A charity for children founded by a General Motors employee more than 50 years ago continues to offer help to youngsters and their families, despite her death from cancer last April.
And Corvettes are right in the middle of this philanthropic effort to help the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation.
Starting Oct. 21, the foundation is planning an online auction of the last C7 Corvette and the first C8 Corvette produced for the Canadian market, with proceeds going to “Sharon’s Kids.”
Former GM employee Sharon Clark started the charity in 1968, urging her coworkers to skip the usual office gift exchange and instead adopt a local family through the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation at Christmastime. After raising $24 that first year, she watched the effort grow “exponentially” over the years to a peak of $51,000. She retired in 2014 and passed away from cancer in April 2020, but her legacy will live on, thanks in large part to GM Canada’s decision to donate the two significant Corvettes.
The last C7 Corvette produced for Canada is a Torch Red Grand Sport Coupe (VIN: 1G1YZ2D73K5124287), while the first production C8 Corvette built for the market, meanwhile, is a Sebring Orange Z51 Coupe (VIN: 1G1Y82D4XL5000074).
Online bidding for both cars will run from Oct. 21-28, and you can find more details about the auction at Chevrolet.ca/CorvettesForKids, including how to make donations to Sharon’s Kids to provide gifts for underprivileged children.
“We are beyond thrilled that GM is continuing to support Sharon’s Kids with this donation,” said Durham Children’s Aid Foundation program manager, Leslie McLean. “GM’s assistance continues to give much-needed support to Durham’s most vulnerable children and youth. It means so much to know that Sharon’s legacy will continue. I know it would mean the world to her.”
Scott Bell, president and managing director of GM Canada, said Clark “touched the lives of everyone she met and was admired for her dedication and passion in giving back to our communities.”
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