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Vehicle Protection Association Supports Community Involvement by Member Companies

VPA certified member Vehicle Assurance leads sponsorship of youth charity at annual golf tournament.

ST. LOUIS – September 21, 2012 – The Vehicle Protection Association (VPA), a not-for-profit association formed to promote regulatory transparency, education and accountability for marketing and servicing automotive service contracts, is announcing today its plans to promote certified marketers and their community involvement.

VPA member company Vehicle Assurance actively engages with its local community. On Monday, Sept. 24, Vehicle Assurance will present the 12th Annual Golf Classic in St. Louis benefiting Every Child's Hope (ECH), an organization dedicated to helping children and families in need. The event takes place at Old Hickory Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

“The VPA holds itself to high standards as an organization, and we encourage our members to be active in their community on multiple levels,” said Chris Carenza, executive director of the VPA. “When our members are active in the community they deserve recognition.”

Shari Smith-Fain, CEO of Vehicle Assurance, has been actively involved in Every Child's Hope since her father, a former member of the organization’s board of directors, took her to events when she was growing up. In 2004 she became a member of the board of directors and was elected board president in 2010.

Today, Smith-Fain encourages the ECH board and staff to deliver the highest level of services and aid to children and families in need. ECH’s mission is to address the prevention of abuse and neglect and help those affected by it.

“At Vehicle Assurance, we recognize that we have a responsibility that goes beyond our customers,” said Smith-Fain. “We have a responsibility to the community, and we understand the real value in helping others and giving back. It is an integral part of who we are as a company.”

To learn more about the Vehicle Protection Association, visit To learn about Every Child’s Hope or to donate, visit

About the Vehicle Protection Association
The Vehicle Protection Association (VPA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing firms that are active in the automotive service contract industry. Members include service contract marketers, administrators, insurers, payment providers and software providers. VPA currently has more than 60 members. The organization is committed to ensuring regulatory compliance among members, educating consumers on their rights, and otherwise ensuring the integrity of the automotive service contract industry. For more information, visit

For more information:
Chris Carenza, Executive Director
Vehicle Protection Association (VPA)
Phone: (314) 667-5654

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