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  01-21-08: BJ RAISES 1/2 MILLION

  01-14-08: SECOND HR&R @ DAYTONA

  01-04-08: ELIMINATOR @ DIS & BJ

  01-03-08: T. STEWART CAR @  BJ

  11-30-07: HR&R A HUGE SUCCESS

  11-01-07: FSCIAW GEARS UP



  08-20-07: 2 YEAR OLD GETS CHAIR

  07-11-07: CRAIG DONATION



  04-03-07: DGF REELS IN $175,000


  03-01-07: TOT GETS CHAIR


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01 21 08




Event Raises over a half a million dollars for DGF

Davie, FL – (January 21, 2008) – Tony Stewart’s uncanny ability to drive has been well-documented as one of NASCAR’s most successful drivers.   But he showed new drive this past week at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.  Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) donated a No. 20 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, and Tony then threw in the ring off his finger, a Normal Silverman design that he wore to the 2007 Sprint Cup Championship Dinner, plus an autographed racing suit into the mix.  The remarkable bidding escalated quickly, topping $100,000 almost immediately.  Then Tony Stewart and his donations went into overdrive, and when the smoke cleared, $385,000 was generated for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.  The bidding included individual donations and was then subsequently augmented by the sale of the celebrity signed Barrett-Jackson poster, bringing in a grand total of $515,000 – by far a new record for the DGF.

Ron Pratte from Chandler, Arizona topped the bidding and came away with the Tony Stewart car.  The auction, televised live on the SPEED network attracted a variety of celebrities in the sports and entertainment arenas who helped make this event a record-breaking one for the organization, including baseball’s Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, who donated $10,000 and Craig Jackson, son of the founder of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction who donated $25,000 for the Norman Silverman ring, then gave it to Ron Pratte to thank him for his generous bidding. Furthermore, Pratte had already provided DGF with $100,000. Bidder Dave Ressler then added a $50,000 donation, and finally the official Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2008 poster, signed by all of the celebrities in attendance, netted another $20,000. DGF was also the recipient of other generous donations from people in attendance that night.

“This unprecedented level of generosity is truly mind-boggling,” said DGF president Darrell Gwynn.  “Our astonishment is matched only by our deep gratitude for people like Ron Pratte, Tony Stewart and everyone at Barrett-Jackson who give so unselfishly to our cause.”  DGF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing paralysis when possible, providing support for individual’s living with paralysis and ultimately finding a cure for paralysis.  The Foundation is an official charity of Barrett-Jackson.

 The event commenced with 11-year old Julian Soto, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, receiving a brand new power wheelchair courtesy of the Foundation.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that causes muscle weakness, lack of coordination and progressive crippling or contraction of muscles. Through the Muscular Dystrophy Association, DGF learned that Julian’s insurance denied him a new wheelchair, and the Foundation was able to match him with a chair that will provide him with the mobility and freedom that he hadn’t achieved before.  

“The wheelchair donation gave the bidders a chance to see first hand what we do for these children” added Gwynn, who noted that the presentations of the new wheelchairs always evoke an emotional response.  In fact, Ron Pratte, winner of the Tony Stewart car, has pledged to re-donate the car back o the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Las Vegas where another exciting round of bidding promises to raise even more money.”


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About The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 Agency.  DGF exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research.  DGF is also dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children.  The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services. Additional information about DGF is found at


About Barrett-Jackson

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Classic Car Event” in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has expanded to other venues, including Palm Beach, Fla. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit  or call (480) 421-6694.

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