Evergreen Ford donates cars to city, police
September 17, 2013
By Kristine Kim
Evergreen Ford owner Dan Rowe recently contributed two all-electric Ford Focus cars and a Ford Escape for use in the cities of Issaquah and Sammamish, and for the Issaquah Police Department.
“We’re incredibly appreciative that Evergreen Ford has expanded this donation to the city of Issaquah,” said Warren Kagarise, communications coordinator with the city.
The Focus has decorations like a city of Issaquah stamp and salmon, and residents will see it around town, according to Kagarise.
“We haven’t decided on a use for it yet,” he said. Even so, he called it a “great way to be visible in our community.”
The donated Ford Escape boasts a wrap like the Focus, with images of the landscape and the name of the police program for which Evergreen donated the car. The police will use the Escape as the School Resource Officer’s car for Issaquah High School and other local high schools.
“The technology of the plug-in hybrid just speaks of Issaquah,” said Tony Rehn, general manager and partner at Evergreen Ford. “With all the things and beauty that we have here, conversion from fossil fuels to electric is noteworthy. We wanted to get the city involved, and we thought this was the best way to do it.”
Though the vehicles have been prepared since March, according to Rehn, the city took some time to accept them to negotiate the ethics of receiving such a donation.
The city of Sammamish accepted its donated car on the terms of a yearlong loan, with Evergreen retaining ownership of the vehicle. The city of Issaquah is still working on the details of its agreement, as the city considers each donation on a case-by-case basis, according to Kagarise. However, both the Focus and Escape will have their insurance covered under the city’s insurance, he said.
The dealership also provided a Ford Explorer to the Issaquah Police Department for use in the D.A.R.E. program in 2006.