On June 13, the Metro Vo-Tech Assistance Program (MVTAP) raised $8,000 during its annual golf tournament at Meramec Lakes Golf Course in St. Clair, MO.
According to AASP-MO Executive Director Ron Reiling, who serves on MVTAP’s fundraising committee, “Our 15th Annual MVTAP Golf Tournament proceeds will fund the needs for three area vo-tech high school collision programs. MVTAP will be able to assist the programs with supplies, maintenance of equipment and equipment.”
In addition to Reiling, the fundraising committee consists of members of the St. Louis I-CAR Committee, including ATI’s Gene Slattery, Ken Kohnen of Snelson Collision Center, Kevin Haller from Schaefer Autobody Centers, State Farm Insurance Retiree Dan Shymanski and ABRA’s Shelly Jones, who serves as WAC’s president and the St. Louis I-CAR Committee chair.
“We have a nucleus of collision centers, suppliers and vendors who really work well together for the betterment of all shops in the area. Most are also members of AASP-Missouri’s Gateway Collision Chapter,” Slattery shared.
The weather on the day of the golf tournament was warm and sunny with a pleasant breeze, Reiling reported.
“Vendors, suppliers, collision shops and supporting partners enjoyed this day of relaxation, camaraderie and fun,” he said. “The tournament paid out cash prizes for longest drive men and women, closest to the pin on several holes as well as two flights of winners and a 50/50 drawing. In addition to a YETI cooler and several other attendance prizes, we awarded over $900 to the winners.
“In an unprecedented act of support for our young people entering into the collision industry, all of the winners donated their winnings back to the MVTAP. We were already very pleased with the event, and all the winners giving back their winnings exceeded our expectations. This is tremendous for our great MVTAP serving the metro St. Louis area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car did an outstanding job of providing food for everyone, and we’d also like to say a special thank you to Original One Parts for their support and participation in the success of this event.”
During the 2017--2018 school year, MVTAP awarded three scholarships of $2,000 each to three local vo-tech high school collision programs.
“With the success of the tournament and the generosity of the winners, MVTAP will be able to at least match these amounts again for the 2018--2019 school year,” Slattery noted. “When people work together for all the right reasons, problems are solved and people get along much better. This type of event is proof of the commitment to and satisfaction in supporting the future of the collision industry.”
Reiling added, “An event like this shows what we as an industry can accomplish when we all work together; we are providing excellent opportunities to students interested in entering the collision industry as a profession.
“We have partnered with Gateway Motorsports Park, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the NHRA/ARMY Y.E.S./STEM programs to put on an excellent job fair track side. Over 1,400 students from area vocational tech schools from Missouri and Illinois attended last year’s NHRA Gateway Nationals drag races. In 2018, we are projecting 14 vocational tech schools to participate and having upwards of 1,500 students who will be interviewed by 30 to 35 partners who will be conducting interviews with them during the event.”