Through a partnership with major league soccer team Inter Miami CF, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America’s largest and most admired automotive retailer, presented a check for $125,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), which is dedicated to ending breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.
The check presentation was made by Marc Cannon, AutoNation Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer; Jorge Mas, CEO & Managing Owner of Inter Miami CF and Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of MasTec, one of the largest and most diversified U.S. infrastructure services providers in the country; and 4-time INDY 500® Champion Hélio Castroneves, a member of the DRVPNK AutoNation Racing Team.
“Fighting to end cancer is AutoNation’s key philanthropic mission,” said Cannon. “We are so proud of the momentum that has been created with our DRVPNK initiative and the incredible partnerships that we are forging across the country with the singular goal of driving out cancer.”
AutoNation hosted a DRVPNK Night at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale during soccer season where the check was presented. At the game, AutoNation Associates rallied behind the cause, wearing pink to honor those touched by cancer. Raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win team signed merchandise which raised additional funds for breast cancer research.
AutoNation is recognized for “turning the auto industry pink” through its singular charitable mission, Drive Pink (DRVPNK). In 2013, AutoNation made the decision to direct all its charitable initiatives towards fighting cancer. Two years later, it launched its Drive Pink (DRVPNK) initiative and to date has raised and donated more than $28 million to support critical research and treatment through partnerships with cancer charities from coast to coast.
“This year, for the first time, breast cancer became the most common cancer in the world,” said BCRF President and CEO Myra Biblowit. “The need to discover better, more effective treatments has never been greater. Through our shared commitment to propel research, we will bring the end of breast cancer into focus.”
AutoNation is the official and exclusive automotive dealership partner of Inter Miami CF.