Hundreds to Honor Leaders, Volunteers at SEMA Gala


Media Contact:
Della Domingo,
SEMA 909/978-6723


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

Diamond Bar, Calif.
(June 8, 2011)

- Hundreds of leaders and professionals from the SEMA industry will gather to
honor noteworthy icons and volunteers during the 2011 SEMA Installation Banquet
& Gala Fundraiser on Friday, July 29, at the Renaissance Hotel in Long
Beach, 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.

"The Installation Banquet
& Gala Fundraiser has always been a special time to pay tribute to the
individuals who are working to support and grow the industry and the
association," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "I always look
forward to the event - it really is a homecoming where industry friends and
colleagues gather, swap stories and show their appreciation to the SEMA Board
of Directors and Hall of Fame members."

All industry professionals
are invited to attend the SEMA Installation Banquet  & Gala
Fundraiser. The event begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., where attendees are
able to mix and mingle with industry icons and celebrities. During the sit-down
dinner that follows, the 2011 SEMA Hall of Fame members are introduced: Gray Baskerville,
Art Chrisman, Chris Economaki and John Towle. The newly elected SEMA Board of
Directors, who will be announced in late-June, are sworn in during the program.

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.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty
Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $28.6 billion
specialty automotive industry of 6,461 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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