According to Committee Chair Gerry Poirier, “The event netted over $65,000 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) for grants to schools in Georgia.”
At SEMA last year, the committee provided four grants made possible through CREF for local technical schools. They also sponsor two scholarships every year for post-secondary collision programs for Georgia students.
This year, the event saw, for the first time, an NABC Recycled Rides event providing a local veteran with a vehicle for transportation. The vehicle was donated by Farmers Insurance and repaired by Caliber Collision.
Poirier shared, “The event was attended by over 200 golfers with about 35 percent attending from out of town. The local technical school painted mini hoods for sponsor plaques highlighting the ten years of the tournament. The helicopter ball drop was again a highlight of the tournament along with many other course games and prizes.”
Poirier added, “The Atlanta committee last year was the first committee to raise over $100,000 for the foundation and is well on its way to duplicate that goal for 2019. Over the past ten years, the committee has raised over $400,000 for CREF.”