Recipients Were Presented Cars on Wednesday, November 1 During SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada
MEDIA NOTE: Photos from the NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation are available (here)
(LAS VEGAS, NV) (November 3, 2023) – On Wednesday, November 1, seven deserving Las Vegas area veterans, individuals and families in need experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program members GEICO, Travelers, Farmers Insurance, Nationwide, Hertz and Enterprise Rent-A-Car and repair partners Caliber Collision, Classic Collision, Crash Champions, CARSTAR, Faulkner Collision and CCG member Updated Auto.
The presentation was held during SEMA week on the rooftop of the Renaissance Hotel parking facility overlooking the Las Vegas Convention Center, at 8:30 a.m. PT.
“What a great event,” said Scott Sampley, chairman of National Auto Body Council. “Today, thanks to our members we were able to change the lives of seven very deserving individuals and their families. It was even more special to do this at our industry’s biggest convention.“
The recipients included:
- Glenn Castillo, nominated by the US Vets Initiative, received a 2015 Kia Optima, donated by GEICO and refurbished by Caliber Collision.
- Luciana Hamilton, nominated by My Scars are Beautiful, received a 2019 Toyota Rav 4 donated by GEICO and refurbished by Caliber Collision.
- Richard Carreon, nominated by Forgotten Not Gone, received a 2021 Nissan Altima, donated by Hertz and refurbished by Update Auto Body, a member of the Certified Collision Group.
- Jakob Todd, nominated by the Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas, received a 2020 Toyota Corolla, donated by Nationwide and refurbished by Faulkner Collision Centers.
- Alberto Swann, nominated by the Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas, received a 2017 Hyundai Elantra donated by Travelers and Refurbished by CARSTAR.
- Ryan Houston, nominated by the Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas, received a 2017 Honda Accord donated by Farmers and refurbished by Classic Collision.
- Tonya Jones, nominated by Family Promise of Las Vegas, received a 2020 Jeep Compass, donated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and refurbished by Crash Champions.
“This gift of cars to the young men who I’ve nominated will change their lives and the family members they support. They now have reliable transportation to get to their jobs, grocery store and other destinations. We are so grateful to NABC, the car donors and car repair shops,” said Pam Kendall, Director, Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas.
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,200 vehicles valued at some $46 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation included 1-800 Charity Cars and Enterprise.
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The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,200 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for more than 5,500 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.