WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) announced that Penske Automotive Group donated more than $1 million last year to the organization through its "Service Matters" campaign. In the past two years, Paralyzed Veterans' corporate partner Penske Automotive Group has raised more than $2 million for Paralyzed Veterans programs and services.
The campaign allows customers to make a donation when they have had their vehicles serviced at a Penske Automotive Group Dealership. All funds go toward supporting Paralyzed Veterans' programs and services, such as benefits assistance, employment counseling and adaptive sports programs—all of which are provided free-of-charge to veterans and their families.
"Penske Automotive Group continues to amaze us with their ongoing support and efforts around the Penske Automotive Group 'Service Matters' campaign," said Tom Wheaton, paralyzed Navy veteran and National Treasurer of Paralyzed Veterans, who celebrated the milestone at a recent event. "This significant contribution will allow us to continue to serve our nation's veterans, and to ensure those veterans have access to programs and services to help them recover and rebuild their lives after serious injuries. We are beyond grateful for this partnership and truly appreciate their long-term commitment to veterans."
Throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group's dealerships invited customers to donate a $1 or more toward its "Service Matters" campaign when customers serviced their vehicle at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. To multiply the impact of customers' contributions, Penske then matched each donation—up to a total contribution of $500,000.
"It was an honor for Penske Automotive Group to be part of this fundraising effort in 2016," said Robert H. Kurnick Jr., Penske Automotive Group President. "We thank our associates and our customers for their continued support of the 'Service Matters' campaign and for embracing the admirable work performed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
"We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America for the third consecutive year and look forward to continuing our work together to help make a difference in the lives of our American heroes," Kurnick said.
To learn more about the "Service Matters" campaign, please contact a Penske Automotive Group dealership or visit the Paralyzed Veterans/Penske Automotive "Service Matters" page.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America: Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
About Penske Automotive
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE: PAG) headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is an international transportation services company that operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Western Europe and Canada, and distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services principally in Australia and New Zealand. PAG employs more than 24,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000. For additional information, visit the company's website at www.penskeautomotive.com.
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