NIATA Spring Fundraiser gives back to the community

2014-05-11T14:20:00Z NIATA Spring Fundraiser gives back to the communityTimes Staff
May 11, 2014 2:20 pm  • 

Northwest Indiana car dealerships care about the community in more ways than one.

That’s why, on May 16-19, members of the Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association (NIATA) will donate $25 for each car sold to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

NIATA’s annual spring fundraiser is a perfect opportunity for dealerships to give back as sales pick up with the sunshine.

“NIATA and its car dealer members are some of the most generous people in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties,” said Greg Bosak, president of NIATA. “All the dealerships in our area are very generous and are always the first to step forward to give to organizations that deserve support.”

For many years, NIATA has offered an opportunity for dealerships to give back to the community as a group, on top of their individual charitable involvement.

“NIATA has been around a long time and it was a number of years back that we decided we could do some fundraising with it,” Bosak said. Out of the many organizations that dealerships nominated to receive NIATA’s charitable involvement, the Boys and Girls clubs stood out.

The organization provides a safe environment for children to play and socialize after school and during the summer, as well as providing education in health, life skills, leadership and the arts.

“A lot of the auto dealers have grown up with the Boys and Girls Clubs and it’s very important to a lot of people,” Bosak said.

The Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association was originally founded in the 1950s as a group of dealership owners, but was restructured in the mid 1990s to promote local businesses and provide the best service possible to local consumers. To do this, they work with companies in the area that regularly do business with dealerships and plan events that will benefit Northwest Indiana.

This year, NIATA also raised money for organizations such as Campagna Academy, St. Jude Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, CAMP, Food Bank of NWI and Opportunity Enterprises. They also provide an annual scholarship for area students.

For more information on NIATA, visit

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