The San Francisco Skate Club was thrilled to have a “new” completely refurbished van, donated by Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA on Dec. 18.
The organization had been using a van that was barely hanging on, so when Regal Collision stepped up to provide a “new” one, it meant a lot to the children of the SF Skate and one of its founders, Shawn Connolly, a former professional skateboarder who operates this non-profit with his wife Thuy Nguyen.
“Our old van had reached the ‘classic’ stage, so this refurbished vehicle is a real plus for the SF Skate Club,” Connolly explained. “The people at Regal Collision are amazing people and we couldn’t be more grateful. When the kids saw our van, their eyes got big and they were so thrilled. Now we have good, reliable and safe transportation to take the children on our outings and when our summer camp starts up again later this year, the van will play a big part in it. We want to personally thank Jim and Shellie Boyle for this incredible donation!”
The van giveaway was part of the Akzo Nobel Benevolence Program, a community relations program that generates goodwill at the local level while improving and promoting the image of the collision repair industry as a whole.
Jim Boyle, the owner of Regal Collision is proud and pleased to be giving a completely re-furbished van to the SF Skate Club. “The whole community has stepped up to help us in this endeavor,” Boyle said. “We love to be in a position to help a group like this that does so much amazing work with youth. By having this van, they’ll be able to transport their members in style and safety.”
To emphasize the stylish aspect of the van, the techs at Regal Collision, led by Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein , added some nice touches to the vehicle, including red bumpers, pinstripes, cool rims and the organization’s motto painted on the van-“Skate with a Friend.”
The kids from the SF Skate Club thanked Jim Boyle of Regal Collision with some original artwork and a few hugs.
Sponsors for the giveaway included: Contra Costa College (for donating the vehicle), Akzo Nobel-Sikkens, Milt’s Service Garage, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Kastner Honda-GMC, 1-800 Radiator Deacon Mike Simmons and Father Fred from the Holy Catholic Church in Vallejo were on hand to bless the van and La Strada Italian Cuisine catered the event. In addition to the van, the SF Skate Club received $1,200 is gift cards donated by sponsors and local businesses.