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AutoTrader Publishing, AutoMart.com and Cox Communications Present $500,000 Grant to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters

Submitted by: Cox Auto Trader

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Oct 19, 2007 – 01:35 PM EST

 

Grant to Fund New Child Abuse Prevention Program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Norfolk-based Cox Auto Trader companies, AutoTrader Publishing and AutoMart.com, along with Cox Communications will present a $500,000 grant secured from the James M. Cox Foundation to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD). The grant will be used to fund the hospital's new child abuse prevention program, which will provide education and support for children and families throughout the region. The program will be operated from the hospital's Virginia Beach facility, currently under construction.

The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters' child abuse prevention program offers children a safe and nurturing environment where they can begin the healing process in the aftermath of abuse and neglect. The program provides compassionate, diagnostic assessment and treatment services and seeks to coordinate the efforts of various community agencies working together on behalf of the abused child. CHKD offers an innovative program that honors the abused child's need for safety, dignity and privacy.

"I can't think of any other cause that is more important to support than one which helps our children. When they are hurt, the future suffers. All children have a right to be safe and grow up healthily. Every child deserves the opportunity to explore and maximize his or her unique talents, and potential, and we are proud to be a part of that process," said Richard Jamin, president of AutoTrader Publishing.

"The partnership among these three companies -- Cox Communications, AutoTrader Publishing and AutoMart.com -- demonstrates our shared commitment to making meaningful contributions in the communities where Cox companies do business. Our approach is local. Our goal is to meet the unique needs of our community," said Skip Dowd, vice president of AutoMart.com.

"Our parent company, Cox Enterprises, has a long history of supporting the communities we call home. This tradition began more than 100 years ago when our founder Governor James M. Cox was recognized by President Woodrow Wilson and the American Red Cross for his leadership and contributions to the relief and recovery effort during the Ohio floods of 1913," said Gary McCollum, vice president and region manager of Cox Communications, Inc. "Cox Communications is honored to join AutoTrader Publishing and AutoMart.com in continuing the legacy of community giving through this important donation to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters."

The $500,000 grant will allow the hospital to fulfill an important mission -- combating and preventing child abuse in Hampton Roads. In 2006, there were more than 6,000 reports of child abuse involving more than 9,400 children in Hampton Roads, according to a recent report. Moreover, fatal incidents of child abuse occur at higher rates in Hampton Roads than anywhere else in Virginia.

The grant and collaborative effort to support the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters' child abuse prevention program also tightly aligns the youth-focused community philosophy of these Cox companies with the specific needs of the Hampton Roads region.

About AutoMart.com:

With over 1.3 million vehicles for sale, AutoMart.com(TM) is the largest dealer-exclusive automotive web site featuring new, used and certified pre-owned car listings. By capturing the power of 8 million monthly AutoMart magazines and a dominating paid-search marketing effort, AutoMart.com drives phone, web site, email and cutting edge instant messaging leads to over 15,000 dealers nationwide. AutoMart.com is owned by Cox Auto Trader, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. For more information, visit www.automart.com.

About AutoTrader Publishing:

AutoTrader Publishing is a leading producer of classified automotive advertising publications. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Auto Trader, the company publishes 341 automobile and light truck titles for a total circulation of 3.5 million per week. AutoTrader Publishing is also a premier provider of online consumer information, garnering 4.2 million unique visitors per month through its companion web site, AutoExtra.com. AutoTrader Publishing and parent-company Cox Auto Trader are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services.

About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in affiliation with Sprint (NYSE: S). Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.

For more information, please contact:

Nneka Logan Cox Auto Trader
Phone: 678-645-0076

 

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