February 18, 2018
One of the most generous and exciting things you will see in the car industry. Owner of the Atlantic Automotive Group, John Staluppi purchases a 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush for $1.4 million dollars. All $1.4 million dollars will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
We would like to thank President George W. Bush, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Wounded Warriors, Chevrolet, Barrett-Jackson, Jay Leno, and of course John Staluppi for making such a gracious contribution.
January 20, 2018
"One of the coolest moments I’ve ever experienced at Barrett-Jackson. Jay Leno drove the 2018 Corvette Z06 Carbon 65 VIN 001 on stage, Spring Mountain driving school was mentioned and to top everything, George W. Bush came out on stage. The entire room stood and cheered him on as they raised $1.4M for Wounded Warriors! Truly an amazing moment."
First up on the auction block was the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush was bought by John Staluppi, owner of Atlantic Automotive Group, for $1.4 million. The proceeds will benefit the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. The primary goal of the Military Service Initiative is to ensure post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans through the Bush Center Military Service Initiative and the Siller Foundation Building for America’s Bravest effort — both extremely worthy organizations.”
With more than 6,000 veterans employed at GM and more than 50,000 GM retirees who are veterans, both GM and Chevrolet are proud to help those who have given so much for the country.
"Five charity cars raised the roof as they sold for a total of $515,000 (with an additional $10,000 donation by Michelle Mauzy and family), bringing Barrett-Jackson close to the $94 million mark in total funds raised for non-profits to date. A highlight was a ’96 Ford Mustang (Lot #3001) built by students at the Jordan Vocational High School in Georgia. Entrepreneur and collector car magnate John Staluppi and his wife Jeanette purchased it for $50,000.
“In an ultimate show of generosity, John and Jeanette announced they would re-auction the Mustang at our Northeast Auction to spur additional donations for the Jordan students,” said Jackson. “We’re grateful for their kindness and that of our other bidders who purchased charity vehicles." Read full Article
Vocational education in high school helped shape Staluppi’s future, Harris said. “That was near and dear to his heart, because he saw how much value it had in his life.”
Staluppi, according to his online biography, “is a walking, talking embodiment of the American dream. Starting out as a gas station mechanic in Brooklyn, Staluppi built a billion-dollar business of car dealerships before turning his hand to creating some of the most iconic superyachts ever built.” He also established a vintage automobile museum, Cars of Dreams, which Team Red Jacket toured in North Palm Beach. Fla.
The bidding for Team Red Jacket’s car started at $10,000 and quickly quintupled, zooming past the auction’s $9,000 record for a student-restored car, Harris said he was told.
“We were excited and happy and emotional all at the same time,” Breanna said. “Most of us didn’t even think it would go past $18,000 or $20,000, but then it just kept going up.”
As the bids flowed, so did the tears.
“We all cried,” Breanna said.
"A crowd favorite was the sale of a custom 1996 Ford Mustang built by the students of Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia, that sold for $50,000 to benefit the high school. The buyers, Barrett-Jackson regulars John and Jeanette Staluppi, immediately re-donated the Mustang to be sold again at BJ’s Northeast Auction in June to raise more money for the school."
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FlashbackFriday raised an estimated $75,000 which will benefit the Homeless Coalition’sCreating Housing Opportunities Program. It was a blast from the past!
On Saturday, WWE Hall of Fame member Hulk Hogan took center stage and, in true “Hulkamania” fashion, ripped the shirt off his back to help Barrett-Jackson raise much-needed funds for U.S. veterans, children, cancer patients and others across the country. A few generous, philanthropic car dealers combined to raise $400,000 for the Achilles Freedom Team. David Flynn purchased the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Race Car VIN #001 for $300,000 followed by an additional $100,000 pledge from Jeanette and John Staluppi.
“Every Barrett-Jackson auction brings with it an opportunity to improve the lives of deserving individuals and organizations through the sale of charity cars,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We truly appreciate the consignors who donate their vehicles and the bidders who bid from their heart. I’m confident that some wonderful opportunities will open up for those in need with the nearly $1 million in charity auction sales in Palm Beach.”
