June 29th, 2010

The Foundation enjoyed a very successful swing through Southern California last week, hosting two fundraising events in Orange County.  The YearOne-Hot Rodders Children’s Charity Poker Tournament Benefiting The Darrell Gwynn Foundation was staged June 23 at the John Force Racing facility in Yorba Linda and raised $75,000 for our work.

On June 26, Darrell was featured during the inaugural Orange County Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Costa Mesa.  The Foundation auctioned two very special vehicles to help Provide Awareness, Prevention, Support and Ultimately a Cure for Paralysis. Sold were a Barrett-Jackson Limited Edition 2008 Shelby GT and the 20th Anniversary Coors Extra Gold Dragster show car – both donated by our very good friend Ron Pratte. 

Together, they brought in $280,000 for The Foundation!  The Shelby GT was purchased by Tom and Diane Day for $130,000.  The winning bidder for the historic dragster replica was, once again, Ron Pratte for $150,000.  The Coors show car now has raised a total of $700,000, well on its way toward our goal of $1 million!

During the auction Darrell welcomed 26-year-old Anaheim, Calif., resident Hobal Grajeda, a paralyzed motorcycle accident victim, onto the stage.  Darrell presented him with a new manual, one-arm drive chair that provides Hobal better access to tight spaces and the ability to maintain his upper-body strength.  To date, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated approximately $1 million in customized, high-tech wheelchairs to deserving individuals.

“We had a memorable California visit,” Darrell says. “We are deeply grateful to YearOne, Hot Rodders Children’s Charity, Barrett-Jackson and all those who came out to support The Foundation.  They are making a significant impact in the lives of those afflicted with spinal cord injuries and debilitating diseases.”

In total, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation raised $355,000 during the California swing and looks forward to visiting again next year.

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