Chris Brooks’ Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap Raises $7,000 for Billy Aiton

May 15th, 2024 by Casey Flores

Palm Beach Gardens-based Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap has raised more than $7,000 for Billy Aiton.

Chris Brooks, owner of Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, worked with Tinters for a Cause, a national nonprofit organization, to host a three-day vinyl wrap training class at his shop in Palm Beach Gardens. Tinters for a Cause is devoted to raising funds to help members of the window film industry during times of tragedy or illness. The course registration fee was collected and provided to the family of fellow window film industry member and Arizona resident Billy Aiton, who is suffering from stage four cancer and may have only a few months to live.

Kauffs Wrap Class, which raised money for Billy Aiton.

“In my heart, I felt like I needed to do something to give back,” Brooks says. “If it was me, I would hope that someone in the industry would help me out.”

With more than 30 years in the industry, Brooks offers wrap installation training in his shop two to three times a year. He was familiar with Tinters for a Cause and its goal to assist members of the community in times of need. He decided to offer the course and donate all of the proceeds from registration.

“In the industry, I get to know a lot of different people,” Brooks says. “I started making phone calls.”

Rolls for the training were donated by Accent Distributing, a 3M authorized distributor.

“We were happy to donate the film that Chris needed to run his class and know that it was going to help further build the industry by training new vinyl installers while, at the same time, helping someone within the tinting family in need,” says Shawn Cabral, Accent Distributing’s CEO.

Class participants walked away with about $1,600 worth of products and tools after the three-day learning experience.

TintWorks out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, also hosted a paint protection film course in which all of the funds from registration and a raffle were donated to the family. To date, there has been more than $25,000 raised.

Aiton is surprised by and grateful for the support.

“I never asked anyone for money,” Aiton says. “I’m so overwhelmed. I had no idea that I had that much of an impact on people. I was taken by surprise.”

In December, Aiton, 55, was told that cancer in his liver had spread to his lungs and he had just a few months to live. Aiton sold his Scottsdale window film business, Pro-Tech Window Tinting, he started 26 years ago. Aiton has been installing window film for 41 years and is undergoing a form of chemotherapy.

“I don’t know how to say thank you that many times,” Aiton says.

Mitchell notes there are more fundraisers planned to help Aiton and his family, including events during the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from September 19-21, 2024, and other industry events.

For more information about Tinters for a Cause, visit TintersForACause.org.

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