Sparkling collector cars, fabulous parties and a who’s who list at every event. Barrett-Jackson is widely known for producing “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” events that are in a class of their own. But there’s far more to Barrett-Jackson than breathtaking excitement and gleaming paint jobs. Among auction houses, Barrett-Jackson has become a leading force in its philanthropic efforts for charities across the nation. The auction company is on its way to raise more than $100 million — and has no plans of stepping on the brakes. Since 1971, more than $90 million has been raised across the company’s four auction venues for charity, with the majority of that being raised in just the last six years.
The Las Vegas auction has been steeped in the company’s charitable culture since the inaugural Nevada event in 2008. More than $2 million has gone directly to Las Vegas-based charitable organizations through the auction of charity vehicles, events and direct donations.
Since its inception, the Las Vegas Auction has been preceded by a colorful “cruise-in” at Gaudin Ford, where funds have been raised for two extraordinary causes: Keep Memory Alive and Grant A Gift Autism Foundation. Keep Memory Alive is the support organization for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorder, while the Grant A Gift Autism Foundation helps children, youth and their families fight autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, vocational training, transition planning and education.
Autism was among the causes helped by Barrett-Jackson from the very beginning, when the Lili Claire Foundation – established to enhance the lives of children living with Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, autism and other neurogenetic disorders – was the beneficiary of funds raised during the Opening Night Party and the auction of a 2008 Barrett-Jackson Edition Ford Shelby GT Mustang.
Children and families are often among those helped most by charitable giving during the auction. Two brand-new Chevrolet Camaros – a ZL1 pace car in 2012 and a Z/28 in 2014 – were sold for a total of $247,500 to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada. Probably one of the most exciting and moving charity moments on the Las Vegas auction block happened in 2014, in fact, when – with Las Vegas icons Wayne Newton and Penn Gillette onstage to encourage bidding – a striking red 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat brought the hammer down for $825,000 to benefit the Opportunity Village Foundation, which serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the southern Nevada community. But the love didn’t stop there. A matching donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation, a longtime Barrett-Jackson friend, brought the total to an impressive $1.65 million.
Apart from charitable efforts of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Craig and Carolyn Jackson and the Jackson Family Foundation have also done their part to help local causes. These have included Siegfried & Roy’s SARMOTI Foundation, which is dedicated to protect, conserve and preserve endangered and threatened animals globally, with a particular focus on the big cats. Another worthy cause helped by the Jackson Foundation has been the Friends of the Las Vegas Police K9s, which raises funds to improve the performance of the K9 unit and maintain a high quality of life for active and retired police service dogs.
As Barrett-Jackson heads into its 9th Annual Las Vegas Auction, the giving will continue as five more vehicles will cross the block for charity. These include a first-production 2017 Shelby GTE (Lot #3003) to support Grant A Gift Autism Foundation, which will be auctioned on Saturday, October 15. Unique to this specific vehicle and not offered on other production cars is a custom charcoal carbon-fiber stripe packaged and powder-coated Kenne Bell Supercharger in Platinum White Metallic to match the car.
Benefiting Camp Southern Ground is a one-of-a-kind 2015 Ram 2500 Commando (Lot #3004) that was meticulously detailed and designed by Grammy Award-winning artist Zac Brown. Extremely apparent in this vehicle is Brown’s passion to bring innovative, high-quality and American-made products for the rugged and refined man. Some of the bespoke highlights include Mississippi Hornback alligator skin on the seats, center console and door panels, as well as the Brazilian bovine hair-on-hide floor mats and sun visor liners.
Two vehicles will cross the Las Vegas auction block to support United States veterans and active-duty military. The first, selling on Friday, October 14, is a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette CRC Conversion (Lot #3001). This hand-built vehicle from a highly modified 2004 chassis by CRCoachworks was donated to the Carrington Charitable Foundation by its second owner to raise money for support of catastrophically wounded veterans.
The second vehicle to support America’s troops selling on Saturday is #001 of the 150 limited-edition Indian Chief motorcycles built to celebrate Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary (Lot #3002). The partnership brought together two of America’s most iconic brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality and American craftsmanship dating back more than a century. The sale of this motorcycle will benefit Operation Ride Home, which assists active-duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families. Admiral French, CEO of Armed Services YMCA, will be on hand for the auction and will be available for media.
As part of the Tammy Allen Collection selling in Las Vegas, Lot #388, a 1967 Chevrolet Nova Custom Hardtop, will be auctioned with 100% of its hammer price going to support Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, the campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital that provides mental health services to individuals in Western Colorado. Mind Springs Health rebuilds lives and inspires hope by providing exceptional mental health and addiction recovery care, strengthening the health and vitality of our communities. Mind Springs Health treated 23,000 people across 23,000 square miles of Western Colorado this past year.
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