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Barrett-Jackson auction makes $4.5 million for charity

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, pictured here on April 10, 2013, helped sell a car for charity at the Barrett-Jackson auction
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Last weeks Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale was a star studded affair, with stars such as actress Shannon Tweed, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, baseball hall of famer Reggie Jackson, legendary Formula One driver Sir Stirling Moss and many others in attendance. The stars and 300,000 patrons came to Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ for a week and shared a love of cars and developed a camaraderie from an appreciation for vehicles that are worthy for a museum.

Yes, the auction cleared $113 million dollars from the sale of 1,399 rare and exotic vehicles but the auction also made $4.4 million dollars from the sale of 14-vehicles for various charities, per a recent report.

The Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation benefited from the charitable vehicles that went across the auction block during the week.

The 14-vehicles sold for charity included some air and ground military vehicles. A Cessna 19859 L-19 Bird Dog liaison plane and ’58 Dodge M37 Utility vehicle were both auctioned and the proceeds benefited the Armed Forces Foundation.

“It’s not just the veteran who needs support, but the family of the veteran as well,” said Gunnery Sergeant Sam Deeds. “With the funds raised at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Scottsdale and the donations made, AFF can provide the support needed for veterans and their families. It’s time to support those who defend our freedoms; please help save our troops.”

KISS frontman Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed came down Scottsdale to auction off a 1956 F100 Ford truck, that is powered by a 2012 Shelby Mustang motor. The 1956 Ford was sold for $450,000 and all the proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan Foundation.

Even the Opening Night Gala was opportunity to give back to the community. The Gala raised $160,000 and set a tone for the week.

“Barrett-Jackson has a strong legacy of working with individuals and the causes and organizations that they choose to support,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson said in a report. “Through our auction platform and waived fees, 100% of the funds bid in a charitable auction flow directly to the cause, maximizing the benefit.”

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