I recently had the pleasure of attending Legendary Sales Week at ADESA Phoenix. It was an outstanding event, and I enjoyed the chance to visit with numerous customers and employees at ADESA Phoenix. We also welcomed many special guests throughout the week to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale,  the classic car auction being held nearby at the same time.

A highlight of the week is the annual charity auction, held in partnership with the Ford Global Action Team. This charity auction raises money for JDRF, a global organization focused on funding research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Featured on the block at this year’s auction was a 2018 Ford 2WD SuperCrew truck with just 20,000 miles on the odometer.

The local Arizona chapter of JDRF sent a youth ambassador to the sale—4-year-old Grant, who has type 1 diabetes. Grant spoke to the crowd from the auction block before the sale and got to bang the gavel when the bidding was done. What an impressive young man! When he told me that he likes cars, I made sure he got the opportunity to attend Barrett-Jackson and see some of the cars crossing the stage there.

When all was said and done, the truck was purchased by Mike Sullivan of Lithia Motors, with his winning bid of $23,500. All proceeds from the sale went to JDRF’s Arizona chapter.

The running total of the fundraising partnership between ADESA and the Ford Global Action Team is up to nearly $1.2 million. Thank you to everyone who has participated. We appreciate your continued support and donations to this important cause.

Check out a few photos from the ADESA Phoenix event below.

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L-R: Gael Sandoval (Ford Global Action Team), John Hammer (President of ADESA), Tom Caruso (EVP & CCO of ADESA), Starla May (AGM of ADESA Phoenix), Mike Sullivan (Winning Bidder – Lithia Auto Stores), Rodney Davis (GM of ADESA Phoenix), Grant Leonard (representing JDRF) and Patrick Ming (Executive Sales Director at ADESA).

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JDRF Arizona Representative Grant Leonard before the charity auction at ADESA Phoenix

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JDRF Arizona’s Grant Leonard bangs the gavel on the sale as ADESA Phoenix GM Rod Davis watches on

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ADESA President John Hammer with JDRF Arizona Representative Grant Leonard