ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises donated more than $1.7 million to the Movember Foundation in support of men's health initiatives. The Cox Movember Network, which includes more than 1,600 employees, vendors, partners and friends, raised $885,000 that was matched by the James M. Cox Foundation. Cox Enterprises is Movember's Top Global Network and the Largest Global Corporate Contributor to Movember's 2014 campaign.
"Our Chairman Jim Kennedy was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year," said Cox Enterprises President and CEO John Dyer. "While Jim's prognosis is good, it brings to light the need for education and funds to support men's health. Jim and his family have always demonstrated an immense passion for Cox and its employees, and it's in that same spirit that we launched Movember at Cox."
The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men's health. To show support, men, called Mo Bros, grow moustaches and raise funds for the 30 days of November by encouraging friends and family to donate to their moustache growing efforts. The women, called Mo Sistas, help raise funds by either supporting a Mo Bro or starting their own team. All funds donated are directed towards men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
"If we can prevent just one person from having to go through what I have experienced, through awareness or medical treatment, I knew the Movember campaign would be worth it," said Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy. "I have never seen a better example of the uniqueness of the Cox corporate culture than the way everyone rallied around the Movember campaign. I have been deeply touched by their outpouring of encouragement and support."
Jamie Kennedy, Cox Enterprises board member and Jim Kennedy's son, initiated the company's involvement and served as Cox's primary Mo Bro. Cox is a first time participant in Movember and initially had a fundraising goal of $250,000, which was surpassed during the first few days of the campaign. Employees and company partners across the nation rallied behind the cause, grew moustaches and spread the word about men's health. "Get Moving" events were held to encourage healthy lifestyles among employees, and Cox's media properties covered the topic to raise awareness among viewers and readers.
"We are honored and humbled at the incredible commitment and level of participation we saw from Cox Enterprises," said Mark Hedstrom, U.S. Country Director for the Movember Foundation. "They fully embraced the Movember campaign that seeks to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health."
Since 2003, the Movember community of nearly five million men and women has raised more than $600 million and funded more than 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $16 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms); and Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions). The company's major national brands include AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak.
The Movember Foundation's vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. We do this by getting men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Together with the Movember community we have raised over $600 million, and have funded over 800 world-class programs in 21 countries. We're committed to changing the face of men's health and won't stop growing as long as serious men's health issues remain.
Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past two years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
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