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CATA donates $5,000 to tornado relief causes

November 22, 2013
Directors of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association voted Nov. 20 to donate $5,000 towards relief efforts for victims of tornadoes in central Illinois days earlier. The funds will be directed equally to the American Red Cross and the NADA Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund.
The Red Cross opened shelters in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies, and health care is available at emergency aid stations in some areas.
The NADA fund offers assistance to dealership employees who have been affected by unforeseen emergencies and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods. Since 1992, the fund has provided $5.4 million to more than 8,000 families in 28 states. This year, the fund has helped people affected by tornadoes in Oklahoma, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, and floods in Colorado.
The Nov. 17 storms that ravaged areas of the Midwest also damaged at least two car dealerships: a used-car store in Washington, Ill.; and Eriks Chevrolet, in Kokomo, Ind. The independent dealership, previously known as John Bearce Ford, recently became a used-car store operating under John Bearce Cos.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties across the state disaster areas.