By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario -- January 2, 2019 -- Budds' Collision hosted its annual Christmas Party and Pig Roast benefitting the Sam Piercey Foundation.
The event, which took place on December 21, is a long-standing tradition. Open to staff and partners in the community the event was well-attended by those within the broader collision repair industry.
“Sam started this event 20 years ago and the tradition will live on for many years to come,” said JR Martino, general manager of Budds' Collision.
JR and his team rearranged their world-class, aluminum certified and multi-OEM certified facility for the day to accommodate hundreds of visitors for the event. Many of the dining areas featured custom-made pieces from classic cars or engine blocks from rare Jaguars or Mini Coopers.
The Sam Piercey Foundation awards bursaries to the winners of the Skills Canada competitions for paint and body repair. The 2018 competitions were completed earlier in the year. The foundation expects to announce the recipients as well as new regional and national partners for bursaries early in the New Year.
“We’re proud to carry on my father’s legacy through this event and the foundation. He is missed by all of those in attendance and his presence is still very much in the air this time of year,” said Sam Piercey Jr. “He would be pleased to know that we are awarding these bursaries in his name and that the donations are from his friends, family and others who remember him fondly.”
Diane Piercey, Sam's widow, was also in attendance.
“It has been great to see everyone again. It’s like a family reunion,” she said.