When is a Corvette more than just a car?
When it happens to be the 1993 40th Anniversary coupe that has raised more than $300,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auctions, benefiting cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
That’s a subject very close to the heart of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, who has lost his father, Russ, and brother, Brian, to colon cancer.
In 2011, the Ruby Red coupe raised more than $200,000 for TGen research after being sold and donated several times at Barrett-Jackson auctions.
This year, the Corvette was again auctioned during the prime-time auction on Saturday, Jan. 21, when many of the high-dollar collector cars were featured, and brought a high bid of $120,000 – plus a separate $5,000 donation to TGen by a member of the audience.
“Auction proceeds from this car are just a part of our ongoing commitment to raising funds and awareness about the tremendous work being done by TGen. I am so energized and honored by the research being done in memory of my dad and brother,” said Craig Jackson, who has emerged as a national spokesperson on colon and prostate cancer.
Nearly 140,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with colon cancer, which each year kills nearly 50,000 people, the third-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
“The Barrett-Jackson team is helping to bring TGen’s personalized approach to patients who are battling cancer right now,” said Michael Bassoff, president of the non-profit TGen Foundation. “This research focuses on providing patients with the right treatment in the right dosage at the right time.”
The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction helped raise $5.8 million for local and national charities.
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