The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

The 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

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What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

How is Berman Subaru of Chicago dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Our Love Promise can be seen in various partnerships with local charities and non-profits. We're grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to serve it as well.

Did Berman Subaru of Chicago go above and beyond, provide exceptional service, or support causes that are important to you? We'd love to hear about it.

Love Promise Stories from Berman Subaru of Chicago

Subaru and Berman Subaru of Chicago believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here

Dancing While Cancering - Berman Brings Smiles - Scott and Pammy K

A little under three years ago, my wife and I founded Dancing While Cancering. Created in memory of our daughter Maddie, Dancing While Cancering has one sole mission - to bring joy to the inpatient hospital experience for children with cancer. On the strength of community, family, and friends, our Chicago-based nonprofit now brings joy to children battling cancer at over 20 hospitals across the country. And because of Berman Subaru, we are now able to continue to fulfill our special mission for years to come. This past year, Berman Subaru selected Dancing While Cancering as their local charity for their annual Share the Love event. And because of their amazing team (and generous customers), they raised over $50,000 to bring smiles to the kiddos we support. Together, we are literally sharing the love where it is so desperately needed. Beyond fundraising, Berman Subaru literally brought us into the Berman Subaru family. On multiple occasions, we had the privilege of meeting with the sales and leadership team to share the story behind our special mission. To share the inspiration of our daughter, Maddie. And to share the love that she blessed us with. Equally special, the Berman family shared that love right back with us. We were blown away by their caring, thoughtful, and inspired nature...and their genuine wish to give back to the community as part of their work at Subaru. Thank you, Berman Subaru, for this charitable dance together. You are a blessing to the community. And we are proud to be honorary members of your team. With love,Scott & Pammy Kramer Co-Founders, Dancing While Cancering

Dancing While Cancering
Dancing While Cancering - Berman Brings Smiles

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation - Anthony R

Berman Subaru has been an incredible partner of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Donating $75,000 plus over the last few years their support has helped us provide direct monetary grants to families during their battle with cancer. Because of Berman Subaru we have been able to pay every day household expenses for families who has a child currently undergoing cancer treatment, including mortgages, groceries, car payments and childcare costs so parents can focus on being by their child side during their battle. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, a parent has to stop working to take them to dr. appts, hospital stays etc, and on top of hte reduced income the additional costs of staying at the hospital (food, parking, extra childcare for other children at home) adds up. We truly appreciate Berman's support, with their support we have been able to knock cancer out of the park. THANK YOU Berman Subaru for being a part of #TEAMRIZZO!

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

Senior Pup Finally Finds a Family - Matt L

Brody’s a ten-year old southern gentleman turned PAWS Chicago alumni. We’ll never fully know the life he led before making the journey to PAWS, but we hear he grew up on a farm, away from the hustle and bustle of a city and with room to stretch those long legs of his. For a senior pup who’d only lived in the country, the Windy City was loud and scary. Like so many of the animals in our care these days Brody’s always been independent and set in his ways, prefers a calm, quiet family without children, and needed to be the only pet but despite it all, we were dedicated to finding him a home where he could feel safe. Throughout his time with us, we worked hard to learn what made Brody tick. Our Medical Center provided all the TLC many senior pets need to feel happy and healthy, our foster team found him foster homes tucked away from the busy streets of Chicago, and our adoption team continued searching for his home. And just last month, we found it - Brody’s home for good with his foster fail mom, Karen. Every day, more animals like Brody come to PAWS. They need special homes to meet their specific needs. To everyone else, they might seem like underdogs. But not to us. We’ll never stop fighting for the pets who need an extra hand to find a home. Brody’s proof that with some patience and the right people, they can be wonderdogs. If you’d like to make a difference in the life of an animal like Brody, sign up to foster at www.pawschicago.org/foster.

PAWS Chicago
Senior Pup Finally Finds a Family

Berman + GiGi's Playhouse Chicago Dance-A-Thon! - Anna M

On November 14th, 2020, GiGi's Playhouse Chicago put on their 6th annual Dance-A-Thon virtually! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for this non-profit organization, which serves individuals with Down syndrome in the Chicago community by providing free therapeutic and educational programming. Berman Subaru played a huge role in this event, being a top level sponsor and helping to produce the video, which was the main piece of the event! We are so thankful to Berman Subaru for all of their support and for helping us to make this Dance-A-Thon a huge success. We were able to raise over $61,000, and because of this we are able to continue to provide our programming virtually and hope that we can open our physical doors to the Playhouse once again soon in the future. Check out the video full of performances, dancing, and more! Thanks Berman Subaru of Chicago, we appreciate you!!

GiGi's Playhouse Chicago

Warm Blankets for a New Home - Alessandra D

In November 2020, a family of 5 (comprised of two adults and three children) transitioned out of Casa Central's La Posada Transitional Housing program and into permanent and stable housing. They had been selected from the City of Chicago Coordinated Entry System (CES) for permanent housing for a full year. This couldn't have come at a better time as things for the family were finally falling into place. The husband had been initially employed as an Uber driver for a few months but then stopped due to the risks from covid; he then got a call from a pizza restaurant to work in the kitchen and has been employed there ever since. Other unexpected challenges made their transition to permanent housing a bit rocky, such as getting their utilities successfully turned on, but they were delighted to receive warm blankets through Subaru. Received just in time for the cold weather to hit, the blankets are helping the family furnish and settle into their new home and make it theirs. Thank you, Subaru for your generous donation!

