On June 4, the Greater Philadelphia I-CAR Committee hosted its 4th Annual Golf Outing at the Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, PA.
The event was held in order to raise awareness of the needs of local collision repair educational programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well as to bring industry business partners together and show appreciation for their ongoing support. PPG was the presenting sponsor for the event. All funds raised will benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).
“The golf outing went really well,” said Lisa Ferguson, Pennsylvania state I-CAR chair. “We had 100 golfers which represented a diverse group of industry professionals, including vendors, insurers and shops. Another dozen people showed up for dinner after the golf outing for networking with peers and to join us for a good time.”
Though final numbers are not yet calculated, Ferguson estimates that the 2019 golf outing generated around $25,000. Over the past three years, the Greater Philadelphia I-CAR Committee has raised $116,000 for CREF.
This year’s event exceeded expectations.
“Most attendees have been before and are 100 percent supportive,” Ferguson said. “All the newcomers said they had a great time. We were glad they joined us and hope they come back next year.”
The 2019 Greater Philadelphia I-CAR Committee Golf Outing featured a helicopter ball drop with the winner receiving 50 percent of the funds raised. This year’s winner donated the funds back to CREF. Hole-in-one grand prizes included a two-year lease on a brand new Mercedes and a roundtrip to the Super Bowl.
Ferguson said these types of events are important to the industry because “We need to bring awareness. Schools need help, but so do the instructors of these programs. By getting involved, it provides industry professionals with an opportunity for one-on-one relationships with the instructors. It all ties together. This whole industry needs to get more involved with the school programs that are educating the next generations of technicians.”