“What a fabulous turnout,” AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant said. “We were a little concerned about the weather, but everything turned out great. Everyone stayed cool and had a great time. It was an excellent tribute to Lou’s memory. I’m sure he was looking down and smiling.”
Joining the participants at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ were dozens of industry sponsors whose support was integral to the event’s success.
“We are extremely thankful to all who contributed to making the event a great one,” Bryant adds, “especially our Platinum sponsors (The Amato Agency, Hertz Rent-A-Car, All American Auto Salvage and Enterprise Rent-A-Car), Gold sponsors (Keystone/PPG and Keystone/AkzoNobel), Silver sponsors (Toyota of Morristown, Leesville Auto), Bronze sponsors (Cosmo’s Ocean County Auto Wreckers, United Bank Card Network, Progressive Insurance Co.) and Hole-In-One (Maxon Hyundai-Mazda) sponsors.”
The day began with a lunch (sponsored by All American Auto Salvage) followed by a shotgun start. A dinner (emceed and sponsored by the always-entertaining Joe Amato Sr. of the Amato Agency) with dozens of prizes completed the event after the tournament.
“When you have an event that is as special as this, the industry always comes out and supports it,” Bryant adds. “We really had so many people step up in memory of Lou.
Toyota of Morristown sponsored our refreshment carts, which were so important on a hot day like this. Hertz helped out tremendously with our check-in while giving every player a prize bag full of items. We even had quite a few insurance companies (Progressive, Travelers and Utica National) participate, so you know this was bigger than just a few body shop guys getting together. It was an event that really showed how our industry can work together. Hopefully, that kind of attitude carries over into day-to-day business. All I can say is Lou would be proud.”