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Canadian members earn membership in the 1976 Club

By Brock Huffstutler

March 14, 2023

Kelly Brincheski, center, and the C&T Rentals & Sales team receive the 1976 Club Award at The ARA Show 2023 in Orlando

Kelly Brincheski, center, and the C&T Rentals & Sales team receive the 1976 Club Award at The ARA Show 2023 in Orlando

For their generous support of the ARA Foundation, C&T Rentals & Sales, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and The Rent-It Store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, were recognized with one of the philanthropic organization’s highest honors — the 1976 Club Award.

The 1976 Club Award is presented in honor of the year the ARA Foundation was established. This award goes to those who have contributed a total of $5,000 or more to the ARA Foundation in a single year. This year’s recognitions were presented at the American Rental Association (ARA) Industry Awards Lunch on Feb. 12 during The ARA Show™ in Orlando.

Kelly Brincheski, office manager, Collective Event Rentals, Winnipeg, Manitoba — the event rental division of C&T Rentals & Sales — accepted on behalf of her company. “Having been involved with the ARA as a volunteer for many years, I have seen firsthand the great things that the ARA Foundation has done to assist the rental industry. It’s wonderful to be able to give back to the association after all the knowledge and assistance I’ve been able to receive from it and to know that [our contributions are] going to help others in the industry the same way it’s helped me over the years,” Brincheski said.

Mike Broadfoot, vice president of The Rent-It Store, accepted the award on behalf of his organization. The company’s president, Doron Broadfoot, a past recipient of the 1976 Club Award, has said that the reason his company gives to the ARA Foundation is “very simple: This industry has been so good to our company and all of our team that when we were looking for a way to give back, it just seemed that the ARA Foundation provided the best conduit and overall fit for us.”

Mike Broadfoot accepts The Rent-It Store's 1976 Club Award

Mike Broadfoot accepts The Rent-It Store’s 1976 Club Award

Broadfoot lists disaster relief and scholarships as the ARA Foundation programs that are dearest to him.

“The disaster relief program is something that would have been of great benefit to our company after a major fire we had in 2003,” he says. “Rental companies around our area and in other provinces — competitors as well — came to our aid in a display of the great character that comprises the rental industry. However, at that time, there was not a formal or centralized mechanism available such as exists now through the Foundation. It is our privilege and pleasure to try to help in our own little way.”

Event Source, Cleveland, also received the 1976 Club Award at the show in Orlando.

Click here to learn more about the ARA Foundation and how to support its programs.