64 golfers enjoyed playing 18 PGA-level holes on a beautiful day in the South Bay, forgetting for a moment about their car counts, DRPs and other business-related drama to spend time with their friends and associates.
This year’s tournament was especially notable for two reasons—to celebrate its 30th year and to donate $10,000 to Operation Comfort, an organization that provides opportunities for wounded service members to participate in rehabilitative, adaptive sports and a program called Automotivation, in which they are trained how to work on cars. Operation Comfort also provides financial assistance and therapeutic trips to wounded members of the military and their families.
SC-CAA’s President Randy Greenblat doesn’t play golf, but he always plays an integral part in the planning and promotion of his chapter’s tournament. “It’s always a lot of work doing this event, but with Tabias Padilla from Hertz and Don Dutra from Martin Auto Color involved, it makes it easier,” Greenblat said. “Tabias did a great job again this year making it happen. There are so many details with the planning of a tournament, but he steps up every year and he definitely deserves the credit.”
Platinum sponsors for this year’s tournament were BASF, Enterprise Rent a Car, Hertz and PPG. Gold sponsors were Annex Automotive, Martin Color Supply and LKQ. Silver sponsors were 3M, Bascom Trim, California Payroll, Carborundum, Lord Fusor and Last Call Marketing. Color Supply sponsored the closest to the pin prize; Toyota of Palo Alto sponsored the hole-in-one prize and Unique Towing sponsored the longest drive, which was won by Gene Lopez from I-CAR.
SC-CAA Treasurer David Mello found out about Operation Comfort last year at SEMA in Las Vegas and was immediately attracted to the organization’s purpose and mission, he explained. “When I learned that the National Auto Body Council (NABC) had adopted Operation Comfort as their organization of choice for philanthropy, we thought why not?” Mello said.
“We were looking for a charity to raise money for and we really like what they’re doing. Aligning ourselves with a great cause like this makes it all worthwhile. The golf tournament provides a fun way to unwind and get away from the shop, but in the end, it’s all about service and helping others.”
For more information about Operation Comfort and its Automotivation Program, go to www2.operationcomfort.org.