FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
GCADA Donates $50,000 the Harvest for Hunger Campaign
at the Cleveland Foodbank
Cleveland, OH (December 6, 2013) — In the giving spirit of the holiday season, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA) has donated $50,000 to the Harvest for Hunger campaign. It marks the second straight year the GCADA has made a $50,000 donation to the foodbanks during the holidays.
“We’re proud to be able to support the Harvest for Hunger campaign with this contribution on behalf of our member dealers,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, Jr., president of the GCADA. “Supporting charitable causes like the Cleveland Foodbank is very important for our organization and its members. Auto dealers always support charitable organizations in the communities where they reside. And it’s always important to remember those in need, especially at this time of year.”
The funds donated by the GCADA will be used as a part of a matching gift challenge that includes an additional $25,000 from the Dominion Foundation. This dollar-for-dollar matching gift challenge means that every dollar donated will be doubled until the match total of $75,000 is met. Traditionally, the Cleveland Foodbank provides enough nutritious food for four meals for every dollar donated, but thanks to the generous gifts from GCADA and the Dominion Foundation, one donated dollar will now provide eight meals, with the potential of providing up to 600,000 meals to those in need, according to officials from the Cleveland Foodbank.
Prior to the check presentation ceremony at the Cleveland Foodbank, Colin MacLean, president of Elyria Hyundai, Ken Ganley, president of the Ganley Auto Group, Lou Vitantonio and GCADA staff members volunteered their time to help fill food bags for the Cleveland Foodbank’s Backpack program, which provides food for school children when they are not in school.
|Colin MacLean of Elyria Hyundai, (l-r) Ken Ganley of the Ganley Auto Group, and Lou Vitantonio of the GCADA give a check for $50,000 to the Cleveland Foodbank’s Kristin Warzocha and Tara Turner.
||Terri Bishop of the Dominion Foundation, (l-r) Dennis Rose and Lou Vitantonio of the GCADA, Ken Ganley of the Ganley Auto Group and Colin MacLean of Elyria Hyundai also helped fill food bags for the Foodbank’s Backpack program for school children.
The Backpack program is just one of the many ways the Cleveland Foodbank serves our community. It provides a very vital link between food and hunger, supplying the majority of food used at local hot meal sites, shelters and food pantries. In addition, the Foodbank also provides food to child care centers, group homes and programs for the elderly, working closely with other Northeast Ohio hunger relief organizations such as the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the Catholic Hunger and Shelter Network and the Salvation Army, among others.
About the GCADA
The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA) has served the retail-automobile industry and community with integrity and distinction since 1903. Today, located in Brecksville, Ohio, GCADA represents 250 franchised motor vehicle dealers, which includes new-car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shore and beyond. More information on the GCADA can be found at www.gcada.org.
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