On the evening of Nov. 16, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 2019 Holiday Gala in San Antonio.
According to ABAT President Burl Richards, “The event could not have gone better. It was a great evening with over 100 people attending. Everyone had a great time engaging with one another, eating, dancing and participating in general.”
During the festivities, ABAT leadership discussed the association’s 2019 accomplishments and plans for 2020. Funds raised from the event will benefit ABAT’s PAC. Richards added, “Two legislators were in attendance, along with the local county sheriff, and they all spoke about the importance of consumer safety and how they are behind our efforts to make repaired vehicles safe and to change laws to help Texas consumers. They all expressed support for ABAT and our desire to repair vehicles properly and safely.”
ABAT’s 2019 Holiday Gala “absolutely went beyond our expectations!” Richards stated, adding “It was a great idea, and I want to give credit to ABAT Board Member Manuel Rubio, owner of Miracle Body & Paint in San Antonio, for coming up with the idea and putting the event together. This is why our association has had great success in a short time! Our board members are committed to making a difference in our industry and their willingness to get involved and help each other is what propels us and makes our association strong. We had several board members travel up to six hours to participate in the event - that is dedication, and we look forward to bigger and better things next year!”
Rubio was pleased with the Gala. He stated, “I want to thank everyone for a very successful First Annual Holiday Gala. The final numbers are not in yet, but I expect we will net over $12,000 for the event. These monies will help ABAT continue to push forward with our legislative agenda. Throughout Texas, we illustrate our commitment to work, learn and continue our educational efforts to perform as an industry to the highest levels of safety for all our Texas consumers. We are all together living and working on a great journey, to improve.”