Drive for Life 2022 Date Announced, 40th Annual Gala to Match 150% Charity Donations


All 2022 donations are matched 150% by the generosity of two anonymous donors

The Drive for Life Gala is one of the region’s longest running charity events. We’re proud to celebrate 40 years of donating to worthy causes and organizations here at home. We are also very happy to announce that we will match referrals at 150%

The 40th Annual Drive for Life Foundation Gala Will Offer 150% Sponsorships to Benefit the American Cancer Society of Kalamazoo, MRC Industries of Kalamazoo, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kalamazoo, and Other Organizations local charities. The 150% match will be made possible thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors. The event is scheduled for Monday, September 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel located at 100 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Last year’s event in 2021 raised over $800,000, surpassing its original goal of $700,000 for the year. For its 40th annual Gala, the Drive for Life Foundation has set itself the goal of reaching one million dollars in donations, hoping to generate 2.5 million thanks to the generosity of its two donors.

“The Drive for Life gala is one of the oldest charity events in the region. We are proud to celebrate 40 years of giving to worthy causes and organizations right here at home. We are also very pleased to announce that we will be matching sponsorships at 150%, thanks to the generous support of two of our donors. This will allow us to more than double our impact this year, with proceeds raised by the foundation being used to fund charities supported by Drive for Life, Aaron Zeigler, President of Zeigler Automotive Group.

The event will be presented by Zeigler Auto Group, Greenleaf Trust and Huntington National Bank, and Brown & Brown Dealer Services to benefit the American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation, First Day Shoe Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan, MRC Industries of Kalamazoo, Gull Lake Community Schools, Family Camps, American Heart Association, Sherman Lake YMCA, KC Ready 4S, Southwest Michigan Miracle League, Wings of Mercy, Chef Therapeutic Riding Center, Walk Tall Foundation for Kids and Family and Children’s Services. Other charities are also currently being considered for support.

Tickets for the 40th Annual Drive for Life Foundation Gala are on sale now at, with each ticket admitting two guests for a cocktail social, silent auction and live auction. Day-of-event tickets will also serve as entry into the night’s grand draw for a new 2022 Honda Accord or $30,000 cash.

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For four decades, the Drive for Life Gala has attracted the support of business leaders, sponsors and volunteers; bringing the Kalamazoo community together for an extraordinary charity evening.

The Drive for Life Gala began in 1982 with a starting prize of just $1, raising less than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. Today, the annual Drive for Life Gala is presented by Zeigler Auto Group, Greenleaf Trust and Huntington Bank and benefits the American Cancer Society and other local charities with over $800,000 in annual support.


Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the United States with 78 franchises at 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The vehicle makes represented include all domestic manufacturers and the majority of imported manufacturers.

In addition to its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000 square foot motorsports dealership and action park, featuring 19 different motorsports brands, as well as its own on-site restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports is home to the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.

The Kalamazoo-based dealer group also owns and operates Chicago’s Zeigler Pre-Owned, a Carquest Auto Parts store, three Byrider franchises, three finance companies, several insurance companies and a leasing company.

Founded in 1975, the organization employs more than 2,300 people, ranking among the top 1% of auto dealerships in the nation with estimated annual sales of $2.2 billion for 2022. The family-owned business is well known for its commitment to customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is consistently recognized as one of the best and brightest companies to work for in the country, also winning similar accolades in Chicago and Michigan.

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