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Cooper Standard Automotive Hosts Benefit Golf Outing for Project GAIN

Over 220 golfers participated in the Cooper Standard Automotive annual golf outing at the St. John's Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth, Michigan on May 23. The National Alliance for Accessible Golf and the Project GAIN program received a check for over $12,000 from Cooper Standard Automotive, its employees, customers, and suppliers.

Despite the threat of rain throughout the day, there was a positive, upbeat spirit among the competitors in the golf scramble held on the three beautiful St. John's courses. Participants included many Cooper Standard employees, suppliers, and customers from offices and production facilities located throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Special guests included members of the nearby Toledo Project GAIN program (operated by our partner the Ability Center of Greater Toledo), who participated in the golf tournament and also attended the awards dinner held at the Conference Center later in the evening. These Project GAIN participants proudly exhibited throughout the day their golf skills learned in the program and were outstanding ambassadors for Project GAIN, making many new friends both on the golf course and at the social events held later in the evening.


Golfers register for the First Annual Cooper Standard Golf Scramble in preraration for play.
Over 200 golfers participated in the event.
Golfers head out to their designated starting hold at Cooper Standard Automotive scramble to benefit Project GAIN. (May 23, 2005. St John Country Club, Novi, Michigan.

Alliance President Gary Robb was guest speaker at the recognition dinner following the golf tournament. He presented a video prepared for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf by PGA Tour Productions highlighting the many rewards Project GAIN provides for program participants and their families. Robb spoke to the group about the many success stories that have arisen out of Project GAIN activities and also mentioned the opportunities for corporations and their employees to be involved in the planning and development of a GAIN site in their local communities.

Mike sets up to hit tee shot for his team.
Golfers discuss strategy for next shot in Cooper Standard Scramble.

Cooper Standard CEO Jim McElya told the over 200 dinner guests about his exposure to the Alliance programs and how impressed he was with the positive impact they have on program participants. He told them of Cooper Standard's support over the past two years and encouraged his employees, suppliers, and customers to get involved in the efforts of the Alliance.

Former Project GAIN coordinator (Toledo) Rick St. John prepares for his next shot.
Jim McElya, CEO of Cooper Standard Automotive discusses outing results with event organizer Brad Fitch.

Tournament Director Brad Fitch of Cooper Standard put together a great day of fun and competition that was successful in raising the awareness of the goals of the Alliance and the success of Project GAIN within Cooper Standard and the many corporate supporters of the event. Over twenty Detroit area corporations, including Acheson Colloids, American Express, American Interiors, Ammex Plastics, Arrowhead Industries, Inc., Cabot Corporation, Dominion Spring, Excel Polymers, First American Resources Co., Grainger Industrial Supply, Knoll, Kropf Service Co., Lake Erie Products, Lord Corporation, MGS Manufacturing, Microsoft Corporation, Plextron Plastic Assembly Solutions, Radar Industries, RayConnect & A. Raymond, and Stallion Transportation served as sponsors for the days activities.

Gary Robb, Alliance President, talks with media prior to the Cooper Standard Automotive golf outing 2005.

Members of the Cooper Standard Automotive activity group were already planning next year's event before the day was over. "Bigger and better" were the two words being used to describe their plans. That will be a day that the Alliance, Project GAIN, and the many Detroit area businesses that participated this year will certainly be looking forward to. We're proud of the support that the Alliance has received from our partners, Cooper Standard Automotive, and look forward to working with their employees on events and programs in the future.

Brad Fitch presents check to Gary Robb to benefit Project GAIN and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.

Thank You Cooper Standard for all your hard work and support.

 

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