First 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Auctioned April 5 to Benefit Karmanos Cancer Institute

   First 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Auctioned April 5 to
                      Benefit Karmanos Cancer Institute

PR Newswire

DETROIT, March 18, 2013

DETROIT, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The first 2014 Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray Convertible offered for sale will be auctioned by
Barrett-Jackson April 5 in Palm Beach, Fla., to support cancer research and

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Chevrolet is donating the highly coveted sports car as part of General Motors'
support for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and its 31st Annual
Dinner. Every penny of the sale proceeds will benefit the Karmanos Cancer
Institute – one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive
cancer centers in the country.

The auction is part of Barrett-Jackson's 10th ^ annual Collector Car Auction,
held at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach. Those unable to attend
can bid by visiting The winning bidder will receive a
letter of authenticity, as well as the ability to select the color.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible offers all of the
uncompromising performance of the coupe, including an estimated 450 horsepower
and a 0-to-60 acceleration time of four seconds, according to GM. In addition,
its all-new, fully electronic top can be lowered remotely and opened or closed
at speeds of up to 30 mph.

"When we asked ourselves how best to assist the Karmanos Cancer Institute in
its valiant fight against this horrible disease, the first Corvette Stingray
Convertible off the line for sale was an obvious choice," said Mark Reuss,
president, GM North America. "It's the best we have to offer, and it should
prove to be an immensely desirable and highly collectible car."

The donation demonstrates GM's outstanding commitment to the Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Institute. This is the second year GM has offered one of its
collector vehicles to be auctioned to benefit Karmanos. In addition, for the
second consecutive year, the GM Foundation has generously donated $400,000 to
cancer research, bringing GM and the GM Foundation's total support of Karmanos
to nearly $6.4 million over the last 16 years.

"The commitment of GM and the GM Foundation to further the Karmanos Cancer
Institute's innovative cancer research and exceptional patient care is nothing
short of magnificent," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of
Karmanos. "From the company's top leadership to its employees and partners,
GM's investment to improve life for those in our community and significantly
impact our global fight to end this disease is truly outstanding. We are
extremely grateful to GM and the GM Foundation, and our many sponsors and
supporters who continue to imagine and help us work toward a world without

The Karmanos Cancer Institute's 31st Annual Dinner is Saturday, April 20, at
the General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, 2500 East Grand Blvd.,
in Detroit. Reuss and his wife Kim are chairing this year's gala. Emcee for
the gala is Ruth Spencer, anchor and consumer reporter for WDIV Local 4.

The elegant event will feature a cocktail reception; seated dinner;
entertainment by DJ Brad Hales and Motown legends The FOUR TOPS; dancing; a
raffle and brief program. There will also be an exciting live auction
featuring unique VIP experience packages.

Chevrolet is the Host Sponsor for this year's event. Other key sponsors
include: Executive Sponsors, Compuware Corporation, Lil and Alex Erdeljan,
Johnson Controls and Quicken Loans; Entertainment Sponsor, Credit Union ONE;
Dinner Sponsors, AVL Americas, Becker Ventures, Crain Communications, The
Delphi Foundation, Edw. C. Levy. Co., Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP,
Kenwal Steel Corporation, Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian, Lear Corporation, Leo
Burnett & Digitas, The Delphi Foundation, The Suburban Collection, UAW-GM
Center for Human Resources and Worthington Industries; Magazine Sponsor, Hour
Detroit and dbusiness; Radio Sponsor, News/Talk 760 WJR; and Television
Sponsor, WDIV Local 4.

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $750 per person for benefactor level, which
includes priority seating and recognition in the program book. Patron level
tickets are $525 per person and includes recognition in the program book.

To reserve tickets, please contact Lisa Koltunchik at 313-576-8106 or You may also visit Karmanos' 2013 Annual Dinner to
reserve tickets online. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities for
the dinner should contact Maureen Bender at 313-576-8111 or For information on the Barrett-Jackson auction visit

About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
Institute is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive
cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,000 new patients
annually on a budget of $265 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific
scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos is among the
nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including
nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University
School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial
donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer.
Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the
collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care.
Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive
officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car
brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4
million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with
fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design
and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

SOURCE Karmanos Cancer Institute

Contact: Patricia A. Ellis, Karmanos Cancer Institute, +1-313-576-8529; cell
+1-313-410-3417,; Terry Rhadigan, GM Communications,
+1-313-658-6801,; Maria Mainville , General Motors
Foundation, +1-313-573-7794,; Monte Doran, Chevrolet
Communications, +1-313-348-2317,
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