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Get off the couch and go drive, supporting a good cause

Drive Toward a Cure to host social media event to support the fight against Parkinson’s Disease


Drive Toward a Cure, a not-for-profit that supports research in Parkinson’s Disease within the car culture has announced a social media-based “Summer Drive” contest to encourage enthusiasts to “get out and drive.” The organization has partnered with Hagerty, and has offered discounts on DriveShare to try out great classic cars.

Over 75 days of Summer 2020 – beginning the first day of summer, June 21, and with a winner to be announced on Labor Day – licensed motorists nationwide can appreciate drives near or far and enter to win prizes based on the mileage they drive while sharing their experiences on social media, all the while benefitting Parkinson’s Disease awareness, research and patient care.

Drive Toward a Cure founder Deb Pollack said, “During the past year alone, we’ve made some enormous strides.  With a large donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, we were able to support specific patient care needs and focus on six Parkinson’s ‘Centers of Excellence’ throughout the country.  By aligning our events to areas within those regions, we can potentially provide even more funds and make a significant difference for challenged individuals.”

The first 100 registrants to enter at www.drivetowardacure.org/summer and create a public social media post on Facebook or Instagram featuring a photo of the car they have registered and the message “I’ve just joined the Summer @drivetowardacure in support of #ParkinsonsDisease! Will you join too? @Hagerty #getoutanddrive #letsdrivetogether” will receive a free Hagerty “Shift Happens” baseball cap and Drive Toward a Cure window cling. 

Throughout the entire summer, Drive Toward a Cure and Hagerty will be sharing new suggested driving routes weekly on Hagerty’s Community pages and encouraging participants to share their own driving routes and scenic drives within a dedicated forum.  Weekly prizes will be awarded to individuals selected from social media and community posts, with overall program prizes to be announced on Labor Day. 

Special prizes for most miles driven and most money raised will be awarded after Labor Day when odometer readings and monetary contributions are tallied.  Top prizes include a certificate for four Michelin tires, valued at $1,500; a $250 gift certificate for DriveShare by Hagerty; and a $150 value ‘Steve McQueen’ gift basket from Hunziker Design including t-shirts and Steve McQueen racing shoes. 

Apparel gifts will be provided to entrants at various donation levels.  Initial registration is $20 but larger donations are encouraged – with the ability to make one’s own donation, have individual or corporate sponsors for personal driving experiences, or to bring friends together safely for a group drive through each registrants’ individual fundraising page.

According to Doug Clark, vice president of publishing and business development for Hagerty, the joy of driving builds bonds with people on every level. 

“No one would deny the memories we all retain from great drives – whether youthful recollections for nostalgic cars or the roads we envision on a crisp and clear summer day or night,” Clark said.  “The ‘Summer Drive Toward a Cure’ program is an opportunity to get out safely and just feel good, while doing some good for others too.”

Should an entrant wish to drive something other than their own registered vehicle, they can find a collectible or special vehicle through DriveShare by Hagerty.  All rentals applying code DTAC2020 will receive a 10 percent discount, and DriveShare will donate their profits from the rental to Drive Toward a Cure.  Participants can sign up to rent cars at www.driveshare.com .

Drive Toward a Cure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting beneficiaries including The Michael J. Fox Foundation The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and the Parkinson’s Foundation . For donations, sponsorship and event registration, visit the organization’s website.


Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.



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