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2 DuPage charities are beneficiaries of Chicagoland Dealers Care

July 27, 2018
Via its Chicagoland Dealers Care program, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association this month donated to two nonprofits that are supported by dealerships in Naperville. DuPagePads and the Inside Out Club each received $1,500.
The CATA created Chicagoland Dealers Care in 2008 to build upon the charitable efforts of the association’s dealer members in their communities.
Continental Acura of Naperville has been a supporter of DuPagePads for nearly a decade, and dealer Principal Joel Weinberger is personally involved with the charity, having recently completed a six-year term on its board, where he spearheaded an annual fundraising event called the Drive for 95. 
"Local dealers are where organizations and people turn when they need assistance because they know dealers are the pillars of their communities," said Tony Guido, CATA chairman. "As chairman of the CATA, I’m fortunate to witness all of the goodwill put forth by dealer owners and employees." 
DuPagePads strives to end homelessness in the community, starting with housing. Beyond providing shelter and food, the charity also offers support services to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient, with case management, life coaching and employment support. 
Weinberger turned his passion for cars into the Drive for 95 fundraiser, a four-hour karting event held at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, where 15 teams compete to raise funds for the charity. The goal of the event was to raise $95,000, but this year’s event — now in its eighth year — generated $127,000 for DuPagePads, bringing the haul to more than $800,000 since its inception.  
"The Drive for 95 fundraiser began as Drive for 25, with the goal of raising $25,000. We have to keep raising the bar over the years!" said DuPagePads Vice President of Development Janelle Barcelona. "We’re very fortunate to have someone like Joel [Weinberger] on our board and to have the ongoing support of his dealerships." 
"It’s a good feeling to know you’re helping people right within your community," said Weinberger. Continental Acura of Naperville recently contributed $25,000 to the charity.
The Inside Out Club, formerly named, is supported by Continental Mazda of Naperville, which recently contributed $5,000 to the nonprofit.
"The CATA applauds Continental Mazda of Naperville for their support of the Inside Out Club, among other charities," said Guido. "This is a perfect example of the vital role that dealers play to help those in need — right within their local communities." 
The Inside Out Club’s mission is to develop children ages 3 to 12 with character inside and out by teaching empathy, kindness and acceptance skills through programs in local schools. The Inside Out Club has grown from one elementary school with 25 students to 29 schools reaching more than 1,450 students. The organization also hosts 20 weekend events a year in DuPage County. 
"Continental’s support has been instrumental in helping us achieve this growth," said Marion Ruthig, founder and executive director of the Inside Out Club.
The CATA has been a longtime supporter of local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the Chicagoland Dealers Care program has donated more than $100,000 to local charitable organizations supported by new-car dealers. 
Additionally, since 1992, the association has raised $50 million for significant Chicago-area charities through the annual First Look for Charity black-tie event, held in conjunction with the Chicago Auto Show. 
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