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Toyota teams up with SBP to help Houston rebuild from Hurricane Harvey
Nov 13, 2017


On November 1, 2017, volunteers from Gulf States Toyota and Toyota Motor North America joined teams from Americorps and relief organization SBP to begin rebuilding the home of Sylvia Garcia.

The Garcia family evacuated their home of three years after 12 hours in Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters.

“We realized that human beings have a breaking point and the…

Congaree – A South Carolina golf club with a mission
Oct 10, 2017
Links - 10 October 2017

When a new world-class course is being built, the golf world typically knows about it years in advance. But not Congaree, in Ridgeland, S.C. Even the locals didn’t know what was being built.

Which is exactly what developers Dan Friedkin and Bob McNair wanted. Congaree was going to be something different: A world-class design, of course, but  just as important, a test of a new model of philanthropy.

30WEST financing new crime thriller starring Nicole Kidman
Oct 09, 2017
Indiewire - 4 October 2017

Nicole Kidman will star in the upcoming Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer,” which will be financed by 30WEST. Karyn Kusama will direct and and Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi will write the story of an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cultish gang in the California desert. Years later, when she encounters the gang’s leader, she must dig into her complicated past.

Imperative Entertainment Developing French Race Car Movie
Oct 09, 2017
Variety - 6 October 2017

Imperative Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “Faster,” Neal Bascomb’s upcoming work about French Jewish racecar driver Rene Dreyfus. The legedary driver won three dozen major races during the 1920s and 1930s and become a national hero.

Akio Toyoda visits Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey
Oct 06, 2017
Akio Toyoda visits Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey

It has been more than a month since Hurricane Harvey dumped record amounts of rain on the Houston area, and cleanup is continuing around the city.

In the wake of the tragedy, Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, visited the Houston headquarters of The Friedkin Group and Gulf States Toyota on Friday, Sept. 29.

“People often ask me, ‘what is it that makes Toyota so special’…and I think it comes down to people,” said Dan Friedkin, president and CEO of The Friedkin…

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