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CREF fundraiser co-hosted by PPG raises $120,000

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 07:00
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The annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by the automotive refinish business unit of PPG raised $120,000 through the support of attendees and sponsors. Sponsors and participants enjoyed a day of golf at the Harborside International in Chicago, Ill. on July 24, 2017 and the funds raised from this event will go toward supporting scholarships and grants for collision schools and students.

“PPG is proud to support an event of this caliber,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG, Senior, Manager, Industry Relations. “It’s an honor to bring together industry professionals from around the country and to assist the Foundation in making sure that collision repair students are well prepared for entering our industry. With the Education Foundation staff working towards another great event next year, I encourage industry members to participate through a sponsorship, by attending, or by donating items for the raffle table and silent auction. This is a wonderful and important investment in our industry’s future.”

“Through our incredible sponsors, attendees, and volunteers we had another great golf fundraiser event that will significantly assist in the Education Foundation’s abilities to support high school and college collision school programs. A special thanks to the automotive refinish professionals at PPG for their continued co-sponsorship,” noted Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “We are already starting to plan for next year’s event.”  

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is already starting to plan for the 2018 event taking place in Atlanta, Ga. in conjunction with NACE and Automechanika and the date and location should be announced in the coming weeks. Individuals and companies interested in getting involved with next year’s fundraiser should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 or

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