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May 2013 News Releases

Two Kansas Technical Institutions to Award Recycled Rides Vehicles

Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) and Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) are pleased to announce that on Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Kansas Capitol grounds, south lawn for the recipients of two Recycled Rides vehicles, one from each institution.  The joint ceremony features vehicles donated by American Family Ins. for MATC & local vehicle owners to Washburn Tech through the NABC’s Recycled Rides program.  The students from Washburn Tech Automotive Collision Repair program will present their vehicle to an area family in need.  MATC’s students have worked with the Wounded Warriors organization and deliver their vehicles to soldiers who need assistance after receiving devastating injuries in the service of our Country. 

The following day, May 10th at 9:30 a.m., a ceremony will be held at Washburn Tech, east drive, for the recipient of a second spring 2013 Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicle. 

The two Kansas Technical Institutions are the only such educational programs in the nation to be designated as Recycled Rides training facilities.  This nationwide program is a community awareness project whereby members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) repair and donate recycled vehicles to individuals and families in need.   

More than 60 students, instructors, technicians from area repair shops, automotive service firms and individuals have stepped up to the plate to help in the effort, donating their expertise to help guide these Tech students in making the necessary repairs, providing parts, supplies, making a financial contribution, or providing other assistance. 

The two spring 2013 Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicles are a 2007 Kia Sportage donated by Pam and Brad Clark and a 1996 Ford Taurus station wagon donated by Gail and Scott Kenefake.  Both spring 2013 vehicles were donated by Washburn employees, Brad Clark of Washburn Tech and Gail Kenefake of Washburn University.  A committee of the Greater Topeka United Way, the Community Resource Council, the Topeka Community Foundation and others has chosen each of the recipients of the five Washburn Tech Recycled Rides vehicles.

Firms including ATP Professional Auto Parts, BASF, Brickhouse Antiques, Briggs Auto, Bumper to Bumper, Cold Stone Creamery, Dent Masters, Dairy Queen on southwest 29th Street in Topeka, Finish Masters, Four Seasons, Hogan Muffler & Brake, Lewis Collision Center, Napa Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, PT’s Coffee, R-M, 3M, and Wix Filters and donors Pat and Brad Clark, Pat and Clark Coco, Tim Clothier, Susan Engelhardt, Gail and Scott Kenefake, Eric and Sharlene Showalter, have assisted with the two spring 2013 Washburn Tech vehicles.

The 2013 Manhattan Area Technical College Recycled Rides vehicle is a 2007 Ford Freestyle donated by American Family Insurance.  The Program Advisory Council chose the recipient of the Recycle Rides vehicle. 

The Recycled Rides Vehicle from MATC was sponsored by American Family Ins., LKQ/Keystone, Manhattan Wrecker, Automotive and Industrial Distributors Inc. (Topeka), Burnett Automotive, Dick Edwards Ford, Jim Feeney Agency – American Family Insurance, Lesonal, Linn and Sharon Schroll and the 2013 MATC collision repair students.

The National Auto Body Council is a not-for-profit organization committed to the goal of improving the image of all dedicated professionals in the collision repair industry.  NABC headquarters are located in Mechanicsville, Virginia.  For more information on the Recycled Rides program, call (804) 427-6982 or visit

 Contacts: Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coord. of Continuing Ed & Marketing, 785.228.6390

Eric Showalter, Instructor, Washburn Tech Auto Collision Program, 785.228.6446

Dr. Rob Edleston, President/CEO and Mr. Linn Scroll of Manhattan Area Technical College 785- 320-4500

Photo Opp: Award Ceremony for Manhattan Area Technical College and Washburn Tech joint vehicle donations 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 (Governor Brownback will speak at this ceremony)

State Capitol Grounds, South Lawn

300 SW 10th Street, Topeka