Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 6, 2014…MINI USA
today named Best Friends Animal
Society as the charitable partner for this year’s MINI
TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 rally, the biggest official MINI
owners road rally held every other year. MTTS 2014 kicks off on
Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Francisco and takes MINI owners
through 18 states and 15 cities over 14 days concluding in Boston on
Sunday, August 10.
Every MTTS a charitable partner is selected to receive a portion of
the proceeds from the event registration fees. This year the proceeds
will be donated to Best Friends. The partnership puts MINI owners and
MTTS participants in the driver’s seat helping Best Friends in their
endeavor to Save Them All®. MINI owners and fans who participate in
the rally are also welcome to make individual contributions at hosted
activities along the route.
“The MINI community is very pet-friendly so we are proud to partner
with Best Friends Animal Society who runs the nation’s largest
Sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals,” said David Duncan, Vice
President MINI of the Americas. “Over the years we’ve seen many
four-legged co-pilots on MINI TAKES THE STATES so this partnership is
a natural for both our organization and the community.”
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare
organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and
cats in America’s shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17
million animals died every year in America’s shelters, simply for not
having homes. Today, that number is down to about 4 million. That’s
incredible progress, but it also means that more than 9,000 wonderful
dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day.
“We were excited when we heard that MINI USA had named our
organization as the exclusive charity partner for MINI TAKES THE
STATES,” said Trish Conklin, Best Friends’ development officer,
corporate relations. ”As people take part in this fun road rally, it’s
good to know that their event will help support Best Friends’
lifesaving work with local animal rescue groups and shelters
nationwide as well as at our sanctuary, the nation’s largest refuge
for homeless pets, and our adoption centers in Los Angeles. The
support of the MINI USA community will help us Save Them All.”
Participant registration for MTTS 2014 opens on March 27, 2014, but
owners and enthusiasts can sign up now to receive updates at www.minitakesthestates.com.
About Best Friends
For nearly 30 years, Best Friends has been running the nation’s
largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective
programs all across the country that reduce the number of animals
entering shelters and increase the number who find homes. Join us.
Together, we can Save Them All™.
About MINI in the US MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United
States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America,
LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing
and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales
organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 119 MINI
passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in
the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI
Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to
encompass a model range of seven unique vehicles.
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