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All eyes were on the stunning 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, which raised $ 1 million for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – which exclusively represents HBCUs and PBIs (mainly black institutions) – in West Palette. Beach, Florida.
“Supporting nonprofits that provide higher education opportunities for young men and women has long been a pillar of our charitable endeavor.” Craig JacksonChairman / CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
“We’ve helped raise more than $ 144 million to date for many qualified organizations and we’ve been excited to provide a platform in Palm Beach to raise funds and awareness for the Thergood Marshall College Fund and to do so through such an iconic vehicle from our incredible partners. Chevrolet. “
The first-of-its-kind Corvette (which naturally produces the highest-horsepower V-8 of any production) has raised funds for TMCF’s Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP) – a hands-on training initiative that provides pre-service and support. Aspiring K-12 educators develop their academic skills and equip them to succeed in challenging learning environments.
TQRP graduates become the next generation of future leaders who have a passion for teaching in high-need communities. To date, TQRP Fellows have affected 31,000 K-12 students in high-need, urban and rural areas.
“We are proud of our relationship with Barrett-Jackson, GM and Chevrolet, and fully support the next generation of HBCU leaders who play an important role in ensuring that organizations do not lag behind young people of color,” said TMCF President and CEO. Dr. Harry L. Williams.
“TQRP provides additional opportunities for students of color that will ultimately lead to a more diverse workforce in the K-12 educational environment and beyond.”
Since its inception in 1987, TMCF has provided more than $ 300 million in scholarships for students and boasts a 90% graduation rate for students in its programs.
“Achieving our goal of being the most inclusive company in the world requires a commitment to build the next generation of diverse engineers and designers. That’s why Chevrolet and General Motors support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s teacher quality and retention program and its goal of creating teachers who inspire the next generation of students, especially color students. ” Steve MejorosDirector of Chevrolet Marketing.
“We are optimistic that the sale of the first retail Corvette Z06 Convertible will be a major benefit to TMCF as one of General Motors’ many efforts to build a diversified STEM education pipeline.”
The winner came from 100% of the bid Rick HendrickHendrik Automotive Group Chairman / CEO and owner of 14-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Hendrik Motorsports, who has been supporting successful ventures in car auctions.
Scott Bell, Chevrolet Global Vice President, said: “General Motors and Chevrolet are honored to support the Thargood Martial College Fund for the Empowerment of Students and Academics for Success.
Proceeds from the sale of the first retail production Corvette Z06 Convertible will support high-caliber training for future educators studying at HBCUs and PBI across the country. “
While covering the gigantic event, we were able to speak with TMCF representatives, raise $ 1 million before a first production car hit the road, and test the Super Slick Corvette sting in the gorgeous weather of South Florida.
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