Barrett-Jackson has raised literally tens of millions of dollars for charity and there's probably never been a woman who's done as much for automobile racing then the legendary Linda Vaughn, a/k/a Hurst Miss Golden Shifter. So when the two of them team up, it's magic, especially when a noted philanthropist and car collector like Palm Beach resident John Staluppi is involved and so is noted Oldsmobile restoration house Thornton Motors Inc. Friday at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors sold for $200,000, every penny of which will go to Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
John & Jeanette Staluppi Buy "Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters" from Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction. Car purchase caps off amazing week of generosity by John & Jeannette Staluppi.
DGF Donates $24,000 Wheelchair to Madison Wilson of Miami WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Longtime foundation supporters John & Jeannette Staluppi purchased the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters (Lot #3006) from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7 hosted by the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Ron Pratte after he purchased them at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of these cars benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. "What an amazing gesture by John Staluppi," said Darrell Gwynn. "They've done so much for us and did so much for us this week I just can't thank them enough. Their generosity propelled our mission so much this week. I just thank them and may God Bless them." In addition to purchasing the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters, John & Jeannette Staluppi hosted "Wheels of Dreams", a fundraiser at their Cars of Dreams Museum to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday night and donated the 1960 Chevy Impala to the foundation that sold or $70,000 on Friday to Joe Riley at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. Also, while on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach several Barrett-Jackson bidders and supporters pledged their generosity by making donations to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation collectively totaling approximately $30,000. While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 "Mini-Mouse" themed power wheelchair to 4 year-old Madison Wilson of Miami. Madison, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with complications was denied the power wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She is a patient at the Ann Storck Center and she was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Her new power wheelchair will give her the gifts of mobility and independence and allow her to start school next fall.
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $13,500 "Batman Themed" wheelchair to Tyler Wright, a six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. "Wheels of Dreams" Gala at the Cars of Dreams Museum on April 5. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and could not propel himself in his old manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's national Wheelchair Donation Program. Tyler in his new Batman themed wheelchair complete with cape and mask was able to visit with his family a replica of the famous "Batmobile" which is on display at the Cars of Dreams Museum. The event was hosted and underwritten by John & Jeannette Staluppi. Proceeds from the event benefited the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
Hundreds of vintage hot rods, classic cars and new luxery vehicles will be on display Sunday at the fourth annual South East Rods and Customs Cars of Dreams Show and Raffle. The show will be held at the Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 U.S. 1 and a nearby lot. More than 4,000 classic-car enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, which includes a car show featuring restored classic cars and trucks, hot rods and luxury vehicles, food vendors and a tour of the private Cars of Dreams Museum. Admission to the car show, which runs from 9.am to 4 pm, is free. The museum will be open from 9am to 2:30 pm. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. The Cars of Dreams Museum, owned by John Staluppi and his wife, Jeannette, houses a comprehensive classic-car collection spanning more than 50 years, a hand carved carousel, a 1950's-era garage, a fire station and a town square. Staluppi opens the museum to the public just twice a year for charity events, including the Shop With a Cop fundraiser sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sherriff's Office. "It's just amazing," said Lauryn Barry, special events manager for Hospice of Palm Beach County. "It's formatted like an old-time, '50's town." For this event, Staluppi donated a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as part of the raffle.
Shop With A Cop Event Exceeds Goal
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says a North Palm Beach Car show helps them exceed their goal for the annual "Shop With a Cop" event. The Shop With a Cop event is a way the that Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office helps underprivileged children during the holiday season. The money will help deputies buy presents for children this Christmas. Cars of Dreams helped organize and sponsor the event, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said it was a success. "Number one, this is going to be the biggest crowd we've had since we started this event. Number two, the weather has been great, but the most important thing is underprivileged children are going to have a good Chirstmas because of this event," said Bradshaw.
John Staluppi watched as his two executives of the Atlantic Auto Group were honored at the Second Annual Gala Reception Dinner for the benefit of the National Kidney Registry.
