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Nov 8, 2013

CARSTAR Partners with Ottawa Senators Foundation to launch Community Power Play Initiative

CARSTAR Collision and Glass Centres today announced a new partnership with the Ottawa Senators Foundation today: the CARSTAR Community Power Play Campaign.

OTTAWA - The initiative will see CARSTAR, through the Ottawa Senators Foundation, donate four refurbished vehicles to three local charitable organizations and one deserving family in need. As Canada’s largest automotive repair franchise network, CARSTAR is dedicated to getting Canadians back on their life journey following a collision. The company’s passion for customer service and expertise in automotive repair is the driving force behind today’s announcement. The initiative helps mark the opening of three new franchise locations in the National Capital Region, joining two stores already servicing the region.

The donated vehicles will provide the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and one local Ottawa family in need of transportation additional mobility. The local charities will use these vehicles to provide essential services to their clientele across the National Capital Region. Additionally, CARSTAR and its local owners will lead efforts to raise $30,000.00, which will be donated to the Ottawa Senators Foundation. These funds will support the ongoing work of the Ottawa Senators Foundation to provide life-enriching access and opportunities for the more than 1 in 5 children and youth in our community that otherwise do not have resources or ability to access social recreation and education programs. 

“CARSTAR and our store owners are invested in every community where we do business and we are extremely excited for the chance to partner with an esteemed organization that will help us in our efforts to give back to the community while we expand our presence in the National Capital Region,” said Chris Moore, National Marketing Manager for CARSTAR. “Our local Ottawa area franchise partners are not only big fans of Senators hockey but are equally inspired by the work of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the CARSTAR Community Power Play is the perfect opportunity to continue our proud history of giving back.”

CARSTAR’s five stores in the Greater Ottawa Region are thrilled to give back to the community in which their employees live and work and the Ottawa Senators Foundation proved the perfect partner to do so. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has raised over $75 million to support community initiatives in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. 

“CARSTAR Collision and Glass has a sterling reputation when it comes to community support. We are excited to partner with them as they expand further into this community.” said Danielle Robinson, president, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “The CARSTAR Community Power Play enables the Ottawa Senators Foundation and several of its local supported organizations and programs to reach even more children and their families.”

This program builds on CARSTAR’s history of successful grassroots, philanthropic efforts including a decade of raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada through its successful Soaps It Up National Car Wash Campaign. Many of the parts used in the repair of the vehicles will be donated LKQ Corporation, the largest nationwide provider of alternative collision replacement parts

Starting on November 7, customers can donate at all CARSTAR locations in the Greater Capital Region through donation boxes in store and through envelopes available to consumers picking up their newly repaired vehicles.

About CARSTAR Collision & Glass Centres

CARSTAR is the largest and fastest growing automotive repair franchise in North America, with over 400 locations. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1995, CARSTAR Collision & Glass Centres has grown from eight to over 190 locations throughout 10 province and repairs approximately 100,000 vehicles annually with exceptionally high customer experience ratings. Through a variety of fundraising initiatives, CARSTAR, its franchisees, partners and employees have raised over $2 million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. In 2012, CARSTAR was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and was again recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2013. For more information, please visit: www.carstar.ca.

About CARSTAR in the National Capital Region

CARSTAR is proud to service the National Capital Region with five franchise locations across the territory:

  • CARSTAR Ottawa South Centre (Myers)
  • CARSTAR Kanata (Allard’s)
  • CARSTAR Ottawa South East (Surgenor)
  • CARSTAR Ottawa East (Hunt Club)
  • CARSTAR Hawkesbury (Laplante)

About The Ottawa Senators Foundation

The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. In partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, Sens Alumni, corporate partners and fans, more than $75 million has been contributed to thousands of initiatives and charities in the National Capital Region.