Saint-Gobain Supports Collision Industry Foundation Gala Fundraiser

CIF Raises Big Again at 7th Annual Gala Fundraiser

February 7, 2017 - Palm Springs, CA - For the 7th time, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) held its annual Gala Fundraiser in Palm Springs, California. Continuing the well-known tradition, the Foundation again hosted a lively cocktail party, complete with delicious Asian Fare hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at the renowned Lulu California Bistro.

Approximately 105 people from the collision industry attended the fun event. The gala guests were able to participate in a raffle and silent auction featuring many items. Items were donated by companies and individuals and included high-end electronics, custom art work, Chip Foose signed pictures, pin stripe painted pedal car bodies, a NASCAR package as well as I-CAR and AMI training classes.

The gala was successful and CIF was able to raise approximately $50,000. The foundation's major focus has been the Collision Industry Relief Fund which is used to collision repair professionals who have lost their livelihoods from a natural disaster or other catastrophe. Commenting to the success attributed to sponsors and attendees, Norton | Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Casey Steffen, CIF trustee said that "our sponsors continue to see the value of the Foundation and have supported us in excess of previous events. They also continue to help spread the word of our effort and find those in need of assistance".

CIF's vision is to bring awareness and emergency relief to Collision Repair Professionals. If you know of someone in need, please direct them to the CIF website  To donate at any time or to learn more about CIF's current projects, please also go to the CIF website.

About CIF: The Collision Industry Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation dedicated to raising, managing and donating funds while fulfilling the philanthropic goals and needs of the collision industry and the communities they serve.  The foundation was established in 2001 to allow for tax-deductible contributions for industry projects such as Leave Something Behind and Crash Hunger. More information is available at