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2011 Libertyville Mile of Cars Holiday Food Drive Libertyville Auto Dealers Help the Libertyville Township Food Pantry Restock in Time for the Holiday Season.

Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler stands with representatives of the Libertyville Mile of Cars dealers including Peter Gioulos of Libertyville Buick – GMC, Dave Donovan of Acura of Libertyville and Joe Massarelli of Libertyville Auto City

Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler stands with representatives of the Libertyville Mile of Cars dealers including Peter Gioulos of Libertyville Buick – GMC, Dave Donovan of Acura of Libertyville and Joe Massarelli of Libertyville Auto City

On Wednesday November 23, the participating dealerships of the Libertyville Mile of Cars traveled by police escort to the Libertyville Township Food Pantry; located at 359 Merrill Court in Libertyville to donate food they collected during their Third Annual Holiday Food Drive. The caravan will began at Libertyville Buick – GMC, 1120 South Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, and proceed to the Township Food Pantry.

The food was collected all month in the Service Departments of participating Libertyville car dealers. The dealerships offered a $1 service department discount for each item of non-perishable food consumers donated to the cause. The food donation will help fill the shelves at the Libertyville Township Food Pantry

“It truly was a win-win situation,” said Glenn Bockwinkel of Acura of Libertyville and President of the Libertyville Mile of Cars. “Our customers received the service they need performed on their vehicle by factory trained and certified technicians, all while helping our neighbors that can really use a helping hand.”

“About 350 households from Libertyville, Vernon Hills and Mundelein have used our pantry so far this year,” Social Worker Linda Blatnik said.

This is the third year of the Libertyville Mile of Cars Annual Holiday Food Drive. The idea for having a food drive came from Joe Massarelli of Libertyville Auto City and John Massarelli of Libertyville Auto Plaza, whose dealerships have been hosting food drives for years. “The food drive is a tradition at our dealership,” said Joe Massarelli. “The past generosity of our customers has helped fill food banks and pantries in our community for years.”

Libertyville Mile of Cars is an organization to promote shopping locally. When you shop your local Libertyville auto dealer, part of your sales tax dollars stay in the community including supporting local parks and schools. The Holiday Food Drive is a logical extension of how local auto dealerships reach out to help our community.

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