ABRA Auto Body & Glass Helps Raise $18,000 For St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 30, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it helped raise $18,000 during the second annual Forest Park Charity Golf Tournament to benefit St. Louis Children’s Foundation.

Over 100 golfers and guests gathered at Forest Park Golf Course in Saint Louis, Missouri on September 24, 2014 to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of ABRA Auto Body & Glass,” says St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation vice president, Janice Bailey. “This golf tournament is a perfect example of how an organization can turn a fun event into something that can make a real impact on the lives of our patients.”

The second annual golf event is part of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation initiative to fund its expansion and enhancement of its services, upgrade and renovate facilities, and develop new programs to support the health of children.

“We are privileged to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation with their pediatric programs that are an integral part in improving children’s health,” said Peterson Santos, regional vice president of ABRA. “We are delighted to contribute to a cause that supports children in our community.”

Since 1984, ABRA has been supporting charitable causes throughout the United States
with similar core values and common goals. The company has raised hundreds of
thousands of dollars for local charities across the country.

About St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation
St. Louis Children’s Hospital has provided specialized care for children for more than 130 years. In 2010 the hospital received the Magnet re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, one of the leading medical research, teaching, and patient care institutions in the nation. The hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare. For more information, visit www.StLouisChildrens.org, or visit us @STLChildrens on Facebook and Twitter.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

 

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Helps Raise $23,000 For Riley Children’s Foundation

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 23, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it helped raise $23,000 during the second annual Brickyard Crossing Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation.

Over 100 golfers and guests gathered at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind., on September 18, 2014. Donations support Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health’s world class research program, where physician-scientists move their discoveries as quickly as possible to the bedsides of children.

“We are grateful for the continuous support and generosity of the ABRA Auto Body & Glass family. They understand the vital role Riley Hospital for Children plays in securing a healthy future for patients,” said Jason Mueller, director of regional communications, Riley Children’s Foundation. “Their contributions toward breakthrough pediatric research offers hope to families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children.”

“We are honored to support Riley Children’s Foundation with their pediatric research
program that provides breakthrough research to improve children’s health,” said
Peterson Santos, regional vice president of ABRA. “We are excited to contribute in
making a difference in children’s lives.”

Since 1984, ABRA has been supporting charitable causes throughout the United States
with similar core values and common goals. The company has raised hundreds of
thousands of dollars for local charities across the country.

 

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

 

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

 

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Helps Raise $10,000 For Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 14, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it helped raise more than $10,000 during the third annual Gaylord Springs Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Over 130 golfers and guests gathered at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee on August 21, 2014 to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN.

“We are excited and honored to receive this generous donation from ABRA Auto Body & Glass,” said Chris Lee, associate director of Children’s Ambulatory Services. “Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s at Vanderbilt is committed to identifying cures and better treatments for the children in our community, and this donation will help us  provide the best possible care to our patients and families.”

The third annual golf event is part of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital’s initiative to offer world-class treatment to every child who comes to the hospital. No child that needs services is denied care on the basis of limited ability to pay.

“We are privileged to partner with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to support the health of children in the community,” said Duane Rouse, president and chief executive officer of ABRA. “We are honored to be part of a cause that is near to everyone’s heart.”

Since 1984, ABRA has been supporting charitable causes throughout the United States with similar core values and common goals. The company has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities across the country.

 

About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. They treat and help prevent all health issues ranging from colds and broken bones to heart disease and cancer. The Hospital was constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, their 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing. Their doctors and surgeons are nationally recognized researchers who are finding new ways to cure and prevent childhood diseases. For more information visit www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org.

 

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763.585.6240

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Expands in Two Midwestern States

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 10, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced the opening of its newest franchise in Fort Madison, Iowa along with the acquisition of Corpo Collision Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. It’s ABRA’s 50th franchise and the company’s second acquisition in Illinois in 14 days.

The additional openings in both states this week increases ABRA’s total repair center portfolio to 247 in 19 states. The accelerated and continued growth is part of the company’s aggressive strategy to dramatically increase its national footprint.

Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer says the company’s successful expansion is simply a reflection of consumer demands and changes in the collision repair industry. “The expectations of vehicle owners and insurance partners continue to grow,” he said. “The favorable outcomes we’ve achieved in Illinois and around the Midwest are a direct result of industry experience, superior processes and our commitment to quality. We’re a trusted name in these communities.”

ABRA uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners.

“It’s about meeting the demand of our customers and insurance partners in the community,” said Mark Wahlin, ABRA’s vice president of franchise development/relations. “Expanding operations in Iowa makes sense. Offering top-quality collision repair and glass service across the country is what ABRA is all about.”

ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development/Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763.585.6240

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues Chicago Area Expansion

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 3, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced it had expanded again in the Chicago area with the acquisition of Auto Werks of Northbrook, Inc. in Illinois – about an hour northwest of downtown Chicago. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The growth in Illinois and around Chicago in recent months is part of the company’s aggressive and ongoing strategy to increase its national footprint.

Duane Rouse, ABRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer says the company’s growth and success is simply a reflection of industry experience, superior processes and a commitment to quality. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished and the track record we’ve built since entering the market a few months ago,” he said. “We’re excited to expand our presence further and look forward to more growth in the future.”

ABRA uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners. ABRA’s portfolio now stands at 245 repair centers in 19 states.

Tim Adelmann, ABRA’s Executive Vice President of Business Development acknowledges the increasing demands and expectations of multi shop repair operators from insurance partners and vehicle owners. “Offering our customers more options while maintaining our superior processes and operational excellence is what ABRA is all about. We have lots of momentum and are delighted to be expanding in the region.”

ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system.

Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763.585.6240

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Courage Kenny Golf Challenge, Presented by ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Raises over $100,000 for People with Disabilities

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 23, 2014) – Courage Kenny Foundation and ABRA Auto Body and Glass are proud to announce they raised more than $100,000 to support people with disabilities.

Both organizations partner annually to improve the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through a golf fundraiser supporting Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s sports and recreation department.

More than 100 golfers played at the renowned Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, MN on Monday, September 8. The annual charity event helps supports Courage Kenny sports and recreation programs for people with disabilities. The course provided plenty of challenges and laughs and, most importantly, raised significant funds to support an essential community resource.

“We are proud of our longtime support of Courage Kenny Foundation,” said Duane Rouse, president and chief executive officer of ABRA Auto Body & Glass. “It is rewarding to see the results of our contribution and efforts reflected in the smiles and accomplishments of Courage Kenny clients. We’d also like to thank key preferred partners for their commitment and support of such a wonderful event.”

Courage Kenny Foundation would like to sincerely thank ABRA Auto Body and Glass and their partners for their long standing and significant support.

The Institute’s sports and recreation department offers leisure and competitive athletic endeavors such as adaptive golf, wheelchair basketball and softball, archery, power soccer, adaptive ski and snowboarding, and many other activities for people with disabilities. Sports and recreation activities provide many physical and mental benefits and offer a forum to build lifelong friendships, and help people live life to the fullest. These programs would not exist without philanthropy.

Courage Kenny Foundation would also like to thank the following event sponsors:  3M, Henson & Efron, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, PPG Industries, Floyd Total Security, Kent Automotive, Deli Express, Cottingham and Butler, Inc, Innovative Tools and Technologies, OfficeMax, Gray Plant Mooty and PWC.

 

About Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Courage Kenny Foundation
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Courage Kenny Foundation supports the work of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute by funding its innovative programs, ground-breaking research and exceptional services that help people achieve health, wellness and independence. For more information, visit allinahealth.org/couragekenny.

 

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service.

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.
For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
For questions about Courage Kenny Foundation or the Courage Kenny Golf Challenge, contact Megan Muske at the Courage Kenny Foundation at megan.muske@allina.com or 612-775-2104.

Courage Kenny Foundation
Sue Warner
Marketing Communication Specialist
612-775-2418
susan.warner@allina.com

ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763-585-6240

ljanu@abraauto.com

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Continues Illinois Expansion

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 19, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, continued its nationwide expansion with the announcement it had acquired  Consolidated Auto Service Center in Forest Park, Illinois – just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. Today’s news follows ABRA’s initial entry into the state last spring. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The recent growth in Illinois is part of the company’s aggressive and ongoing strategy to increase its national footprint. ABRA is one of the collision industry’s largest and most-respected multi shop repair operators in the United States. It uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners. ABRA’s portfolio now stands at 244 repair centers in 19 states.

“This newest acquisition in Illinois not only complements our current presence in the state, but offers our customers and insurance partners more options,” said Duane Rouse, ABRA’s president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with the positive outcomes we’ve achieved in just a few short months and look forward to accelerating our success in the near future.”

Daniel Hurt, owner of Consolidated Auto Service Center, acknowledges the importance of ABRA’s accomplishments in such a short period of time. “ABRA’s strong national reputation and their superior customer service benefits the community and will allow our employees to grow and flourish in the years ahead.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763.585.6240

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Car Crashes are the Leading Cause of Death for Teens in the U.S.

