Kicking off industry week, CAWA’s event featured the association’s Memorial Scholarship fundraiser, installation of officers, and entertainment by comedian Cyrus Steele. According to CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini, “This year’s attendance was the best ever with over 140 members and guests. This is an annual opportunity for CAWA members and guests to come together to focus on the association’s accomplishments and to raise funds for its scholarship programs.”
During the meeting, CAWA held an auction to raise funds for the association’s scholarship program which benefits students and teachers from high school automotive programs. “A significant donation of $25,000 was given to CAWA’s scholarship fund that evening by Worldpac’s President and CEO, Bob Cushing, to the audience’s delight,” Pierini noted. “All proceeds from the event, totaling over $43,000, went to CAWA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. CAWA thanks all that donated prizes for the auction and raffle, as well as those in attendance, for their support of the association’s scholarship program.”
A traditional red vest ceremony was held with several past chairs from CAWA’s Board of Directors participating as Outgoing Chair Dan Hanson was presented with his red vest in honor of his service to CAWA.
The event also included the installation of CAWA’s 2020 officers to serve on the board of directors. Tom Seboldt will serve as the chair with Mike Mohler filling the role of vice chair. CAWA will also be guided by Treasurer Mike Rukov, Secretary Young Suhr, Jr. and Immediate Past Chair Dan Hanson, Jr. in 2020.
The evening concluded with an entertaining comedy act performance by Cyrus Steele. CAWA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Gala Dinner was exclusively sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America.
Next year’s event will be held on Nov. 1, 2020 at Caesar’s Palace with CAWA kicking off the 2020 Industry Week. For more information about CAWA and its upcoming events, visit cawa.org.