Thursday, 30 June 2005 10:00

911 Collision Centers refinishes cars for Project Grad in Tucson

Written by Autobody News staff
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911 Collision Centers did its part this year to help keep Tucson, Arizona area high school seniors safe on graduation night. As part of Project Graduation, an all-night event designed to keep students safe on graduation night, the program awarded two vehicles following the all-night event. 

The two donated vehicles were to further entice graduating seniors to attend their respective Project Graduation events and stay all night. 911 Collision Centers provided complete makeovers for both vehicles including removing all dings, dents and full custom paint jobs. "This is a great cause we are proud to support, and that's why this year we doubled our commitment," said Michael Quinn, co-owner of 911 Collision Centers. "Giving the vehicles a 'make-over' gets the seniors even more excited about participating in Project Graduation and their commitment to have fun without drinking. Our team gets behind this project 110%; we had techs coming in after hours and on weekends to meet the deadlines."

In order to be eligible to win, students had to stay throughout the night until the Grand Prize was awarded around 6:00 a.m. the morning following graduation.

Project Graduation was developed over twenty years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and a National Grad Night Network to provide graduates a safe alternative to celebrations that have usually included alcohol resulting in accidents and loss of life.

In communities where the program has become the traditional celebration, attendance has exceeded 80 percent of the graduating senior classes. Ironwood Ridge High School and Canyon Del Oro High School implemented the program with the Class of 2004; participation exceeds 90 percent at each school. The grand prize helps drive participation.

Founded in 1998 by owner/operators Michael Quinn and Patrick O'Neill, 911 Collision Centers operates five locations in the Tucson community.