Service King Collision Repair Centers, the largest employee-owned collision repair company in the United States, recently hosted its first annual Charity Golf Tournament in Houston and donated $35,000 to benefit families assisted by Houston’s AVANCE Parent & Child education programs.
The event was held at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. Having hosted successful golf tournaments benefiting charities for over 16 years in Dallas, where the company began in 1976, Service King says it decided to expand its giving project to Houston.
“We were ready to extend our reach to the Houston community,” said Chris Abraham, vice president of Service King’s Houston market. “After touring an AVANCE center earlier this year and learning more about the organization’s early childhood and adult literacy services, we knew it was a perfect fit for our company.”
Tournament dollars raised supported several local charities, but primarily the AVANCE Parent & Child education programs. Additional funds were raised from raffles and a live auction that included autographed sports collectables showcased by the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.
“In Houston, there’s a strong tradition of business corporations stepping up and getting involved with community organizations,” said Jose Villarreal, executive director for AVANCE. “And Service King has set the bar a little higher for Houston corporations to continue the tradition of getting involved.”
AVANCE aims to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent and education programs.
AVANCE, from the Spanish word “advance” or “progress,” has been serving the needs of the hardest-to-reach families since 1973. Founded in Texas, AVANCE works with poor and marginalized communities to promote better parenting, school readiness, literacy, health and personal development.