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CREF tallies $4.1 million in school donations during 2011

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Feb. 16, 2012—The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) provided $4.1 million in monetary and in-kind donations to secondary and post-secondary collision school programs during 2011, the organization announced Wednesday.

That is the most support the CREF has given to collision school programs in one single year in the organization’s history. The CREF said the donations were used to provide student scholarships, tool grants, school equipment, supply grants and the annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant.

The CREF said it has provided $7 million in school and student support through industry donations since it became a purely philanthropic organization in 2008.

“The fact that the Collision Repair Education Foundation provided more support to collision schools and students in 2011 compared to the combined totals of 2008 through 2010 displays that the collision industry is one that cares for its future professionals,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the CREF. “This announcement of support was made possible exclusively through our industry supporters and donors. On behalf of our staff, board of trustees, and the collision students we support, we would like to thank our continued supporters and donors.”

“The Collision Repair Education Foundation has come a long way since becoming a purely philanthropic organization in 2008. The donation results of 2011 display that many industry members believe in the Education Foundation’s efforts to support collision schools and students,” said Doug Webb, chairman of the CREF’s board of trustees. “I want to thank the staff for all of their efforts during 2011, all of the board of trustees, and of course, all the donors for their support during the year.”

For a complete listing of the CREF’s industry supporters, visit Collision industry professionals and organizations interested in supporting the CREF in 2012 should contact Brandon Eckenrode, associate director of development for the CREF, at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed

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