The National Autobody Council donates a vehicle to Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis through the Recycled Rides program.
Suddenly, black curtains drop on the side of the stage, spotlights dance around the room, music fills the air, and the crowd stands cheering as the fully refurbished 2017 Ford Escape appears through the blanket of smoke. The car, with an RMHC St. Louis logo on its side, has wish list items filling its seats, and Dara Markus, Manager of Annual and Community Giving, smiles and waves from behind the steering wheel. Meanwhile, out front, Dan Harbaugh President of RMHC St. Louis is presented with an oversized key from the National Autobody Council members.
On April 5, 2022, the National Autobody Council’s Recycled Rides program teamed up with the Certified Collision Group at its inaugural conference to present the vehicle to Dan Harbaugh and Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. Allstate acquired the car and handed it off to Schaefer Autobody, a member of CCG, for repairs. St. Louis-based Enterprise “stuffed the trunk” with wish list items for guest families.
“Presenting an NABC Recycled Ride® on the main stage at the CCG national conference was an amazing experience,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the National Auto Body Council®. “Our members CCG, Allstate, Schaefer Autobody and Enterprise all contributed their time, talents and resources to make this happen, and it is incredible to see those efforts come to fruition to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of St. Louis.”
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses are representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council® have donated nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.
“We have always wanted to do an NABC Recycled Ride vehicle to help children and families being treated at the local children’s hospital,” said Scott Schaefer, owner of Schaefer Autobody. “Our family has a passion for supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities and the local hospital through our own experiences. This project has allowed us to combine that passion for helping others with the passion we have for delivering the highest-quality repairs every day. We’re honored to be able to refurbish and present this vehicle to help families in need.”
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, we are incredibly grateful for the generous donation from the NABC and their partners. Dara Markus, Meredith Siegfried, Katie Layman, and Dan Harbaugh represented the charity at the conference.
“For many of our families, safe and reliable transportation is a huge barrier for them, especially when their child is receiving medical treatment. Now, with the help from the National Auto Body Council® and the NABC Recycles Rides® program, with this new vehicle, we can go the extra mile for families by helping relieve the burden of transportation,” says Dan Harbaugh.
The vehicle will be delivered to RMHC by the end of the month and used in a variety of ways to support guest families staying at the St. Louis area Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation include 1-800 Charity Cars, Alloy Wheels, All Star Auto Lights, Color Match, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Sunset Ford Auto Group, Xtreme Detail and Zisser Tire.