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CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program accepting grant requests

April 6, 2018
Dealerships play a vital role within their local communities, and the CATA knows that many of its dealer members already support local charitable organizations. To help that contribution go a little bit further — and broadcast that message a little bit wider — the CATA is again accepting applications for its Chicagoland Dealers Care grant program. 
The CATA began the Chicagoland Dealers Care program in 2008 to build upon the charitable efforts of Chicagoland’s metropolitan dealers who graciously donate to causes all year round. The program matches up to $1,500 per dealership and charitable organization. 
A few recent examples of grants include: 
Cadillac of Naperville and the Student Excellence Foundation 
Cadillac of Naperville supports the foundation, which is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds for innovative programs and new materials to enhance educational opportunities for Wheaton-Warrenville students not otherwise covered by state funding. The CATA matched the dealership’s donation of $1,500. 
Liberty Auto City and the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse 
Liberty Auto City gave $2,500 to the nonprofit, which provides long-term rehabilitative services, support and mentoring to those affected by stroke or brain injury in the Chicagoland area. The CATA matched up to $1,500; collectively the two groups donated $4,000 to the charity. 
Bredemann Ford/Lexus and St. Joseph Services
The CATA donated $1,500 to help further Bredemann’s contribution to St. Joseph Services, a charity that supports people in need in Chicago’s Humboldt Park and Austin neighborhoods. Specifically, the program helps to strengthen and develop participants’ skills in order to move from a position of poverty and assistance to one of economic, spiritual and social self-sufficiency. 
The CATA has been a longtime supporter of local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2008, 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 more than $50 million for significant Chicago-area charities through the annual First Look for Charity black-tie event, held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. 
Visit to learn more about the program. To apply for a grant, contact the CATA’s Mark Bilek at