By Charles Cyrill, NADA Director of Media and Public Relations

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) donated $50,000 to the Nellis Support Team (NST), a nonprofit organization whose broad mission includes supporting more than 30,000 airmen and women and their families at Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range in southern Nevada.

“A portion of NADA’s donation will be used to reopen the base’s Auto Skills Center, which was shuttered in 2013 from the U.S. federal budget sequestration that resulted in significant spending cuts,” said Patrick McNaught, a government affairs advocate from Las Vegas who serves as honorary civilian commander of NST.

Nellis Air Force Base is located about 10 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas.

“These funds will be used to renovate the Auto Skills Center—from remodeling the facility, purchasing tools, re-certifying the lifts and adding eight service bays and more,” McNaught added.

Las Vegas has hosted the NADA Show (formerly the convention) 16 times since 1965.

“No one is more inspiring than the men and women in the military,” said Richard Stephens, chairman of the NADA Show committee. “NADA firmly believes in community service and each year contributes to an organization located in the NADA Show’s host city.”

NADA presented the $50,000 check to NST on March 25 at the NADA Show with nearly 70 service members and their families from the base in attendance.

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