On Dec. 1, the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) hosted a Sponsors Appreciation event at the Providence Plantation Ranch just outside of Houston, TX.
According to HABA President John Kopriva, “Our main purpose was to let our sponsors know that we appreciate their continuing support. Without each one, we could not have accomplished the growth and changes that we made during 2018.
“We had a great time, and everyone enjoyed the event. The event was well-attended, including spouses. This was a great opportunity to mix, mingle, relax and enjoy the outdoors.”
A delicious meal was prepared by one of HABA’s directors, David Kopriva, who was the “Pit Master” for the day. Food preparations began the night before, with BBQ brisket, ribs, chicken and links. The Pit Master cooked sides that included baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, coleslaw and more.
John gave a brief history of the ranch, which comprised 6,000 acres and originated in the early 1800s.
He shared, “The ranch was a sugar cane and cotton plantation, and the original plantation mansion was only taken down within the last year. Once cotton and sugar cane were harvested, they were transported utilizing the Brazos River, which adjoins the plantation.
“History records that it was not unusual for the plantation to be frequently raided by marauding Indians. Today, the ranch is tranquil with towering 100-year-old oak trees and supports an abundance of white tail deer, wild hogs, quail and dove. Upon entering the ranch and driving towards the pavilion, everyone noticed two opposing 40-foot silos built and painted (one yellow, one green) to resemble two Remington shotgun shells. It turns out that these two structures are skeet towers that are two of eight competition skeet ranges.”
One of the day’s highlights was a friendly competition between some of HABA’s directors and sponsors that brought their shotguns to the skeet and trap ranges. Guests were treated to some professional and accurate shooting.