The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso received a special donation this week: a Chevrolet Express van from Rudolph Helping Hands, a community outreach program of the Rudolph Auto Group.
Officials share that the 12-passenger van will provide “safe, reliable transportation for children to and from the Boys & Girls Club located in downtown El Paso.”
“The kids now feel a real sense of pride riding around town in this new van vs. our previous ones, which in all honesty, have seen better days,” said Anthony Tomasheski, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso. “Our number one priority is the safety of the kids,” Tomasheski added. “Rudolph’s generosity is helping us in accomplishing that goal.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso received the van on Tuesday when it was delivered by Donna Neessen and Rudolph Helping Hands. Neessen is a lifelong El Pasoan whose family has owned and operated the Rudolph Auto Group for over 61 years.
Tomasheski was first approached about a new passenger van by Neessen, Veronica Dayoub, and Terry Paschich, who have all volunteered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso’s tennis camp for the last several years.
The three women noticed that children and teens were arriving at Tennis West Sports & Racquet Club in vans traveling from downtown that were “visibly older,” according to Neessen.
Each year, approximately 80 children travel the 12 1/2 miles each way to attend the tennis camp from the Boys & Girls Clubs location in downtown in El Paso.
“We contacted the Boys & Girls Clubs to see about the possibility of donating a van,” said Neessen. “After we spoke to them, they had us visit their campus downtown for a tour. They are really doing some fantastic work with the kids in our local community, all year long,” she said.
“Donna is so engaged in our community, and really cares about helping kids,” said Tomasheski. “She really gets involved, and realized that Rudolph Helping Hands could make a difference,” he added. “We are beyond appreciative.”
Soccer star Omar Salgado of the El Paso Locomotive was also on hand to celebrate and take a ride with Neesen, Dayoub, Tomasheski, and several of the children from Boys & Girls Clubs.
Their maiden voyage took the group around Southwest University Park, the home of the Locomotive soccer team.