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Chrysler Foundation donates $50K to disaster relief

by Bill Cawthon on

The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group LLC, today announced a donation of $50,000 to aid families displaced from their homes following the series of recent natural disasters that have hit many states across the country. The donation will support AmeriCares U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, which provides medical aid, bottled water, hygiene products and relief supplies to survivors of tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters here at home.

“The enormity of the devastation to communities throughout the South and America’s heartland is heartbreaking,” said Jody Trapasso, President of The Chrysler Foundation. “AmeriCares is already on the ground helping the many people impacted by the floods and tornadoes and the Foundation donation offers a means to expand their efforts.”

AmeriCares (www.AmeriCares.org) is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Historically, for each $100 donated, AmeriCares delivers more than $3,500 in emergency relief and humanitarian aid, including medicines, medical supplies and nutritional supplements.

The Chrysler Foundation has a long history of providing humanitarian aid throughout the United States and the world. In the past year, the Foundation has made cash donations to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan; tornado relief efforts in Dundee, Mich., and Perrysburg, Ohio; and earthquake relief in Haiti.

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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