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CARSTAR Expands MSO Network in Chicagoland

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the addition of CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center in IL.

The shop is located at 1 S. River Rd in North Aurora, IL, and is owned by Brian Gore. Gore has more than 25 years of experience in the collision repair industry.

"Over the last 25 years, I have owned several body shops and I have seen the industry and insurance companies change. I feel that we can be at our best and serve our community to the best of our abilities by working with CARSTAR," said Gore.

CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center is located in a 19,800 square foot facility. The shop utilizes the CCC ONE® Total Repair Platform for computerized estimating, workflow and repair processes. The shop features an AFC Finishing Systems paint booth with heated downdraft, Kansas Jack frame machine, and Miller welding equipment. Technicians are also I-CAR Gold certified.

“We proud to welcome Brian Gore to the CARSTAR family,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts. “His experience and commitment to providing the highest quality auto body repair are a great addition to our network and to our Chicago region.”

CARSTAR Locations Throughout Chicago Collecting Donations for VA Fisher House

For the seventh consecutive year, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts in the Chicago area are collecting food and household items for the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Fisher House, which provides housing for families of military members being treated at local VA medical centers.

Friends of Kids with Cancer and Gapsch CARSTAR in MO Spread Hope Over the Holidays

Friends of Kids with Cancer and Gapsch CARSTAR in South County, St. Louis teamed up for a charity event called Cars 4 Kids. The fundraiser was held on Monday, December 15th at Gapsch CARSTAR 4709 Green Park Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63123 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm CST at Gapsch CARSTAR. At the event two preselected families whose children are battling severe forms of cancer will be presented with the keys to vehicles refurbished and donated by Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center.

Lisa Rush, Owner of Gapsch said, "We just wanted an organization that we could identify with and be a real benefit to. Since Cancer has touched so many of our lives this seemed like a perfect fit for our company."

Judy Ciapciak, Executive Director of Friends of Kids with Cancer, said that not only are the families excited to have this kind of help and support from Gapsch but are truly grateful for how this will help with an already difficult situation each family finds itself in.

The event was hosted by CBS Sports 920 am and insideSTL.com radio personalities Ron Godier and Brad Mulholland.

"We have had the chance to work with Friends of Kids with Cancer in the past and when we found out about what Gapsch was looking for it seemed like a perfect fit so we did all we could to put these two together," said Godier host of The Daily Wrap on CBS Sports 920 am who broadcasted live from the event.

Family in WI Gets Vehicle Through Recycled Rides Program

Pat’s CARSTAR of Plover, WI donated a 2005 Kia Sedona minivan to Randi Greene and her family Monday, December 15, extending the business’s Recycled Rides tradition into its seventh year.

“Everybody here looks forward to this every year,” said Tony Kempen, who owns the auto body repair business with his wife Sharon. “Our crew and our partners appreciate how important reliable transportation is. We’re glad we were able to be a part of providing it for the Greene’s and are glad to welcome them to the CARSTAR family.”

MO CARSTAR Hosts Military Appreciation Celebration

Wicklunds CARSTAR in Liberty, MO hosted a Military Appreciation Celebration on Tuesday, November 4th.  The celebration honored the service of active and inactive military members and their families.

The event kicked off with a color guard courtesy of the VFW Liberty Memorial Post 4043, 16 year-old Alex Haywood singing the National Anthem, and 21-Gun Salute followed by a dinner. The Grateful American Entertainment Troupe and pickpocket magicians also were featured at the celebration.

“This is our way of saying 'thank you' to the military and their families for serving our country,” said Gerald Wicklund, Owner of Wicklunds CARSTAR. “We're also raffled off thousands of dollars of prizes donated by businesses in our community. Some of the prizes were gift cards, a one-night stay at a hotel and much, much more.”

Sponsors of the event included the North Kansas City Beverage Company, Hertz, Dish Pizza, Carolyn's Country Cousins & Pumpkin Patch, CM Mose and Son and Nadler's Locker. Caron's Massage also gave free massages at the event.  Donations were taken for the Honor Flight Nework, a non-profit organization that provides transportation for WWII veterans to see the memorials.

Wicklunds CARSTAR is located at 941 Sutton Place, off of Highway 291 South and Hunter. For more information about the celebration, go online to www.WicklundsCARSTAR.com.