OSHAWA, Ont. (Thursday, October 29, 2020) — The auction of the last 7th generation Chevrolet Corvette and first 8th generation mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray built for the Canadian market helped the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation in honour of Sharon Clark and Sharon’s Kids including online donations, raise more than $400,000 (INR 2.23 crore).
GM Canada and Chevrolet donated these two iconic Corvettes that both went to one bidder last night at a live auction hosted by Manheim Canada auction house, who also donated their services for the cause. The highest bid for the 7th generation Corvette was $187,500 (INR 1.04 crore) and the 8th generation mid-engine Corvette Stingray sold for $181,000 (INR 1 crore). And thanks to the support from Unifor, GM Canada, it’s employees and retirees, and donations from community members, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation has received over $35,000 (INR 19 lakh) in online donations. The winning bidder will also receive a day on the track at Canadian racing legend and former Corvette driver, Ron Fellow’s Performance Driving Schools at Spring Mountain, Nevada and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario.
“Thank you to everyone who came together in the spirit of giving and congratulations to the winner who now owns a piece of Canadian history,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director. “GM Canada and our community have supported Durham Children’s Aid for over fifty years, and I am so proud that we are honouring Sharon’s legacy to make the holidays a little brighter for children that need it most in the Durham Region.”
“The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is extremely grateful to GM Canada for their generosity and Manheim Canada for donating the facilitation of the online auction,” said Leslie McLean, manager of Signature Programs. “These funds will go directly into critical programming the Foundation provides for children and youth in need. This is such a wonderful tribute to such an inspiring person and Sharon would be elated knowing GM Canada is continuing her spirit of giving.”
About Sharon Clark
In 1968, GM Canada employee Sharon Clark started Sharon’s Kids at the GM Oshawa Assembly plant. Sharon decided to skip the office gift exchange and instead, adopt a family in need. With the help of GM Canada employees, Sharon grew her program and continued to support those in need in Durham region for over 50 years. In April 2020, Sharon passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. We’re proud to continue her legacy.
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