Recently, Kuni BMW has aired a number of television spots and web videos honoring Oregon’s Champions. With the Olympics comes the idea of recognizing those among us who demonstrate the skills, abilities, and commitment necessary to achieve greatness. We wanted to recognize those in our community who express this dedication and commitment, but do so in a way that improves the lives of those in their own communities.
At Kuni BMW we understand and value what it means to be involved in the community. We strive to be the best at what we do, and we want to recognize those whose goal is not athletic achievements or business success, but rather to simply make the lives of those in their communities better.
Katy and Dusty McCue | Special Olympics Oregon
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- Oregon’s Champions on YouTube
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- Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation
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Article taken from The Columbian
By Cami Joner
Columbian Staff Reporter
The Kuni Foundation plans to build a $10 million assisted-living complex in Vancouver for independent adults with developmental disabilities, which it says will serve adults from all over the Portland-Vancouver area.
Called Stephen’s Place, the two-story building could be under construction in June and is expected to open in 2013 with 45 apartments for people ages 50 and older. Amenities will include a common eating area, classroom and computer lounge, activity room, gardening area, a gymnasium and walking paths throughout the 3-acre site southwest of the Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 exit.
Developers wanted the complex to offer plenty of room for exercise, said Lynne Siegel, executive director of the Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation, the Vancouver nonprofit group that is financing the project.
“This will be a very active, lively community,” she said.
The Kuni Foundation was started by Wayne Kuni, a Portland auto dealer who died in 2006 and left his financial assets to launch the $28.5 million nonprofit. It is now the charitable arm of Kuni Automotive, a holding company that owns 14 auto dealerships in four states, including Lexus of Portland and Kuni BMW in Beaverton.Share on Facebook
Kuni has given his family a comfortable life. He has groomed talented executives to succeed him and ensure that his business thrives. Now he is planning his legacy. "What do you do with the rest of the money?" he asks. "You've got to give it to somebody. You can't take it with you." His response is an unusual succession plan. It will enable him to donate most of his business proceeds to charity while keeping his dealership group intact. Kuni wants the foundation that he has created and that bears his name to benefit several causes, notably cancer research and care for mentally disabled adults.Read More