The Automotive Training Institute’s (ATI) SuperConference 2019 attendees raised more than $51,000 and collected more than 2,500 pairs of socks for San Antonio-based Soldiers’ Angels a charitable organization that provides aid to more than 360,000 service members, wounded heroes, military families and veterans of all eras.
The annual SuperConference is known within the automotive aftermarket industry for providing a luxurious setting where auto shop owners can learn new strategies, network and give back to a local charity. This year’s event was attended by more than 600 members, sponsors and vendors who either directly donated or raised money for Soldiers’ Angels, along with donating socks to the charity’s Warm Feet for Warriors Project.
“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support and donations from ATI’s members and SuperConference attendees,” said Amy Palmer, president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “Our men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much in service to our country but together with great organizations like the Automotive Training Institute, we are making a difference in their lives.”
ATI’s SuperConference is held in a different location each year and chooses a local charity for its annual fundraiser accordingly. Kids Beating Cancer of Orlando, Florida; Care Fund in Scottsdale, Arizona; and K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, are the most recent in the lineup of charities chosen and supported over the past 10 years.
Richard Menneg, president of ATI, said, “ATI helps auto shop owners by improving their businesses to run more profitably. So, when they’re given the opportunity to give back, they don’t hesitate. They want to help – and do so generously every year.”