Curing Kids Cancer is the “charity of choice” for Mecum Auction Company, the world leader of collector car, motorcycle and road art sales.
Every day of every auction, a Mecum neon “sold” sign is given to whoever makes the biggest donation to the charity. Mecum President Dana Mecum personally signs and dates each one himself.
Collectors and philanthropists also donate vehicles (and sometimes guitars, tractors or other items!) to Curing Kids Cancer and Mecum auctions them. A Les Paul Gibson guitar donated to the charity and painted by car artist David Snyder brought $105,000 in May 2014. Total donations to the charity coming through Mecum have now hit the $2 Million mark.
Curing Kids Cancer founder Grainne Owen is amazed by the generosity she has seen. “Everybody at Mecum is like a big family, from the girls selling merchandise to the auctioneers. They know what we’re doing and what the cause is, and they’re all 110 percent behind it. It’s amazing that they’ve all joined in to support us,” she says.
People who attend the auctions are making a difference in finding cures for childhood cancer. “They are people from all walks of life,” says Owen, who has been to many Mecum Auctions. “They are extremely generous. They’re my heroes. It’s a blessing for everyone who donates.”
How It All Began
The relationship began in 2011, when Curing Kids Cancer received the donation of a one-of-a-kind café racer motorcycle. It was created on the Discovery Channel show, Café Racer. When asked what to do with it, the idea to auction it off at Mecum, who was also on Discovery Channel, was brought to the table. Without hesitation, the motorcycle was sent to Mecum Kissimmee and the rest is history. Today, Curing Kids Cancer and Mecum have been partners for four years and on the way to raising $4 million together!
Mecum Auctions has specialized in the sale of collector cars for more than a quarter-century, offering more than 15,000 vehicles annually, and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. To see the amazing automotive specimens for sale, watch the Mecum Auctions broadcast on NBC Sports Network throughout the year. A reality show featuring the Mecum team is “Mecum Dealmakers,” also on NBC Sports Network. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
The enthusiasm Mecum brings to its partnership with Curing Kids Cancer is matched only by our appreciation.