Her idea inspired the people working for GM Canada and for years the foundation worked alongside the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation – even after Sharon retired in 2014, got her Oshawa Community Legend Award back in 2018, and sadly passed away this very April.
In her honor and to celebrate the company’s own charitable legacy, GM Canada auctioned off the final C7 Chevrolet Corvette and very first C8 Stingray manufactured for the Canadian market, raising more than $400k (probably Canadian dollars, though we’re not specifically told) through the sale and community donations.
All the proceeds went to Durham Children’s Aid Foundation, with the cars alone bringing in a total of $368,500. The bids were quite balanced, as the last 7th generation Chevrolet Corvette in Canadian specification sold for $187,500, while the C8 Corvette Stingray was snatched for $181k.
With additional help from Unifor, GM Canada, employees, and retirees, as well as community members, the charity received an additional $35k in online donations. By the way, those two Corvette examples (one orange, and one red with spectacular high-gloss black details and a white stripe) might soon be put to good track use.
That’s because the winning bidder also received a complimentary track day at former Corvette driver and renowned Canadian racing driver Ron Fellow’s Performance Driving Schools at Spring Mountain, Nevada and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario.
Of course, good deeds should never end, so kids will have an even better Christmas with additional help for this upcoming holiday season, so direct donations can still be made here.