Bal Ballentine, left, owner of Ballentine Toyota in Greenwood, presents a check to Myra Greene, Lander University’s director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving. The check represented a donation from Ballentine and a matching gift from Toyota Motors USA, which will be directed to student scholarships at Lander.
Lander University’s scholarship program has received a $5,000 boost from Ballentine Toyota in Greenwood and Toyota Motors USA.
Bal Ballentine, owner of the dealership bearing his name, donated $2,500 each to The Lander Foundation and three other local organizations, and each contribution was matched by Toyota. Ballentine explained that each dealership is allowed up to $10,000 in annual matching gifts from Toyota.
Ralph Patterson, Lander’s vice president for University Advancement, said the money has been added to the university’s fund to provide student scholarships. He added, “We appreciate Bal Ballentine for all that he does for Lander and for the Greenwood community.”
Ballentine donations and Toyota matching grants also went to the Greenwood Genetic Center, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and Burton Center.