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Honda and the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate Canada Day at Rogers Centre in Support Of Make-A-Wish Canada

TORONTO, ON (July 2, 2014) – Yesterday, spirited Toronto Blue Jays fans packed the sold out Rogers Centre for Canada Day presented by Honda Canada. Professional IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe helped kick off the celebrations by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game against Milwaukee.

Adding to the excitement of yesterday’s pre-game activities was the presentation of a $15,000 cheque to Make-A-Wish Canada. Made possible by Honda Canada, its partners the Ontario Honda Dealers Association and the Toronto Blue Jays, the donation signaled the beginning of a major fundraising effort that takes place every year during the Honda Indy Toronto.

“Along with millions of people across the country today, Honda is proud to celebrate what it means to be Canadian,” said Barry Holt, Vice President of Finance, Honda Canada Inc. “It gives us great pleasure to support an organization like Make-A-Wish Canada, which has had such a profound impact on the lives of so many Canadian families.”

“The kind generosity of our partners allows Make-A-Wish to continue our mission to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Jennifer Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada.

Since 2010, Honda Canada and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) have helped raise more than $300,000 in support of Make-A-Wish Canada. For the fifth consecutive year, the OHDA will sponsor Fan Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto on July 18, covering the cost of admission for all who attend. While admission is free, attendees will be encouraged to make donations to support Make-A-Wish.

Fans take home great Honda prizes

Three lucky Toronto Blue Jays fans left yesterday’s game with Honda Canada prizes giving them even more reason to celebrate the day. Stephanie Wetherup from London, Ontario won a brand new Canadian-made 2014 Honda Civic Coupe EX (automatic) while Heather Martin of Drayton, Ontario and Peter Ngo of Toronto, Ontario took home Honda lawnmowers.

About the Ontario Honda Dealers Association

The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989, represents 77 Honda dealers located in 62 communities throughout Ontario, which is home to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants that produce Civic, Canada's best-selling passenger car for 16 consecutive years, in addition to the CR-V. The 77 Honda dealerships in Ontario, which have a proven track record for providing maximum customer satisfaction, employ approximately 3,000 associates.

About Make-A-Wish Canada                                                                                                                             

Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office, eight (8) regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast to coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 334,000 children since 1980. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.ca.

About Honda Canada

Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6.5 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.  Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V models.  Honda Canada has invested more than $3 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.98 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.9 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.

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