GM Canada has announced that more than CA$400,000 (US$300,000 at current exchange rates, 10/29/2020) will be donated to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation following a recent fund-raising auction event. The auction included the final C7-generation Chevy Corvette built for the Canadian market, as well as the first C8-generation Chevy Corvette built for the Canadian market.
The recent online auction was hosted by Manheim Canada auction house, which donated its services to the cause, while several community donations were added to the sum as well.
The highest bid for the last Canadian C7-generation Chevy Corvette came in at CA$187,500 (US$140,798), while the first Canadian C8-generation Chevy Corvette was auctioned for CA$181,000 (US$135,917).
To note, the base MSRP for the all-new 2020 Chevy Corvette is set at CA$69,898, destination freight charge included, while the 2019 Corvette started at CA$67,095, destination freight charge included.
Both vehicles went to the same bidder. In addition to acquiring two Corvettes, the winning bidder also received a few days of instruction at the Ron Fellow’s Performance Driving School in Spring Mountain, Nevada, and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.
A further CA$35,000 (US$26,282 at current exchange rates) was raised through online donations thanks to support from GM Canada, Unifor, former and current GM employees, and local community members.
The Chevy Corvette auction was held in honor of Sharon Clark, a former GM Canada employee who helped to create the Sharon’s Kids charity program in 1968. Clark passed away in April.
“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 manager of Signature Programs, Leslie McLean. “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.”