29,195 Items Donated to Charity During Zeigler’s 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Food Drive with Support from Josh Bilicki and Live Fast Motorsports

Zeigler Auto Group is supporting various charities across its four operating states this Holiday Season with its 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Food Drive which brought in 29,195 non-perishable food items. The dealer group counted on support from NASCAR driver Josh Bilicki and Live Fast Motorsports, Bilicki’s new racing team where he will be behind the wheel of the Zeigler.com-sponsored No. 78 in 2023. All Zeigler dealers participate in the yearly food drive, with Mercedes-Benz of Hoffman Estates taking first place for a third year in a row.

Kalamazoo, Michigan (December 26, 2022) – Zeigler’s fourth annual Ugly Sweater Canned Food Drive brought in 29,195  items from November 28 through December 21, 2022, with a large percentage of all donations coming from this year’s winner: Mercedes-Benz of Hoffman Estates. This is the third year that the luxury dealership gets to claim bragging rights in the competition in benefit of local charities and organizations. New this year was special participation from NASCAR driver Josh Bilicki and Live Fast Motorsports, Bilicki’s new home for 2023 where he will be driving the Zeigler.com-sponsored 78 Camaro.

During the competition, each dealership determines where donations go, generally choosing a local food bank in the area. The winning dealership, which in this case is Mercedes-Benz of Hoffman Estates will be donating its 6,039 items to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and celebrating it’s big win by showing off by wearing an ugly sweater during a victory party. 

The big winner reveal was live-streamed by Zeigler’s Driving Vision podcast hosted by Sam D’Arc. The December 22nd live-stream included special guest Josh Bilicki who also participated by doing his own shopping for the food drive in benefit of the group’s overall total.

Honda of Racine also came in second place once again, bringing in a total of 5056 items, up 3056 items from last year’s impressive second place win. Honda of Racine’s benefiting charity will be the Racine Food Bank.

 In third place was INFINITI of Hoffman Estates,  bringing in 5,001 items for the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.

Subaru of Kenosha came in fourth place in benefit of Shalom Center Kenosha with 3,542 items going to the local charity.

Zeigler Maserati Alfa Romeo of Grandville was this year’s fifth place winner with 2480 items in benefit the West Michigan Veteran’s Assistance Program which serves Kent, Ottawa, Barry, Allegan and Muskegon counties.  Veterans can come in once a week and get three days of food for their family at no cost to them. 

Racine Hyundai and Racine Toyota will both benefit the Racine Food Bank coming in sixth and seventh place with 1,461 items and 1,190 items respectively.

Special thanks to all of our participants this year which also included Orland Park INFINITI with 1043 items, Jaguar Land Rover Schaumburg with 843 items for the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry; Orland Park BMW with 589 items; Orland Park Nissan with 365 items, and Zeigler Plainwell Ford with 309 items. We also had donations from Zeigler North Riverside with 240 items, Lincolnwood and Plainwell CDJR both donating 201 items each; Schaumburg CDJR with 120, Schaumburg Chevy with 67; and Gurnee with 60 items!

Additional benefiting charities that have been announced include Flat River Outreach Ministries Lowell with 478 items donated by Zeigler Lowell, and the Salvation Army sponsored by Zeigler Ford Elkhart with 150 items for charity.

Your efforts will go a long way in helping those who need it most this 2022 Holiday Season!

Check back soon for additional details on all of our participating dealerships, their beneficiaries and more pictures! 

The competition has become a favorite among Zeigler dealerships growing at a fast pace over the last four years. The first year it was held in 2019, the group donated a total of 5,000 cans to local food shelters in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois with Zeigler Ford of Elkhart earning the top spot by bringing in a total of 737 cans. Last year, Mercedes-Benz of Hoffman Estates took home the big win with an impressive 7,000 items collected, with the entire dealer group collecting a grand total of 15,465 items overall.

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