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The Drive For Life Gala Celebrating 39 Years Zeigler Automotive Group GreenLeaf Trust

This year, we are proud to support the following charities:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • MRC Industries
  • Gull Lake Schools
  • Family Camps
  • American Heart Association
  • Sherman Lake YMCA
  • KC Ready 4s
  • Southwest Michigan Miracle League
  • Wings of Mercy
  • Chef Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Walk Tall Foundation For Kids
  • Family & Children Services

Learn more about a few of them below!

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish ® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the U.S. and its territories, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. A wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

ABOUT THE DRIVE FOR LIFE

For nearly four decades, the Drive for Life Gala has attracted the support of business leaders, sponsors and volunteers; bringing the Kalamazoo community together for an extraordinary night of charity. The Drive for Life Gala debuted in 1982 with a starting ticket price of just $1, raising less than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society! Today, the annual Drive for Life Gala is presented by Zeigler Auto Group, Greenleaf Trust and Huntington Bank and benefits the American Cancer Society and other local charities with over $400,000 in annual support!

About the American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer.

We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CANCER—ANSWER—1-800-227-2345

ABOUT ZEIGLER AUTO GROUP

Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 78 franchises across 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all of the domestic and the majority of the imported manufacturers.

Besides its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000-square-foot motorsports dealership and action park, offering 19 different powersports brands, plus its own onsite restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports houses the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.

Founded in 1975, the organization employs over 2,300 people, ranking among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the nation. The family-owned and operated company is well known for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is regularly recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, also earning similar accolades in Chicago and Michigan.