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Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 125th Year with "Community Stars"

Mercedes-Benz USA proved its effort and dedication to the improvement of local communities with its first-ever "Community Stars" social media challenge.

To honor local initiatives and celebrate the car maker's 125th birthday, Mercedes-Benz donated $125,000 to five ($25,000 to each) deserving community-service groups across the U.S. Launched with the help of social media in September 2011, Mercedes-Benz challenged interested community-service organizations to upload sixty-second explanatory videos and enlisted the aid of its Facebook fans to choose the five winners in categories such as education, the arts, the environment, human services, and youth empowerment. Once the videos were submitted (comprising over 183 applications!), a group of Mercedes-Benz employees selected 15 finalists which were then voted upon and narrowed down by Facebook fans. The contest officially ended on October 21, 2011, and the five winners were announced on November 8, 2011.

Five Mercedes-Benz "Community Star" Winners:

Alabama Institute for the Deaf & Blind (Talladega, Ala.) - Offers education and rehabilitation for blind, deaf, and multi-disabled children and adults.
-  Camp Okizu (Novato, Calif.) -
Camping programs for families affected by childhood cancer.
The Children's Museum of Richmond (Richmond, Va.) -  
For investment in their "Waterplay" exhibit, a new addition to which houses several permanent displays that influence children's emotional, social, and physical development.
V.A.C.C. Camp (Miami, Fla.)
Works with the Miami Children's Hospital to host a free week-long overnight camp for children who need help breathing (for example, children needing a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families.
-  Sleepyhead Beds (Kansas City, Mo.) -  
For keeping  used/like-new mattresses out of landfills by providing them to children who would otherwise sleep in vehicles, on floors, on sofas, etc.

Mercedes-Benz is not just a company dedicated to improving local communities; they are also dedicated to offering their drivers the finest vehicles, including 14 models, ranging from the S-class sedans to the sporty C-Class, along with other gorgeous, new Mercedes-Benz models. Interested in being the "star" of your community? Visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago today. We're located at 1520 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL. Or, click here for directions.

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