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Auto show food drive leads to award for CATA's Sloan

September 30, 2011
Dave Sloan, president of the CATA, was among six recipients of the 2011 Champions of Recovery award, bestowed by an organization that helps individuals and families suffering from homelessness or other crises to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.
A Safe Haven Foundation feted its honorees at a Sept. 20 luncheon in Chicago.
Sloan was recognized for his efforts to institute a three-day food drive each year at the Chicago Auto Show. The food drive, which began in 1995, regularly collects 10 tons of food from attendees in exchange for discounted admission to the auto show. Sloan joined the CATA in 1993.
“Unlike the other award recipients,” said Sloan, “I am not exactly deserving of mine, but I represent the people who are: the members of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. It is their generosity that allows us to stage the Chicago Auto Show Food Drive and many other charitable efforts throughout the year, most notably the First Look for Charity. I am happy and humbled, though, to accept this honor on their behalf.”
Other 2011 honorees include Neil Guterman, dean of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration; West Huddleston, chief executive of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals; recovery advocate Joan Kennedy; Susan Noyes, founder of Make It Better media; and Gabriel’s Last Breath, a rock group of military veterans.
A Safe Haven Foundation provides evidence-based programs of supportive housing, addiction treatment, recovery management, education, and life skills that lead directly to employment, permanent housing, and self-sufficiency.