According to MV-TAP Secretary Gene Slattery, “Collision repair shops, paint jobbers, equipment jobbers and suppliers all got together and supported this day of golf. It is a great day for local collision school programs who receive a check from MV-TAP for their programs after August when they return to school. This year, we had $3,500 of donations that will be split among three local collision programs.”
“The local administration makes sure the money is used for the collision programs,” Slattery added. “We have agreements with all the schools to give the funds to the collision programs for their use. The instructors can purchase supplies or pay for repair of their equipment. MV-TAP has been involved with these programs for over 15 years.”
Although an unusual amount of rain this year put a slight damper on the event, the golf fundraiser attracted many supporters from out of town who enjoyed a day of golfing and networking along with lunch, dinner and door prizes, including monetary gifts. Slattery shared, “This year, most winners of the money, like in the past, gave the money back to the schools. This is a great group of business associates who understand how important our collision programs are to our industry. We thank them for their generosity.”
This year, MV-TAP added to the day’s fun by partnering with Dixon Golf to hold a game on hole five as well as a contest to hit the green on hole 11, a par-three. Dixon donated a portion of the proceeds to MV-TAP, and they also gave sleeves of balls away to attendees and offered product discounts.
In addition to Slattery, MV-TAP’s leadership team includes President Ron Reiling, and Treasurer Ken Kohnen, along with industry advocates Shelly Jones, Dan Shymanski and Doug Slattery.
“I’m very proud of everyone who works hard to make this event successful,” Slattery said. “Our group has a great relationship with schools in the entire metro area and surrounding areas of St. Louis. Our team works together for the students.”