Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated the portion of a scholarship fund that came from a Mercedes-Benz Dealer Board charitable fund.
The Mercedes-Benz Dealers of America board, along with a dealer in Charleston, S.C., is donating $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund for the families of the nine men and women killed in the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston last month.
Tommy Baker, a long-time Mercedes-Benz dealer and owner of Baker Motor Company of Charleston, requested that the Mercedes-Benz dealer board earmark the remaining balance of its charitable fund, $91,496.55, to establish the scholarship fund.
The board unanimously agreed to the donation, and Baker kicked in an additional $8,503.45 to bring the fund’s total to $100,000.
“It had just passed our minds that the money was there,” Baker said. “I brought it to the board, and within a very short period of time [Mercedes-Benz dealer board president] Joseph Agresta called me and said, ‘go with it, Tommy Baker.’”
The beneficiaries of the scholarship fund are the family members of the nine parishioners who were killed in a mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.
“This is our way of saying we send our support and well wishes to those families,” Baker said.