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Industry invited to celebrate Ultimate Collision Makeover winner

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Aug. 23, 2011 — The Collision Repair Education Foundation is encouraging industry professionals to attend a ribbon cutting Sept. 23 for the winner of the second annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant.

Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, Utah, won the $50,000 grant, but ended up getting more than $100,000 in products. The ribbon cutting, scheduled to take place at the school, will feature the tools, equipment, and other items provided through the grant.

The event will also include presentations from school administrators and representatives from the foundation, a breakfast from the school’s culinary department, and networking opportunities.

“The over $100,000 in donated tools, equipment, and supplies received by this school’s collision program is a testament to the industry supporting its future,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the foundation. “On behalf of the Foundation’s employees, volunteers, and Board of Trustees, we thank the participating companies for making this possible for both Bridgerland and the other makeover applicant schools.”

Kruger said that through industry support, the foundation has awarded $550,000 to 73 collision school programs during the first two years of the makeover grant program. The goal of the program is to honor a school that is doing an outstanding job of educating students in collision repair, but is in need of financial assistance for materials and equipment.

Anyone interested in attending the ribbon cutting ceremony is asked to RSVP by contacting Melissa Marscin, the foundation’s assistant director of grant programs, at

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