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ADESA to Auction Harley at NADA Convention to Raise Money for Canine Companions

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2013) – ADESA, for the second consecutive year, will auction a Harley-Davidson (2011 Fat Boy) during the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo, held this year in Orlando, Fla. The live auction begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the ADESA exhibit (Booth No. 2743).

“Last year’s auction was such a success—and we had such a great time doing it—that we are excited to once again host a charity motorcycle auction at this year’s NADA convention,” said Tom Caruso, ADESA president and CEO. “We are honored to support the NADA Foundation and a wonderful cause like Canine Companions for Independence.”

2011 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

All proceeds will benefit the Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which supports Canine Companions for Independence. The auction is not open to the general public.

Last year, Massachusetts new-car dealer Barry Lundgren took home a 2010 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe with a winning bid of $18,750.

Since 2002, the McCarthy Fund has contributed $180,000 to Canine Companions, assisting with the placement of 18 companion dogs for physically disabled children and wounded military veterans. McCarthy served as NADA president for more than 30 years.

The NADA convention runs Feb. 8-11 at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information or to register, visit


ADESA offers a full range of auction, reconditioning, logistical and other vehicle-related services to meet the remarketing needs of both its institutional and dealer customers. With 68 auction locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, strategically located near metropolitan areas with a large concentration of used vehicle dealers, the company is well positioned to host physical and Internet auctions. ADESA LiveBlock simulcasts vehicles worldwide. ADESA DealerBlock offers two ways to buy: bid-now sales events or buy-now pricing 24/7. Through its related subsidiaries of AutoVIN® and PAR North America, it is also able to provide additional services including inspections, inventory audits and remarketing outsourcing solutions including a network of repossession agents, titling and auction sale representation. Visit for details.

About the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation

The NADA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NADA established in 1975, is a non-profit organization that supports a wide variety of charities and causes, including Canine Companions for Independence and natural disaster relief for dealership employees. The NADA Foundation also provides grants to colleges and universities, including academic scholarships.

The NADA Story

The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit


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