Last week Adoption Center of Illinois received a generous donation from Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on Irving Park Road in Chicago. Tony Marino and his dealership created a wonderful community-giving program called, “You Choose, We Donate”. In this program people from the community are invited to nominate a good cause to be the recipient of a cash donation from the dealer. In September, one of the families who adopted a daughter through our agency 22 years ago, nominated Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center (ACI).
As it turned out ACI won the contest and was awarded a $500 donation!
I had the privilege of going to meet Tony Marino at his showroom and to receive the check on behalf of ACI.
The Marino staff was very friendly and professional. While I waited a few moments to meet with Tony, I spent time in the showroom. I do admit to being a bit smitten with a beautiful orange Dodge Charger!
When I met Tony he shared his commitment to family and to giving back to the community, a value he learned from his father, the founder of the Marino dealership. He stressed that he wanted to become a part of our community and looked forward to hearing about opportunities for Marino’s involvement at ACI events going forward – thank you Tony!
In addition to being grateful to Ros, the adoptive parent who nominated ACI for the donation, this experience highlighted for me the importance of ACI being part of the Chicagoland and Illinois community. We strive to be a strong voice and advocate for getting the word out about adoption and the adoption experience and are so appreciative of opportunities to meet with folks and talk about what we do!
Adoption Center of Illinois is so grateful for the support of good people like Tony Marino and Ros for thinking about and supporting our work. What is exceedingly clear to me, having been with ACI for 25 years is that we could not do what we do without the support of our community.
Hats off to Tony Marino and Ros for their support! Thank you both!
If you are thinking about purchasing a new car we encourage you to take a look around our friend’s dealership – you can find out more about them and their giving program here.