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Thursday June 2

911 Collision Centers, Jim Click Ford, and Precision Toyota Among Sponsors of Project Graduation

Project Graduation, in its second year, provided all-night fun for graduates of Canyon del Oro (CDO) and Ironwood Ridge High Schools. The program, which depends on a partnership between school administration, parents, law enforcement and the business community, was held Tuesday, May 24th at 9:00 p.m. at Ironwood Ridge High School and Wednesday, May 25th at CDO High School at 9:00 p.m.

In addition to providing all-night fun filled with music, dancing, entertainment and food, two vehicles were donated to further entice graduating seniors to attend their respective Project Graduation events. A 1998 Suzuki Swift donated by Jim Click Ford and a 2000 Geo Prizm donated by Precision Toyota.

Second year sponsor 911 Collision Centers provided complete makeovers for both vehicles including removing all dings, dents and full custom paint jobs.

“This is a great cause we are proud to support, and that’s why this year we doubled our commitment,” said Michael Quinn, co-owner of 911 Collision Centers. “Giving the vehicles a ‘make-over’ gets the seniors even more excited about participating in Project Graduation and their commitment to have fun without drinking. Our team gets behind this project 110 percent. We had techs coming in after hours and on weekends to meet the deadlines.”

The Specialists and Big O Tires also donated their services by providing new rims as well as window tinting and new stereo equipment.

In order to be eligible to win, students had to stay throughout the night until the Grand Prize was awarded at around 6:00 a.m. the morning following graduation.

Project Graduation was developed over twenty years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and a National Grad Night Network to provide graduates a safe alternative to celebrations that have usually included alcohol resulting in accidents and loss of life. The program has proven successful in cities across the country. In communities where the program has become the traditional celebration, attendance has exceeded 80 percent of the graduating senior classes.

Founded in 1998 by owner/operators Michael Quinn and Patrick O’Neill, 911 Collision Centers operates five Arizona locations, and is the past recipient of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) “Pride Award” for the company's commitment to charitable work.

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