|Hyundai Hope on Wheels ambassador Elizabeth Blair|
Hyundai is well known in the car industry for its unprecedented warranty: 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain, 5 year / 60,000 mile new car warranty, lifetime hybrid battery.
What may not be as well known is it caring prowess. For 20 years, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated millions of dollars to fight pediatric cancer.
|Youth Ambassador Carter Gates. Credit: Q Barefield for Hyundai Hope On Wheels|
Time to toot its own hornAt a preview night before the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai celebrated its 20th anniversary of Hyundai Hope on Wheels and announced grants of $15 million.
|Hyundai Hope on Wheels car. Credit: Q Barefield for Hyundai Hope On Wheels|
Over the years, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated over $145 million to the program, in conjunction with local Hyundai dealers. Grants help fund cancer research and help families with children fighting cancer.
While Elizabeth and Carter were the real stars of the evening, Soledad O'Brien was the emcee and Broadway performers Betsy Wolfe (Waitress) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King) entertained. And the Broadway Youth Ensemble sang as well.
Grants spread aroundColumbia University Medical Center received the largest grant, for $2.5 million, while Intermountain Healthcare Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and St. Louis Children's Hospital Washington University in St. Louis, MO each received $1 million.
31 other hospitals also received grants. In New York, Montefiore Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York University School of Medicine each got awards.
|Broadway Youth Chorus. Credit: Q Barefield for Hyundai Hope On Wheels|