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Auto Care Assn., Latin Expo Group making charitable donation

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BETHESDA, Md. (July 9, 2014) — The Latin Expo Group and the Auto Care Association (ACA) said they are making a joint $10,000 donation to the Niños de Cristal charity this week during the first-ever Latin Auto Parts Expo in Panama.

Niños de Cristal is a Panamanian charitable institution that cares for children with osteogenesis imperfect, a genetic bone disorder also known as brittle bone disease, characterized by fragile bones that break easily.

The presentation of the check was to be made at 5 p.m. today by Gustavo Lima, CEO of Latin Expo Group L.L.C., and Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the ACA during the expo’s official inauguration ceremony.

“We are pleased that with our Latin Auto Parts Expo special partners Auto Care Association we are able to contribute this small token of support for such a wonderful charity in Panama,” Mr. Lima said. Ms. Schmatz added that the ACA “views partnerships as more than just business, so we are delighted to demonstrate our compassion to a worthy local cause that helps the children of Panama.”

The Latin Auto Parts Expo is taking place July 9-11 at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. The Bethesda-based ACA is hosting an on-site member pavilion with more than 40 member companies exhibiting, in addition to its member center, a networking reception and education sessions.

More information about the expo is available on its website. The Niños de Cristal website has more information about the organization.

The Latin Expo Group also established Panama’s Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo five years ago. It said that trade show has displayed “consistent growth,” with 85 nations represented at last year’s event that attracted 4,000 attendees and 220 exhibitors.

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