The ribbon-cutting was followed by a vehicle presentation to war veteran Cassidy Nolan, a 26-year-old Napa Valley Community College (NVC) student, who was recently honored in Sacramento as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 4th Assembly District. This vehicle was provided by Hertz Rent A Car, which marks their third year of involvement in the program. This was the 60th vehicle that Mike's Auto Body has given away as part of its 16-year-old Benevolence Program.
Nolan was sponsored to receive a completely refurbished 2015 Chrysler 200 by the Pathway Home in Napa that provides veterans with educational, professional and clinical support designed to enhance their lives following military service. Eight technicians at Mike's Auto Body also donated all of their time to refurbish the vehicle, under the direction of Brad Woodland, who manages the Napa location.
Nolan and his wife Jillian and their two daughters are still processing the magnitude of the afternoon's events, he said. "This is a phenomenal gift and we are extremely grateful. It will enable us to continue performing our service to veterans here in Napa through my involvement in the Veteran's Club at NVC, where we have approximately 200 veterans enrolled there. We love this vehicle and we are hoping one day that our daughters can drive it to and from school, many years from now."
In addition to the refurbished vehicle, the Nolan family also received one year of insurance paid for by Mike's Auto Body and provided by Napa State Farm Agent Melinda Adams. In addition, Mike's Auto Body also donated a trunk load of gifts for the Nolan family. Sal Contreras at Mike's Auto Body has been involved in the company's Benevolence Program since its inception, but he always gets excited when he sees each recipient's eyes as they see their car for the very first time, he explained.
"It is very satisfying, that's for sure," Contreras said. "We have been doing this for a long time, with exactly 60 cars given away now. Mike Rose and his family made a commitment to helping the community in every area where we do business many years ago and the Benevolence Program has become the cornerstone of all our charitable efforts here at Mike's Auto Body."
The Nolan family with the Rose family, Ragen Rose (far left) and Mike Rose (far right) as the company celebrated its expansion and give its 60th vehicle away on Aug. 9th.
A Color Guard from American Legion Post 113-Napa led by Greg Anderson from the Sons of the American Legion, Squad 113 began the festivities. The Pink Heals organization was also in attendance with their all-pink fire engine.
Several local dignitaries were also on hand, including Napa Mayor Jill Techel; California Assemblyman Bill Dodd; Lorena Barrera representing Congressman Mike Thompson who gave Mike Rose a Special Certificate of Congressional Recognition; Kate Berquist, a board of director's member from the Pathway Home; Richard Chan for Hertz Rent A Car and distinguished members of the Napa Chamber of Commerce and Napa Rotary, as well as local vendors that donated parts and mechanical services for the car giveaway.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the expansion of the Napa store. From left to right: California Assemblyman Bill Dodd, Napa Mayor Jill Techel and Mike Rose, the owner of Mike's Auto Body.
The expansion of this facility located on Vallejo Street in Napa added 1,950 square feet of new offices including a new lobby and on-site parking. Owner Mike Rose is pleased about the expansion to his location, which opened three years ago. "We're excited about the new expansion and how it's going to help our operations to become even more efficient,” he said. “I also believe the new structure will enhance the neighborhood. It's going to be nice and we're delighted to be able to provide jobs that help the local economy and the community."
Fixing cars to their pre-accident condition since 1972, Mike Rose and his family has built Mike’s Auto Body into a 15-shop organization known for its honesty and integrity with an emphasis on exemplary customer service. With two locations in Concord and Walnut Creek and one in Lafayette, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Richmond, Fairfield Napa, San Ramon, Fremont and Vallejo, Mike’s Auto Body is well-known for being an outstanding business partner in every city where it serves the public.