As the National Auto Body Council (NABC) celebrates 25 years of supporting the industry, the non-profit organization held “NABC Day” at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA, on Jan. 14.
The day consisted of a Pars for Cars golf fundraiser, presented by Hertz, a Recycled Rides® vehicle gifting and First Responder Emergency Extrication™ (F.R.E.E.) program.
“It’s was honor to kick off the 25th anniversary of the National Auto Body Council with our second annual NABC Day,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of NABC. “We are grateful to all of our collision repair industry colleagues for playing in the golf fundraiser to support our key programs. We were also excited to showcase two of our premier initiatives – the NABC Recycled Rides® program and NABC F.R.E.E.™ program."
Industry professionals involved in the Recycled Rides® program collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the United States. NABC has gifted more than 2,400 vehicles since the program was created in 2007.
“It’s important to showcase this powerful program to more of the industry and encourage them to host events in their own communities,” said Garoutte.
The F.R.E.E.™ program offers first responders and rescue squads information on the latest technologies and materials in late-model vehicles. Since its inception, the program has provided extrication opportunities for more than 1,600 First Responders. This was the first year NABC hosted the F.R.E.E.™ program in Palm Springs. During the event, first responders from the area had the opportunity to learn new cutting and extrication techniques on vehicles donated by USAA; the program instructors were provided by Hurst Jaws of Life.
Through both of these events, Garoutte said the organization and its volunteers were proud to give back to the Palm Springs community with the gift of reliable transportation for three deserving local families and advanced education for the first responders.
Following the golf tournament, a reception was held to honor all of its industry partners and the first Recycled Rides® presentation of 2020 took place. Three vehicles were presented to local families in need. The recipients included Maryjane Cano-Cruz, Ashly Potter-Twiford and Melissa Lozano.