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Automotive Community Rallies for a World Without Childhood Brain Tumors

06/26/17

American Honda’s auction of the first production 2017 Civic Type R is paving the way for better treatments, increased survivorship and a higher quality of life for children and teens with brain tumors.

VIN 01 of the 2017 Civic Type R is on its way to Jeffrey Cappo, owner of Victory Automotive Group, thanks to a winning bid of $200,000. All auction proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission to Care. Cure. Thrive.

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Jeffrey Cappo, owner of Victory Automotive Group and winner of Honda's Civic Type R auction

“Our hearts are overflowing with joy and appreciation for Mr. Cappo’s generous support,” says Robin Boettcher, President and CEO of the PBTF. “Pediatric brain tumors are the deadliest form of childhood cancer, and his contributions will help us make significant investments in research for a cure.”

Family-owned and operated since 1997, Victory Automotive Group is comprised of nearly 40 dealerships across 10 states. The company has a long history of philanthropy, including major contributions to the University of Michigan Athletic Program, Doctors of Tomorrow Program and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital; the creation of The Victory Academy, a specialized curriculum and facility at Country Day School of Largo, FL, established to serve a broad range of students with unique styles of communicating, thinking and learning; and the sponsorship of hundreds of golf outings, baseball teams, charity events and auctions.

"Providing support and funding to deserving charities, institutions and programs is part of Victory Automotive Group's DNA. I am proud to join American Honda in its aid of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," says Cappo.

BringaTrailer.com hosted the auction, which marked the vintage and collector car auction site’s first new production vehicle auction and first charity auction. Bring a Trailer also chose to donate their entire auction fee to the PBTF as part of the sale, and made an additional company donation during the listing, totaling $6500.

“All of us at Bring a Trailer Auctions were very pleased to partner with American Honda and the PBTF to make an impact for children with cancer,” says Randy Nonnenberg, CEO of Bring a Trailer Auctions. “After this hugely successful Honda sale, we look forward to hosting more auctions for charity in the coming months and years.”

The generosity did not stop with the auction, though. After the $200,000 bid was placed, BringaTrailer.com members stepped up to donate nearly $9,000 – a number that continues to grow through matching gifts. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will continue to accept donations from the BringaTrailer.com community at www.curethekids.org/BATdonate.

“Because of American Honda, Mr. Cappo and Bring a Trailer, we are one step closer to achieving our vision of a world without childhood brain tumors,” adds Boettcher. “Their tremendous awareness-building and fundraising efforts will help us reach more families with the resources needed to fight children’s brain tumors.”

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R features the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda production vehicle in America and recently broke the record as the fastest front-wheel-drive production car in the world. For MSRP and additional information, visit automobiles.honda.com/civic-type-r.