Tom Wood Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Fundraiser
The Tom Wood Automotive Group recently marked their 50th anniversary with a fundraiser gala and auction to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS organization is driven by their mission of advocating for cancer research, patient education and support, and prevention of cancer in all age groups.
During the evening’s presentations, keynote speaker Dr. Mark Kelley shared some of the ground-breaking pediatric oncology research being done at Indiana University in the fight against cancer. The Tom & Julie Wood Family Foundation, formed after Tom Wood lost his battle with cancer in 2010, has supported this research, in partnership with the Riley Children’s Foundation.
A personal message of perseverance and hope was delivered by Rod Ingalls, general manager of Audi Indianapolis. He spoke of his teenage son’s unexpected diagnosis of Acute B-Cell lymphoblastic Lymphoma cancer and the subsequent treatment. Ingalls commended the care and support the family receives at Riley, and the advances being made through research that are making a difference in the lives of those afflicted with cancer.
All proceeds from the evening—including both auction items and additional cash contributions— benefitted the ACS, with the goal of raising $20,000. Personal donations by the Wood family of $50,000 along with donations garnered by all of Tom Wood’s business operations helped push the total amount donated to the ACS to $175,000 for the year.