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Indiana Subaru Dealer Presents Local Charity with $24,208 Check


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Zeigler Subaru of Merrillville, IN, on June 10 presented local charity Chasing Dreams, Inc. with a $24,208 check.

The check presentation took place at the dealership's showroom with Denise Babjak, Chasing Dreams' founder, and several leaders and beneficiaries accepting the donation. 
"It was a very heartfelt experience presenting the check to Denise and her team. We're humbled by the opportunity to support Chasing Dreams, Inc. and honored to be able to give back to such a great cause," said Kyle Faiman, Zeigler Subaru of Merrillville's general manager.


The donation was made possible by the Subaru Share the Love Event sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc. During the promotional event the automaker donates $250 for every Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. The dealer, in turn, donates an additional $50.


The customer purchasing or leasing the vehicle then gets to choose where the money goes, with the majority of Zeigler Subaru of Merrillville customers choosing Chasing Dreams, Inc., a local charity committed to to providing integrated and vital programs for individuals with special needs and their families, that facilitate an environment of growth, learning and independence.


Mark Artibey, Zeigler of Merrillville's new car director, nominated Chasing Dreams, Inc. during the Share The Love Event as the store's choice after the issue of lack of support for people with disabilities hit close to home. He was surprised to learn about the lack of funding for people with Down syndrome at a federal and state level from a close friend who had a child with Down syndrome.


"I really started getting more involved when my friend Denise Babjak, who has a child with Down syndrome and autism, started the nonprofit organization Chasing Dreams, Inc.," Artibey said. "They basically take anyone at any age, with any disability, and help with...

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