The National Kidney Registry has been facilitating living donor transplants since 2008. Both Atlantic Auto Group executives, John Pickett and Michael Brown, have offered their generous and enthusiastic support for the National Kidney Registry while overseeing the daily and long term operations of John Staluppi’s Atlantic Auto Group. This second annual gala event also acknowledged other charitable donations given by John Staluppi and his company to two organizations: Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the Jimmy Fund. Both of these organizations are partnered together searching for a cure for pediatric and adult cancer. “Hyundai’s multifaceted partnership with Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] helps people of all ages fight cancer, while allowing us to capitalize on the Jimmy Fund’s commanding presence in the community,” said Bob Cosmai, former CEO of the Hyundai Corporation, in a quote on JimmyFund.org. “By serving as presenting sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Hyundai increased its branding and marketing, while helping find cures for cancer.” The Jimmy Fund organization was founded in 1948 and is currently located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, while the Hyundai Hope on Wheels campaign is intertwined with more than 800 Hyundai dealerships across the nation. Included are all three of John Staluppi’s Hyundai dealerships on Long Island who are continuing their efforts to support Hyundai Hope on Wheels. John Staluppi is proud to say that his Atlantic Auto Group has supported all of these important and charitable organizations. There is no doubt of how vital work with these groups is for patients across the country, and John Staluppi wants to continue helping them make a difference.
John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams opens its doors and raises more than $44,000 for Hospice More than 1,000 custom hot rod and classic cars from across the nation were on display at the South East Rods & Customs "Cars of Dreams" Benefit Car Show at the Cars of Dreams Museum in North Palm Beach. The event, which also offered a rare glimpse of John Stalupp's private Cars of Dreams Museum, attracted more than 2,000 visitors and raised more than $44,000 for Hospice of Palm Beach County. South East Rods & Customs - a nonprofit, classic, street rod and collectible car club - organized the event and invited enthusiasts to show off their "rides" at the museum, which is housed in a shopping mall. "I have been touched by Hospice in my own life and to partner with John Staluppi for this event was a win-win for everyone," www.serodsncustoms.com founder Donnie Hancock said. He created the family oriented club to encourage appreciation and preservation of the cars and to support local charities and help neighbors in need. After one of its members was served by Hospice of Palm Beach County, the club made Hospice its primary charity. "They treated him fantastic," Hancock said. "Hospice is there for everybody." To car enthusiasts, the Cars of Dreams Museum is the eighth wonder of the world. John Staluppi and his wife Jeannette converted part of the old Twin City Mall, placing classic cars in tableaux that include a 1950s-era garage, a fire station and a town square with a working hand-carved antique carousel and a drive-in theater. John Staluppi opens the museum to the public only three times a year for charity events. "This year, we have at least 400 more cars than last year and at least a 1,000 more people,"John Staluppi. "I love it; I love doing it. It's a great charity." To learn more about Hospice of Palm Beach County programs or for more information, call 1-800-HOSPICE. South East Rods & Customs and John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Museum Present Cars of Dreams Show To Benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County
John Staluppi's Private "Cars of Dreams" Collection is Rarely Open to the Public
Auto enthusiasts call John Staluppi's private Cars of Dreams Museum the eighth wonder of the world. Now, South Florida will have the opportunity to see these dream machines up-close-and-personal at the South East Rods & Customs "Cars of Dreams" Benefit Car Show. The event will be held Sunday, March 13th at the Cars of Dreams Museum, located at 133 U.S. Highway One, North Palm Beach, FL. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. South East (Hot) Rods and Customs, a non-profit, classic, street rod and collectible car club, has organized a mammoth car show just outside the museum's door. Enthusiasts from all over the country will bring their "rides" to participate in the day-long, family-oriented charity event. Last year, more than 600 cars were on display. Auto dealership mogul and philanthropist, John Staluppi, started his world-class collection of cars eleven years ago, focusing on the time period from WW II to the 1970s. John Staluppi began his career as a car mechanic in a Chevy dealership in 1962. "It all started when there were 10 or 15 cars at my house, and I'd have to move them all around to get to them," John Staluppi said. "My business partner suggested that we move them to the shopping center we owned." Housed in a building larger than a football field, John Staluppi, and his wife Jeannette, created period settings for the cars including a 1950s garage, a fire station and town square all surrounding a hand-carved carousel. He opens the museum to the public only three times a year for charity events. Donnie Hancock, who founded the non-profit South East Rods & Customs in 2009, created the family-oriented classic, street rod, and collectible car club for the appreciation and preservation of the vehicles while providing funding and support for local charities and helping neighbors in need. Hancock wants to support Hospice of Palm Beach County because of his personal experience with the organization. "When my friend arrived at Hospice, he said he could not pay," Hancock remembers, "They told him to relax, because there would be no charge for his care. He passed away…so peacefully. They gave him great care."
