AuctionCause Lists NASCAR Racecar for $1 Million for Charity
By Ina Steiner
November 16, 2005
Jay Hansen and Wade Whitaker are selling the racecars driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. at Watkins Glenn and are donating 50 percent of the final sales price to charity to aid Hurricane Katrina victims. This will mean a minimum $500,000 windfall for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, based in Shreveport, LA.
Jay Hansen's five-year-old daughter Hanna was the inspiration for the charity auction. After learning in her kindergarten class about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Hanna decided to empty out her piggy bank to help her class raise money for the flood victims. She told her mom and dad about donating to the flood victims and wanted to know what else she could do to help.
Moved by this, Hanna’s father, Jay Hansen, realized he did have something to contribute to the efforts. He was the owner of the #3 GM Goodwrench race care driven by the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. This car had been one of Earnhardt's road course cars that had raced at Sears Point, CA, and also at Watkins Glenn, NY. Jay's friend, Wade Whitaker, had recently purchased a #8 Budweiser race car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., which raced at the same track, Watkins Glenn. They agreed packaging them together to benefit Katrina victims would set into motion Hanna’s idea
Jay contacted Eric Gazin of Auction Cause, the agency which sold the Robby Gordon helmet for charity on eBay. Using the eBay Giving Works and MissionFish charity auction platforms that highlight 501(c)(3) nonprofits, Eric found a worthy cause, "The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank," which was on the front lines providing basic necessities to the thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Jim Presson, Executive Director of the food bank and thought his prayers had been answered, as the strain on the food bank had almost become too much to bear.
The auction is poised to set a new automotive vehicle record for eBay Motors, as well as challenging other well off individuals to step up and conduct their own charity drives to benefit victims of one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the United States.
The cars are available on eBay at http:// www.ebay.com/dubshop. With bidding beginning at $1 million, interested parties need to prequalify with Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high profile eBay events. Partnering in the effort is DUB Magazine, the leading, authoritative voice in urban automotive lifestyle that recently launched its store on eBay Motors.