Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Supports CREF by Sponsoring Collision School Safety Kits

In 2014, $65,000 was donated to the Collision Repair Education Foundation by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The nationwide rental company began as a local replacement provider more than 55 years ago and has been developing relationships with dealerships and collision repair centers ever since. In 2014, Enterprise sponsored the Education Foundation’s “Cars, Careers & Celebrities” fundraising event (at the Diamond Level), its summer golf fundraiser, and its safety-kit program – which included work uniforms, safety glasses, ear plugs, and dust masks.

“We cannot thank Enterprise enough for its crucial support of high-school and college collision-repair programs, instructors and students,” said Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “We also hope that this important initiative will be continued and duplicated across the country going forward.”

Mary Mahoney, Vice President at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, serves on the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

“As a privately held, family-owned-operated business, Enterprise is unique in the car rental industry because it’s always able to make decisions and investments for the long term,” explained Mahoney. “That’s why investing in tomorrow’s technicians makes so much sense, both for us as well as for our business partners in the collision-repair industry. We are all so proud to be part of this effort.”

More than 25 collision school programs were the recipient of the safety kits:

  • Medford Vocational Technical High School (Medford, MA)
  • Academy for Careers & Technology (Mullins, SC)
  • Area 30 Career Center (Greencastle, IN)
  • Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
  • Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (Cape Girardeau, MO)
  • Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES CTE (Ellicottville, NY)
  • Chippewa Valley Tech College (Eau Claire, WI)
  • Greene County Career Center (Xenia, OH)
  • Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
  • Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL)
  • Lake Technical Center (Eustis, FL)
  • Lake Washington Tech College (Kirkland, WA)
  • Lex La-Ray Area Technical Center (Lexington, MO)
  • Manatee Technical Institute (Bradenton, FL)
  • Marengo Community High School District 154 (Marengo, IL)
  • Maricopa Skill Center (Phoenix, AZ)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, ND)
  • Regional Career Tech Center (Ypsilanti, MI)
  • South Piedmont Community College (Polkton, NC)
  • Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC)
  • Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (Dimmock, PA)
  • TCHS-Pickering (Phoenixville, PA)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston (Livingston, TN)
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Shelbyville (Shelbyville, TN)
  • Thaddeus Stevens College (Lancaster, PA)
  • WI Indianhead Technical College (Rice Lake, WI)

Industry organizations looking to assist high school and college collision school programs and their students through monetary and/or in-kind product donations should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

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