PHOENIX - (November 19, 2011) – During the 2011 Subaru “Share the Love” event, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased between November 19 – January 3, to one of five participating charities selected by the purchaser.
With the help of incredible supporters, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was voted in to be one of the five participating charities and is joined by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® ), Meals On Wheels Association of America, American Forests and Special Olympics. Subaru has donated nearly $15 million to charitable causes since the program’s inception three years ago and hopes to make that total $20 million by the end of this year’s campaign.
New to the “Share the Love” event this year is an additional opportunity for everyone to help “Share the Love” by voting for their favorite charity on Facebook. Consumers can visit the Subaru Facebook “Share the Love Charities” tab and vote for one of the five participating charities beginning today. Each vote will trigger a $1 donation, up to $250,000 or until the campaign ends January 3, 2012, for all five charities combined.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation is thrilled to be one of the benefiting charities and we are once again looking to our remarkable supporters to help us with this voting campaign,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. The “Share the Love” event offers a wonderful way for Subaru and our dedicated supporters to help us achieve our vision to grant every eligible child a wish.”
“At Subaru, we support causes that our owners are also passionate about. This year, after taking the “Share the Love” event a step further by asking our Facebook fans to decide which organization they’d like to add to the designated charities, we decided to add a new donation element,” said Brian Johnson, National Advertising Manager, Subaru of America, Inc. “Consumers who might not be in the market for a new vehicle can still help “Share the Love” by voting for their favorite charity on our Facebook page. For each vote a charity receives, Subaru will donate $1.”
2011 Subaru “Share the Love” Charitable Beneficiaries
Consumers who purchase or lease a new Subaru vehicle during this year’s event can designate the $250 Subaru donation to any of the following organizations:
- Make-A-Wish Foundation: grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. It has granted more than 212,000 wishes in the United States since 1980.
- The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®): works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters across the country.
- Meals On Wheels Association of America: provides national leadership to end senior hunger, offering home-delivered-meal services to people in need.
- American Forests: restores and protects rural and urban forests worldwide. It is the oldest national conservation nonprofit in the country and the only one focused exclusively on forests.
- Special Olympics: provides year-round sports and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
For more information on the Subaru “Share the Love” event or to find a Subaru dealer near you, visit www.subaru.com/share.
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 212,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980. Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation at wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit www.subaru.com.