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Student automotive education program a beneficiary of CATA largesse

May 6, 2016
Through its Chicagoland Dealers Care initiative, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association this spring donated $1,500 to a program focused on teaching critical skills needed to preserve and restore collector vehicles.
The Hagerty Education Program also is supported locally by Continental Auto Sports President John Weinberger, who said: "My wife Lisa and I are thrilled to support an organization like this and to continue to foster excitement for the automotive industry in general.
"One of the reasons Lisa and I started our private foundation was to support automotive education. We both race, rally and collect historic cars and are well aware that specialty cars need knowledgeable stewards — for example, mechanics, auctioneers, etc. — so the cars can be enjoyed by many future generations."
Weinberger rallied the Hinsdale community to raise $6,000 for the Hagerty Education Program and the dealership matched that amount. Chicagoland Dealers Care supports the charitable initiatives of CATA dealer members by providing additional financial support and advocacy to those in need.
"There is a great need for talented, skilled workers, and we’re filling the gap between formal education and shop-readiness," said Diane Fitzgerald, the Hagerty Education Program’s national director. "We are going to make a big difference in educational opportunities for young people interested in careers in automotive restoration and preservation."
Since its inception in 2008, Chicagoland Dealers Care has donated more than $96,000 to local charitable organizations supported by new-car dealers. 
"This," said CATA Vice Chairman John Hennessy, "is a prime example of the role in which Chicago-area dealers play to help support those in need right in their backyards while rallying support from the community."
Additionally, since 1992, the CATA has helped raise more than $44.7 million for area nonprofits through First Look for Charity, the black-tie benefit event that precedes the annual Chicago Auto Show.