Industry provides record $4.1 million in support to education

The collision industry came to the aid of its' future workforce in 2011 by providing a record $4.1 million in donations to secondary and post-secondary collision school programs and their students through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Through monetary and in-kind product donations, the 2011 Collision Repair Education Foundation donors helped to provide student scholarships, student tool grants, school equipment and supply grants, the 3rd annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant, and much more. Since 2008, when the Collision Repair Education Foundation became a purely philanthropic organization, the organization has provided $7 million in school and student support through industry donors.

"The fact that the Collision Repair Education Foundation provided more support to collision schools and students in 2011 compared to the combined totals of 2008 through 2010 displays that the collision industry is one that cares for its future professionals," said Scott Kruger, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director. "This announcement of support was made possible exclusively through our industry supporters and donors. On behalf of our staff, Board of Trustees, and the collision students we support, we would like to thank our continued supporters and donors."

"The Collision Repair Education Foundation has come a long way since becoming a purely philanthropic organization in 2008. The donation results of 2011 display that many industry members believe in the Education Foundation's efforts to support collision schools and students," said Doug Webb, Chairman of the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees. "I want to thank the Staff for all of their efforts during 2011, all of the Board of Trustees, and of course, all the donors for their support during the year."

For a complete listing of the Collision Repair Education Foundation's industry supporters, visit Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2012 and increase the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Associate Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed or at (847) 463-5244.