By B.J. Johnson
Illinois Member Raises $3,500 For Charity
A force of more than 50 volunteers bathed 76 pooches and hand-washed and vacuumed 115 coupes, sedans and SUVs in exchange for donations to Canine Companions, a national organization that breeds and trains highly skilled assistance dogs. Grooming consultations and toenail trimming were also offered for the canines, and family activities included a high-energy fly dog show, a canine search and rescue demonstration, and exhibits from local groups including Sav-A-Pet Adoption Center and Pet Sitters of America. The event was held at C&M Auto Service Inc. in Vernon Hills, Ill.
"Once again, the community wowed us with its continuous support of our fund-raising efforts, and we are grateful for that," said Amy Campos, Chicago coordinator for Canine Companions. "From bringing their vehicles and dogs by for a wash to buying raffle tickets or donating food for the volunteers, our generous supporters made this event an overwhelming success. We thank them very much for their efforts."
The funds raised will help provide assistance dogs to recipients in Illinois and will be used toward local educational outreach programs. Although it costs more than $10,000 to breed, train and place each companion dog, Canine Companions provides each assistance dog, as well as ongoing support, to recipients free of charge. Because of the cost and demand, there is a two-year waiting list.
"We always have a great time hosting and working this event with Canine Companions, and we're pleased to have raised $3,500 for the organization," Mike Starovich, C&M president, said. "However, we continue to set our sites on the $10,000 necessary to provide one individual with one assistance dog. We'll be brainstorming ideas with our team, as well as with Canine Companions, to see how we can make that a feasible goal for next year."
While C&M Auto Service sponsored the event, Wal-Mart of Vernon Hills offered a $1,000 matching grant and Medline of Mundelein donated $200.
ASA-North Carolina Announces Fall Meeting
Three management education seminars will highlight the ASA-North Carolina fall meeting to be held Sept. 16-18 at the Sheraton New Bern Hotel & Marina in New Bern, N.C.
George Witt, AAM, will teach his two Automotive Management Institute (AMI) seminars, "Become the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For," and "Survival Skills for the Service Adviser." Each seminar will earn attendees six credits toward the institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. In addition to Witt, Jeff Corbett will present "Gaining the Competitive Edge: Exceptional Customer Service & Communication Strategies that Set You Apart!"
The schedule also includes a welcome reception, an affiliate board meeting and a trolley tour of historic New Bern.
For more information and to register, contact Hero Joyner, ASA-North Carolina, at (919) 846-8799.
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