More teens die in car crashes than from suicides and homicides combined. Fortunately, teen crashes are preventable, and parents play a significant role in ensuring these crashes are a thing of the past.

Few Facts Many Parents Don’t Know about Teen Driving:

  • The most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months of independent licensure.
  • A teen driver’s crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers.
  • Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not necessarily because they take more risks than older drivers.
  • Three or more teen passengers quadruples a teen driver’s crash risk.
  • Most fatal night time crashes involving teen drivers happen before midnight.
  • More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Most state’s teen driving laws and restrictions do not adequately protect teens from common crash risks.
  • Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents. A study from the Allstate Foundation found 80 percent of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over teens’ driving habits.
  • Crash risk remains high after licensure. In fact, young drivers’ crash risk does not significantly begin decreasing until age 25.

Download Your Own Parent Teen Driving Agreement

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Sources: National Safety Council

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Helps Raise $40,000 for Helping Paws

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 9, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, announced today it helped raise more than $40,000 during the second annual Bent Creek Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Helping Paws, Inc.

Over 100 golfers and guests gathered at the Bent Creek Golf Course in Eden Prairie, Minnesota on August 11, 2014 to support Helping Paws of Hopkins, MN.

The second annual golf event is part of Helping Paws’ initiative to provide the healing power of service dogs to disabled veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The cost of raising and training a service dog is estimated at $30,000. The canine companions will assist in transitioning returning veterans back to civilian and home life.

“We are honored to partner with important organizations like Helping Paws to support our Veterans,” said Duane Rouse, ABRA’s president and chief executive officer.

“We want to give back to our veterans in recognition of the sacrifices they make
for our freedom and country. Supporting Helping Paws to help heal our military heroes is our privilege.”

Since 1984, ABRA has been supporting charitable causes in Minnesota and throughout the United States with similar core values and common goals. The company has raised more than a million dollars for local charities in the Twin Cities area and across the country.

About Helping Paws, Inc.

For more than 25 years, Helping Paws has been training service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities. Due to the urgent needs of military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to broaden our mission, Helping Paws initiated a pilot program to train assistance dogs to help Veterans who are affected with PTSD transition back to civilian life. For more Information about Helping Paws, Inc.
visit www.helpingpaws.org.

 

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

 

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ABRA Auto Body & Glass Acquires USA Collision Centers

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (September 5, 2014) – ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a leading national damaged vehicle repair company, continued its nationwide expansion with the announcement it had acquired  USA Collision Centers in Harrison, West Chester, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Today’s news follows ABRA’s initial entry into the state just 60 days ago. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The recent growth in Ohio is part of the company’s aggressive and ongoing strategy to increase its national footprint. ABRA is one of the collision industry’s largest and most-respected multi shop repair operators in the country. It uses an operational excellence philosophy that significantly improves its operating metrics, distinguishing it from competitors and making it a preferred option for insurance carriers and vehicle owners. ABRA’s portfolio now stands at 243 repair centers in 19 states.

“The acquisition of USA Collision Centers represents a fantastic opportunity to
expand our presence in Ohio and continue building on the extraordinary success
we’ve achieved in the region,” said Duane Rouse, ABRA’s president and chief
executive officer. “The market is thriving and our entire team is excited to show
our customers and insurance partners ABRA’s operational excellence philosophy and
innovative service model.”

Joseph Sanfillipo, Jr., founder and co-owner of USA Collision Centers, embraces
today’s acquisition and underscores the importance ABRA will have on the community.
“I have complete confidence ABRA will continue the legacy my family and I have
built over the years. There is no doubt our employees will flourish and our customers will receive the highest quality repairs and superior service they’ve come to expect.”

Building on its increasing success, ABRA plans to continue expanding in the months and years ahead as part of its aggressive national growth strategy.  It is actively seeking new opportunities to acquire repair centers and integrate them into its industry-leading operating system. Interested parties in major markets should contact Scott Gerling, Vice President of Corporate Development (sgerling@abraauto.com  or 763.585.6210).

For franchise opportunities in small and midsize markets contact Mark Wahlin, Vice President of Franchise Development / Relations (mwahlin@abraauto.com or 763.585.6315).

ABRA is committed to conducting business based on responsible business practices including implementation of environmentally sustainable initiatives, health and safety, and a commitment to the communities in which it serves.

About ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, ABRA is a leading provider of vehicle repair services specializing in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. ABRA’s mission is to be the best auto body and glass company in America by providing quality repairs, in a timely manner, with friendly, helpful service. For more information about ABRA visit www.abraauto.com

Media Contacts
Laurie Janu
Director of National Marketing
763.585.6240

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