Kenworth honors retired couple for donation

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Kenworth Truck Co. recently honored retired couple Red and Beverly Bingham of Edmonds, Wash., for their donation of more than 3,000 shares of Paccar stock worth about $148,000 to the Northwest Lions Foundation. The Binghams, who first purchased Paccar stock 62 years ago, made their generous donation to the foundation with the stipulation that the proceeds from the sale of the stock be used to purchase a new Kenworth T660 to transport a new health screening unit.

The T660 – equipped with a 380-hp Paccar MX engine, 38-inch AeroCab sleeper and 10-speed automatic Eaton UltraShift transmission – is expected to transport the health screening unit about 25,000 miles annually to dozens of schools in Washington state and northern Idaho to help conduct sight and hearing tests on about 28,000 children. State laws require primary schools to conduct annual hearing and sight tests for elementary school-age children in an effort to identify possible barriers to their education.

During a special ceremony held at the Kenworth manufacturing plant in Renton, Wash., the Binghams received a special plaque presented by Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president. The plaque reads: “To Red and Beverly Bingham – In recognition of your very generous gift that will help ensure children throughout the Northwest receive the medical care they need.” The Binghams also received his and her Kenworth watches, Kenworth caps and a T660 scale model tractor and trailer.

Following the ceremony, the Bingham family enjoyed a one-hour tour of the Renton plant, then joined Kenworth’s Kozek and Kenworth Northwest’s Ross Rader, the salesman who handled the T660 sale, for lunch in the plant along with the visiting dealers and customers.