Ontario Honda Dealers Association continues its support of Make-A-Wish(®)
Canada to help make children's wishes come true
TORONTO, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - For the fourth straight year, the sights,
sounds and speed of the Honda Indy Toronto will be free for fans to enjoy on
Friday, July 12, 2013. Fan Friday is made possible through the generous
support of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and Toronto race fans.
In exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish(®) Canada, Fan Friday promises a
full day of family-oriented activities, stunt shows, autograph sessions and
gourmet food trucks, as well as the IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying for
"Our ongoing partnership with Make-A-Wish for Fan Friday is a big part of the
Honda Indy Toronto," said Kevin Pearson, president of the OHDA. "This is all
about putting fans in the middle of the action in support of a great cause. We
hope fans give generously to help make wishes come true for children with
life-threatening medical conditions across the country."
Fan Friday gets bigger and better every year with track-side fun and games for
the whole family including Toronto Blue Jays batting cages, face painting,
racing simulators and an all-new Honda Pit Stop Challenge. With no reserved
seating on Fan Friday, attendees will have access to all grandstand sections
on a first-come/first-served basis.
Honda to match fan donations
Rather than pay admission to Fan Friday and to take part in various onsite
games and activities, attendees are encouraged to donate to Make-A-Wish. All
contributions will once again be matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada.
"Honda was founded on a belief in the power of dreams, so we are very
supportive of this initiative by our Ontario Honda Dealers," said Dave
Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada. "We're happy to
help make the dreams of Canadian children facing life-threatening illnesses
come true by matching funds raised for Make-A-Wish."
Continued for 2013 is the option to text the word 'DREAM' to 41010 from any
mobile phone to make a $5 donation. The support from organizations like Honda
Canada, the OHDA and the general public gives Make-A-Wish the ability to grant
500 wishes every year from coast to coast.
"We're excited to be a part of the Honda Indy Toronto again this year thanks
to the OHDA and Honda Canada," said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish
Canada. "The support provided to our magical mission through Fan Friday and
the weekend of activities at the Honda Indy Toronto helps bring hope, strength
and joy to our courageous wish children and their families,"
The Honda Indy Toronto runs from July 12 to 14 and for the first time will
feature two IndyCar races in one weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Billed "2 In
T.O", the streets of Toronto were selected as the second of three back-to-back
race weekends on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.
"The Honda Indy Toronto is one of the premier racing events in North America
and it wouldn't be the same without Fan Friday and Make-A-Wish," said Charlie
Johnstone, president of the Honda Indy Toronto.
About the Ontario Honda Dealers Association:
The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989, represents
77 Honda dealers located in 62 communities throughout Ontario, which is home
to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants that produce Civic, Canada's
best-selling passenger car for 15 consecutive years, in addition to the CR-V.
The 77 Honda dealerships in Ontario, which have a proven track record for
providing maximum customer satisfaction, employ approximately 3,000 associates.
About Make-A-Wish(®) Canada
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope,
strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along
with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to
children in need from coast-to-coast. This year, Make-A-Wish Canada is
celebrating its 30(th) anniversary and the granting of more than 5,000 wishes
to children in need. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish(®)
International. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in the
world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 300,000 children since
1980. For more information please visit www.makeawish.ca.
About the Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 12-14, 2013 on the streets surrounding
Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. With 27 years of
IndyCar racing history in Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is among the most
respected motorsports events in North America and includes the fastest racing
series on the planet, celebrity athletes, and a festival of live entertainment
and interactive activities. For more information, visithondaindytoronto.com.
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