Knauz Automotive Nominated by Gurnee Park District for State Award

Ray Reilly, marketing director at Knauz Automotive Group with an award from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts. – Knauz Autopark

by Long Hwa-shu

Knauz Automotive Group, Lake Bluff, was recently recognized by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts for its outstanding contributions and unyielding devotion for the advancements of parks, recreation and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois.

Knauz was nominated to receive the IAPD/IPRA Community Service Award by the Gurnee Park District for its continued commitment to the community through the sponsorship at park district events. For the past three years, it has sponsored many events including Fishing Derby, Trick or Treat Path, Famers’ Market, Breakfast with Santa, Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Frosty Fest and Monthly Mixer.

“Simply saying thank you is not the appropriate way to show our gratitude towards Knauz Auto Park. They have been continuous supporters of our Gurnee residents. One of the most prominent examples is through our Monthly Mixer event. They have covered the entry, food and entertainment costs for nearly 400 participants at the events,” stated Liz Gnippe, Gurnee Park District marketing specialist.

“We are humbled by this special recognition,” stated William Madden, president and CEO of Knauz Automotive Group.

“We are the proud sponsor of many community based programs that enrich the lives of our neighbors.  Throughout the 83 years that we have been in business we have dedicated ourselves to community involvement.”

During the coming year, Knauz has already made a commitment to sponsor special events in neighboring towns that include Gurnee, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Grayslake, and Round Lake Beach, to name a few.

For an update about these special events and others, visit  Knauz Autopark, located at Highway 41 & Rt. 176, Lake Bluff, is the home of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Land Rover, Hyundai, Genesis and Sprinter dealerships.  For more information, visit or call 847.234.2800.

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