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Collision repair is about people helping people

who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pennsylvania Repairer's Efforts Lead to $15,000 Gift to Feed Children

The Believe and Achieve Foundation, a non-profit charity organization in the Philadelphia area founded by Fred Gunther, president of Grand Sport Auto Body & Glass Centers, presented a donation check for $15,000.00 to the Chester County Food Bank for the Backpack Buddy Program.

The check was presented by Gunther to Larry Welsch, Executive Director of the Chester County Food Bank on Wednesday, January 16 at the food bank in Downingtown, PA. This gift is the result of donations raised from the Believe and Achieve Foundation's Charity Golf Outing held this past September, private individual contributions and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of "Hatimals"; winter hats that resemble different animals sold through the Believe and Achieve website.

In addition to these efforts, donations were also driven by several marketing campaigns led by Grand Sport Auto Body & Glass Centers, the eight location collision repair company founded by Gunther in 1982.

The Backpack Buddy program currently feeds 1,000 local elementary children in need each month by providing a backpack of food each weekend. The backpacks are delivered to local elementary schools every Friday during the school year by volunteers and teachers.

Established in 2010, Gunther's Believe & Achieve Foundation donates 100 percent of its contributions to their outreach programs and is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit Foundation.

Grand Sport Auto Body operates eight locations throughout Chester and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

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