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Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Joe


Yamaha’s “Assembled in USA” Grizzly Giveaway Benefits Charities

More than $11,000 Raised for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children

CYPRESS, Calif. – June 1, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., raised more than $11,000 through its recent “Assembled in U.S.A.” Grizzly Giveaway.  The funds will be split evenly and donated to the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children (FTC) charities.

Through the fundraiser, which was launched last fall and ran until April 23, Yamaha donated a one-of-a-kind
2012 Grizzly 700 FI EPS ATV (MSRP $9,749) to help raise awareness and money for HAVA and FTC.  Yamaha collected $5 donations from individuals entering to win the new Grizzly.  William Rice from Newbury Park, Calif., was the randomly selected winner of the new Grizzly ATV.

“Yamaha Outdoors was part of founding HAVA five years ago and has been an ongoing sustaining sponsor in support of its mission to serve disabled vets and wounded active duty military personnel in outdoor sports,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor.  “HAVA is grateful for this additional support which will allow for even more hunts and shooting events for the American Heroes the organization serves.”

“We are so thankful for the generosity shown by Yamaha and their employees in supporting children and their families,” said Feed The Children spokesman Tony Sellars.  “Efforts of companies like Yamaha help us put food on the table for families that otherwise might have gone without.”

The Grizzly 700 FI EPS is Yamaha’s flagship ATV with top-of-the-line features like Electric Power Steering (EPS), fuel injection, Ultramatic® automatic transmission, On-Command® push-button four-wheel-drive, four wheel independent suspension and much more, making it the toughest, most off-road capable ATV in its class.

“Yamaha donated its top of the line Grizzly 700 ATV to help raise the most money possible for HAVA and FTC – two organizations that Yamaha is very proud to support,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager.  “Yamaha congratulates Mr. Price for winning the Grizzly and thanks everyone who made a $5 donation as part of this sweepstakes.”

The Grizzly that William Price won is Steel Blue with cast aluminum wheels and has a unique red, white and blue U.S.A.-themed graphic kit.  It was one of the first Grizzly 700 ATVs to come off Yamaha’s production line in Newnan, Ga., last May – significant because it marks Yamaha’s long-term strategy to move the production of more ATV models to the U.S.

Yamaha is a founding sponsor of HAVA (, an organization created to help disabled soldiers and veterans with the healing process through active participation in outdoors sports.  Yamaha has worked with Feed the Children ( for more than 10 years raising several hundred thousand dollars and feeding tens of thousands of children.  Yamaha will donate all money raised through the raffle evenly between the two organizations.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit

Editor’s Note – Caption for the photo (left to right):

“HAVA board member and Yamaha Outdoors Marketing Manager, Steve Nessl, with Feed The Children Regional Director, Samuel Bettencourt, and Yamaha Outdoors National Events Coordinator, Jennifer Davie”


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