Mazda Teams Up with Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

For the 4th year running, Mazda will act as title sponsor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge. The seven-day cycling event in California aims to raise at least $1 million in the support of people with physical challenges to live active lifestyles through sports and fitness.

The challenge will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in San Francisco. A group of more than 125 cyclists, including professional athletes, celebrities, and a group of 15 athletes with physical challenges will embark on a 620-mile ride that will span seven days, ending in San Diego.

“Support from the Mazda Foundation has helped the Million Dollar Challenge become more than a ride of a lifetime, but an event where individuals can use their passion for cycling to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Bill Geppert, interim CEO of the Challenged Athletes Foundation in a statement. “Our partnership with the Mazda Foundation has been mutually successful because our missions are so closely aligned around the goal of helping others  – those with able bodies and those with physical challenges – realize their aspirations and dreams.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring an athlete and learning more about the Million Dollar Challenge, check out challengedalthletes.org.

Mazda Will Donate $4.9 Million to Charity in Drive for Good Event

Mazda has announced it will donate just over $4.9 million to select charities as part of the Mazda Drive for Good event—about 79% more than last year.

You might remember when they kicked off the campaign with this commercial.

The event took place between November 21, 2014 and January 2, 2015, during which Mazda donated $150 to charity for every vehicle it sold in the United States. The money will go to one of four national or 44 local charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Mazda Foundation. The choice of charity is left up to the customer, who has until January 31, 2015, to make his or her decision as to which charity to donate to.

But Mazda isn’t stopping there. Throughout the year, the company’s employees and dealers across the country will also donate more than 66,000 charitable service hours through various local charitable opportunities, up 17.5% over 2014. That’ll certainly include a few of us here at Bakersfield Mazda!