Every year at SEMA, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides luncheon is on many peoples’ calendars, and the room is always packed with industry leaders, insurance companies, body shops, parts manufacturers, and more.
Invariably, the event often features crying (in joy), happy faces everywhere, and a vibe that can best be described as pure benevolence.
This year, NABC presented six deserving Las Vegas residents with the gift of transportation via refurbished vehicles that will now enable them to take care of their families, get to work, manage medical appointments and gain their much-desired independence.
The Recycled Rides program partnered with a wide range of insurance carriers this year, including State Farm, Allstate, GEICO and Progressive. Rental car companies such as Hertz and Enterprise, and collision repair facilities and MSOs like Caliber Collision, Service King, CARSTAR and Gerber Collision, vendor partners such as 1.800.Charity Cars, LKQ and others that have been involved in the program for many years.
The NABC Recycled Rides recipients gathered with their children, spouses, and friends to unveil their newly refreshed vehicles in spectacular fashion. Karl Champley, an Australian master builder, television personality and actor who is currently appearing on Ellen's Design Challenge, served as the emcee for the afternoon.
NABC Chairman of the Board Darren Huggins opened the presentation as he welcomed those in attendance. “Every year, this is the biggest event that we put on for all of those in the industry who support the work of the National Auto Body Council,” Huggins said. “I am so proud to be involved with this amazing program that has now given away more than 2,200 vehicles since its inception. Changing lives for these six families is what we’re all about, and it takes a collective effort of industry leaders to make it all happen.”
The recipients this year consisted of four families, one couple, and a single mother whom all had one thing in common—the need for reliable and affordable transportation.
Chris Feliz and Amanda Holland received a 2018 Chevy Malibu that was donated by Hertz and repaired by Service King - Red Rock.