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Friday, 17 June 2016 17:32

Moorestown Auto Body and Car Care in NJ Earns MBA Spotlight Award

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Caption: L to R: MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Moorestown Auto Body & Car Care owner Craig Dennin, and MBA President Don Powell

Photo by Tom Sheckels

You might hope you won’t have to visit Moorestown Auto Body and Car Care, a Lenola district anchor business that has provided expert automobile body repair and reconstruction for decades.  But when the need arises, customers are grateful for the proficiency and attention to detail they receive in the hands of Craig Dennin and his staff.

Cars that arrive with severe damage from wrecks, or even the scrapes and scratches from parking lot encounters, leave Moorestown Auto Body showroom ready.

Dennin’s company is known for fair pricing, exceptional work, and not adding anything to the job that isn’t necessary.

“If they don’t need it, I don’t sell it,” he explains.

Top insurance companies list it as a preferred repair resource, and the dedicated office staff eases the process of navigating the paperwork.

A number of Dennin’s customers come in for “re-repairs,” following up on less than satisfactory repair jobs done elsewhere. In recent years, auto body customers who had developed a trust in the company’s workmanship began to ask for other services.

Because of these requests, Dennin decided to expand the business—he now also takes care of routine auto mechanical needs, such as oil changes, tune-ups, and brake alignments.

The iconic building on East Camden Avenue started out as an Army barracks structure in Medford that was moved in the 1920s to its current location.

In the 1950s it housed a Rambler dealership, and by the 1960s it had become Schaaf’s Auto Body.

Craig and his wife Denise, a speech pathologist, bought the business in 2003 and worked to build a reputation of caring and trust that customers have come to expect and recommend to others.

The Dennins devote the same kind of dedication and good will that frame their business towards the philanthropic work they do in the community.

Through connections Denise developed by working with clients’ children, in the 1980s the Dennins became involved in HOMH (Hometown Opportunities for Mentally Handicapped), which is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with mental and physical challenges who are above the age of formal schooling.

They started a theater troupe within the organization, offering participants (ages 18-60) the opportunity to experience performing on a stage in front of an audience. The plays they produce are all original, and in recent years all written by Craig and Denise after collaborating with the group’s participants.

The Dennins now have leadership roles in the organization, which has broadened its scope to provide access to life-skills training such as computer literacy and has branched out into subgroups offering multiple opportunities in the creative arts.

HOMH attracts participants from throughout the tri-county area, and the flagship theater troupe, which has marched in the Mummers and other parades, is still going strong.

Their latest show, “The Best Day,” included a reception with WMMR radio DJ Jacky Bam Bam and drew coverage from local media.

Through Moorestown Auto Body, the Dennins also contribute to multiple other philanthropic needs in Moorestown each year.

As business leaders providing exceptional customer service and for their ongoing support and participation in enhancing the lives of others in our area, the Dennins and Moorestown Auto Body and Car Care are recipients of a Moorestown Business Association Spotlight Award.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight Award program in 2015 to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community.

Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have implemented or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve our community.

We would like to thank Moorestown Patch for reprint permission.

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