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Community Involvement


Charities and civic organizations know that Chicagoland new-car dealers are an integral part of their communities and are often deeply involved in charitable causes. However, dealers rarely receive the recognition they deserve for their ongoing efforts. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association created Chicagoland Dealers Care in 2008 to raise awareness and build upon charitable efforts already put forth by the local dealer community. We honor their commitment.


Record One-hundred Chicagoland New-car Dealers Raise $143,000 for the USO of Illinois in Fifth-annual Barbecue for the Troops Program  Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, partnered with the USO of Illinois for the fifth consecutive year of “Barbecue for the Troops.” On Sat., July 15, a record 100 local car dealerships, spanning 50 different communities, fired up their grills to host Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers in support of the USO of Illinois. This year alone, the campaign generated $143,000 locally.


Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Gerald Subaru of Naperville Make Donation to Junior Achievement of Chicago  Click for more ...  
Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), matched Gerald Subaru of Naperville’s $1,500 donation to Junior Achievement of Chicago, collectively donating $3,000 to the charity through the CATA’s Chicagoland Dealers Care initiative.


Chicago Automobile Trade Association Board of Director Dan Marquardt to be Honored as "Father of the Year" by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative  Click for more ...
The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) will honor Dan Marquardt - Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) board of director and vice president/partner of Marquardt of Barrington - as "Father of the Year" during the IFI's 20th annual Fatherhood Dinner Celebration tomorrow evening.


Chicago Automobile Trade Association Awards Fourth Annual "Spirit of Carol Cooling" Scholarship to John Hersey High School Student for Academic and Personal Excellence  Click for more ...

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicago metropolitan's new-car dealer association, presented the fourth annual Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship - a $1,000 grant - to John Hersey High School graduating senior Ashley Roscoe during a recent student assembly. The CATA established the scholarship in 2014 to honor Cooling, a Hersey High School alum, who lost a battle with cancer in 2013.  


The Chicago Automobile Trade Association and USO of Illinois Partner for Fifth Year of Charitable “Barbecue for the Troops” Initiative - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, and the USO of Illinois announce the fifth consecutive year of the “Barbecue for the Troops” program. Over the past four years, 100 CATA dealerships have rallied within their communities to help raise nearly a half of a million dollars for the USO of Illinois. This year, local dealers are firing up their grills on Saturday, July 15. 


Chicago Automobile Trade Association Donates $1,500 to Loaves & Fishes Car Program  - Click for more ...
Chicagoland's new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), donated $1,500 to the Loaves & Fishes "CARES" car program which provides transportation to working individuals in need. In addition to its car program, Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes serves the DuPage community by providing high-quality, healthy food; preventative care; educational opportunities; and wellness services to local individuals who live in poverty. 


Chicago Automobile Trade Association Announces Northwood Scholarship Recipient - Click for more ...

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is pleased to award a $5,000 educational scholarship to local resident Edward Mavromatis. Currently enrolled at Northwood University, Mavromatis aspires to work in the automotive retail sector and is pursuing a degree in Automotive Marketing & Management.


The Chicago Automobile Trade Association Matches Courtesy Buick-GMC's $1,000 Donation to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry Community Harvest Campaign - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) - Chicago area's new-car dealer association - matched Courtesy Buick-GMC's contribution of $1,000, together donating $2,000 to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry Community Harvest campaign through the Chicagoland Dealers Care program. 


Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Joe Cotton Ford Donate $1,500 to the Boy Scouts of America - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented a $1,500 check to the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, as part of its Chicagoland Dealers Care initiative. Joe Cotton Ford previously contributed $2,000 to the cause and helped advocate for the additional funds from Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association.


New-car Dealers Set New Record, Raise $160,000 for the USO of Illinois - Click for more ...

On July 16, 80 Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) dealers fired up their grills and hosted individual community fundraising events, collectively raising $160,000 - the highest amount to date - for the USO of Illinois. Participating dealers gathered last evening during the USO of Illinois' Clark After Dark event to formally present the check. 


The CATA Presented John Hersey High School Student Dejanna Blair with the 2016 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the 2016 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to deserving John Hersey High School senior, Dejanna Blair, today during a school assembly. Blair received a $1,000 grant to put toward future education.    


CATA and Lombard Toyota Donate $1,000 to Salvation Army’s Ways to Work Program - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) – Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association – matched Lombard Toyota’s contribution of $500 to Salvation Army’s Ways to Work program, donating a total of $1,000 to the cause.


The CATA and Bredemann Lexus of Glenview Help Advance Technology Programs at St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Schools in Wilmette - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) donated $500 to both St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier schools as a match to Bredemann Lexus in Glenview's recent contributions. Through the CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program, the association aims to advance the charitable support already exemplified by area new-car dealers with additional contributions and advocacy. 

Chevrolet teamed up to bring a little holiday cheer - Click for more ...
Chicagoland new-car dealers are busy this holiday season, but not in the way one might think. Sure, sales are good and more people are purchasing cars, but local dealers are also busy this holiday season giving back to their communities and those in need. 

