After a record-setting donation of $22,232 in 2014, the CARSTAR Liss charity golf outing has now exceeded the $100,000 mark in total donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They were recently honored with an induction into the Foundation’s Chris Greicius Society of Hope at the Indianapolis Big Wish Gala®, held April 17.
“CARSTAR Liss is so honored to be inducted into the Chris Greicius Society of Hope,” said marketing manager Charlotte Liss. "It is rewarding to partner with other companies that not only care, but also are also willing to help make a difference. We are fortunate to have such wonderful business relationships.”
The charity golf outing, which was originally hosted by the CARSTAR Indiana Business Group, was taken over by CARSTAR Liss several years ago, and its success has been a major source of pride for the shop. Current owner Corey Liss and his father, former owner Tom Liss, have always put a large emphasis on giving back to their community. The number of participants and the total monetary donation has grown each year. The money has been raised through tournament entries, raffles, silent auctions and corporate sponsorships.
The children whose wishes are granted are invited to the golf outing each year to share their stories of inspiration with the participants. Last year’s tournament raised enough money to grant the wishes of three children. They hope to raise even more money in 2015.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Charlotte Liss. “We hope to add more golfers and another corporate sponsor. My goal this year is $25,000."
“CARSTAR Liss would like to thank Kelsey Leichtnam and the staff at Make-A-Wish, the wish families, Tom and Corey Liss, and corporate sponsors 3M, Hertz, BASF, FinishMaster, Enterprise, CCC Information Services Inc., Alkon, United Services, Lear Corporation and FRSTeam for making this possible,” she added.
The 11th annual CARSTAR Liss Golf Outing is scheduled for August 6, 2015, at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN. All proceeds will once again benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Interested participants may contact the shop at 219-663-0989.