Honda Canada Helps Raise $75,000 for Make-A-Wish at Honda Indy Toronto
This past week, the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto racing event raised a whopping $75,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada. Of the total raised, $30,000 of it came from the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), who matched contributions made by fans. The remaining $15,000 came from new partners Tim Hortons and Johnsonville Sausage.
This was the 30th year racing took place on the streets of Toronto, and the seventh year that Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts have been part of the events, during which time fans and corporate sponsors have raised over $500,000 for the charity.
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“This is a true reflection of how big people’s hearts are and I know that everyone at Make-A-Wish shares in my excitement and sincere gratitude to Indy fans, the Honda Canada Foundation and Ontario Honda dealers,” said Make-A-Wish Canada CEO Jennifer Klotz-Ritter. “Programs like this play an instrumental role in our ability to bring strength and happiness to the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.”
Rather than pay admission, race fans who attended Honda Indy Toronto on Fan Friday were encouraged to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. Donations continued to be accepted throughout race weekend, all of which were matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada Foundation.
“This is exactly what the Honda Canada Foundation is all about and the common values we share with Canadians,” said Dave Gardner, Honda Canada’s senior vice president of operations. “We’re thrilled about what we’ve accomplished together with thousands of Indy fans, our dealers and this year, a host of new Honda Indy Toronto partners including Tim Hortons and Johnsonville.”
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