According to AASP-MO Executive Director Ron Reiling, “The outpouring of generosity from our members and industry was overwhelming. We collected not hundreds of toys, but THOUSANDS of toys. This was by far our largest toy collection yet.”
Nearly 100 industry professionals were in attendance. Three Marines also joined the group to enjoy the evening and accept the toys. The event is hosted by the Gateway Collision Chapter but is open to all AASP-MO members.
Reiling noted, “Everyone was amazed at the number of toys that were there. They all had a great time visiting with old friends and making new [ones].”
In addition to benefiting a great cause, Reiling said he feels that these types of association-sponsored events are important to the membership because “these are the opportunities to spend time with like-minded professionals in our industry working together.”
The food sponsor for the event was Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the evening’s beverage sponsors included Redfield Collision, Don’s Auto Body, Automotive Technology (ATI), Complete Auto Body, PPG, Cooper Color, Mitchell, Chapman & Hogan Insurance and ABRA.
Reiling added, “Thank you to Doug Slattery (ATI), chairman of the AASP-MO Toys For Tots Toy Drive, for all the hard work he put into making this year’s event such a success.”
For more information about AASP-MO, visit aasp-mo.org.