Gerry Poirier, Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Committee, states, "Weather predictions all week called for rain that day, but the skies cleared just in time for a perfect day - sunny and in the low 80s. We raised over $42,500 for the Foundation, exceeding our high last year of $36,500."
Several new activities were added to this year's event and were greatly enjoyed by attendees. Atlanta I-CAR Committee member Eric Lerner from IAA dressed in hockey gear, and tickets were sold for attendees to try to hit him on the driving range. Poirier recounts, "The AR-15 Golf Ball Launcher was a big hit with balls being shot out over 300 yards, and the Helicopter Ball Drop, sponsored by PPG, went off without a hitch. Seven balls ended up in the cup, so the $2000 prize was split seven ways with most folks re-donating the money to CREF."
Speakers at the event included John VanAlystne and Nick Notte from I-CAR, as well as CREF's Clark Plucinski. The group also saluted the U.S. Military since they had an active duty Black Hawk pilot in attendance who is looking to retire from the military and join the automotive industry.
Additionally, instructors from Atlanta Technical College and instructors, the principal and assistant principal from Maxwell High School spoke "about the importance of the CREF and how everyone's support is vital to their survival," Poirier says. In addition, students from the Atlanta Technical College painted 14 hoods to be used as trophies.
Nearly 200 golfers attended Atlanta I-CAR Committee's 2016 Golf Tournament
Poirier states, "We had over 37 sponsors at all levels. Hendrick Automotive was our Diamond Sponsor and also hosted our 19th hole experience, a virtual golf experience complete with playoff. Tons of prizes were donated, including an Apple Watch!"
Next year's Atlanta I-CAR Committee Golf Tournament is tentatively scheduled for April 26, 2017.