Hundreds to Honor Leaders, Volunteers at SEMA Gala


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-- Annual
gathering recognizes new SEMA Hall of Fame and Board members --

Diamond Bar, Calif.
(April 23, 2012) -
Hundreds of leaders and professionals from the SEMA industry will gather
to honor noteworthy icons and volunteers during the 2012 SEMA Installation
Banquet & Gala Fundraiser on Friday, July 27, at the Sheraton Fairplex
Hotel & Convention Center in Pomona, California. The annual event serves as
the industry's premier celebration where newly elected Board of Directors are
sworn in and SEMA Hall of Fame inductees are introduced for the first time.

"While the products
and customizing trends take center stage at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the
SEMA Installation Banquet is a time to shine the light on the people and
volunteers who make this industry a success," said Chris Kersting, SEMA
president and CEO. "This is truly a unique event where we honor and thank
our industry's leaders."

All industry professionals
are invited to attend the SEMA Installation Banquet  & Gala
Fundraiser. The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., where attendees are
able to mix and mingle with industry icons and celebrities. During the sit-down
dinner that follows, the 2012 SEMA Hall of Fame members are introduced, and the
newly elected SEMA Board of Directors are sworn in during the program. Both the
new Hall of Fame members and the new Board members will be announced in the
near future.

Tickets and information are
available at,
or from Michelle Harris at,
909/978-6684. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit two children's charities:
Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Childhelp assists abused and
neglected children by providing counseling and programs in a safe and secure
living environment. Victory Junction Gang Camps provide the camp experience for
children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses who otherwise
would not be able to go to camp.

Also benefitting Childhelp
and Victory Junction Gang Camp is the SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races, presented
by eBay Motors. Taking place at 12:00 noon that same day, the event includes
four categories for supporters to select from. In addition to three levels
which individuals may build and submit pinewood cars, there is also a "Build It
for Me" category where individuals may sponsor a car that was built by a child.
Online registration is available at:

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents
the $29.99 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,383 member-companies. It
is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth
information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides
appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for
passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575
S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit


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