MARQUARDT DRIVES FOR A CAUSE As one of the founding families of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Marquardt of Barrington Buick-GMC, Dan and Kurt Marquardt said investing in the communities they serve has been part of their business model. “At one time our late father, Larry Marquardt, served on the boards of 30 organizations,” Kurt said. Their father was a devout Christian with a tremendous heart for those hurting and less fortunate. When he passed away 15 years ago, the Marquardt siblings, and others, decided to continue his work by creating a nonprofit called The Love of God Foundation, www.LoveofGodFoundation.org. Since its inception they have donated $250,000 to a variety of causes throughout the world and locally to the Barrington Rotary Charities, the Feed My Starving Children campaign, and the Home of the Sparrow. That giving and investing fits their company culture, the Marquardts noted. “We are customer centric, everything we do revolves around our customer,” Dan said. Not only do they strive to exceed customer expectations, but they also get involved locally and have supported hundreds of causes through the years. “If it is happening in and around Barrington, we have made it a priority to support and contribute,” Dan said. Their most recent effort is a fundraising
program they call Drive4$50. They created the program specifically for ministries, charities, and local nonprofit organizations to earn up to $12,500 in one month with no money out of pocket. For every test drive conducted on behalf of the charity, the group receives $50 for their cause. It’s been widely successful. In fact, the local Booster Clubs have used it to raise over
$30,000 for Barrington High School athletics. “As a business we are mindful of the joy and privilege it is to serve others and to be good corporate citizens, not out of obligation, but rather compassion,” Dan said. “It’s not about ROI,” Kurt said. “It’s about doing what’s right, caring for those in need, and strengthening our communities.”
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