CATA Makes $1,500 Contribution to the Jason McKie Foundation on Behalf of Muller Acura of Merrillville - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, donated $1,500 to support the Jason McKie Foundation. Founded by former Chicago Bears player Jason McKie in 2008, the charitable group helps raise funds and spread advocacy for local veterans. 

CATA Donates $1,500 in addition to D’Arcy Buick GMC’s $5,000 Contribution to the MIND Research Institute - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, donated $1,500 to support the MIND Research Institute, a charitable group important to D’Arcy Buick GMC of Joliet, Ill.

70 Chicagoland New-car Dealers Rally Together to Raise $121,000 for the USO of Illinois - Click for more ...
Throughout July, Chicagoland’s new-car dealers fired up their grills to host USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraisers which brought in more than $121,000 for the USO of Illinois and local troops. As a culmination to the month-long campaign, Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) board of directors presented the check to the USO of Illinois during the USO’s Clark After Dark fundraiser last week.

CATA Awards Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School Student - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the second annual Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship – a $1,000 grant – to John Hersey High School graduating senior Marissa Leff during a recent student assembly.

The CATA and Sutton Ford Present Check for $1,500 to Empowering Men and Women for Recovery II - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) along with Sutton Ford donated $1,500 to Empowering Men and Women for Recovery II, a charitable group dedicated to stop violence and help those affected by poverty and drugs in Chicago’s south suburban communities.


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Libertyville New-Car Dealers Support 9 Local Charities - Click for more ...

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association Receives USO of Illinois Salute to Leadership Award - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), comprised of more than 400  Chicagoland new-car dealers, received the USO of Illinois Salute to Leadership Award during a special award ceremony at the 2014 USO Star Spangled Salute Gala.


The Chicago Automobile Trade Association and Autohaus on Edens Present Check for $1,500 to A Safe Place - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) along with Autohaus on Edens donated $1,500 to A Safe Place, a leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence in northern Illinois, as part of the CATA’s charitable Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

Sixty-five Chicagoland New-car Dealers Host Barbecues for the Troops, Raise $90,000 for the USO of Illinois - Click for more ...
For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association’s (CATA) new-car dealers joined forces with the USO of Illinois to host Barbecue for the Troops events at sixty-five dealerships on Saturday, July 19. The CATA host dealers not only exceeded last year’s fundraising benchmark, but more than doubled that amount elevating this year’s total to approximately $90,000.

Chicago Automobile Trade Association Awards Carol Cooling Scholarship to John Hersey High School Senior - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) presented the Carol Cooling Scholarship – a $1,000 grant to a deserving graduating senior who is heavily involved in school clubs or activities and holds leadership positions – to John Hersey High School senior Kimberly Roman last week during a school assembly.

Chicago Auto Trade Association Establishes Scholarship at Hersey High School - Click for more ...
The Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA) today announced a $1,000 scholarship available to John Hersey High School seniors to honor school alumna and long-time NBC Chicago Special Events Director, Carol Cooling, who passed away late last year after a battle with cancer.

The CATA and Gregory Hyundai Team Up to Support The Keystone Foundation - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and Gregory Hyundai presented a check to The Keystone Foundation for $1,500 as part of the CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

The CATA and Jennings Chevrolet Team Up to Support Advocate Charitable Foundation - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and Jennings Chevrolet donated $1,500 to Advocate Charitable Foundation to support the Adult Down Syndrome Center, as part of the CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

The CATA and Tom Peck Ford Team Up to Support the Animal House Shelter of Huntley - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and Tom Peck Ford presented a check to the Animal House Shelter of Huntley for $1,500 as part of the CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

Behind the Scene Glimpse of Erin's Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for Change PSA Shoot - Click for more ...
Erin's Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) For Change filmed the NBC 5 Chicago public service announcement last week - part of its prize for securing the most votes in the Chicagoland Dealers Care Facebook contest hosted last fall.

The CATA and Gerald Nissan Subaru Kia Hyundai Team Up to Support Families Helping Families - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) and Gerald Nissan Subaru Kia Hyundai presented a check to charitable organization Families Helping Families for $1,500 as part of the CATA's Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

Seventy CATA Dealerships Host Fundraiser Barbecues, Collectively Raise $37,500 for the USO of Illinois - Click for more ...
On a mission to raise both awareness and funds, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) teamed up with the USO of Illinois this summer to host community fundraising events in more than 40 communities. On July 20, 70 CATA dealerships joined forces and hosted individual USO Barbecue for the Troops events, collectively raising $37,500 for local troops and their families.

CATA Teams up with the USO of Illinois to Host Fundraiser Barbecues for the Troops on July 20 - Click for more ...
On a mission to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) has enlisted its dealership members to host a USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraising event on July 20.

