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Chicagoland Dealers Care can augment dealers' charity giving

December 23, 2011
Illinois charities, already struggling in a weak economy, face added fiscal pressures caused by delinquent state funding. Dealer members of the CATA can turn to the association for supplemental charitable giving via Chicagoland Dealers Care.
And during this season of giving, give the CATA a reason to give!
The 3-year-old program provides up to $1,500 in grants to augment a dealer’s contributions to local charities. Grant requests can be for a variety of causes: academic programs, cultural arts, performing arts, medical research, and more.
The Jeffrey Pride Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research and Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois, Inc. are two recent beneficiaries. The former was nominated for funding by Emir Abinion, president of Fox Valley Volkswagen in West Chicago. The latter was nominated by George Honiotes, who operates Experience Kia of North Aurora.
“One in 300 kids is diagnosed with pediatric cancer before they turn 17,” Abinion said. “Chicagoland Dealers Care is a great idea to utilize some of our (association) funds. A lot of dealers are embedded in their communities and support worthy causes.” Dealers are not solicited to sustain the operating budget for Chicagoland Dealers Care. Instead, the program is funded by the CATA.
As a part of the program, the CATA also continues in its partnership with NBC 5 Chicago to spotlight the positive things that new-car dealers do regularly in their communities. Some initiatives have been developed into 15-second spots broadcast on NBC 5, and all are trumpeted on the CATA’s weekly radio show, “Drive Chicago,” at 8 a.m. Saturdays on WLS 890 AM; and on the association’s website,
To discuss this program in more detail, contact the CATA’s Sandi Potempa at (630) 424-6065 or