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Chrysler and Fiat donate $240K to Japan relief

by Bill Cawthon on

The Chrysler Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan disaster relief efforts. In addition, the Foundation will match employee and dealer Red Cross contributions up to an additional $100,000. Fiat S.p.A. is donating 100,000 Euro (about $1,416,000) to the Red Cross and is committed to doubling the sum raised by its employees.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” Jody Trapasso, President of the Foundation, said. “We are confident that Chrysler employees, contractors and dealers will once again respond to help others in need, which is why the Foundation will also match their generous contributions.”

The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has a long history of providing humanitarian aid throughout the United States and the world. Since September 11. 2001, the Chrysler Foundation, Chrysler employees and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealers have donated more than $16 million in cash, goods and services to relief efforts at home and abroad.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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