“We appreciate the generosity of our distributors, supplier partners and industry associates to provide more than $45,000 in support and charitable giving during this past year,” says Chris Baer, president and CEO at VIPAR Heavy Duty. “It is a privilege to be a part of an industry that takes time to give back to those who are in need.”
Earlier this year, a relief fund was established by the organization to help VIPAR Heavy Duty distributors and other aftermarket warehouse distributors severely impacted by the recent natural disasters. VIPAR Heavy Duty consolidated all funds raised and distributed them to those who were affected.
For the third year in a row, the Tony Pape Memorial Golf Tournament was held during the VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference. The tournament honors the memory of Pape, a well-respected industry colleague. Funds raised this year were used to benefit the college fund of the Pape family children. In addition to those efforts, VIPAR Heavy Duty also annually contributes to industry charitable foundations and supports its local community with food and monetary contributions to an area food bank.