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BJ AZ DGF Release

For Immediate Release


Contact:  Sasha K. Moon

Darrell Gwynn Foundation

954-792-7223 ext. 105






Davie, FL  (January 23, 2006) Live on television at the 35th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Auto Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) changed a young boy's life and then raised $80,000 in just a matter of minutes.  Less than 48 hours later, another $40,000 was raised for the non-profit organization.

On Thursday, January 19th, The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, in conjunction with its partner Quickie® Wheelchairs, donated a power wheelchair to nine-year Pete Yanovitch through the organization's wheelchair give-a-way program.  In a heartfelt presentation seen live on SpeedTV, DGF gave the young Scottsdale boy who suffers from Cerebral Palsy a Quickie Z500 power chair.  Never having a motorized chair before, the new chair is sure to be life-changing for him.

Immediately following the chair presentation, Barrett-Jackson then auctioned off a rare 1978 Chevrolet Corvette pace car, given by an anonymous donor from California. The classic muscle car sold for $75,000, with 100% of the proceeds going to DGF.  After the Corvette was auctioned, DGF then raised an additional $5,000 from donations in the audience.  But the biggest surprise of the night came when the gentleman who bought the car offered to donate it back to the Foundation so it could be re-auctioned to raise additional funds.  Less than 48 hours later, the car was back on the auction block and sold for $40,000, bring the total to $120,000 of funds that will be used for spinal cord research and quality of life assistance.

"This is truly an exciting evening for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation", said DGF President and Founder Darrell Gwynn.  "To start the night by giving such a wonderful child a gift that will change his life is what this foundation is about.  And then to raise $80,000 will allow us to help more children like Pete.  I want to thank Barrett-Jackson and Quickie® Wheelchair for making this night possible."

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 www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or by calling 954-792-7223.

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 www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.