Magna is canceling Hoedown 2022 and will continue to support local groups through the foundation

Country music fans will have to wait another year for a night of fun and fundraising for more than 20 area charities.

Magna on Monday announced its decision to cancel Hoedown 2022, the third year in a row that public health uncertainty caused the auto parts giant to put York Region’s biggest annual party on the back burner.

“At Magna, giving back is a cornerstone of our culture,” Magna said in a statement. “Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to invest in our communities through grants like the Magna Hoedown Community Fund to support charities and have positive social and environmental impacts around the world, and right here at home.

“The planning required to deliver the high-caliber Magna Hoedown we all know and love is a year-long effort by our Neighborhood Network team. Given the considerable lead time required for an event of this magnitude, as well as the evolving pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s live event. »

The more than 20 community groups that normally share the money raised by the Hoedown each year, a figure that regularly exceeds $500,000, will once again receive support through the Magna Hoedown Community Fund.

“Magna is committed to supporting organizations that provide essential services to our communities,” said Aaron McCarthy, Magna’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “I am proud to re-launch our Magna Hoedown Community Fund, which will benefit 30 local charities and over 150,000 York Region residents.

“I also want to thank the charities, volunteers and our loyal supporters at Hoedown for all you do to help us build better communities together. »

To learn more about the Magna Hoedown Community Fund, including ways to support initiatives and for local organizations and nonprofits to learn how to apply to be part of it, visit hoedown.ca.

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