FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 25, 2012
AARP Media Relations
Collector Car Auction Benefits Drive to End Hunger
Staggering $700,000 raised will help AARP Foundation in the fight to end senior hunger
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public went to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction, on Sat., Jan. 21 for $600,000. An additional $100,000 was donated to AARP Foundation by another bidder for an extraordinary grand total of $700,000. Proceeds from the sale will go to AARP Foundation for Drive to End Hunger, a joint effort by AARP and AARP Foundation to raise awareness and end hunger among older Americans.
Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports teamed up for the auction, including Hendrick team driver and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon. Team owner Rick Hendrick helped launch Drive to End Hunger with AARP and AARP Foundation in 2010.
“AARP Foundation is appreciative of the generosity of Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports’ donation of the special edition Corvette 427 for the auction. The $700,000 raised will go directly to support efforts to combat the growing problem of hunger, which threatens nearly 9 million older Americans each day,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation President.
Drive to End Hunger is part of a multi-year sponsorship by AARP of Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet. It calls on racing fans, corporations and charitable organizations to give donations of food and money and further awareness of the millions of Americans over 50 who are at risk of hunger. All proceeds raised for Drive to End Hunger go directly to support the hunger solutions of AARP Foundation.
“This Corvette is such a unique car since it is the first of the 60th anniversary,” said Hendrick. “I knew there would be interest and we would get a lot of good media exposure, but I have to admit, I was nervous. I was expecting $300,000 but my knees got weak when the bids went up to $500,000. However, when people know this is for a good cause, they really step up, and I’m so pleased the total reached $700,000. We are very blessed today for this to go to such a good cause as Drive to End Hunger.”
For more information about Drive to End Hunger, please visit www.drivetoendhunger.org.
AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. The Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. AARP Foundation focuses on: hunger, housing, income and isolation as our key mission areas. The Foundation envisions: ‘a country free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.’ Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP. For more information about AARP Foundation, please log on to www.aarpfoundation.org.