SCRS, Collision Industry Raises Funds for Wounded Vet Collision Program

From CollisionWeek©

“Passing the hat” is a time-honored tradition of collecting donations for a worthwhile cause, but at the 2011 SEMA Show, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) put its own unique spin on the tradition by “passing the helmet” to raise funds for Operation Comfort’s Automotivation initiative.

The helmets were used to collect donations at the association’s booth, and also passed at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held during the SEMA Show. The helmets were again visible in the hands of volunteers standing at the exit doors after association’s Repairer Driven Education (RDE) keynote speech by Afterburner Inc.’s Patrick “Lips” Houlahan. In addition, SCRS held a silent auction at their booth for a set of three “Flawless Execution One-on-One” DVDs produced by Afterburner.

The entire effort resulted in the collection of over $3,200 for the non-profit organization.

Operation Comfort, located in San Antonio, Texas, provides support to wounded U.S. service members receiving treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). As a form of occupational therapy and career replacement, Operation Comfort runs a program entitled Automotivation where wounded service members rehabilitate through automotive-related activities such as rebuilding and restoring cars, trucks, and motorcycles on a ranch outside of San Antonio. Two vehicles the soldiers worked on as part of the Automotivation program, a 1957 Dodge Power Wagon used by the Army as a weapons carrier and a 1966 Cobra kit car, were on display at the SEMA Show.

SCRS Chairman Aaron Clark said, “Collision repairers have demonstrated time and again that the industry believes in community support and philanthropy, and it was great to see that on display yet again. Good luck to Operation Comfort, and thank you to the many industry professionals that contributed. Like those who serve our country in the military, you make us all proud.”

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