On Monday, Sept. 16, members of AASP/NJ gathered at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ, to honor one of the association's most beloved members with the 15th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing.
Proceeds from the event benefit a scholarship in Scoras’ name designed to encourage young men and women to pursue a career in collision repair. AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant shared, "This outing allows our members and our vendors a chance to forget about business for a little while, which is what we all need sometimes. Plus, it's for an outstanding cause—Lou would've loved this."
AASP/NJ Treasurer Tom Elder added, “Lou exemplified what the auto body industry is. He did a great job of bringing this group together. We won’t forget his name, and we won’t forget what he did for this industry.”
Nearly 100 automotive industry professionals gathered for the day of golf, which included lunch and a cocktail reception followed by dinner which included prizes and a special champagne toast in memory of collision repair industry legend Lee Vetland who passed away last year. Elder led the toast: “Lee, wherever you are in this world and whenever you are looking down, every one of us loves you dearly. One day, we’ll meet you again.”
"Lou was dear to many of us, and we always want to make sure he is remembered. As emotional as this day is for those of us who knew and worked with Lou, it's always great to see the rousing support of the industry at events like this," Bryant contributed. “This annual outing is a chance to not only leave the day-to-day stress of running a business at the shop, but also to remember people like Lou and Lee who dedicated so much of their time to making the industry better.”
The first-place team at this year’s golf outing consisted of Rod Cameron, John Carter, Darryl Hoffman and Mike Padula. Joe Amato Sr., Joe Amato Jr., John Tiene and Ed Wiggins took second place, and the third-place team was comprised of Garth Smalley, Glenn Smalley, Mike Wagner and Wayne Wagner. Mitch Portnoi won the contest for Longest Drive, while Colin Pastorella received the award for Closest to the Pin.