Despite it being a cloudy Monday, collision repair industry professionals eagerly participated in the fundraiser, socializing, enjoying good food, and golfing while raising money for the Lou Scoras Scholarship, which aims to inspire and engage the next generation of automotive technicians.
AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant shared, "This outing allows our members and our vendors a chance to forget about business for a little while, which is what we all need sometimes. Plus, it's for an outstanding cause---Lou would've loved this."
Following the 10 a.m. registration, lunch was served at 11:30 a.m. and the golf tournament commenced at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start.
Although he doesn't golf personally, AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell noted, "It's a great opportunity to relax, play some golf, and get out of the shop for a little bit. We're all in good company, in good spirits, and everyone enjoys it immensely."
This year, the first place winners of the golf outing were Howard Meeks, Jim O'Brien, Jerry Sheehan, and Chris Callahan. The second place team was composed of James Powell, Joe Lubischer, Paul Branning and Scott Vari, while Rod Cameron, Mike Padula, Ken Spilatore, and Ken Barbera took third place.
In the Closest to the Pin contest, Omar Mostafi won in the men's division, while Siobhan Beare took the prize for the women’s division. Beare also won the women's division for Longest Drive, and the male victor was Steve Pesce Jr.
McDowell stated, "We are so thankful to everyone who took the time from a work day to come out here and honor Lou's memory. Whether they attend or donate, it is truly heartwarming to see so many people come together for such a good cause."
After finishing their round of golf, attendees were treated to a cocktail reception as well as a dinner hosted by Joe Amato Sr. of The Amato Agency. During dinner, AASP/NJ held a 50/50 drawing and prize raffle. Prize sponsors included Nu-Car Connection, Fred Beans, Axalta Coating Systems, Meadowbrook Insurance Services, American Compliance, Utica National Insurance Company, and PaintEx, among others.
"As emotional as this day is for those of us who knew and worked with Lou, it's always great to see the rousing support of the industry at events like this," Bryant said. "We appreciate all those in attendance as well as all of the companies that helped fund the outing."
In addition to nearly three dozen hole sponsors, the event attracted four Platinum Sponsors (The Amato Agency, All American Auto Salvage, Hertz Rent-A-Car, and PPG), as well as four Silver Sponsors consisting of Greco Publishing, AkzoNobel Coatings, Cosmo's Ocean County Auto Wreckers, and Fenix Parts. Silver Sponsor Auto Body Distributing was joined by Bronze Sponsors Flemington Car and Truck Country and United Bank Car Network. Maxon Hyundai-Mazda sponsored the Hole-in-One contest, while the refreshment carts were sponsored by Leesville Auto Wreckers, Cosmo's Ocean County Wreckers, and Fenix Parts.
For more information, visit aaspnj.org.