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ABAT Hosts First Annual Skeet Shoot

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ABAT members enjoyed the camaraderie at the First Annual Skeet Shoot. (Pictured left to right: Kevin Jordan of Burl’s Collision Center, Michael Jordan of Burl’s Collision Center, Jon Dalton of Hance Paint & Body, Paul Dalton of LKQ)

 

On May 25, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted a Skeet Tournament at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, TX. Open to all members of the collision repair industry, the fun networking event attracted ABAT members, non-member shops and their employees, jobbers and more.

Teams of four competed at skeet shot stations during the tournament-style, 100-clay sporting course. ABAT Executive Director Jill Tuggle explains, “This event was held to bring awareness, camaraderie, and communication to ABAT and its members, as well as to allow our sponsors to interact with their customers in a laidback environment. The more interaction we can provide our members with, the more they can get to know each other and communicate effectively. ABAT is all about communication, education, and legislation. We cannot do any of those things alone. Plus, we like to have a little fun- and it’s Texas and we like to shoot guns.”

 

The top skeet shooter won a Browning rifle, and four runners up won Henry Golden Eagle .22 long rifles. Additional prizes were raffled off, including a Curado reel, a Shimano rod, Costa sunglasses, a bird hunting kit, a dent puller, four bottles of high-end whiskey, gift cards and much more. Tuggle adds, “We expected this event to be a fun alternative to the popular golf tournaments that are hosted each year within our industry. With this being the inaugural year, it was a great success. We had an intimate crowd and an outpouring of great feedback. Many participants are already looking forward to next year.”

 

Tuggle feels that it’s vital for ABAT to host these types of events because “We must come together as a local industry to better ourselves - for the success of our shop owners and especially for the safety of the consumer. These events give the association an opportunity to market our educational seminars that we offer our members to educate their staff.”

 

For more information about the association, visit www.abat.us.

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