For the 8th time, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) held its annual Gala Fundraiser in Palm Springs, California. Continuing the tradition, the foundation hosted a lively cocktail party, complete with delicious Asian fare hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the renowned Lulu California Bistro.
Setting a new record of 117 attendees from the collision industry, the gala guests were able to participate in a raffle and silent auction featuring various items. Items were donated by companies and individuals and included high-end electronics, custom artwork, a Chip Foose-signed picture, a NASCAR package, as well as vouchers for I-CAR and AMI training classes.
CIF was able to raise more than $59,000 during this year’s gala. The foundation’s major focus has been the Collision Industry Relief Fund to assist collision repair professionals who have lost their livelihoods from a natural disaster or other catastrophe. Most recently, funds went to support flood victims in Houston and in Florida, as well as wildfires in California.
Commenting to the success attributed to sponsors and attendees, Cheryl Boswell, CIF trustee and treasurer said, “Our sponsors – companies and individuals – continue to see the value of the Foundation and have supported us significantly.”
CIF’s vision is to bring awareness and emergency relief to collision repair professionals. If you know of someone in need, direct them to the CIF website collisionindustryfoundation.org. To donate at any time or to learn more about CIF’s current projects, also go to the website.