According to Gerry Poirier, Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Committee, "We had a huge turnout of 210 golfers, and 42 companies sponsored the event, with many attending from all over the country."
Attendees really enjoyed the event which featured the Annual Helicopter Ball Drop, the 19th Hole Experience, Tee-Off on Eric, and the Golf Ball Launcher. Major sponsors for the event included Hendrick, NALLEY, PPG, Enterprise, Elite Electronics, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Single Source, Caliber Collision, and Service King.
The Atlanta I-CAR Committee holds this annual event to raise money for the collision repair industry. The money is donated to CREF who then awards it to deserving collision repair education programs and technical schools across the state. Poirier says, "The Atlanta I-CAR Committee has donated over $250,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). These donations have them been awarded to local collision schools and programs in the Metro Atlanta area. Some of our recipient schools have been Maxwell High School of Technology, Athens Technical College, and Atlanta Technical College. These schools received makeover grants, tools, supplies, job placement, and support from our committee. We are always looking to add more schools to our list of recipients as we support the future of the collision industry! This year, we raised $52,640. We raised $42,500 last year so, in two years, we are just shy of raising $100,000.”
The Atlanta I-CAR Committee’s helicopter ball drop is a crowd favorite every year.
Poirier believes, "Having people from all over the country attend shows what a great industry we all work in. The collision industry is a huge industry that incorporates so many different companies that support one another. There are so many great jobs in the collision industry, such as paint suppliers, body shops, insurance companies, tool and equipment suppliers, and so many more. The future of the collision industry is in everyone's best interest because there is an extreme shortage of body technicians entering the field of collision repair, and most of the long-time technicians are planning for retirement."
The 2017 Atlanta I-CAR Committee's Golf Tournament would not have been possible without the exhaustive efforts of the golf committee who organized and facilitated the event, attending countless meetings to ensure their success. The golf committee included Gerry Poirier, Lee Sullivan of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lizette Mercado from ABRA, Kristi Senger of ABRA, Sara Peck from ABRA, and Robin Parker of Day's Chevrolet.
The Atlanta I-CAR Committee's 9th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on April 25, 2018.