CHICAGO (Sept. 19, 2016) – 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. The Chicagoland Dealers Care program was created by the CATA to support member dealers’ charitable community initiatives by providing additional financial support and advocacy to those in need.
“We’re grateful for all that CATA dealers do to lend support to their community, and our mission is to amplify those efforts,” said CATA Director Jay Hopkins. “Donating to the Boy Scouts of America is the perfect fit as it aims to impact local communities, and that’s exactly the role that CATA dealers play. Dealers are often first to be solicited for support from their neighbors, and they’re happy to help. However, often times, those stories aren’t told.”
The CATA’s and Joe Cotton Ford’s contributions will directly support the Three Fires Council’s wide range of programs and services that help the well-established organization successfully train its volunteers, recruit more children and support the rich programs offered. In its 106th year, the Boy Scouts of America is nationally acknowledged, but most are surprised to learn that the funds raised locally stay local.
“We’re so thankful for both the CATA’s and Joe Cotton Ford’s contributions to help local scouts,” said Three Fires Council District Director Amy Seyller. “These funds will allow us to put better resources into creating programs that impact our community’s youth.”
The relationship between Joe Cotton Ford and the Three Fires Council hits close to home. Joe Cotton Ford Community Relations Manager Pam Conn’s son is deeply rooted in the Boy Scouts of America and continues to serve the community in which he resides – even as an adult.
“It’s amazing what these scouts do for their communities, and how invested they become in their individual projects,” said Conn. “Three Fires Council provides these kids with leadership skills from a young age and the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with adults. Not only is it a fantastic resume builder, but it instills in them at a young age the importance of giving back to their communities.”
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association has been a longtime supporter of local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2008, the Chicagoland Dealers Care program has donated nearly $95,000 to local charitable organizations supported by new-car dealers. Additionally, since 1992, the association has raised $44 million for significant Chicago charities during the annual First Look for Charity black-tie event, held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public.
Photo credit (left to right): Chicago Automobile Trade Association Director Jay Hopkins; Chicago Automobile Trade Association President David Sloan; Joe Cotton Ford Community Relations Manager Pam Conn; Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, District Director Amy Seyller; Joe Cotton Ford Vice President Tracy Conn; and Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, Volunteer Jeff Mengler.