Fridley woman receives Toyota, thanks to Free to Be

Brittney Oelmann was given keys to a 1999 Toyota Corolla when Free to Be presented the one-owner, trade-in vehicle to the Fridley resident Dec. 18.

Thrilled to have her own wheels, Oelmann said the presentation was “perfect timing.”

TPC ROSE President Janet Juenemann presents an $87,000 check to Free to Be Executive Director Jim Huff. Photo courtesy of TPC ROSE/Rose Giving, Inc.

TPC ROSE President Janet Juenemann presents an $87,000 check to Free to Be Executive Director Jim Huff. Photo courtesy of TPC ROSE/Rose Giving, Inc.

“It’s Christmas and look what I got,” she said, her eyes twinkling as she walked around the car and imagined trips to the grocery store, to the doctor’s office, to job interviews and back and forth to her six-year-old son Lijah’s school.

“I’ve been borrowing my mom’s car to do everything. Now I have my own car. This is great,” Oelmann said.

The presentation was made in the Carlson Toyota, Coon Rapids, showroom and keys were presented to Oelmann by TPC ROSE President Janet Juenemann as fellow Rose Giving, Inc. representatives and Free to Be board members looked on.

TPC ROSE adopted Free to Be car care solutions as beneficiary of its 2013 Rose Giving fundraising endeavors and had earlier presented an $87,000 check to Free to Be Executive Director Jim Huff as a result.

TPC ROSE sets fundraising record with $87,000 donation to Free To Be

TPC ROSE, a non-profit group of women affiliated with TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, presented a check Dec. 17 for $87,000 to its 2013 beneficiary, Free To Be, Inc.

The money was raised primarily through a summer golf tournament and a fall gala. This was the largest check TPC ROSE has presented to a local charity since forming in 2008.

Jim Huff, Free To Be executive director, thanked TPC ROSE and the community members who participated in its fundraising efforts. The funds will go a long way toward repairing cars or donating cars to people in Anoka County who struggle with transportation issues, he said.

At the TPC ROSE fall gala, Paige Swenson announced that Carlson Toyota, Coon Rapids, would donate a used car to Free To Be. The keys were given to Brittney Oelmann Dec. 18 at Carlson Toyota with TPC ROSE members in attendance.

About TPC ROSE

ROSE stands for reach out, serve, empower. TPC ROSE is a group of some four dozen TPC Twin Cities women members who share a commitment to make a difference in the community. Each year, the group hosts fundraisers to support a selected local nonprofit. Since founding in 2008, the group has raised more than $322,000 for area causes. Learn more at tpcrose.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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