North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards Announces $40,000 in Charitable Donations
Two highly worthy causes each received $20,000 from the vehicle awards organization
DETROIT, June 07, 2022 – The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards™
announced today it has made donations to two nonprofit organizations in partnership with the Detroit Auto
Dealers Association (DADA) as a continuation of its commitment to giving back.
Now in its third year providing charitable donations, NACTOY jurors voted to donate $20,000 to the John
Lamm Scholarships and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The John Lamm Scholarships which support students entering automotive communications was established in
2020 by the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance in memory of automotive journalist John Lamm. St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital derives most of its funding from charitable donations so families don’t have to
pay for state-of-the-art, life-saving treatment for their children.
“This year, our jurors evaluated four highly worthy charities and voted to select the John Lamm Scholarships
for their focus on the next generation of automotive journalists and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in
recognition of its tireless efforts for those in need,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “As professional
journalists, we are privileged to drive, test, and evaluate the finest new cars and trucks each year, and our
annual charitable contributions have already become a highlight to which we look forward every summer.”
Founded in 1994, NACTOY’s car, truck and utility vehicle awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards
not associated with a single publication, website, radio, or television station. They are judged by 50 highly
experienced and respected professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work
for and contribute to a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, websites, and television and radio stations.
The donations were made in partnership with the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA); each organization
provided $20,000 in funding.
“Our partnership with NACTOY has spanned nearly three decades, and we have done many great things
together,” said DADA Executive Director Rod Alberts. “We value that partnership and are thrilled that we have
been able to join together once again to make these charitable donations possible.”
NOTE: Spanish and French versions of this release will be available on NACTOY’s website.
ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN CAR, TRUCK, AND UTILITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR™
The awards are intended to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are
benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver
satisfaction, and value for the dollar. The organization gives out three awards. They are: “North American Car
of the Year™,” “North American Truck of the Year™,” and “North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™.” The
awards are unique because they are given by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United
States and Canada instead of being given by a single publication, website, radio, or television station.