Collision Repair Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser

Industry helps raise $55,000 for student Scholarships during Collision Repair Education Foundation’s ELEVENTH annual industry fundraiser co-hosted by ppg Automotive refinish

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – September 10, 2012 – The eleventh annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, raised $55,000 through the support of the attendees and sponsors. Sponsors and participants enjoyed a day of golf at The Westin’s La Cantera – The Palmer Course – Golf Resort in San Antonio, TX on July 19, 2012 and the funds raised from this event will go towards supporting upcoming scholarships and grants for collision schools and students.

“Since 2009 when PPG Automotive Refinish came on board as the co-host sponsor of this industry fundraiser, over $160,000 in total has been raised for collision student scholarships and school grants. Each year the event gets better and better, and this is through the industry coming together to support a worthwhile cause,” said Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director. “We thank our attendees, event sponsors and our co-host PPG Automotive Refinish. We look forward to seeing everyone again in Boston next July.”

“PPG is privileged to support the industry’s future through events of this kind,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Refinish, senior manager, industry relations. “This is the third consecutive year we’ve co-hosted the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s industry fundraiser, and it’s rewarding to see more funds raised each year to assist collision students with their educational opportunities. This is a great display of how the industry can come together to support its upcoming workforce.”

In addition to PPG Automotive Refinish’s support, the additional fundraiser sponsors that made this event a success include:


ABRA Auto Body & Glass


Ask Patty

Audatex, a Solera company


BASF Corporation


Caliber Collision Centers

CARSTAR Mundelein


CCC Information Services




Cornerstone Auto Parts

CSi Complete


DuPont Performance Coatings

Enterprise Rent-A-Car


European Motor Car Works, Inc.


Fibre Glass – Evercoat

Ford Motor Company


General Motors

Gladwin Paint Co.

The Hertz Corporation

Hi-Tech Paintless Dent Removal


Hunter Engineering Company

Insurance Auto Auctions

International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE)

Jerry’s Body Shop, Inc.

La Cantera Golf Club

LC Automotive Investments, LLC

LKQ Corporation

MAACO Collision Repair & Auto Painting

Mac Haik Collision


Motor Guard Corporation

Norton/ Saint-Gobain

OEM Collision Repair Roundtable

Safeco Insurance

Seidner’s Collision Centers

Service King Collision Repair Centers

Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes Corp

Sports & Imports

Sterling Autobody Centers

Women’s Industry Network (WIN)

Individuals and companies interested in getting involved with next year’s fundraiser should contact Education Foundation Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or


The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us on the Internet at:

Melissa Marscin, Collision Repair Education Foundation
888.722.3787, Ext. 282

Written by CCAR