The 1965 Mustang Fastback had been the teen’s father’s car and it was his wish to restore it to its original condition.
The wish was coordinated through Golden State Collision Repair Centers and Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapter.
Michael Lua, 18, was presented with his renovated ’65 Mustang on April 29, the 33rd anniversary date of the very first wish granted by Make-A-Wish. Through a partnership of the Northeastern California and Northern Nevada Make-A-Wish Chapter and Les Schwab Tire Centers and Golden State Collision Repair Centers, the transformed Mustang was revealed to Michael on Make-A-Wish’s World Wish Day, at the Golden State Collision Repair Center, in Elk Grove, CA.
Golden State Collision Repair Centers was contacted by Make-A-Wish in the winter of 2012 to ask for assistance in granting this wish for Michael. Golden State Collision Centers collaborated with numerous businesses in order to completely restore the vehicle. Repairs included a complete paint color change, body work, new upholstery, new sound system, glass installation and new wheels.
“We were approached by volunteers of the local Make-A-Wish chapter to help out on Michael’s wish to refurbish his ‘65 Mustang Fastback. As a company, we are always in search of ways to help our community and its families. When we heard about this wish, we jumped on board to spearhead the renovation of Michael’s vehicle,” said Dave Finkelstein, marketing director of Golden State Collision Repair Centers. “We are delighted to be able to present this wish on the anniversary date of the very first wish granted by Make-A-Wish. Once the word got out on our World Wish Day project, other local businesses readily stepped up to the plate to help out. This is truly a community coming together to help make a wish come true,” he said.
“We are very grateful to Les Schwab Tire Center for adopting Michael’s wish, and for Golden State Collision Repair Center who quarterbacked the refurbishment,” said Jennifer Stolo, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “What makes this wish unique is that Michael has worked on his car alongside the Golden State Collision crew during the preliminary refurbishment. He will surely be surprised when he finally sees the finished product!”
“Michael worked alongside both painter Mike Inong and body technician Eric Sims on the work done to the vehicle,” said Rebecca Endres, VP Customer Relations with Golden State Collision Repair Centers. “He was really passionate about the entire wish and developed an amazing relationship with both our technicians. There was amazing journey along which Michael was really educated on the entire renovation.”
Local vendors, including Les Schwab Tire Centers, American Mustang, Windshield Pros North, LKQ/Keystone Corporation, Upholstery Tech, Genesis Window Tinting, Acme Tops & Tunes, Leland Insurance, and employees of Golden State Collision Repair Centers donated their time and services as part of this program.