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Online Costume Contest for High Desert Schools



VICTORVILLE, CA:(– It was last Wednesday, September 29th that Todd Stokes, General Manager at Valley Hi Toyota, and Brian Ortega, Social Media Marketing Manager at Valley Hi Toyota announced the winner of Used Car Giveaway #13 on Facebook Live. “That was amazing! To be able to hold an online car giveaway and have Brianne Bartlett of Victorville send us her emotional reaction of hearing her name announced- that was priceless. It just reinforces our commitment to our community,” said Stokes. Watch her reaction video here.

Concrete blocks and steel framing are clearly visible during the construction of Valley Hi Toyota’s new dealership, with an estimated completion in Spring of 2017. “We’re grading the parking lot this week and just completed the underground electric wiring,” says Kenzal McCurry, project manager of Saurers Lopez Construction, Inc. “It’s coming along just fine.”

The success of Used Car Giveaway and the situation of being in a smaller dealership adjacent to the construction sparked an idea for Brian Ortega. “Since it would not be safe to have an event with hundreds of kids and their families we decided to have an online costume contest this year. Our sister stores at Valley Hi Kia, Nissan, and Honda will still be having an event for the community on Saturday, October 22 at 5:30.”

The costume photo contest is open to High Desert students from grades K-12. The list of the approved schools are located here. Home-schooled students are also welcome to participate with proof of residency. The contest officially begins Monday, October 10 for grades 9-12. The contest and voting will conclude Saturday, October 15th, so it’s imperative to get family and friends to vote quickly. The top 3 boy and girl vote-getters will be finalists where Valley Hi Toyota employees will choose the winner on Halloween on Facebook Live!

Students in grades 6-8 will submit their photos on October 17 and students in grades K-5 will have their contest from October 24th-29th. Valley Hi Toyota is giving back to the elementary schools. “We’re donating $5 per student entry up to $300 back to the school to help contribute to the school’s forthcoming activities,” said Stokes.

2015 1st place costume winners

2015 1st place costume winners

Out of the 18 finalists, there will be 6 grand prizes winners. One boy and one girl from each category will win a family entertainment 4 pack. The winner of the 9-12 grade category will win tickets to Magic Mountain. The 6th-8th-grade category will win 4 tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. And finally, grades K-5 winners will receive tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Los Angeles Zoo!

“We expect some amazing costumes to be posted. Every year costumes get more and more creative,” said Ortega. “We’re sure we’re going to have plenty of competitors uploading some interesting costumes. It’s important for you to share with everyone you know in order to try to make the top three.”

Rules and restrictions apply such as one vote per person, per contest. All costumes must be approved before being posted for safety purposes. Please visit for details.


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