Auction Raises $50,000 for Klingberg’s Auto Restoration Program

Auction of Corvette Raises $50,000 for Klingberg’s Auto Restoration Program

Pictured (left to right): Wayne Carini, Craig Jackson, Steve Girelli, Mark Johnson, John Jarush, Bill Woodman

Auction of Corvette Raises $50,000 for Klingberg’s Auto Restoration Program

Klingberg Family Centers’ Auto Restoration Program auctioned off its 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for a total of $50,000 on Friday, June 22, via Barrett-Jackson. Barrett-Jackson is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events, and generously waived all fees for this charity auction. All of the funds from this sale will go back into the Auto Restoration Program to allow students at Klingberg’s special-education school to continue learning to restore and maintain automobiles.

Klingberg restored the car after Bill Woodman, CEO of SpaceFitters, donated it to the Auto Restoration Program in 2015. The Program, a vocational elective in the Klingberg Family Centers’ special education school, exposes high school students to the craft of automobile restoration and vehicle maintenance with the goal of providing them with hands-on work experience and job skills. These students have been victims of trauma in its various forms, experiencing severe family problems or mental health issues, or have learning disabilities. When the Corvette first arrived, they were amazed that someone would give up such a car, but they were even more amazed when Woodman told them it was because of them. He wanted to encourage them and help them in considering an automotive career. Over the past three years, the students have enjoyed learning about the car, maintaining it, and completing minor repairs.

Wayne Carini of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, who is also a supporter of the restoration program, took the Corvette and brought it to auction condition with financial backing from Stanley Black & Decker, another program supporter. The auction was held in the Mohegan Sun Arena and televised live on Velocity. Wayne Carini and Dr. Steven Girelli, President/CEO of Klingberg, were at the podium to present the Corvette as it went on the auction block. Wayne encouraged the audience to bid high, saying, “Klingberg’s Auto Restoration Program teaches young people how to restore cars and feeds back into our hobby.”

About Klingberg Family Centers

Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers is a private, nonprofit multi-service agency providing help to thousands of persons across Connecticut each year through twenty distinct programs besides Raymond Hill School. Klingberg’s mission is to extend hope and healing to children and families whose lives have been traumatized by abuse and/or neglect in its various forms, severe family problems, and mental health issues. Klingberg’s main campus is located in New Britain, Connecticut, with an additional location in Hartford. For more information about Klingberg Family Centers, CLICK HERE.

About SpaceFitters

SpaceFitters is a privately held company, founded in 1988 and located in Bloomfield, CT. They offer a unique business model that combines technology and logistics expertise to create a comprehensive suite of supply chain services. The operating model allows for specialization and expertise of service by geography and function from a centralized team that has the knowledge and experience to deliver significant value to clients. SpaceFitters’ highly skilled professionals and proven business process have been tested in some of the most demanding and complex project environments, consistently producing positive outcomes.

About Barrett-Jackson

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. Barrett-Jackson produces The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions® in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; the Northeast at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun and Las Vegas, Nevada, where hundreds of the most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience.

Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content