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Mother of 6 Receives Life-Changing Car Donation at  National Auto Body Council’s Annual Golf Fundraiser

(PALM SPRINGS, CA – January 22, 2018) – National Auto Body Council members gave a Palm Springs single mother of six much to look forward to in 2018 when she received keys to a practically brand-new 2017 Toyota Camry.

The vehicle presentation was a highlight of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Annual Golf Fundraiser in Palm Springs. Proceeds from the fundraiser support NABC’s community service programs including Recycled Rides™, First Responder Emergency Extrication™ (FREE) and Distracted Driving Initiative.

The Golf Fundraiser was presented by title sponsor Hertz Corporation with event sponsors including: Audatex, a Solera Company, Autoworks PDR, AXALTA Coating Systems, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Caliber Collision Centers, Car-O-Liner, Certified Collision Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Pacific Resource Recovery, The Collision Centers of New York and United Recyclers Group (URG).

This past year had been challenging for Sonya Palacio and her family.  They were forced to leave their rental home and exhausted their modest savings living in motels. To make matters worse, their only car broke down during the move to temporary shelter at a friend’s guest house.  Despite these challenges, Sonya’s young daughters manage to maintain an A average in school and perfect attendance, relying on public bus transportation and the generosity of friends for rides.

“This is overwhelming, a wonderful blessing for our family,” said Palacio, adding that the car will enable her to find stable employment as well as the opportunity to participate in her children’s school and extracurricular activities.

The Recycled Rides vehicle for the Palacio family was donated by Hertz and repaired by Ben Clymers The Body Shop in Palm Desert, with contributions of parts, materials and services from LKQ Corporation, PPG Automotive Refinish and I-10 Toyota in Indio, CA.  Nearly 2000 vehicles valued at over $26 million have been donated across the country by NABC members.

“It is through the generosity of so many in our collision industry that we are able to give individuals like Sonya Palacio hope for a brighter future,” said Darren Huggins, NABC Chairman. “Our sincere thanks to all those who sponsored and participated in our Golf Fundraiser this year, giving us additional funds to change and save even more lives.”

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About the National Auto Body Council:
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) develops, implements and promotes community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry. Members of the National Auto Body Council are recognized and acknowledged as responsible businesses that give back to the communities they serve.  NABC community service programs include its signature Recycled Rides™, First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE™) and the Distracted Driving Initiative.

For more information, contact the National Auto Body Council at 1-888-667-7433 or at www.NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org.  Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalAutoBodyCouncil. The NABC’s Twitter feed is @AutoBodyCouncil.