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Monday November 8

Corporate Donors Push NABC World Skills Effort Past 50%

The contributions of Corporate donors has pushed the National Auto Body Council (NABC)/Collision Industry Foundation sponsorship of the World Skills initiative past the fifty-percent mark. So says Teresa Bolton, NABC’s project chairman.

“Currently those that have contributed represent companies who have a vested interest in seeing a U.S. team participate,” said Bolton. “I certainly hope more donors will step up to the plate.

“Our original plan was to cap Corporate donations at $3,000.” said Bolton. “Current contributors are in line with that plan. Those donors that have pledged at least $1,000 include Car-O-Liner, CSI Complete, Dupont, 3M, Caliber Collision Centers, Ford Motor Company, Motor Information Systems, Snap-On Tools and Sterling Collision Centers.

“Akzo-Nobel and BASF contributed the maximum,” noted Bolton. “And we are grateful for their confidence in our program. We are going into NACE looking for at least twenty more donors at the $2000 or higher level. That will not only insure the US team will compete in 2005, but will give us a head start in funding the 2007 team.’

Doug Webb, outgoing NABC Chairman, and soon to be Chairman of the Collision Industry Foundation, commented that Industry participation was essential.

“We simply can’t pretend to be the best,” said Webb, “if we don’t put ourselves in a position to show we are the best.”

“We need much more support,” concluded Bolton. “We’ve only reached the halfway point. The goal is $50,000. We have $27,000 pledged. I implore the Industry to make sure this happens; to make sure we are represented.”

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