Ed Attanasio

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Monday, 19 November 2018 18:12

After the Donation: SF Skate Club's Donated Car Is Still Rolling Along

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The van that Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, donated to the San Francisco Skate Club four years ago is still going strong. The van that Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, donated to the San Francisco Skate Club four years ago is still going strong.



Connolly still looks back on the day when the shop presented him and his young skateboarders with the van.


"Traveling to Regal Collision from San Francisco with all the kids was a bonding experience and special for the children,” he said. “When the kids saw the van, their eyes got big and they were so thrilled. For the past four years, we have had good, reliable and safe transportation, and the van is now a part of the family. We want to personally thank Jim and Shellie Boyle for this incredible donation!”

Co-owner Jim Boyle at Regal Collision has given away many cars over the years, but this one really stands out for a lot of reasons, he explained.


"Once I met the kids, my initial thought was, ‘I want to help them succeed in any way I can.’ Skateboarders are artistic and adventurous and could be future technicians, so there was a connection right away. I'm so happy to hear that the van is still going strong and that they've gotten so much use out of it. It has touched a lot of lives and enabled them to do things they might not have been able to do without the transportation, and that's exactly what our mission is with our Benevolence program," he said.

To emphasize the stylish aspect of the van, the techs at Regal Collision, led by Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein, added some nice touches to the vehicle, including red bumpers, pinstripes, cool rims and the organization’s motto painted on the van: “Skate with a Friend.”


The van came along at the perfect time, Connolly said.


“Our old van had reached the ‘classic’ stage, so this refurbished vehicle is a real plus for the SF Skate Club. The people at Regal Collision are amazing, and we couldn’t be more grateful," he said.


The van giveaway was part of the AkzoNobel Benevolence Program, a community relations program that generates goodwill at the local level while improving and promoting the image of the collision repair industry as a whole.

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