Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Selects GiGi’s Playhouse to Receive a $5,000 Donation as a Part of Its D.R.I.V.E Initiative

GiGi’s Playhouse is the Sixth Valley-Based Nonprofit to Receive a $5,000 Donation

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is proud to announce GiGi’s Playhouse as the sixth Valley charity to receive a $5,000 donation, as a part of their D.R.I.V.E. initiative. This donation marks the halfway point of the D.R.I.VE initiative and $30,000 donated to Valley charities.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on charities by decimating crucial fundraising efforts and economic downturn. In response to COVID-19, the Scottsdale dealership reintroduced D.R.IV.E., which stands for Donations for Recovery & Investment that are Very Essential. Already having donated to five other Valley charities, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is providing much-needed funds to charities that provide critical services across the Valley.

GiGi’s Playhouse is a unique achievement center for individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and the community. They provide crucial programs that aid the community such as free therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, and motor skills. Gigi’s Playhouse’s programs serve all ages from prenatal to adult.

“These funds come at a critical time for over 700 families that utilize our services. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, infants, children and young adults have missed out on education, important therapies and socialization, which is vital to their success,” said Robin Lea-Amos, executive director of GiGi’s Playhouse. “We are very concerned about the degree of regression these children are experiencing due to closures of schools and loss of services. GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix is working hard to meet our families’ needs during this time by continuing to offer programs, therapies, tutoring, and socialization online.”

Everything GiGi’s Playhouse offers is free and this donation will allow them to continue their amazing work within the Down Syndrome community.

In the coming weeks, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale will announce a seventh charity to benefit from its initiative, with a $5,000 check to follow. Thus far, the campaign has already donated $5,000 to five other charities including Fresh Start, Arizona’s Children Association, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association, and One Step Beyond. The dealership is urging its customers, friends and families to join them in donating each month to each of the selected locations.

GiGi’s Playhouse is free for families, community and financial support is an important part for its success. Individuals and businesses that are interested in supporting the mission can make a monetary donation by visiting GiGi’s Playhouse’s website at

Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is located 4725 N Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Visit or call (480) 409-0409.