MT. WASHINGTON, Ky., Nov. 23, 2015 -- Ally Financial, BraunAbility and Superior Van & Mobility joined together to donate a wheelchair accessible vehicle to a student and his family. The companies were inspired by the efforts of the local Mt. Washington community, which over the last several months had been raising funds to support Travis Holbert and his family's need for more suitable transportation.
The companies presented a BraunAbility Dodge side-entry wheelchair van to Holbert and his parents during a surprise ceremony at Crossroads Elementary School. In addition to being a surprise to Holbert, the ceremony served as a way to thank the school for their fundraising efforts, which had collected more than $5,000 for the Team Travis fund. The fund was created by Teresa Cox, Kim Thomas, Becky Keown, Cory Hall and Brittany Jessie, teachers at Crossroads Elementary School. With the vehicle donation from Ally, BraunAbility and Superior Van & Mobility, the funds can be used for other ongoing expenses, rather than for the vehicle purchase.
"Not many people understand how important having reliable, accessible transportation is to a young man like Travis," said Greg Kiser, vice president of sales at BraunAbility, the Indiana-based global leader in accessible transportation. "We were inspired by the way the school came together to support him, and we are privileged to help make life easier for this deserving family."
"We were inspired by the efforts of the Mt. Washington community and their support for Travis," said Mark Manzo, senior vice president, strategic alliances at Ally. "Ally is proud to help answer the call when there is a need in the local community, and we're honored to provide Travis and his family this vehicle."
"It's exciting to see the Holbert family regain their independence," said Sam Cook, owner of Superior Van & Mobility. "Our team has worked hard in developing a long lasting relationship with the family; exploring every option and grant available. It is a true inspiration to see everyone come together to create awareness; especially Travis' school and the local news media. We are thankful for this opportunity to partner with Ally and BraunAbility, and helping make this dream come true for this very special family."
About Ally Financial
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading automotive financial services company powered by a top direct banking franchise. Ally's automotive services business offers a full spectrum of financial products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, vehicle service contracts, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services, as well as a variety of insurance offerings, including inventory insurance, insurance consultative services for dealers and other ancillary products. Ally Bank, the company's direct banking subsidiary and member FDIC, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and interest checking. Ally's Corporate Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries.
With approximately $156.1 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2015, Ally operates as a financial holding company. For more information, visit the Ally media site at http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @Ally.
BraunAbility is the world's leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts in the mobility industry. Founded nearly 50 years ago by Ralph Braun, the corporation was built on the age-old adage, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Ralph Braun was a young man who used a wheelchair and had no reliable transportation to and from his place of work. He built his first wheelchair accessible vehicle in 1972, and since then the company has grown into the most well-known and experienced name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to tens of thousands of individuals across the world.
About Superior Van & Mobility
Superior Van & Mobility is dedicated to providing persons with disabilities the most innovative mobility solutions on the market. Celebrating 38th years of serving the disabled community, Superior provides lowered floor minivans, mobility seating options, hand controls, Scooters and Wheelchair Lifts, and a variety of other driving aids, all of which meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Superior Van & Mobility has seven locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, and Louisiana and also offers equipment training for all of its products. For more information, visit www.superiorvan.com.