowed both ways at Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children this week as Carr Subaru Beaverton was honored for its ongoing support of the program.

Providence’s most fragile patients received a $124,000 donation from Carr Subaru Beaverton and Subaru of America’s annual “Share the Love” event – for a total of more than $400,000 in Share the Love contributions since 2015.

“We deeply appreciate the support of Carr Subaru and Subaru of America,” said JoAnn Vance, executive director, Providence Children’s Developmental Health. “In recognition of all they do for our young people, we are dedicating a resident room at the Center for Medically Fragile Children in their honor.”

The room will stand as a symbol of Carr Subaru’s commitment to the Providence Mission and caring for our most vulnerable populations. 

Subaru’s annual “Share the Love” event was held during the winter months – with Subaru donating $250 to certain charities each time a new vehicle was purchased or leased. Customers buying or leasing the vehicles were able to select a local charity from a number of choices.

One of the charities offered by Carr Subaru was Bill’s Kids Fund at Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children. The Bill’s Kids Fund is named in honor of Providence Children's Health Foundation board member, Bill Schonely, who also is known as Mr. Rip City for his three decades as the play-by-play announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Carr Subaru is a proud sponsor and supporter of this phenomenal organization and the important work that they do for our community,” said Michael Parks, digital marketing director, Carr Auto Group. “The commitment and dedication that the team at Providence provides to these fragile children and their families is exceptional.”

This year’s Share the Love donation to Providence also benefits:

  • My Little Waiting Room which offers drop-in child care at Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland medical centers.
  • The Child Life Specialist Program which helps children cope with their own or a family member’s illness during hospitalization through child-friendly play and explanations.
  • Swindells Resource Center which provides peer-to-peer guidance and resources to help parents navigate the world of having a child with special needs. 

The Carr Subaru Beaverton donation represents one of the largest contribution in the country made by Subaru to a local charity through the Share the Love event.