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Brigadier General (Ret.) John Pray, CEO of Operation Homefront (on right) with motorsports driver Oliver Gavin (on left), Steve Davis, Craig Jackson, Corvette driver Ron Fellows and Sean Finegan of General Motors Corporate Events and Vehicle Distribution.

 

U.S. Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth with Craig Jackson.

The sale of a charity car is an exciting event for bidders, audience members and, especially, the nonprofits that benefit from the public’s generosity.

Brigadier General (Ret.) John Pray, CEO of Operation Homefront, could not contain his elation when the gavel fell on the first retail production 70th anniversary edition of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette, VIN 001, at Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Scottsdale Auction. The hammer price soared to $3.7 million, including an additional $100,000 donation from longtime friend of the auctions Michelle Mauzy. One hundred percent of the funds supported his organization, which helps build strong, stable and secure military families.

“We knew that this remarkable driving machine would be of intense interest to car collectors and would likely bring in a sizable donation,” Pray said. “We were absolutely thrilled when the bidding far exceeded even our lofty expectations.”

For U.S. Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth being present for the sale of two i-FORCE MAX Toyota Tundras was an incredible opportunity. The paracanoe athlete was front and center on the block, cheering on the bidders. “This type of support is life-changing,” she said. “These funds will go directly to help Paralympic athletes train, have proper equipment and have access to the best coaching.”

The Tundras, a Capstone Hybrid Crewmax pickup VIN 001 and a TRD Pro Crewmax pickup VIN 002, sold for $700,000 and $550,000, respectively, with 100% of the hammer price going to the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

Ford donated two amazing vehicles: a 2022 Ford Shelby GT500KR First Production, which raised $700,000 for the Carroll Shelby Foundation and JDRF, and a 2021 Ford Bronco “Bronco 66” First Edition Model, which sold for $500,000 to benefit the Pope Francis Center in Detroit.

Aaron Shelby, co-president of the Foundation and grandson of Carroll Shelby, was on-hand to introduce the GT500KR. “Every time we do these auctions, the excitement in the audience is phenomenal. For us to be a beneficiary of that is really exhilarating,” he said.

Aaron Shelby (left), co-president of the Foundation and grandson of Carroll Shelby joined NASCAR driver Aric Almirola (right) to sell Almirola’s personal 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX.

Shelby also joined NASCAR driver Aric Almirola to sell Almirola’s personal 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C CSX. “It was a huge adrenaline rush being up there,” Almirola said. “And when I was told that every dollar raised would go to the Mayo Clinic, it made me that much more excited.

Rounding out the Ford vehicles that crossed the block for charity was a 1968 Mustang custom fastback, which raised $1 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Services (STARS) Foundation.

Ashley Brown, founder and CEO of Selfless Love (on left with Ed Brown), Pitbull, Eloise and John Paul DeJoria.

When Barrett-Jackson announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull would accompany a custom 2022 Karma GS-6 at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction, the media attention was over-whelming, shining a spotlight on Selfless Love Foundation and The SLAM Foundation, both of which help underserved youth. The Karma hammer sold for $500,000, and Mrs. Mauzy added an additional $200,000, bringing the total amount raised for the two charities to $700,000.

“The exposure also has been unbelievable,” said Ashley Brown, founder and CEO of Selfless Love. “Our website views alone jumped 175% the night of the event, and our social media plat-forms grew a ton. You can’t put a number on the long-term impact Barrett-Jackson and the Barrett-Jackson community have on these charities all over the U.S.”

Rock star and longtime Barrett-Jackson friend Bret Michaels with two Barrow Neurological Foundation nurses.

Also making an appearance on the block was rock star and longtime Barrett-Jackson friend Bret Michaels who helped support the sale of a 1973 De Tomaso Pantera. The $155,000 raised benefited The Barrow Neurological Foundation, an organization near and dear to the musician, who credits Barrow with saving his life following a brain hemorrhage.

Gigi Garner, daughter of the late actor James Garner, with Craig Jackson.

Gigi Garner daughter of the late actor James Garner, knew that selling her dad’s beloved Cadillac CTS was the best way to raise money for the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SOLD FOR A GOOD CAUSE: For Nonprofit Organizations, Barrett-Jackson’s Charity Auctions Are Events to Remember
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/sold-for-a-good-cause-for-nonprofit-organizations-barrett-jacksons-charity-auctions-are-events-to-remember/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 18:14:42 +0000

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