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Penske Automotive Group Donates More Than $1 Million to Paralyzed Veterans of America

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WASHINGTON 3/16/17 —Today Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) announced that Penske Automotive Group donated more than $1 million last year to the organization through its “Service Matters” campaign. In the past two years, Paralyzed Veterans’ corporate partner Penske Automotive Group has raised more than $2 million for Paralyzed Veterans programs and services.

Rob Kurnick, President of Penske Automotive Group and Tom Wheaton, National Treasurer of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Robert H. Kurnick, Jr., Penske Automotive Group President and Tom Wheaton, National Treasurer of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The campaign allows customers to make a donation when they have had their vehicles serviced at a Penske Automotive Group Dealership. All funds go toward supporting Paralyzed Veterans’ programs and services, such as benefits assistance, employment counseling and adaptive sports programs—all of which are provided free-of-charge to veterans and their families.

“Penske Automotive Group continues to amaze us with their ongoing support and efforts around the Penske Automotive Group ‘Service Matters’ campaign,” said Tom Wheaton, paralyzed Navy veteran and National Treasurer of Paralyzed Veterans, who celebrated the milestone at a recent event. “This significant contribution will allow us to continue to serve our nation’s veterans, and to ensure those veterans have access to programs and services to help them recover and rebuild their lives after serious injuries. We are beyond grateful for this partnership and truly appreciate their long-term commitment to veterans.”

Throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group’s dealerships invited customers to donate a $1 or more toward its “Service Matters” campaign when customers serviced their vehicle at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. To multiply the impact of customers’ contributions, Penske then matched each donation—up to a total contribution of $500,000.

“It was an honor for Penske Automotive Group to be part of this fundraising effort in 2016,” said Robert H. Kurnick Jr., Penske Automotive Group President. “We thank our associates and our customers for their continued support of the ‘Service Matters’ campaign and for embracing the admirable work performed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans of America for the third consecutive year and look forward to continuing our work together to help make a difference in the lives of our American heroes,” Kurnick said.

To learn more about the “Service Matters” campaign, please contact a Penske Automotive Group dealership or visit the Paralyzed Veterans/Penske Automotive “Service Matters” page.

About Penske Automotive

Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE:PAG) headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is an international transportation services company that operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Western Europe and Canada, and distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services principally in Australia and New Zealand. PAG employs more than 24,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000. For additional information, visit the company’s website at

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Get Out and Go Giveaway


Thrill seeker? Adrenaline junky? It’s time to get out and go!

Springtime is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get moving and satisfy those outdoor adventure cravings. From camping and mountain biking, to white water rafting, you can capture it all with Penske Automotive Group‘s Get Out and Go Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win one of two prizes:

  • Outdoor Adventure Prize Pack: GoPro® HERO5*, ENO Hammock & Atlas straps, and a $75 REI gift card
  • Explore More Prize Pack: GoPro® HERO Session* and mount and a $50 REI gift card

Outdoor adventures are calling your name! Answer them today and enter for a chance to win!

Winners will be announced on the Penske Automotive Group Facebook page on April 1, 2017.

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*GoPro®, HERO, and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro®, Inc. GoPro® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

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Keep Calm and Stay Warm Giveaway


Everyone here at Penske Automotive Group is excited to head into the new year and we are celebrating with our Keep Calm and Stay Warm Instagram Giveaway! Entering is easy: follow @penskecars on Instagram and hashtag #PAGgiveaway before January 31st, and you’ll have a chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card.

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Find out about new giveaways by connecting with Penske Automotive Group on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Penske Automotive Group Goes Pink for Cancer Awareness


Whether it’s a member of your family or a friend, most of us know someone who has battled breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Penske Automotive Group dealerships supported and particpated in several “pink” fundraising and awareness initiatives throughout October.

BMW of Warwick donated $50 for every vehicle sold in October in support of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
BMW of Warwick

BMW of Warwick donated $50 to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each vehicle purchased during the month of October! Chevrolet of Turnersville provided customers with special tote bags containing all sorts of pink Chevy swag with the purchase of a new vehicle. Other dealerships offered special vehicle pricing and gifts for customers to help join the fight and spread awareness.

Toyota of Phrarr offers vehicle discounts in support of breast cancer.In Texas, Toyota of Pharr provided special pricing on the 2016 Toyota Corolla and Camry, and guests of the Royal Palm Auto Mall, in Florida, enjoyed Pink Ribbon pricing all month long.

Several employees also donated to this great cause, including General Manager, Chuck Caruso, who donated to Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk on behalf of Capitol Honda. Several of the employes at Capitol Honda are shown in the photo participating in the walk.

Employees of Capitol Honda participating in local breast cancer walk.
Capitol Honda

Penske Automotive Group was delighted to see so many of its dealerships take part in supporting such an important cause. Together, we can make strides towards eradicating this awful disease that touches the lives of so many.

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Lexus San Diego

Lexus San Diego also was a sponsor of the local Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk called, Pink da Point this year.

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Penske Automotive Group at the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games


Penske Automotive Group recently attended the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Veterans from all over the world compete for gold!

While at the games, we had the opportunity to meet one of the veterans, and executive director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sherman Gillums, Jr. to find out what has inspired him since his injury in 2004.

“Coming to the games was the life changing moment for me. It was the first time I was around hundreds of people just like me. The energy and rush of adrenaline of competing gave me the motivation to go back to school, go back to work and most importantly have fun.

It’s natural after a catastrophic injury to experience a period of depression. When you are [at the wheelchair games], it changes your perspective. The nurses and therapists try to keep you motivated but it isn’t the same as being with nearly six hundred other veterans facing the same challenges you are. There is no greater motivation than that.”

“In fact,” laughed Gillums, “At the games, the ‘walkers’ are the minority!”

Hearing his story and then talking with several other veterans at the games, we heard how much Gillums has helped them. He is truly paying it forward.

He is appreciative of all of the support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and everyone who donates and supports through their partner program.

Last year Penske Automotive Group dealerships raised $913,000 in support of Paralyzed Veterans, and we are hoping to exceed that total this year! In support of the campaign throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to $500,000. As of July 2016, with the Penske Automotive Group match, $668,000 has been raised toward the campaign! Thank you to everyone that has donated!

Donations can be made at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. Click here to find the dealership closest to you or you can also donate by clicking here.


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