Collision Repair Industry Looks for Humanitarians

June 5, 2003

For the past 10 years, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) has presented their Pride Award for humanitarian service to people who work in the collision industry. The Awards recognize those who selflessly contribute time and energy in an attempt to make the world a better place to live.

“All too often, the consumer sees or hears only one side of the story about the collision industry,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. “Our goal is to find and highlight those individuals from this industry who time after time go way beyond their daily work effort in an attempt to improve the life for others. These are the real people of our industry.”

When a nomination is being reviewed, thought is given to how the award recipient’s actions have helped change lives for the better. One example is a collision shop owner and his wife who raised funds to send surgeons and support personnel to Costa Rica to treat children with facial deformities.

Other examples are, an information supplier vice president who spent one morning every week purchasing the food and cooking the breakfast for a homeless center; an insurance appraiser who spent summers with his family building homes and water systems for a village in the Caribbean, and a shop owner who brought foreign students into his home so that they could study in a comfortable environment.

For further information about the Council, its activities, or a nomination form, contact NABC at its Web site at

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