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Old 12-23-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Yamaha Raises $31,000 for Feed The Children and Honors 2015 Champions

At an event held at the company's headquarters in Cypress, CA, Yamaha Motor Corporation presented a $31,373 donation to the Feed the Children charity, and inducted 12 racing champions to the Yamaha Racing Wall of Champions. The Charity Day was the company's ninth annual event, and the company raises money for Feed the Children through employee donations, dealer fundraising activities and direct donations from Yamaha's customer satisfaction team. Over the past 20 years, Yamaha U.S. has raised more than $5 million in cash and supplies for Feed the Children.

Also at the Cypress event, Yamaha inducted 12 current and former racers to its Racing Wall of Champions. The roadracing inductees included 2015 MotoAmerica champions Cameron Beaubier, JD Beach, Jake Gagne and Joe Roberts; roadracing legends Mike Baldwin and Rich Schlachter were also inducted. Scroll through the gallery above to see photos from the event.

Yamaha's press information from the event:

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Raises More Than $31,373 For Feed The Children; Also Honors 2015 Wall Of Champions Inductees

Cypress, CA - December 18, 2015 – Thanks to the hard work and generosity of its employees, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., yesterday presented world-renowned charity Feed the Children with a check for $31,373 as part of its Ninth Annual Feed the Children Charity Day at the company’s Cypress, CA, headquarters.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., raises money for Feed the Children through employee donations, special dealer fundraising activities, and direct corporate donations from Yamaha’s customer satisfaction team. The company’s unique Customer Satisfaction Survey program makes a donation for each survey returned by a Yamaha Motorsports customer.

“Feed the Children is proud to partner with Yamaha Motor Corporation,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. “We know that, when we combine our efforts, we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most--right here in America.”

“Yamaha is very proud to make this donation to Feed the Children on behalf of our employees, dealers, and customers,” commented Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha’s U.S. Motorsports Group. “Also, thank you to all of the great Yamaha racers, and to Star Touring And Riding, for their support and participation in today’s Feed The Children Charity Day.”

Star Touring And Riding (S.T.A.R.) volunteers were on hand at the event to help deliver donated food and supplies to the local Feed the Children office at the end of the day.

Over the past 20 years, Yamaha U.S. has helped raise more than $5 million in cash and supplies for Feed the Children, which is an international and nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing, and other necessities to individuals, children, and families who lack those essentials.

Twelve Champions Inducted To Yamaha Racing Wall of Champions
The 2015 Yamaha Racing Wall of Champions inductees are reflective of the watershed year that Yamaha’s riders had, in winning multiple races and Championships aboard Yamaha motorcycles and ATVs. The road racing inductees included 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach, 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion Jake Gagne, and 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion Joe Roberts. The motocross/supercross Champions inducted into the Wall of Champions were two-time and defending AMA 250cc Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin and 2015 AMA 250cc Supercross West Champion Cooper Webb. And the ATV racing inductees were four-time and defending AMA Pro ATV Motocross Champion Chad Wienen, and 2015 GNCC XC1 ATV Champion Walker Fowler.

Four Yamaha racing legends were also inducted, including 1978 AMA Formula One Road Racing Champion and AMA Hall of Fame Member Mike Baldwin; 1979 and 1980 AMA Formula One Road Racing Champion Rich Schlachter; 1984 AMA 250cc Motocross Champion and AMA Hall of Fame Member Rick Johnson; as well as 2007 AMA 450cc Motocross Champion Grant Langston.

“The Yamaha Racing Wall of Champions represents a commitment to excellence and a dedication to being the best, on race day and every day,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Yamaha congratulates all of our 2015 Wall of Champions inductees, and we thank them for representing our company, our employees, our dealers, and the Yamaha brand like true professionals. It’s been an amazing year for Yamaha racing in the U.S., and we’re very proud of our riders and teams.”

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