Warm Blankets for a New Home

Berman Subaru + Swedish Covenant 07-11-19 - Michelle M

On July 11, 2019,the Illinois chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) andBerman Subaru of Chicago partnered together to make a difference in the lives of people fighting cancer at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. We had the pleasure of delivering 80 cozy blankets, 7 arts & craft kits, cheerful flowers and soothing stuffed animals to patients in the Cancer Treatment Center through a program called Subaru Loves to Care.These comforting gifts were accompanied by personalized messages of hope and inspiration written by the customers and staff of Berman Subaru of Chicago. We had the opportunity to deliver, a few of these items to Caroline,a patient receiving treatment at the facility. Being able to deliver a small gesture of comfort that day and seeing her smile, perfectly captured why the program exists.Caroline’s face lit up when Joe D’Andrea, General Manager of Berman Subaru of Chicago, brought a small bouquet of bright flowers for her to enjoy as she sat, wrapped up her brand new blanket. Just as she reached her hand out to accept the flowers, Joe saw a tattoo on Caroline’s forearm and asked what it symbolized. Once again, her eyes lit up at the opportunity to talk about her Irish family heritage that the tattoo represents. Joe couldn’t contain his excitement, he immediately showed off a similar tattoo of his own and said, “I’m Irish too!” as they high-fived. Caroline explained how she had always wanted to take a genealogy test to know more about her family heritage but, with everything going on,it’s just too expensive to do right now. Inspired by her story, her strength,and her contagious smile, Joe said that he and his friends at Berman Subaru of Chicago would pay for her to get the test kit. Shocked by, and yet so thankful for,his generosity, Caroline hugged Joe with tears in her eyes. Many thanks to everyone at Berman Subaru of Chicago and Swedish Covenant Hospital,not only for an unforgettable day, but for your passion to connect with and serve your community and for supporting the LLS mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/IL
 Berman Subaru + Swedish Covenant 07-11-19

A Record Breaking Day - Amy A

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is March 21. It is a day of global awareness which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. At GiGi’s we celebrate the day to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. We started the day visiting Ogden Elementary, a Chicago Public School. The kids learned about Down syndrome and how we are all more alike than different. They took the Generation G promise to be kind, accepting and generous. Later in the day, elementary students from North Park Elementary School stopped by to visit GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago. They also took the Generation G promise, learned more about GiGi’s and decorated socks to hang at the playhouse (chromosomes have the same shape as a sock so we ‘rock our socks’ and wear fun or mismatched socks to raise awareness). Between the two schools, we had a record-breaking number of individuals take the Generation G pledge! Families, friends, and supporters started arriving at 4 pm for the party. The playhouse was decorated with balloons, streamers, banners and more, thanks to a wonderful group of students from the University of Tennessee. They selected GiGi’s as an “alternative Spring Break” site to volunteer. They not only helped with decorations, but also helped set-up, prepare the food, and even made an awesome banner for World Down Syndrome Day and had our families add their handprints. As families arrived, many brought friends and their relatives to celebrate and send a global message of acceptance. Additionally, the St. Viator Girl Scouts were also here to help lead activities and lend their support. Later, participants from the GiGi’s Dance program took the stage to perform a choreographed dance routine they have been working on. They were full of confidence as they moved to the music and the audience could see how much they loved to dance and be front and center! Following the awesome dance, and performing in front of a record-breaking number of people attending our celebration, Hugo’s Elvis took the stage! Hugo, a high school senior at nearby Lane Tech, rocked the playhouse with a dynamic tribute to the early years of the king of rock 'n' roll! Our families loved him and it’s easy to see why with his amazing voice and the kindness he shows to everyone. We celebrated the day with so many but having the team from Berman Subaru of Chicago at our event was the icing on the cake! GiGi’s was so honored to be their Subaru Love Promise partner in 2018/19. They made it a record-breaking day by presenting us with our largest single donation ever. Their gift will allow us to continue to provide free educational and therapeutic programs to individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and SO MUCH MORE. We will be releasing details of what’s to come on our website in the next few weeks. Even more, their support doesn’t stop there. We are working together with Berman Subaru of Chicago to explore possible internship opportunities for our participants with Down syndrome. Berman Subaru of Chicago is showing the world what acceptance really looks like and that individuals with Down syndrome deserve the same respect and opportunities as anyone else. Thank you to Berman Subaru of Chicago for leading the charge! We are so excited and proud to have celebrated WDSD 2019 with you. It truly was a record-breaking day in every way. Together, we are raising public awareness and creating a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

A Record Breaking Day

Dancing For Down Syndrome - Amy A

Thank you Berman Subaru of Chicago for partnering with GiGi's Playhouse Chicago for our 4th Annual Get Down With Down Syndrome Dance-A-Thon! This event brings together individuals with Down syndrome, their families and friends, and the community to show support and promote acceptance for all. Berman Subaru joined the event as a community partner and helped us have an amazing and successful event. GiGi's Playhouse Chicago is part of a national network of Down syndrome achievement centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational, and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. By offering free programs, we EMPOWER families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. We truly appreciate Berman Subaru of Chicago joining us at the dance-a-thon and making a difference in the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome.

Dancing For Down Syndrome

Berman, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and LLS - Susan W

Thank you for partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and selecting Swedish Covenant Hospital to receive your cozy blankets through Subaru Loves to Care! The patients are enjoying them and appreciate your kind thoughts and generosity!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Illinois Chapter
 Berman, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and LLS

Finding Pets Homes & Supporting Local Heroes - Erica B

Berman Subaru of Chicago's partnership in Pet Gotcha Day's Heroes to the Rescue event not only aided in helping dogs from five local rescues find their forever homes, but also supported our local fire & police heroes. This event was made possible thanks to their generosity and commitment to animal welfare. Our red carpet runway raised more than $14K and provided the much needed exposure to the rescues who provide love for animals in need. On behalf of the rescues we serve, Thank You!

Pet Gotcha Day!
Finding Pets Homes & Supporting Local Heroes