May 16, 2011 – Webster, NY – Kitty Van Bortel, Owner and President of Van Bortel Ford, Subaru and Used Car Center has donated $12,500, to the CDS Foundation for the Warrior SALUTE Program, to help support a veteran in transition.

“This is a wonderful thing that Kitty Van Bortel is doing for the veterans we serve through the Warrior SALUTE Program here at CDS,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS President/CEO. “Her donation will guarantee that we can support one veteran and their family as they transition back to civilian life.  We cannot thank her enough for her kind generosity.”

"I am honored and privileged to be able to help our veterans in need,” stated Kitty Van Bortel.

The CDS Foundation helps provide money for otherwise unfunded areas of need for CDS, Inc.   For over 34 years, CDS has been a leader in offering both quality and choice of services to people with developmental disabilities. CDS provides service coordination, residential, employment, and day-habilitation services throughout Monroe and Wayne County.   Most recently, CDS started the Warrior SALUTE program.

SALUTE helps service members and their families regain their lives and dreams by providing quality employment opportunities, as well as clinical and rehabilitative services. This program is 100% funded by donations, which allows our veterans with service-connected brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to transition back to civilian life through physical and occupational therapy, vocational training and job placement assistance, resume preparation and employment counseling, independent living skills training, individual and group counseling, art and music therapy, and temporary housing.  For more information on Warrior SALUTE, please visit www.cdswarriorsalute.org

Kitty Van Bortel owns one of the top selling Subaru dealerships in the nation, as well as one of the most successful Ford dealerships in a multi-state area. Her automotive group is now one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the greater Rochester, NY area.  Kitty’s commitment to the community she calls home is evident in the many non-profit organizations she and her automotive group support.