By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario – January 10, 2019 – Collision repair network CARSTAR has raised more than half-a-million dollars for cystic fibrosis research and care.
The franchise – which has more than 600 facilities across Canada and the US – raised much of the cash through hockey tournaments, car washes, auctions and golf competitions put on throughout the year.
But a huge chunk of the final sum was collected in a single evening during the CARSTAR yearly gala, where attendees donated $200,000.
CARSTAR has now raised close to $3.7million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, a feat the charity’s president and CEO Kelly Grover praised as a “shining example” of “corporate philanthropy”.
She added: “The funds raised by CARSTAR will help us get one step closer to finding a cure for this disease and on behalf of those living with cystic fibrosis, thank you for your generosity and dedication.”
CARSTAR adopted the cause of cystic fibrosis after a franchise operator’s granddaughter was diagnosed with the disorder more than 20 years ago.
The network’s president, Michael Macaluso, said: “Our commitment to fundraising for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy runs deep within our corporate culture at CARSTAR, as many of us have heard touching stories from families and those affected by cystic fibrosis first hand.”
He added: “To say that these stories are motivating would be an understatement, because the strength demonstrated by these individuals is unimaginable and we want to do what we can to help make the fight against cystic fibrosis a little easier for them.”