Event raised over $875,000 for the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund; new Car Pros Workforce Development Scholarship established
Renton, Wash.—Car Pros, an automotive sales and service group headquartered in Washington, was the title sponsor of the GSBA’s EQUALUX 2023, the largest LGBTQ+ and friends gala in the Pacific Northwest. The gala raised over $875,000 for the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund. Established in 1981, the GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ+ and allied chamber of commerce, and is the largest of its kind in North America.
“We were so proud to be the title sponsor of EQUALUX 2023 for the third year in a row. We strongly believe in the work of the GSBA, and share their values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace,” said Matthew Phillips, CEO of Car Pros Automotive Group. “We congratulate the GSBA for hosting such a successful event and are pleased, through the establishment of a new Workforce Development Scholarship in Car Pros’ name, to further support their continued investment in the next generation of leaders through their Scholarship & Education Fund.”
Car Pros donated nearly $25,000 during the event, creating the “Car Pros Road to Success” scholarship which will allow a scholar to pursue a 2-year certificate degree within much needed trade industries, such as automotive and auto repair, and to enter the workforce and a skilled-trade career.
Car Pros has nine dealerships in Western Washington and Southern California. As part of the event, Car Pros displayed the new, all-electric Kia EV9, the industry’s first, mass market, three-row EV SUV. The EV9 was converted into a photo booth for the evening, where attendees could get their photo taken from inside the vehicle.