Chevrolet Collects for Red Cross Haitian Quake Relief at Washington Auto Show

By Auto News Log • January 26th, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Chevrolet is hoping individual donations at the Washington Auto Show display will add up to a truckload of support to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund for earthquake victims.

A Chevrolet Colorado pickup, outfitted with a collection box, will be prominently displayed at the show, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 27-31.

“Many of us have been affected by the tragedy in Haiti,” said Chevrolet General Manager Jim Campbell. “For those that want to help, we will gladly accept donations of any denomination. Every penny will make a difference.”

Chevrolet will continue to collect donations for the Red Cross relief fund through the end of February. Collection boxes will also be placed at the Philadelphia International Auto Show, Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, and the Chicago Auto Show, Feb.10-27.

Donations from individuals will be in addition to $350,000 in corporate support and GM Foundation contributions already committed to helping with relief from the 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean island nation on Jan. 12.

The GM total giving so far includes a $100,000 contribution from the General Motors Foundation GM Global Aid program. Through GM Global Aid, GM and its national and international business units and the GM Foundation can quickly direct vehicles, services, or supplies, as well as monetary contributions, to charitable organizations assisting in local disaster relief efforts.

An additional $250,000 was raised on Saturday, Jan. 23, by the auction of a limited-edition Chevrolet Corvette at the 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. The limited edition 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was the last of 427 cars built specifically for North America, and the only 2008 Z06 available in Crystal Red Metallic Tint Coat. The car sold for $200,000, and another $50,000 was raised through five bidders who made $10,000 contributions each.

“The past year has been very challenging for the auto industry, but it pales compared to what the people of Haiti are experiencing today,” said Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn, who introduced the Corvette auction. “That is why GM is donating 100 percent of the money raised from the auction of this very special car to the American Red Cross relief fund for Haiti.”.

Source: GM

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