QUINCY, Ill. | Kunes Country Honda of Quincy donated a 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to Hannibal-LaGrange University on Friday at its dealership.
HLGU is planning on using the vehicle for travel relating to student recruitment. University officials are excited about this gift since it is coming at a time when some of HLGU's older vehicles are needing to be retired.
“It's a secure (vehicle) for our coaches because they travel a lot,” said Dr. Ray Carty, HLGU vice president of institutional advancement. “(On Friday), we had one of our coaches in Springfield, Mo. We will go as far as Colorado to watch games and this will give them security, rather than a car with 184,000 miles on it that we have in our fleet now.”
University officials sent a letter to Kunes Country Honda requesting the donation, citing their shared Christian values.
“We contacted the owner Gregg Kunes and I sent him a document of research that Mark Martin from our office had worked up,” Carty said. “We said we had a need and he called me up and said, 'Ray I got your request, I prayed about it and God told me to give you a car.'”
Kunes County Honda had recently purchased Mad City Mitsubishi in Madison, Wis., which is where the new vehicle donation came from.
Kunes Country Honda general manager Jason Buxman said that the Quincy-based dealership had not previously donated vehicles in this area.
“This is a beautiful car that they had that we purchased and we thought it was fitting to donate that to Hannibal-LaGrange University,” Buxman said. “Mad City Mitsubishi is the name of the store that we purchased our vehicle from, and we had some inventory that we need to get rid of and it was a leftover 2019 model that they had.”
Buxman said that the owner of Kunes Country Honda felt that donating the vehicle to HLGU was the right thing to do.
“We acted on it and got money out of our foundation that we purchased the vehicle with to support our little community and a Christian-based organization (at HLGU), which is what we believe in,” Buxman said. “That's how it all came about and we couldn't be happier to donate the vehicle and give back to the community.”
HLGU and Kunes Country Honda also have another connection with two HLGU graduates now working for Kunes Country dealerships.
“Our store pastor is a graduate and one of our sales managers are too,” Buxman said. “So we have a pastor in every one of our stores for employees to get their mental and spiritual needs taken care of. In case they need anything to help them with whatever they need in life.”