On Sunday November 15th G&C Auto Body, with the help of State Farm Insurance and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, teamed up to give away two cars to families who were victims of the recent Valley Fire in Lake County, the third most destructive fire in California’s history, leveling more than 2,000 buildings and killing four people.
When the people at G&C Auto Body found out about two families who needed help after the blaze, they stepped up to make it happen. “These two families have lost their homes and vehicles in the fire and were left with nothing,” G&C Auto Body’s Outreach Program Director Govinda Crozat said. “G&C Auto Body and the Crozat Family Foundation have been giving away cars to needy families for over three years now, totaling 75 cars to-date. When we heard about these families we decided to partner up to in order to help them and provide them with reliable transportation during these trying times.”
State Farm Insurance and Enterprise Rent-A- Car each donated a vehicle for G&C to refurbish and repair for the families. Both the G&C locations in Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa prepared the cars to be given away at a large fundraising event hosted at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Nov. 15.
At the six-hour musical event, emceed by actor John O’Hurley of TVs “Seinfield” and featuring numerous famous rock and country musicians, the cars were presented to the families by Govinda Crozat, the Program Director of the Crozat Family Foundation, Mike Melville of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and State Farm agent Nanette Dutcher, a Lake Port agent whose agency had many clients effected by the wild fire. Additionally the Crozat Family Foundation gave each of the families $750 in gift certificates to get them started and G&C Auto Body donated $500 to the “Putting out the Fire” fundraising event.
While the embers were still hot, G&C Auto Body organized a company-wide collection involving all 10 shops to raise money for the families affected by the wild fire in Lake County. The employees and friends donated $3,364 which was matched by G&C to total $6,728 in contributions to the victims of the Valley Fire.
Gene Crozat, the owner of G&C Auto Body is never shy to help those in need and well-known for his on-going philanthropy. “How do you measure success? It is not something I see on a spreadsheet, it’s what you do with your success that matters,” Crozat said. “G&C has been lucky to grow and prosper in the towns in which it does business and it is our responsibility to give back to those in need where we can. This is why we created the Crozat Family Foundation, whose sole purpose is to seek out those in need and help them. We don’t live in a ‘you’ world or a ‘me’ world; we live in a ‘you and me world.’”