Angelenos who want to support our troops and bid on a way-cool custom Chevy Camaro convertible have two options: (1) Purchase a plane ticket to for a flight to Dallas; or (2) Bid online or over the phone from the comforts of your home. The car will be sold to the highest bidder at the Mecum Dallas Auction, which runs from October 6–8 at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas. The team at Mecum Auctions will sell the Camaro at no reserve on Friday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. CT, drawing bids from the crowd, as well as from online and phone bidders. West Coast Customs, who has transformed cars for numerous celebrities and corporations, has customized this one-of-a-kind Camaro with a blend of camouflage colors.
West Coat Customs, based in Corona, California, and Mecum Auction Company have teamed up to benefit UCLA’s Operation Mend to offer a custom 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible to raise funds for Operation Mend. Operation Mend is a partnership among Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that was established to help treat U.S. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All proceeds from the sale of the custom Camaro will be donated to Operation Mend. In addition, the new owner will have the opportunity to drive the Camaro as the lead Grand Marshal Car in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade on November 11, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in front of 50,000 veterans. The Camaro will also seat returning war heroes currently undergoing surgeries at UCLA through Operation Mend to repair their faces, which were damaged by explosions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“On behalf of all of the wounded military personnel that will benefit from the proceeds of this wonderful opportunity provided to Operation Mend by West Coast Customs, Mecum Auctions and the Constellations Group, we thank you,” said Dr. Tim Miller, lead surgeon for UCLA’s Operation Mend Program. “Operation Mend is funded by generous donations from caring Americans, and this will go a long way to providing more medical care to those who so proudly serve our nation.” To learn more about Operation Mend and watch featured videos of wounded warriors, visit www.operationmend.ucla.edu.
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