Continuing the well-known tradition, the Foundation again hosted a lively cocktail party, complete with delicious Asian fare hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at the renowned Lulu California Bistro.
A total of 117 attendees from the collision industry set a new record for the fun event. The gala guests were able to participate in a raffle and silent auction featuring many items. Items were donated by companies and individuals, and included high-end electronics, custom artwork, a Chip Foose-signed picture, a NASCAR® package as well as vouchers for I-CAR and AMI training classes.
The gala was successful and CIF was able to raise more than $59,000. The foundation's major focus has been the Collision Industry Relief Fund to assist collision repair professionals who have lost their livelihoods from a natural disaster or other catastrophe. Most recently, this has included flood victims in Houston, TX, and Florida as well as those who suffered from the wild fires in California.
"Our sponsors---companies and individuals---continue to see the value of the Foundation and have supported us significantly,” said Cheryl Boswell, CIF trustee and treasurer.
CIF's vision is to bring awareness and emergency relief to collision repair professionals. If you know of someone in need, please direct them to the CIF website www.collisionindustryfoundation.org. To donate at any time or to learn more about CIF's current projects, please also go to the CIF website.