By B.J. Johnson
ASA Member Hosts Fund-Raising Event
A 44-member volunteer force from Canine Companions for Independence and C&M Auto Service hosted the 5th Annual Woof & Wheels Wash at C&M's Vernon Hills, Ill., facility. Volunteers bathed and pampered 47 pooches and soaked 103 sedans at the event in an effort to raise funds to help provide assistance dogs to recipients in Illinois. Canine Companions is a national organization that breeds and trains highly skilled assistance dogs.
Although it costs more than $10,000 to breed, train and place each canine companion, the organization provides the dogs, as well as ongoing support, to recipients free of charge. Due to cost versus demand, there is a two-year waiting list.
This year's event raised approximately $3,500, which doubled last year's total. "We raised a lot of money in a short amount of time, and we are grateful for the community's support," said Amy Campos, Chicago coordinator for Canine Companions. "The many people who came out with their pets and their cars and the companies that donated time or food all helped to make the event an overwhelming success," said Campos.
"We couldn't have asked for better weather, and the turnout was fabulous," said C&M Auto President Mike Starovich. "Canine Companions is a wonderful organization, and we're thrilled that we were able to raise twice as much money as last year. Our challenge - and our goal - is to figure out how to double the proceeds again next year."
C&M Auto Service has been an ASA member since 1994. C&M Auto and Medline Industries Inc. sponsored the event, and Sam's Club of Vernon Hills offered Canine Companions a $500 matching grant.
NAIT Sells Out Booth Space and Draws Record Attendance
The Northwest Automotive Industry Tradeshow (NAIT) held May 21-22 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash., was a great success. NAIT, sponsored by ASA-Washington, featured 178 exhibitors in 255 booths. Exhibits offered a wide variety of the latest technology in automotive repair products and services.
More than 4,600 people attended the two-day event. In addition to the trade show, the event provided eight management and technical seminars. "We are very pleased with the attendance at our show and continue to draw attendees from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, California and Texas," said Jeff Lovell, AAM, ASA-Washington president/executive director.
ASA-Washington is well under way planning for next year's NAIT show, to be held May 20-21 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds. For more information on the 2005 event, contact Jeff Lovell, AAM at (253) 473-6970.
ASA-Texas Gears Up for SRAS
ASA-Texas will hold the Southwest Regional Automotive Show (SRAS) Sept. 24-26 at the Marriott Houston Westchase Hotel in Houston. Registration and event information are available online at www.asatx.org. For additional information, contact Charles Parker, ASA-Texas executive director, at (512) 495-9769.
The following seminars are scheduled for the three-day event:
In addition to the management and technical education, the event will feature a golf tournament, a welcome reception, a silent auction, a shopping trip and exhibitor appreciation party. During the Saturday luncheon, Ron Pyle, ASA president, will provide attendees an update on the association and the automotive service industry. Affiliate election of officers will also be conducted at the luncheon.
Reminder of the Month
The premier event of mechanical repair - the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) - is unmatched in regard to management seminars, technical courses and exhibitor showcase. The 2004 event will be held Nov. 4-6 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Registration is being handled online this year. To register, visit the CARS Web site at www.CARSonline.org. AAPEX, SEMA and NACE show credentials are included with full CARS registrations purchased by Sept. 27.
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