The first meeting for the 2011 Auto Angels was held Feb. 22 in Lakeland, Fla., where local collision industry professionals came together to discuss plans for a repeat of last year’s successful benevolent car giveaway program, in which Auto Angels presented five reconditioned automobiles to five grateful recipients.
“The experience was incredible for all involved, and this year the goal is a lofty one, whereas the intent is to bestow 15 reconditioned vehicles to local community members. So far, we have two vehicles and several more have been promised, but we need more,” said David Stewart, this year’s Auto Angels project chairperson.
This year’s program will be held under the Polk County Chapter of the Florida Autobody Collision Alliance (FACA), which is a not-for-profit organization.
Barrett Smith of Auto Damage Experts, Auto Angel’s interim spokesperson, states, “This may provide the donors the opportunity to use their generosity as tax deductible contributions as well as to shield participants from potential liabilities. This will also enable the community, other local repairers, sponsors and supporters to become more familiar with FACA and help in promoting the association, the Auto Angels program and the participant’s businesses through their involvement.”
In attendance were:
Cherri Surrency of Regal Automotive Collision Center
Doc Jenkins of Jenkins Lincoln Mercury Collision Center
David Stewart of Stewart’s Auto
Sean Douglas of Douglas Collision
Ray Gunder of Gunder’s Auto Center
Michael Meisner of Meisner Paint & Body
Wayne Schumacher of Haines City Paint & Body
Barrett Smith, Auto Damage Experts, Inc.
Auto Angels is currently seeking participants, sponsors and donors to make this year’s car giveaway as successful as last year’s.
For more information on participating in the Auto Angels Program, contact David Stewart at (863) 965-2030 or e-mail at [email protected].