Ball Toyota in the Patrick Plaza, Charleston, got a jump start on the season of giving.

During a Nov. 7 reception, dealership owners Shawn and David Ball gave out checks totaling more than $55,000 to the United Way of Central West Virginia as well as to high schools in Kanawha, Boone, Jackson and Putnam counties.

Representatives from United Way and from the high schools attended the event, along with dignitaries that included Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin.

The Ball brothers, who opened Ball Toyota in September 2018, are continuing their tradition of giving back to the communities their family of dealerships serve. They also own Advantage Toyota in Barboursville and L&S Toyota in Beckley.

Shawn Ball said there are no strings attached to the money going to the high schools.

“We let the schools decide what they’re going to do with the money.”

United Way of Central West Virginia President Margaret O’Neal said the Ball family’s donation would help the organization serve people in a five-county area that includes Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Logan and Clay counties.

“The Ball family has been a supporter in many areas of West Virginia, so we’re so excited that today is the day that United Way of Central West Virginia gets to be the recipient of some of the funds as well these great schools in our community,” O’Neal said.