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Sherman Dodge Gives

Sherman Dodge Donates $100,000 to Non-Profits Serving Chicagoland Communities and Families

CHICAGO, IL. - For nearly 25 years, the Chicago Football Classic (CFC) was held at Soldier Field in September. The pandemic halted last year’s game and again, there is no game this year. For the past 10 years, Sherman Dodge has been a major sponsor supporting the CFC with a donation of a vehicle to raffle.

Although there will not be a game this year, Christmas in the Wards, Chicago Football Classic and Sherman Dodge are committed to continuing their work in the community through financial support of deserving organizations who serve various segments of our society. Thursday, April 22, 2021, a generous $100,000 donation from Sherman Dodge will fund thirteen (13) non-profits throughout Chicagoland during a press conference at Sherman Dodge, 7601 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL at 10:00 a.m.

Two deserving organizations will receive $22,500 each: Black Men United and New Spiritual Light Youth Development. Eleven additional organizations will receive a $5,000 donation to continue their work in the communities through Youth Focused Activities, Arts, Education, Job Training & Placement:

  • Boy Scouts of America

  • Illinois Restaurant Association

  • Roseland Youth Center

  • Matthew House

  • Hood 2 Hire (H2H)

  • True to Life Foundation

  • Westside Cultural Foundation

  • Chicago Community Alliance

  • Southside Community Art Center Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute

  • We Women Empowered Inc. of Chicago

“Giving is not just about making a donation,” states Reggie Steele, Sales Manager of Sherman Dodge. “It’s about making a difference. For the past ten years, Sherman Dodge has partnered with The Chicago Football Classic to support education within our communities. We started with the donation of a vehicle to raffle. After learning more about the game, the scholarship program, and the organization as a whole...we’ve increased the donation year over year. Although there is no game this year, there is still a need and we are grateful to Larry Huggins, Everett & Tim Rand for allowing us the opportunity to help these worthy organizations.”

“I am truly blessed, honored and privileged by the generosity of Dave Dickens, Sherman Dodge as well as Larry Huggins, Everett & Tim Rand of Chicago Football Classic and Christmas in the Wards”, states Rev. Turner, pastor of New Spiritual Light Missionary Baptist Church. “My relationship with Dave goes back over 20 years. I have seen Dave do some awesome things within the community for so many years including Coat Drives, Christmas Toy Giveaways, and supporting Church Golf Outings. The community has truly benefited from the benevolence of this brother and he sincerely has the community at heart. This generous donation will ensure the children of South Shore will have a great summer!”

Rev. John Harrell, president of Black Men United stated, “We are so grateful for Larry Huggins, the Rand Brothers of Christmas in the Wards and the Chicago Football Classic for their partnership with Dave Dickens of Sherman Dodge as they come they often do...just to give back to those who are in need...where it helps us to continue to be a BLESSING to the communities and people who make us all who we are.”

“Because of our long-standing relationship, Sherman Dodge asked CFC to identify community organizations they could support with the $100,000 donation.” Mr. Huggins states. “We strive to support a diverse group of organizations which provide needed resources with their initiatives.”

What began as grassroots fundraising has developed into a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by individuals; local businesses; and Fortune 500 companies. Each year, Christmas in The Wards serves Chicago’s underserved families and children by giving the gift of Christmas.

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