2nd-Year Drive CARSTAR Partners with Schaumburg, Brookfield VFW Posts, Friends of Fisher House-Illinois to Bring $1,160 in Cash, & Gift Cards Plus 20 Boxes of Supplies to Support Hines VA Fisher House

by Sandra Vincent, CARSTAR

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has partnered with Friends of Fisher House –Illinois (FOFH-IL) for the second year in a row to heighten awareness, and garner funds and donations for he Fisher House at The Edward Hines VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois.

From November 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 CARSTAR locations throughout Chicagoland served as a drop-off point for anyone wishing to make a donation to The Fisher House in support of veterans and their family members.

The Fisher House serves as a "home away from home" for the family members of veterans receiving long-term care at Hines VA Hospital. In part, its mission is to eliminate the burden of the financial and emotional stressors these families might otherwise incur in an effort to be close to their loved ones while they are treated at the VA.

Each year the response has been overwhelming!

CARSTAR recruited VFW Post 2202 in Schaumburg and the Men's Auxiliary of VFW Post in Brookfield to help get the message out about this great cause. Both posts made significant contributions.

CARSTAR's employees, agent community and business partners consistently demonstrate their dedication and commitment to The Friends of Fisher House efforts to bring support and recognition to this wonderful cause.

CARSTAR Auto Body Franchise members Joanne Schulze, Lou Scola, Julie Maslanka and Teresa Kostick were all on hand for the drop off. "This has become a labor of love" said Teresa Kostick.

"The fact that I am a veteran who proudly served my country makes this all the more meaningful for me" says Lou Scola.

This year $1,160 in cash and gift cards was collected as well as 20 boxes of household supplies and food. It keeps getting better and better and the partnership between The Friends of Fisher House and CARSTAR has blossomed!


Fishser House Manager Holly Wright states, "CARSTAR did another wonderful job of fundraising for Fisher House. CARSTAR was able to fill our family room with goods a second year in a row! We are grateful for their ongoing support."

Betty Stamatis, FOFH-IL President comments, "On behalf of the thousands of  U.S. military veterans and their families who will benefit from CARSTAR's support of Hines VA Fisher House, the non-profit, volunteer Friends of Fisher House - Illinois (FOFH-IL) whose mission is assistance of this "home away from home" extends heartfelt thanks to this generous corporation and its associates. The funding they raise and the supplies they harvest are vital to ensuring military families facing medical crises can stay at the Fisher House free of charge with all needs provided as long as necessary.

"This kind of humanitarian support for military families is not provided by the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.

"We look forward to our continuing close relationship with all the fine people at CARSTAR."

CARSTAR and U.S. VFW Posts Came Bearing Gifts for Hines VA Fisher House Delivering 20 heaping-fill boxes of supplies and $1160 in cash and Gift Card donations are (l-r) Joanne Schulze, A Carr's CARSTAR; Sandra Vincent, CARSTAR Marketing Director; Julie Maslanka, HyTech CARSTAR; Teresa Kostick, All Line CARSTAR; Joel Bell, Brookfield VFW Men's Auxiliary; Doug Tremper, Brookfield VFW Men's Auxiliary; Lou Scola, Scola's CARSTAR; Marian Rodriguez, Mundelein CARSTAR; Marco Dabetic, VFW Post 2202 Schaumburg; Bruce Butler, VFW Post 2202 Schaumburg; and Holly Wright, Hines VA Fisher House Manager. Hines VA Manager Holly Wright Is Delighted To Receive $1,160 In Donations And Gift Cards presented by (l-r) veteran Lou Scola of Scola's CARSTAR, Joel Bell of Brookfield VFW Men's Auxiliary and Doug Tremmer, Brookfield VFW Men's Auxiliary.


Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

Military Families Hosted