ABRA Auto Body and Glass raises over $100,000 in support of the Courage Kenny Foundation

by Tom Zoebelein - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 1:12 PM

The average person associates auto body repair shop with car accidents, or some other similar misfortune. As a result few people realize what positive things auto body shops do for their community. You might be surprised to know that the auto body repair industry is a very charitable one, and we are reminded today of just how deep those charitable pockets can be.

ABRA Auto Body and Glass announced today that, aligned with the Courage Kenny Foundation, the auto body repair shop group raised more than $100,000 to support people with disabilities. This year's charitable support supersede's the $60,000 raised by ABRA last year.

Each year, both organizations work together to improve the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through a golf fundraiser supporting the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s sports and recreation department.

On September 8 2014, more than 100 golfers assembled at the Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, MN in support of the Courage Kenny sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities. A much anticipated golf event among participants, the course proved to be both challenging and entertaining while raising funds to support an essential community resource.

ABRA President and CEO said, “we are proud of our longtime support of Courage Kenny Foundation, it is rewarding to see the results of our contribution and efforts reflected in the smiles and accomplishments of Courage Kenny clients.”

For people with disabilities, the Courage Kenny Institute’s sports and recreation department offers leisure and competitive athletic endeavors such as adaptive golf, wheelchair basketball and softball, archery, power soccer, adaptive ski and snowboarding, and many other activities. Sports and recreation activities provide many physical and mental benefits and offer a forum to build lifelong friendships, and help people live life to the fullest. Programs such as these exist solely through charitable donations.

Alongside ABRA Auto Body and Glass, support for the golf tournament also came from partners and sponsorships such as:  3M, Henson & Efron, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, PPG Industries, Floyd Total Security, Kent Automotive, Deli Express, Cottingham and Butler, Inc, Innovative Tools and Technologies, OfficeMax, Gray Plant Mooty and PWC.

Part of Allina Health, The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Courage Kenny Foundation, were created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The foundation supports the work of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute by funding its innovative programs, groundbreaking research and exceptional services that help people achieve health, wellness and independence.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass was founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; ABRA continues to be a leading provider of automotive repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. ABRA has a long history of supporting the communities in which it does business.