- Chrysler Canada donated a well-equipped 2009 Dodge Journey to annual
Bell Gala in support of SickKids Foundation
- Event and live auction generates approximately $1 million for charity
- Chrysler Canada's commitment to charitable giving continues
WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Chrysler Canada last week donated a $35,000
Dodge Journey to Bell Canada's annual Celebrity Gala to benefit SickKids
Foundation. The 2009 Dodge Journey was sold at a live auction with all
proceeds to the children's health organization.
"In this challenging economy, the need is greater than ever to support
the organizations that are ensuring the health of our future generations,"
said Reid Bigland, Chrysler Canada President and CEO. "Chrysler Canada is
proud to donate one of our most successful new products to support the mission
of SickKids Foundation."
The Dodge Journey, introduced in 2008, was the No. 1-selling crossover in
Canada in September. Carrying up to seven passengers, the Journey unites the
best of the compact car, SUV and minivan segments into an affordable,
The 17th annual Bell Gala held Thursday evening was attended by close to
2,000 guests, including more than 100 Canadian and international celebrities
from the world of entertainment, sports and the media. The Bell Gala raises
approximately $1 million each year for SickKids Foundation.
"SickKids Foundation is very grateful for Bell Canada's ongoing
commitment through the annual Celebrity Gala," said Michael O'Mahoney,
President, SickKids Foundation. "The generous corporate and community support
from this year's Gala, like Chrysler Canada's, will benefit the thousands of
patients and their families who visit the SickKids emergency department."
SickKids Foundation is the largest non-governmental granting agency in
children's health in Canada. Since 1972, the Foundation has generated more
than a billion dollars towards children's health care and has granted more
than $70 million to researchers across the country. Its mission is to inspire
communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the health
of children in Canada and around the world. Its vision is, "Healthier
Children. A Better World." In September 2005, SickKids Foundation launched the
largest fundraising campaign for a hospital in Canada. The SickKids Believe
fundraising campaign has a goal of $500 million to be reached by 2011.
For more information on SickKids Foundation or to donate, please visit
http://www.sickkidsfoundation.com or call 416-813-6166 or 1-800-661-1083.
Chrysler Canada's charitable giving supports a variety of organizations
across Canada each year.
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For further information:
For further information: Mary Gauthier, Chrysler LLC, (519) 973-2253
(office), (519) 984-1396 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org; Sandra Chiovitti, SickKids
Foundation, (416) 813-8292 (office), (416) 553-4198 (cell),