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Voting brisk in Chicagoland Dealers Care Facebook contest

November 20, 2012
Nearly 7,000 votes had been cast in the first week of a monthlong Chicagoland Dealers Care contest on Facebook. The contest continues through Dec. 12.
The 4-year-old Chicagoland Dealers Care program supports area nonprofits that are favored by CATA dealerships. In the Facebook contest, a gallery of 19 dealers and the charities they support are featured. Visitors to the Facebook page can vote for a favorite charity, and the top three vote-getters will win cash donations.
The winning charity gets a $3,500 donation and production of a Chicagoland Dealers Care public service announcement that will appear on NBC 5 Chicago and the websites of the charity program and the television station.
Second prize is a $2,500 donation and third prize is a $1,000 donation.
Beyond the contest, Chicagoland Dealers Care donates up to $1,500 to nonprofits that are supported by area dealers. Grant requests have come from a variety of causes: academic programs, cultural arts, performing arts, medical research, and even humanitarian needs.
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,