BacklotCars Charity Auction at NADA Show 2022 Raises $108,720 for Canine Companions – NADA

By Juliet Guerra, NADA Media Relations Manager

At the 2022 NADA Show in Las Vegas, BacklotCars, part of KAR Global, auctioned off a white LiveWire One 100% electric motorcycle, raising more than $35,000 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Program which benefits to the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). CCI is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The cause of canine companions was dear to the late Bob Mallon, who founded the NADA Foundation in 1975, and the late Frank McCarthy, who served as NADA’s CEO from 1968 to 2001.

Auction proceeds and additional donations raised over $108,720 in one day.

Veteran and 2021 CCI graduate Brett Turek spoke at the auction, which took place Saturday, March 12 at the BacklotCars booth at NADA Expo. Marcell Mallett, CCI’s General Manager for the Southwest Region, was also on hand, along with two puppy breeders and graduates: Scott Dyer with his dog España and John Tarabilda and his dog Oro.

“We are proud to partner with the NADA Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence for the 11and consecutive year, said Peter Kelly, Managing Director of KAR Global. “With the help of our generous dealers and industry partners, we have raised over $723,000 to date, providing veterans and people with disabilities with highly trained dogs that can provide independence and companionship. This is always a highlight of our NADA experience, and our teams at KAR, ADESA and BacklotCars are thrilled to support this year’s auction.

The winning bidder was Lane Nichols of Fairbanks, Alaska. Nichols sits on the NADA board of directors and is Gene’s master dealer for Chrysler Dodge Jeeps and Rams.

Since 2002, the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Program has donated nearly $1 million to CCI, placing trained service dogs with disabled children and injured veterans.

“Dealers are undoubtedly committed to serving others, including veterans and active military personnel,” said Annette Sykora, NADA Foundation President and NADA 2008 Chair. will help NADA and its members serve veterans who participate in Canine Companions.”

For more information on the NADA Foundation, click here. For more information on Canine Companions for Independence, click here.

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