ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The 24th Annual Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), held here from October 7-9 at the Trump Taj Mahal, was the largest show in its history, hosting  more than 1,500 attendees and was able to help raise more than $14,3000 for Restore the Shore, an organization that raises money for Hurricane Sandy victims, a press release reported.

The Oct. 10 press release quoted Association President Al Villani, who stated, “We had 262 booths on this year’s show floor. This was the largest show floor in our history. And we also had more than 1,500 attendees who seemed very happy with our floor and educational track as all our meetings were very well attended.”

There was also a lot of positive buzz on the showroom floor regarding keynote speaker Bob Hurley, Sr. who coaches at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ. “Coach Hurley’s message was very significant to our attendees and right in line with our theme,” Villani stated. “He demonstrated to us that you can absolutely overcome adversity with the right attitude and a lot of hard work. He was exceptional.”

The Opening Night Event held on Oct. 8 at the Hard Rock Cafe and sponsored by Innovative Control Systems, featured a silent auction where the proceeds when to Restore the Shore.

"This year’s NRCC Most Distinguished Person Award was presented to College Park Carwash’s Dave DuGoff. DuGoff, who is the current president of the Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association, has been a significant member of the NRCC board. His outstanding dedication and willingness to go above and beyond earned him the accolade," stated the release. "The group’s highest honor, its Hall of Fame Award, was presented to former Car Wash Operators of New Jersey treasurer and board member, and one of the founding NRCC principals, Dick Zodikoff. Zodikoff, who was instrumental in the evolution of the NRCC, is now retired and made the trip from Florida to receive the well-deserved honor."