ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Jim Ellis Automotive Group teams up with clients to raise money for
Jim Ellis Automotive dealerships recently donated $10,600 to the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (GBCCF) from money raised during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"It is our honor to work with Jim Ellis to help provide cancer patients with much needed services," President of the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund Sheryl Cherico said. "The impact on these families is beyond words and we are proud to have Jim Ellis as a part of our team."
In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place in October, Audi Marietta, Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw and Jim Ellis Volkswagen Kennesaw decided to give back to the community they serve.
"This initiative was very important to me as my wife's aunt passed away from breast cancer and also a longtime Jim Ellis Employee in my store is a survivor of breast cancer," said Jim Ellis VW Kennesaw General Manager Steve Rotenstein. "I wanted to try and help as many as possible during this holiday season."
These three Jim Ellis Automotive dealerships, which each have multiple employees affected by breast cancer, joined forces to launch a campaign to raise money for the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.
"I initially came up with concept of my KIA store being involved with supporting the Breast Cancer Coalition, based on my awareness being heightened by one of my closest friends being diagnosed at a relatively young age (34) with breast cancer," said Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw General Manager Terrence Liddell. "I met her and her twin sister in Graduate School and was deeply concerned for her life. Luckily her early diagnosis and treatment has led to a complete remission of the cancer causing cells in her body. "To aid in my efforts, I reached out to Randy and Steve and asked for their support in helping to continue to bring focus to this issue. Ultimately, my goal is for everyone to understand how important early diagnosis is to a successful recovery."
For the entire month of October, Audi Marietta and Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw donated $50 per new car sold and VW Kennesaw donated $25 per new and used car sold. For each car sold, the stores also displayed pink ribbons that had the customer's name on it. Audi Marietta and Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw each raised $3,600 in donations and Jim Ellis VW Kennesaw raised $3,400, which resulted in the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund receiving a donation total of $10,600 to help patients with breast cancer.
"When the opportunity was presented to participate in raising money for the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition, we did not hesitate," said Audi Marietta General Manager Randy Pullen. "This is such an incredible organization that can help so many people who are directly affected by such a devastating disease."
The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is a non-profit education and advocacy organization that was founded in 1994. The organization was formed when three breast cancer survivors came together for a common cause-to fight to eliminate breast cancer. The GBCCF is working to make a difference for the nearly 9,000 Georgians who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
"With the generous donation from Jim Ellis, the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition is able to provide groceries, transportation, and much needed services to patients fighting cancer in Georgia," said Cherico.
The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund has been instrumental in breast cancer education and advocacy. Through their collaborative efforts with the National Breast Cancer Coalition and other breast cancer advocates, dollars earmarked for breast cancer research have quadrupled and the fight to eradicate breast cancer has been brought to the forefront of the public's awareness.
"GBCC is working with patients at DeKalb and Emory to provide assistance to patients going through breast cancer," Cherico said. "The unbelievable amount of money raised by Jim Ellis will allow us to help patients, and expand our reach to other hospitals in the state of Georgia."
About Jim Ellis Automotive Group Jim Ellis Automotive Group has been serving the Atlanta area since 1971, starting with Volkswagen as the flagship brand. The group has expanded to 13 brands and 17 dealerships covering Atlanta, Buford, Kennesaw and Marietta. Visit online at http://www.jimellis.com.
SOURCE Jim Ellis Automotive Group
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