DALLAS (January 28, 2023)—At NADA Show 2023 in Dallas, BacklotCars, part of KAR Global, auctioned off a 100% electric, liquid black LiveWire One motorcycle, raising more than $183,000 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Program that benefits Canine Companions®.
Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Dogs and all follow-up services are provided at no cost to the clients. The organization’s cause was dear to the late Bob Mallon, who founded the NADA Foundation in 1975, and the late Frank McCarthy, who served as NADA’s chief executive from 1968 to 2001.
Canine Companions graduate Susan Mahoney (joined by her service dog, Misha) offered remarks at the auction, which took place on Saturday, January 28, at the BacklotCars booth at the NADA Expo. Also onsite was Laura Manning, Canine Companions director of philanthropy, along with several clients and their service dogs, and volunteer puppy raisers with their future service dogs.
“Now in our 12th year, we are proud to partner with the NADA Foundation and Canine Companions to help increase independence for people with disabilities,” said Peter Kelly, chief executive officer of KAR Global. “Thanks to our generous BacklotCars dealers and partners, we’ve raised more than $905,000 to date—providing veterans and people with disabilities with expertly trained service dogs that can offer independence, confidence and companionship.”
The winning bidder was David Taylor of Taylor Chevrolet in Rexburg, Idaho.
Since 2004, NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Program has contributed more than $1.2 million to Canine Companions.
“Dealers are without a doubt committed to serving others,” said Annette Sykora, NADA Foundation chairwoman and NADA 2008 chairwoman. “We are proud that the funds raised through the BacklotCars auction this year will help NADA and its members pair people with disabilities with Canine Companions service dogs that can literally open doors to greater independence.”
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Juliet Guerra, Director, Media Relations
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About Canine Companions®
As the leader of the service dog industry, Canine Companions transforms the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs that assist with practical tasks, as well as provide unconditional love and acceptance—free of charge. This powerful relationship leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability. Established in 1975, Canine Companions is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and has six regions across the country serving all 50 states. Learn more at canine.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.
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