Every Tucson body shop depends on sound, well-rounded educational programs across Arizona to groom technicians that support a bright future for our industry and superb service to our customers. That’s why we’re excited to support the 15th Annual Colision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Summer Golf Fundraiser teeing off Aug. 10 at Yorba Linda, Calif.’s Black Gold Golf Club. Registration for a round on the links benefiting a good cause is now open and golfers are strongly encouraged to lock in their spots early, since availability will likely sell out by the end of March.

“As the Education Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, we plan for one of our best golf fundraisers to date and would encourage industry members getting involved with the event through sponsorship and/or registration,” said Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “I can’t stress enough that those interested register early as we do anticipate a sold-out event this spring. We look forward to hosting industry members from around the country and raising additional funds to help collision schools and students in need.”

A tradition of several contest holes coinciding with yearly Industry Week meetings in Anaheim, Tucson body shop industry members can take home up to $12,000 in one lucky instant by way of the helicopter golf ball drop sponsored by the LORD Corporation. Most proceeds from registration and the $20-per-ball lucky drop benefit the Education Foundation’s campaign to support scholastic collision repair programs and the students who dedicate themselves to them. The sponsor of the numbered golf ball that finds the bottom of the cup or gets closest to the pin takes home 50 percent of all funds raised.

Provided all 1,200 balls sell out, the winning ball’s sponsor walks away with a full $12,000.

Tucson body shop families and patrons are encouraged to take advantage of early-bird individual player registration at $250 per person, as the fees go up to $300 a head after April 1. Each registration covers 18 holes, cart rental, complimentary snacks and beverages while on the course, promotional items for all attendees, participations in several contests, and lunch and dinner during the event. Hertz will provide complimentary transportation for Tucson body shop attendees traveling to Anaheim for the week’s industry meetings.

To register, participate or even sponsor the event, including the golf ball drop, e-mail Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or call (847) 463-5244 today for additional details.