Ford Dealers Enable Gift Of Special Wheelchair

During last month’s Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Opening Night Gala, South Florida Ford Dealers and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a Cinderella-themed custom power wheelchair to 6-year-old Tyra Pierre of Miami.

Having sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of 3 during an accident, Pierre has limited use of her arms and needs a power wheelchair to gain the independence to participate in activities at school, spend time with her family and enjoy outings.

South Florida Ford Dealers displayed their commitment to the community by kicking off the inaugural “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” promotion by donating $50 for every new vehicle purchased or leased in the month of October to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and to prevent spinal cord injuries.

Barrett-Jackson set multiple records at its 13th annual Palm Beach car auction, which took place April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The event generated sales of more than $22 million at a sell-through rate of 98.3 percent, as well as an impressive group of consignments, bidders and the largest number of attendees in the event’s history.

The South Florida Ford Dealers group is made up of 28 dealers covering 13 counties in the southern half of the state.

ABOVE: Darrell Gwynn of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation with wheelchair recipient Tyra Pierre, along with Andrea Amato, National Hot Rod Association World Champion Joe Amato and Yanique Benjamin.