This is especially true because in the days leading up to the outing, we had been getting intermittent rain storms and just gloomy weather. The golf outing started at 1PM and traditionally runs until about 5:30PM. From 1-5:30PM on the dot, the weather was absolutely beautiful. At precisely 5:30PM, we heard a loud thunder and saw a blast of lightning, and immediately after, the golf carts began flying in like a wagon train. It almost seemed like the thunder and lightning was somehow held up until all of the players finished their 18 rounds of golf… the response to the outing seems to get better and better each year. This year was no exception. We had just under 100 players, and the sponsorship response was overwhelming.”
Sponsorships for the event ranged from hole sponsors to bronze, silver, gold and platinum sponsors, and AASP-NJ received everything from golf balls to flat screen televisions in prize donations. Special lunch and dinner sponsors provided participants with meals and even a special cigar basket which contained a bottle of aged scotch. Nearly 40 companies sponsored holes for the event with an additional 15 sponsors contributing prizes. Platinum sponsors included the Amato Agency, All American Auto Salvage, Hertz Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and PPG. Prizes were awarded for lowest team score, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one.
The AASP-NJ Golf Outing serves as a fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds going towards a special educational scholarship fund, but Bryant explains, “most importantly, it is held in honor of one of our own, Mr. Lou Scoras, formerly of Holmdel Auto Body. It has been ten years since Lou passed away, yet it seems like yesterday because of the wonderful person that Lou was and because of the impact he had on the collision industry here in NJ. Lou Scoras was one of the great people in our industry who did not just sit back and wait for things to happen. Lou loved the industry and donated a large amount of his own personal time to making things happen to better the collision industry every day. I have no doubt that it is because of Lou that we continue to get the great response to the outing every year.”
Bryant sees these types of events as a fun way to bring industry members together for an enjoyable day where they don’t have to worry about the daily stress associated with running a business. “Most of the people that come out and play golf at our outing are just there to have some fun and relaxation, and few are anywhere near pros… Everyone can relax and get a laugh when someone like me misses the ball altogether!”
Overall, AASP-NJ was very pleased with the outcome of their event. Bryant adds “we could not have asked for a better response or turnout. Everyone that I spoke to had a blast and can’t wait for the 2015 outing. I would like to say thank you to everyone that played and a special thank you to all that sponsored on any level. I would also encourage everyone to support those that support the AASP-NJ when it comes time to choose where to spend money on parts, materials, paint, equipment or anything related to our wonderful industry.”