Mazda has announced that it is donating a total of $2,751,000 to select charities following its Mazda Drive for Good event which ran from November 25, 2013 through January 2, 2014. During the event, Mazda donated $100 to one of four national or 32 local charities for every vehicle purchased—with the choice of charity left to the customer.

Furthermore, Mazda donated an hour of charitable service for every test drive of a new Mazda vehicle taken during the event, adding up to a total of 56,435 hours. The four eligible national charities were the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Mazda Foundation. The additional 32 local charities were selected based on dealer input in the local markets.

“Giving back to our communities is a part of who we are,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “At the time of the year when these amazing charities most needed help, Drive for Good gave us a way to help.  And because real charity is more than just giving money, Drive for Good also allowed every Mazda associate to donate their time to help too.”

It’s now too late to participate in the event, but it’s never too late to buy a Mazda. Come to the Parks Mazda dealership for a test drive!

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