General Motors Co. will auction a final production seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, with the proceeds benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity that assists injured military veterans and first responders.
The final seventh-generation Corvette — a black 2019 Z06 model — will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut on June 28.
“GM, GMC, and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders, and their families,” says Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM. “The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work and pave the way for the next-generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18 (the so-called C8 with a mid-engine design).”
Every dollar of the winning bid will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty. More information is available at www.tunnel2towers.org.
“The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation thanks GM, GMC , and Chevrolet for supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and our first responders,” says Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation. “This generous gift will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve.”
For the past five years, GMC has supported the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as its national foundation of choice. In that time, it has helped the foundation raise more than $10 million. That includes $2.2 million raised last year, with $925,000 of it coming from the auction of the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1. It was purchased by Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale.
Other money has come from employee donations and events across the country such as 5K Tunnel to Towers races and other activities sponsored by GMC dealers.