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 Saturday's race.
"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
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
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
"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
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 30th 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, visit hondaindytoronto.com. Follow the Honda Indy Toronto on Twitter @HondaIndy and 'Like' us on
Facebook at facebook.com/HondaIndyToronto
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
For further information:
Honda Canada Inc.
(416) 342-1834 (Office)
(416) 873-8535 (Mobile)