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Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:06

Central Florida Shops and Businesses Come Together to Assist Community

A lunch meeting in mid-October  launched a new program for Central Florida collision repairers and local businesses to work together in securing and reconditioning four or more vehicles to bestow upon local families in need of a hand-up.

The intent is to have the vehicles ready and the recipients selected in time for this coming Christmas.

The group was called together by Ray Gunder of  Gunder’s Auto Center who stated: ”I am proud to be associated with those I consider respected collision repair leaders in our market area for such a worthy cause and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish by  working together for a common goal of helping others. The community has been very good to each of us and we invite other Polk County industry professionals to join us in what we hope to continue throughout the years ahead.”

Attendees at the planning lunch meeting included: Doc Jenkins (Jenkins Lincoln Mercury), Barrett Smith (Auto Damage Experts), Sean Douglas & Matt McCall (Douglas Collision Center), Dave Stewart (Stewart’s Auto Repair), Cherri Surrency (Regal Automotive Group) and Ray Gunder (Gunder’s Auto Center). Special thanks to Randy at AllPro Used Auto Parts for his committment to assist the program as well.

The group is currently seeking the best name for the project (i.e. Angel Autos) and welcomes suggestions on this as well as other information to assist the project and avoid potential pitfalls from those who have experience in similar programs such as NABC’s Recycled Rides program.

They welcome contact from those in Polk County who would like to offer their time, resources and/or donate their services or products to this program. Please contact: Ray Gunder at or call (863) 688-7897 before October 25th. 2010.

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