Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists donate $13,000 for Operation Comfort

The Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) 3rd Annual Golf outing raised $13,000 for Operation Comfort’s AutoMotivation Program.

Members joined the effort by making individual donations as well. CCRS donated $10,000, CARSTAR CT donated $2,000 and other members contributed as well to bring the total donation to thirteen thousand dollars.

As members of the collision repair industry, CCRS decided to step up and give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country. “We applaud the efforts of NABC in promoting the Operation Comfort project and challenging the industry to get involved.” says Lisa Siembab, CCRS Executive Director. “Once our Executive Board was made aware of the need – we committed to donate all of the proceeds from our 2013 CCRS Annual Golf Outing.”

CCRS Vice Chairman, Gene Crutchfield mentioned, “Returning veterans face a tough job market and they have been through so much. If we can help them, we will and we must. It’s time for us to give back.”

Vic Hash, a strong advocate and volunteer for Operation Comfort and a wounded veteran himself, was the guest of honor at the golf outing. “I asked Vic to join us for our banquet to speak to our attendees. He agreed, but he insisted that he would spend the entire day with us – getting to know our members and sharing more information on this project for veterans. He hosted a “Putting Contest” on one of the holes and was very successful in raising additional monies. He is very passionate about helping our returning veterans and we were honored to have him with us.” Siembab stated.

About Operation Comfort: Founded in 2004, Operation Comfort is a 501 C‐3 organization that provides opportunities for wounded service members to participate inrehabilitative, adaptive sports and Automotivation – a program where the wounded can work on cars. Operation Comfort also provides family financial assistance and therapeutic trips, emphasizing that an injury is not the end, but a new beginning. The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is committed to deliver advanced on‐the‐job continuing education courses along with a support facility for disabled military veterans. The goal is to raise $1.5 million to purchase, renovate, and equip a 30,000 square foot training facility in San Antonio, TX to house the Automotivation program.

Written by CCRS

The Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists consisted of professionals from all segments of the collision industry working together to expand and improve the industry and opened lines of communication through training opportunities, open forums and involved cooperation. They were committed to the future of the collision repair industry, providing the leadership needed, raising the professional image of the individual and the industry, and developing new leaders to carry its goals forward. CCRS is now ASA CT. Please visit for more information.

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