She was running before, and now she’s got wheels
BY CHRIS SMITH/The Press Democrat
Never before has a 17-year-old Honda stirred such anticipation.
Folks throughout the west county waited with fingers crossed after the owner of a Sebastopol auto shop announced she’d give a spruced-up Civic sedan to someone who serves others and with a reliable set of wheels could shift life into a higher gear.
Kate Jonasse of K-Tech Automotive received more than 100 nominations of people deemed as good candidates to receive the car.
Jonasse had fixed up the Civic, and when people at several other car-related local businesses heard about her giveaway they offered to make additional upgrades. Eco Automotive donated a new fender, Reliable Glass installed a new windshield from Reliable Auto Glass, Smother’s Auo Parts pitched in with a variety of replacement parts and Manly Honda contributed exterior trim and seat belts.
Jonasse and her staff did the difficult work of reading the nominations and selecting the one to receive the Honda. On Sunday, Jonasse presented the keys to Dani Burlison, a single mother of two who writes and puts on creative writing workshops for at-risk kids and others with colleague Leilani Clark.
Jonasse, who’ll maintain the Civic for a year, said Burlison has done much with little and surely will do more now that she has a trusty car.