May 3, 2018


students with the Gookin family and Steve Wodrich


City College assists in donating refurbished car to local family

Give-away held on April 28 following poker run



University Communications and Marketing, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — City College at Montana State University Billings partnered with the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program to help with the donation of a refurbished car to a local family. The Gookin Family from Shepherd, Mont. was the recipient of the car.


City College began working with several local shops and vendors to repair a 2007 Volvo XC70. Parts, paint, and materials were donated by local auto body shops, and City College students provided the necessary body repairs and paint work. It has now been donated to a family in need.


“The students worked hard to fix the damage,” said Steve Wodrich, Auto Body Instructor at City College. “This is a great program and they have done a fantastic job.”


A local charity “Love in The Name of Christ of Yellowstone County” or Love, Inc. located the recipient family of this year’s recycled ride.


The restored vehicle was given away at the second annual auto body poker run, held on April 28 at the City College campus upon the return of the participating teams.


“This is a great program that has brought happiness and stability to a family in the Billings community” shared Cliff Coppersmith, Dean of City College. “Everyone involved has worked tirelessly in making this year’s event a success.”


Coordinators of the project would like to thank Purple Cactus Maid Service for donating the vehicle, as well as American Auto Body, Denny Menholt Chevrolet, Precision Dent Removal, Lube Dude, Carstar Auto Body Specialists, Staley's Tire & Automotive, Big Sky Collision Center, Underriner Motors, National Coatings & Supplies, Masterlube, Napa Auto Parts, Intertek, Family Church of Laurel, and Axalta Automotive Refinish for donating supplies.


For more information, contact Steve Wodrich at or 247-3041, or Katherine Pfau at or 247-3044.