Friday, 19 August 2011 15:54

Education Foundation Golf Outing Raises $60,000 to Support Scholarships

The tenth annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, raised $60,000 through the support of the attendees and sponsors, doubling the amount raised during the 2010 event. Sponsors and participants enjoyed a day of golf at Stonebridge Golf Club in Salt Lake City, UT on July 21, 2011 and the funds raised from this event will go towards supporting upcoming scholarships and grants for collision schools and students.

Also in attendance at the fundraiser event was Kevin Cornia, collision repair instructor from Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, UT) which was the Foundation’s 2010 $50,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover winning school, and several of his students. In addition to sitting at several of the holes to meet industry professionals, the students also hand crafted the 1st place team trophies for the event.

“The Foundation’s annual industry fundraiser has grown leaps and bounds the past 3 years and each year we raise more and more funds for student scholarships and school grants. Not only did the event sell out four months early but it also doubled the amount raised in 2010 and tripled the amount raised from 2009,” said Scott Kruger, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director. “This success is due to our attendees, event sponsors and our co-host PPG Automotive Refinish. We plan on 2012’s fundraiser in San Antonio next July to be even better.”

“PPG is privileged to support the industry’s future through events of this kind,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Refinish, senior manager, industry relations. “This is the third consecutive year we’ve co-hosted the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s industry fundraiser, and it’s rewarding to see more funds raised each year to assist collision students with their educational opportunities. This is a great display of how the industry can come together to support its upcoming workforce.”

In addition to PPG Automotive Refinish’s support, the additional fundraiser sponsors that made this event a success include:
911 Collision Centers & Auto Glass
ABRA Auto Body & Glass
ABRN Magazine
Audatex, a Solera company
Auto Data Labels
Avis Budget Group
Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
BASF Corporation
Bear River Mutual Insurance
BodyShop Business
The Cars Collision Group
CCC Information Services
Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA)
ChemSpec USA
Collision Solutions
CSi Complete
D’Angelo Business Group
Dick’s Sporting Goods
DuPont Performance Coatings
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Fibre Glass – Evercoat
Ford Motor Company
General Motors
The Hertz Corporation
Hunter Engineering Company
Insurance Auto Auctions
International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE)
Jaguar Cars North America
Jerry's Body Shop, Inc.
Larry H Miller Collision Centers
LKQ Corporation
Motor Guard Corporation
OEM Collision Repair Roundtable
Porsche Cars North America
Seidner's Collision Centers
Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes Corp
Sterling Autobody Centers

Individuals and companies interested in getting involved with next year’s fundraiser should contact Education Foundation Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

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