Chicagoland Dealers Care Donates $8,000 to 16 local Charitable Organizations - Click for more ...
The 2013 Chicago Auto Show served as a backdrop for a Chicagoland Dealers Care check presentation held on the last day of the public show on February 18. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) donated $8,000 to 16 local charitable organizations, nominated by Chicagoland dealerships, as a part of the Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

The Votes Are In: Chicagoland Dealers Care Announces Facebook Contest Winners - Click for more ...
Three Chicagoland nonprofit organizations received extra cheer this holiday season – in the form of financial donations – as the winners of the Chicagoland Dealers Care Facebook contest. The month-long philanthropic event enlisted the public to vote on DriveChicago.com’s Facebook page for a local charitable organization. 

Chicagoland Dealers Care and West Suburban Dealer Team Up to Support Anderson Animal Shelter - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association donated $1,500 to the Anderson Animal Shelter of South Elgin as part of its Chicagoland Dealers Care program to build on efforts put forth by the local new-car dealer community. 

Resnick Auto Group Assists Developmentally Disabled Adults - Click for more ...
New-car dealer Philip Resnick and the Resnick Auto Group have contributed over $10,000 this year in cash and vehicles to Lambs Farm, a local organization for developmentally disabled adults. Resnick's dedication drew accolades from the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which gave an additional $1500 through its Chicagoland Dealers Care program.

Chicagoland Dealers Care Join Local Dealer to Benefit Down Syndrome Center - Click for more ...
The Chicagoland Dealers Care program has joined with Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) member and dealer Jim Jennings to benefit the Advocate Health Care Adult Association for Down Syndrome Center.


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Erin's AAIM for Change - Click for more ...

Local Dealer Campaigns for Juvenile Diabetes Cure - Click for more ...
John Hennessy of River Oaks Ford in Calumet City has led the charge in making a major contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. John and his family participate in the Lisle JDRF Walk every October as a part of team Left Eye, which raised nearly $8000 during this year alone. Over half of the team's contribution came from River Oaks Ford and its friends and vendors.

Arlington Heights New-Car Dealer Teams With Suburban Chairty to Help Feed the Poor - Click for more ...
Arlington Heights Toyota dealer Gary Vicari was inspired by one of his employees' dedication to a Chicago area charity, so when a flier from the Chicago Automobile Trade Association crossed his desk with an offer to match donations of its dealer members, he jumped at the chance.

Local Dealer Supports a Suburban Youth Center - Click for video ... 
Oak Lawn Toyota helped start and continues to support a suburban youth center. It's just one of the many ways that new-car dealers stay involved in the community. 

Chicago Automobile Trade Association's "Chicagoland Dealers Care" program donates $3,000 to local charities - Click for more ...
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) donated $1,500 to both the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center and to the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) as part of its "Chicagoland Dealers Care" program. 


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Will County Meals on Wheels - Click for more ...

Bredemann Dealerships Support American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink" Campaign - Click for more ...
During the month of October, the Bredemann Family of Dealerships, which includes Toyota and Chevrolet in Park Ridge and Ford and Lexus in Glenview, took part in the American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign.


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Turning Pointe Foundation - Click for more ...

Chicagoland Dealers Care Assists Special Recreation group and the Homeless - Click for more ....
The Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association and the Du Page County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) organizations have become the most recent beneficiaries of contributions from Chicagoland Dealers Care. 


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association - Click for more ...

Historic Windy City Auto Family Continues to Give Back - Click for more ...
Ask just about any Baby Boomer in Chicagoland about the "Z Frank" Chevrolet radio jingle they grew up with and odds are good you'll hear an off-key version of what became a broadcast classic. 

North Shore Group a Strong Community Member - Click for more ...
There's nothing more precious than your children. It's not a tough concept to get your arms around, but the Highland Park-based North Shore Auto Group has involved itself in a series of community programs that speak volumes to their commitment to the safety of children.

Chicagoland Auto Dealers Honored by Red Cross - Click for more ... 
Mark Scarpelli, chairman of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), receives a plaque from Amy Gardner-Nummer of the American Red Cross Blood Services recognizing the success of the Chicago Auto Show's 10th annual blood drive. 

Chicagoland Dealers Care: CARES Harvey Center - Click for more ...


Dave Heuring - Paul Heuring Ford - Click for more ...
For Dave Heuring of Hobart, Indiana, community involvement has been as much a trademark as the blue Ford oval that has soared over the dealership that bears his family name for more than a half century.  

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive - Click for more ... 
Chrysler teamed up with the 2008 Chicago Auto Show to help the expo’s food drive benefiting the Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL) by collecting canned goods and non-perishable items to help feed homeless families. 

Kelly Nissan and Laird Rencher - Click for more ...
Every year, Kelly Nissan salesman Laird Rencher asks his local church to help him identify a family in need of transportation. "While public transportation is available to most, it would be hard to find anyone who wouldn't benefit from the availability of their own vehicle," said Rencher. "Our mission has been to provide the freedom of personal transportation to a family in need." 


Chicagoland Dealers Care: Patrick Group St. Baldricks Event - Click for more ...


Salute to Dealers: Joe Cotton Ford - Click for more ...

Video from Ford Motor Company "Salute to Dealers" honoree. The Joe Cotton Ford community holiday party.