TORRANCE, Calif., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoping to make a difference in the lives of families with medical needs, Honda today announced the donation of a new 2015 Honda Odyssey minivan to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington D.C. (www.rmhcdc.org) in partnership with the National Hockey League's (NHL) "The Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" program. The "Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" is the NHL's ongoing social responsibility program that builds on hockey's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic took place on Jan. 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C., where the local NHL Club Washington Capitals hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. In a thrilling outdoor game, the Capitals defeated the Blackhawks in front of their home crowd. As part of Honda's partnership with the NHL, the winning team of the outdoor game donates a brand new vehicle to the local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Additionally, as part of an on-going initiative to support the local RMHC, the League donated $200 for every shot on goal during the outdoor game, totaling $14,000.
The Honda Odyssey was delivered to the Ronald McDonald House by Ourisman Honda of Bethesda, MD. The Odyssey will be used by the charity to aid in transporting families to and from the hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington D.C. (RMHCDC) addresses one of the most urgent community needs – children's health.
For the past six years, Honda has been the official vehicle of the NHL and is a proud supporter of the league's ongoing community initiatives. In February, at the request of Washington Capitals' star, Alex Ovechkin, the company donated a new Honda Accord to the American Special Hockey Association, which provides opportunities for those with disabilities to play hockey.
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.
SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.