As part of the National Auto Body Council® annual “NABC Day” for the collision repair industry, the event will feature a NABC Recycled Rides® presentation of three refurbished vehicles to deserving Palm Springs residents followed by the NABC™ industry reception – all held on Tuesday, January 14, at Tahquitz Creek Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA.
Each year, the NABC™ and its member partners raise funds to support hundreds of NABC Recycled Rides® car presentations to those in need, NABC F.R.E.E.™ education programs for first responders, and NABC Distracted Driving Awareness™ campaigns that keeps thousands of drivers safer on the road.
Following the golf tournament, NABC™ will host its annual industry recognition reception for to honor all of the partners from across the collision repair industry that support NABC™ initiatives throughout the year. At that event, NABC™ and its partners will host the first NABC Recycled Rides® event of 2020, presenting three vehicles to local families in need.
During the golf tournament, NABC™ will host a unique NABC F.R.E.E.™ event where first responders from the Palm Springs area will have an opportunity to learn new cutting and extrication techniques on late model vehicles donated by USAA and program instructors provided by Hurst Jaws of Life.
Recipients in the NABC Recycled Rides® include:
- Maryjane Cano-Cruz, an 18-year-old student at California State University San Bernardino, was selected to receive a 2013 Ford Fusion SE that was donated by State Farm and refurbished by CARSTAR Allstar Collision. Cano-Cruz works and pays for her school, and is studying to be a special needs teacher. She volunteers with children in need, and the gift of transportation would allow her to get to work, continue her volunteer duties and complete her education.
- Ashly Potter, a single mother with a young son who has Autism, will receive a 2017 Toyota Camry SE that was donated by Hertz and repaired by Fix Auto Cathedral City. Potter is challenged with taking care of her son and juggling his frequent medical needs with a lack of transportation. The gift of reliable transportation will allow her to better care for her son and return to work.
- Melissa Lozano escaped from a gang-infested neighborhood and challenging life as a teen and today is working to be a good role model for her 13 children. The gift of a 2018 Honda Civic Sport that was donated by GEICO and refurbished by Hamblin’s Auto Body, will allow her to get them to school and activities and continue on a positive path.
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 2,400 vehicles valued at more than $34 million.
About the National Auto Body Council
The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 2,400 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for over 1,200 First Responders this year and some 3,500 in its history, and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in communities through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC Distracted Driving Initiative™. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC™ membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.