A sold-out field of 144 golfers participated in the even to support the NABC and its programs. Representatives from all segments of the industry were present to support the NABC mission, including repairers, insurers, rental car companies, parts suppliers and manufacturers, among others. In addition to Hertz, the presenting sponsor, over 30 other companies sponsored the event. Top sponsors included AudaExplore, Axalta Coating Systems, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PPG Automotive Refinish, Sherwin-Williams, Sterling Auto Body Centers, and Team PRP.
One of the NABC major sources of funding for its ongoing programs, proceeds from the annual golf fundraiser help to support NABC work with Recycled Rides, the Distracted Driving Initiative, and First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE).
The benefit to Recycled Rides was apparent at the event itself, as explained by Notte: “The golf event kicked off with the presentation of a Recycled Rides vehicle to a local young mother with a two-year-old son born with a congenital birth defect. A 2013 Ford Fusion, donated by Hertz and repaired by Pacific Collision Center in Cathedral City, CA, was presented to Jennifer Valdez, who will now be able to take her son to his frequent medical appointments in the comfort of her own car, rather than having to rely on friends and public transportation. Jennifer was selected as a recipient by a local nonprofit support organization, Variety–The Children’s Charity of the Desert.”
Notte believes the event “...provided participants with fun, camaraderie, and networking opportunities while learning more about the programs and mission of the NABC,” and he credits its success to “...the collaboration and efforts of members from various industry segments who join forces and provide valuable community service programs.”
The visibility and value of NABC programs have resulted in membership growth momentum with the addition of four new Diamond Members and several additional members joining at various levels of membership.
Notte added a special thanks to members of the NABC board of directors, the fundraising committee, chaired by Domenic Brusco and David Merrell, executive director, Chuck Sulkala, and the NABC staff for the many hours devoted to making the golf fundraiser an enjoyable and successful event.