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About the Drive for Life

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 night of charity.

The Drive for Life Gala debuted in 1982 with a starting ticket price of just $1, raising less than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. Today, the annual Drive for Life Gala benefits the American Cancer Society and other local charities now with millions in annual support after breaking fundraising records in 2022 with $2M donated.

Over the last few years, the charity event has counted on the ongoing support of presenting sponsors Zeigler Auto Group, Greenleaf Trust and Huntington Bank.


2023 Marks the 41st Year for the Drive For Life Foundation

The Drive for Life Foundation is proud to serve local charities and organizations that help empower and uplift our community in the Kalamazoo area and beyond.

Over the last four decades our sponsors, volunteers, and the community have been the driving force behind our continued success. We are proud to announce that our biggest event of the year, the Drive for Life Foundation Gala, has raised over $5.5M since the event's inception our beneficiaries. Our biggest push towards this figure came from our recent event, the 40th Annual Drive for Life Foundation Gala which brought in a record-breaking total of over $2 million dollars!


Get To Know Our 2023 Benefiting Charities

Thanks to the generous outpouring of support and contributions from the community and businesses in the area, the Drive for Life Foundation Gala was a huge success, raising  over $2,000,000 this year in benefit of many local charities. These organizations offer our area's most vulnerable citizens a number of indispensable programs and services.

This year, thanks to your ongoing support we were able to raise over $2 million dollars for these amazing organizations and charities!
For over 40 years, it has been our mission to continue to support these worthy causes, both small and large, to ensure a brighter future for all.

This year's benefiting charities included: the American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, MRC Industries, Gull Lake Schools, Family Camps, American Heart Association, Sherman Lake YMCA, KC Ready 4s, Southwest Michigan Miracle League, Wings of Mercy, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Walk Tall Foundation For Kids, Family & Children Services and Be Nice.


Become A Sponsor Today!

Make a big impact in the community today by supporting the Drive for Life Foundation! 

Through your generous support of a financial gift, ticket purchase, or live and/or silent auction donation, we will be able to continue to provide funds for worthy charities and organizations in the area. You'll also be highlighted at one of the largest events of the year in Kalamazoo.