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  04-01-08: RECORD FUNDS @ BJ WPB

  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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04 01 08




Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Meghan Fitzpatrick

(954) 792-7223 x105





Unique Eliminator Boat, poster and donations raise more than $210,000 for the foundation



WEST PALM BEACH/DAVIE, FL – (April 1, 2008) – Proceeds from the auction of a one-of-a-kind powerboat and Barrett-Jackson ‘08 Scottsdale poster, as well as other donations generated more than $210,000 at the Florida edition of the famed Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, with all dollars benefiting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis (DGF). This sum represents the largest total ever generated on behalf of the Foundation by the West Palm Beach auction. Tom Gonzales won the bid for this amazing boat, which features the signatures of all drivers from the starting line-up of February’s Daytona 500. The fully custom racing-themed craft, built to commemorate last month’s 50th running of the Daytona 500, was donated to the Gwynn Foundation by famed premium boat builder Eliminator Boats in anticipation of the March 29th auction.


Officially named the “Eliminator Daytona,” the 26’10” boat was created to capture and reflect the excitement associated with the iconic Daytona 500.  Designed with Eliminator’s signature style, the commemorative boat is packed with numerous upgrades and is designated the Official Recreational Power Boat of Daytona International Speedway. It seats six, weighs 4,500 pounds and is powered by an Ilmor Engineering Viper V10 engine producing a hefty 625-horsepower. The boat also features custom upholstery and gel coat graphics incorporating the 50th anniversary Daytona 500 official logo.




“We are eternally indebted to Eliminator Boats for gifting our charity with such an enormous and unique donation,” said Darrell Gwynn, founder and president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. “If not for organizations like Eliminator, and our long-standing and extremely generous benefactor in Barrett-Jackson, we would not be able to fund critical medical research or provide life-changing wheelchair donations to those in need.”


The boat up for auction was on prominent display on Lake Lloyd at Daytona International Speedway in conjunction with the 50th running of the “The Great American Race” in February.  That same infield lake played host to another major fundraiser for the Gwynn Foundation, the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming “Hot Rods & Reels®” Charity Fishing Tournament. While at the Speedway, the boat was personally autographed by every driver in the starting line-up of the 50th

anniversary Daytona 500. The list includes the likes of such current and former NASCAR champions as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart along with other celebrity and racing luminaries, making the boat like none other and adding to its substantial collector value. 


As part of its official activities during its West Palm Beach auction, Barrett-Jackson officials welcomed members of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to its stage in order to present a custom power wheelchair to four-year-old Seth Cohen of Davie, Florida. DGF found Seth through its new partnership with a local organization, Florida S.N.A.P.




“The support of Barrett-Jackson as one of its official charities means the world to our foundation,” said Gwynn. “They are a perfect partner in allowing us to use their unique platform to raise awareness about paralysis and to provide aid and support.” 


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.


About Eliminator Boats

Eliminator Boats is a leader in the field of custom created boats. The company prides itself on having one of the most aggressive and ambitious new model development and tooling programs in the industry.  Technicians use the latest and most advanced design and construction technologies available. The philosophy at Eliminator is that every boat  built is treated as an individual, custom creation, tailored to the express wishes and desires of its intended owner.


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.


About SNAP

The Special Needs Advisory Partners (SNAP) is an organization dedicated to parent training and education for families with special needs loved ones’.  Monthly workshops are held on site at their offices in south Florida and the metro area of New York City.  Workshops in both states are also taken on the road and presented at schools, support groups, conferences and places where families seeking information gather.  Topics include aging in place, guardianship, alternative housing, wills and special needs trusts, insurance needs, charitable gifting, navigating the SSI maze and more. For more about Florida SNAP, Long Island SNAP or The Preventive Family Support Services visit or or call 516 521 1099.



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