NADA, ADESA Partner to Raise Funds for Charity Featured

By Staff Writer February 08, 2019 444

A collective effort raised more than $76,000 for Canine Companions for Independence at the recent National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

Ben Chavez, an Army veteran and retired police sergeant, and his hearing dog, Nepal, from Tehachapi, Calif., along with 28 dogs and their graduates, trainers and volunteers from Canine Companions in Santa Rosa, Calif., attended the charity auction, which was hosted by ADESA.

It marked the eighth straight year that ADESA has held an auction at the NADA convention to benefit the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund. The fund supports Canine Companions.

To date, the auctions have raised $460,118.

Prior to the auction of a Yamaha Drive Series golf cart, Annette Sykora, chairman of the NADA Foundation, announced that NADA’s board of directors had already contributed $36,000. Joe Verde, president of the Joe Verde Group in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., placed the first winning bid of $20,000 and donated the golf cart to be auctioned again.

Greg Noonan, publisher of Insight Media Enterprises in Cherry Valley, N.Y., placed the final winning bid of $18,000; and cash donations totaled $2,118.

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