Dan Knott Legacy Golf Tournament Raises $88,000; Enables New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc. to Further Mission of Helping People with Disabilities in Southeast Michigan

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Dan Knott Legacy Golf Tournament Raises $88,000; Enables New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc. to Further Mission of Helping People with Disabilities in Southeast Michigan

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Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:45am

(3BL Media) October 8, 2012 - Despite rainy conditions early in the day, the inaugural Dan Knott Legacy Charity Golf Tournament raised $88,000. The funds will be used by New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Inc., to provide vocational training and job placement services for people with disabilities in Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Tuscola and Wayne counties.

The tournament was renamed earlier this year in honor of Dan Knott, the late Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Quality – Chrysler Group LLC. Knott served on New Horizons’ board of directors for more than six years and was actively involved with its fundraising programs, including its annual golf outing. Now in its 18th year, the tournament was held, September 14 at Pine Trace Golf Club in Rochester Hills, Mich.

“Because of Dan’s influence at Chrysler and his passion for supporting New Horizons Rehabilitation Service; his service on our board of directors was extremely helpful in raising funds through our annual charity auction and golf outing,” said Stan Gramke, President and CEO of New Horizons Rehabilitation Services Inc. “Dan had a love for golf and a commitment to New Horizons that showed in everything he did for our organization. He knew that the funds raised at these events would be used purposefully to help people with disabilities succeed in finding meaningful employment and independence.”

Following the tournament, Brian Glowiak, Vice-President, The Chrysler Foundation, presented a check for $50,000 to Gramke. In June, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, announced its commitment to provide annual support for the tournament. In all, more than 35 organizations and 144 golfers supported the sold-out event.

“New Horizon’s decision to rename the tournament after Dan is a fitting tribute for a person who continues to affect many people, both outside and inside Chrysler,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President, The Chrysler Foundation. “We are pleased to honor his legacy by supporting New Horizon’s efforts to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

About New Horizons
New Horizons is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit rehabilitation agency providing quality vocational training and job placement in Michigan since 1964. The organization’s headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. and it provides services in the following Michigan counties: Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Tuscola and Wayne. Its primary goals focus on preparing people with disabilities for competitive employment and providing the necessary skills for consumers to assume responsibility for their own long-term success.

About The Chrysler Foundation
During the past 59 years, The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud legacy of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of local communities in which Chrysler Group LLC conducts business. Chrysler employees also have a strong commitment to helping improve their communities by volunteering their time and talents in the places where we live and work.

The Chrysler Foundation embodies the values of the Company and its employees and, since its inception, has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.