Carolyn and Craig Jackson with John and Jeanette Staluppi.
“Barrett-Jackson continues to lead the collector car community in supporting veterans, youth programs, medical research and countless other worthy causes,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our history of helping runs deep in our company’s DNA and it’s such a rewarding experience to share the stage with many of the individuals that our charity vehicles benefit. Having a true hero like retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on the block to support the Lone Survivor Foundation was one of the more inspirational moments we’ve experienced during a charity auction.”
FlashbackFriday raised an estimated $75,000 which will benefit the Homeless Coalition’sCreating Housing Opportunities Program. It was a blast from the past!
Barrett Jackson - Palm Beach 2015 - Philanthropists and world-renowned car collectors Jeanette and John Staluppi donated an additional $100,000 to support the Achilles Freedom Team.
Several vehicles were sold to benefit non-profit organizations, with 100 percent of the nearly $1 million dollars raised going to support veterans, children and other deserving charities.
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.”
John Staluppi 's successes were never just for him. He vowed that if ever really made it - he would help those less fortunate. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of people who have a tough life - and now he feels an obligation to help needy people have an easier life in some way. The list of charities and fundraisers that John is involved with is long. From Hospice, National Kidney Registry, to Make a Wish Foundation, John Staluppi says that each charity event keeps him down to earth. When a child hugs him for granting his wish (Make a Wish Foundation) or when he can provide state of the art wheelchairs for spinal cord injury victims (Darrell Gwynn Foundation) - John Staluppi says “ I hope this is my legacy.”
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.
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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.
Palm Beach Post - "Vroom in your heart? You can help Hospice"by Jodie Wagner 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.
Car Show Supports Sheriff's OrganizationShop 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 HospiceMore 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 CountyJohn 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."