John Staluppi Proud of Atlantic Auto Group for Continued Generosity to Cancer Foundations
The Atlantic Auto Group has been continuing its efforts to work with organizations such as the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program, and its owner John Staluppi was proud to see his executives get honored for giving their support. John Staluppi watched as his two executives of the Atlantic Auto Group were honored at the Second Annual Gala Reception Dinner for the benefit of the National Kidney Registry. The National Kidney Registry has been facilitating living donor transplants since 2008. Both Atlantic Auto Group executives, John Pickett and Michael Brown, have offered their generous and enthusiastic support for the National Kidney Registry while overseeing the daily and long term operations of John Staluppi's Atlantic Auto Group. This second annual gala event also acknowledged other charitable donations given by John Staluppi and his company to two organizations: Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the Jimmy Fund. Both of these organizations are partnered together searching for a cure for pediatric and adult cancer. "Hyundai's multifaceted partnership with Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] helps people of all ages fight cancer, while allowing us to capitalize on the Jimmy Fund's commanding presence in the community," said Bob Cosmai, former CEO of the Hyundai Corporation, in a quote on JimmyFund.org. "By serving as presenting sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Hyundai increased its branding and marketing, while helping find cures for cancer." The Jimmy Fund organization was founded in 1948 and is currently located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, while the Hyundai Hope on Wheels campaign is intertwined with more than 800 Hyundai dealerships across the nation. Included are all three of John Staluppi's Hyundai dealerships on Long Island who are continuing their efforts to support Hyundai Hope on Wheels. John Staluppi is proud to say that his Atlantic Auto Group has supported all of these important and charitable organizations. There is no doubt of how vital work with these groups is for patients across the country, and John Staluppi wants to continue helping them make a difference. Visit http://www.atlanticautogroup.net/ for more information on the Atlantic Auto Group. Atlantic Auto Group treats every customer, whether visiting one of its dealerships online or in person, as a family member. Comprised of state-of-the-art facilities and No. 1-rated dealerships, Atlantic Auto Group continues to lead the way in building lifetime relationships with customers
Mr. John Staluppi Grants Wishes by giving to the Make a Wish Foundation
John Staluppi knows he has the ability to make a difference in the lives of children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Through John Staluppi's generosity the Make a Wish Foundation have never turned away a medically-eligible child. Over the years John Staluppi has been responsible for making the wishes of so many children come true. By adopting a child's wish, John Staluppi becomes a part of the magic of Make-A-Wish. Make a Wish has acknowledged John Staluppi's contributions. But most importantly, of course, is the satisfaction of knowing that John Staluppi has made a difference in the lives of children by making his or her wish come true! If you would like to follow in the example of John Staluppi you too can make a wish come true. Remember wishes are like children - each one unique. Therefore, the cost to fund a wish varies widely depending on the nature of the wish and the geographic location of the child. The average cost of a wish is $5,000. You don't need to be John Staluppi to give a child the priceless gifts of love, laughter and treasured memories by sponsoring his or her wish for $5,000. For a contribution of $2,500 your donation will be partnered with another donor to make a child’s wish come true. Fulfilling the Make a Wish Foundation mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions would not be possible without the generous financial support of donors in the community like John Staluppi. Behind every child's wish, there are special individuals, corporations, student organizations or foundations that made it possible. In fact, every unforgettable wish we grant is funded by private contributions. When you Adopt-A-Wish, you impact a family and create hope, strength and joy during a time when a family needs it most. The Make a Wish Foundation salutes their generous donors like John Staluppi who adopted wishes during our last fiscal year and those who made a child's wish come true during the current fiscal year. Thanks to John Staluppi and to the generosity of all involved.