ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, announced that four ADESA auctions, in partnership with the Ford Global Action Team, raised more than $283,000 for JDRF, the leading funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
ADESA and Ford have long supported JDRF. ADESA joined the Ford Global Action Team in 2012 and has been partnering with Ford, the No.1 global partner of JDRF, in numerous fundraising efforts ever since.
“We’re proud to work in partnership with the Ford Global Action Team to support JDRF and to help fund this much-needed research,” said ADESA President and CEO Stéphane St-Hilaire. “Thank you to our employees, our customers and our industry partners who contributed so generously to this cause. Because of this dedication, we were again able to exceed our fundraising goals.”
“The partnership between Ford, ADESA and JDRF has become more than we ever envisioned,” said Edsel B. Ford II, board director, Ford Motor Company. “This unique team effort has significantly contributed to vital JDRF research that can bring us closer to turning type 1 into type none. I am extremely proud of this partnership, and I look forward to continuing on this journey with ADESA until we have a world without T1D.”
ADESA auctions in Indianapolis, Boston, Buffalo and Phoenix organized a variety of events to raise funds.
ADESA employees and their families, along with friends and customers participated in local JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes events. ADESA Phoenix took part in a walk at Sloan Park, the Cubs spring training facility, and had an impressive turnout—more than 100 people walked for Team ADESA.
Along with taking part in the local JDRF charity walk, ADESA Buffalo organized several fundraising events, including a bake sale.
ADESA Indianapolis and ADESA Boston both hosted car shows and motorcycle rides. This spring, ADESA Boston held its 15th annual car show and motorcycle ride, which has become a popular community event.
ADESA Indianapolis was the biggest contributor to the total: This location raised more than $162,000, surpassing its goal more than three-fold. Along with the car show and motorcycle ride, the auction raffled off a 1971 Pontiac GTO and auctioned a 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which was donated by a customer whose daughter had recently received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
The Phoenix auction, appropriately enough, auctioned off a Ford Mustang convertible, along with other Ford memorabilia, as part of this effort.