With a 10-year relationship with Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA, Mike’s Auto Body is proud to be a part of this senior community by sponsoring its two big annual golf tournaments and providing prizes for their monthly bingo nights.
Mike’s Auto Body’s Sal Contreras and Dane Dearlove have played significant roles at Rossmoor and get nothing but accolades for their outreach and charitable efforts on behalf of Mike’s.
Dickey Nitta, Past President of the Rossmoor Men’s Golf Club has been living at Rossmoor for 11 years. He has developed a relationship with Mike’s over the years and loves working with Sal and Dane. “Mike’s Auto Body is a wonderful company because they are willing to give back to the Rossmoor community,” Nitta said. “They sponsor our 10th hole (a beautiful par 3 with an elevated tee box) and seeing their smiling faces is always a delight.”
Chuck Moran ran last year’s golf tournament, so he knows hole sponsors like Mike’s Auto Body are essential to its success, he said. “Mike’s Auto Body is a loyal supporter, and we really appreciate their enthusiasm and how they are so willing to help us on many levels. We support a wide range of charities here at Rossmoor, including the Rossmoor Fund. It helps residents who need financial assistance and receive it anonymously through this fund.”
The current President of the Rossmoor Men’s Golf Club Pat Iacullo will be coordinating this year’s tournament held later this month. A 4-year resident of the community, he praised Mike’s for being an integral part of both tournaments–the men’s and the women’s held annually.
“They step up at Mike’s and are not afraid to help us every time we ask,” Iacullo said. “Sal and Dane are well-known for sponsoring hole #10, which is a great hole. They provide snacks and beverages and are always willing to give us some encouragement and we really appreciate their participation. They’re like rock stars around here!”
Sal Contreras has seen Mike’s Auto Body’s relationship with Rossmoor as it has grown over the years. “Back in 2013, we were invited to Rossmoor’s 50th anniversary and we also did a float in their parade that year,” he said. “Helping their residents has been great and making them comfortable is a big deal. If they get into an accident, we make it easy for them to take their cars to our Walnut Creek and Lafayette locations. No one ever likes getting into an accident, so being there and playing a role as an advocate is something we like to do for Rossmoor and their residents. Rossmoor is very protected and selective of who they allow into their community and we feel fortunate to be involved with their residents.”
Dane Dearlove calls it a win-win. “Rossmoor is a special place and every time I go there I automatically decompress,” Dearlove said. “We have sponsored them for the past ten years, but we also keep them informed about today’s cars and answer all of their questions and concerns. They know that if they get into an accident, we are there to take them through the process and make the whole experience as easy as possible.”
Recently, Dane and Sal presented an educational seminar about autonomous cars and all of the new cutting-edge technology that exists in new vehicles. “We keep them informed and they really seem to appreciate the class we presented there ,” he said. “We always tell the residents that if they ever have a question, never hesitate to call us and we do often hear from them.”
Brian Tilley, the manager of Mike’s Lafayette’s location enjoys fixing vehicles for the residents of Rossmoor and sees the value in the philanthropy that the company has been performing for more than 47 years. “When the people from Rossmoor bring their vehicles to us, they often talk about what we have done for their community and they are also very aware of our Benevolence Program,” he said. “To foster a strong relationship with Rossmoor, we make sure to give excellent service to their residents and I know they truly appreciate it. Word-of-mouth is a huge thing at Rossmoor, because the seniors there interact with each other all the time. So, we always make certain to provide the best service we possibly can to some of our most-loved customers.”
Development of the Rossmoor community began in 1963, and today there are approximately 6,700 residential units, ranging from co-ops, to condos, single-family homes and congregate living. Homes vary in price from around $200,000-plus for co-ops, to around $450,000 to $700,000 for condos and $800,000 to over $1 million for the single-family homes and garden-style condominiums.
Rossmoor offers excellent recreational facilities including 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf on 18-hole and 9-hole courses with practice areas and a driving range. There are three community swimming facilities, a full-service fitness center, 10 outdoor tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, bocce courts, billiards, a state-of-the-art table tennis facility and a dog park with artificial grass and paved areas for socializing. In addition, Rossmoor is surrounded by miles of beautiful hiking trails.
Rossmoor residents (55 years or older) participate in an abundance of activities, including concerts, dances and classes covering art to literature. The community has five clubhouses, a large event center for major theatrical productions, a movie theater, a full-service restaurant and bar, a computer information center, hobby and craft rooms, picnic grounds, meeting rooms and a social center.