Planned as a means to express gratitude to the association’s sponsors, the event included a tour of the V8 facilities, appetizers, an opportunity to network and a presentation to provide information on WAC and thank their sponsors.
According to WAC President Shelly Jones, “It was a great turnout for the open house and sponsor appreciation with over 50 people in attendance. It was a great celebration.”
V8 is owned by Kevin Oeste and Kelle Oeste, WAC secretary. While Kelle organized the food and collected attendance prizes, Kevin and the V8 team took attendees on facility tours and discussed the shop’s current projects. ABRA’s Julie Hemann, who serves as WAC’s treasurer, donated a photo booth for the open house event.
Jones shared, “Several customers of V8 and members of the community attended and learned more about WAC and our mission. One family has a daughter in Girl Scouts whom they brought along. Kelle and the girl’s mother, the troop leader, are working out the details for WAC to attend a Girl Scouts event to talk about the industry or have the scouts tour the shop with a hands-on activity.”
During the event, WAC recognized sponsors who have helped the association become so successful. Among them were Doug and Gene Slattery from ATI, who received a personalized license plate thanking them for supporting the association’s efforts.
Gene reported, “The night was perfect.”
For more information on WAC, visit the WAC Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/wacstl/