The Orlando Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) received the gift of a newly refurbished vehicle courtesy of Allstate Insurance Company and Sterling Autobody Centers. Allstate and Sterling teamed up with the National Autobody Council’s Recycled Rides vehicle-gifting program to present the group with a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, wrapped in a giant red, white and blue bow. Members of the MOPH accepted the keys from Sterling Vice President of Operations Bob Benjamin, colonel in the U.S. Army and active member of the US Army Reserves.
The gifting ceremony took place on April 23, the last day of Sterling’s 2010 Leadership Conference. The ceremony was attended by Sterling and Allstate Leaders, members of the Orlando MOPH and technicians from Sterling’s Orlando East location, the team that completed the renovation.
Nick Notte, Sterling Autobody president, NABC board member and chairman of Recycled Rides 2010, said, “I was extremely proud to be a part of this give a way. It is an honor to show our appreciation to the veterans and troops serving our country. The Sterling organization is made up of caring, dedicated and talented employees, many of whom are veterans themselves.”
Commander James Holland added, “We greatly appreciate Sterling’s support of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Florida, in its mission of serving veterans in the state of Florida. The Dodge Grand Caravan is a beautiful vehicle and its primary mission will be to tow our war memorial to veteran’s and patriotic events throughout the state.”
In addition to the vehicle gifting, Sterling also made a $5,000 donation to NABC’s Recycled Rides program on behalf their nearly 800 technicians, the unsung heroes of the collision repair industry. The donation will be used to recognize the donors of vehicles, labor and parts who make the Recycled Rides initiative one of the most meaningful in the inter-industry.
Recycled Rides is a community awareness project whereby members of the NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need throughout the United States. The goal for this year’s national day of gifting, to take place the Monday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, is 150 vehicles.