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High Octane

| May 4, 2016 | Parties

Sponsored by Acura, the gala was a celebration of the car-collecting community’s generous charity fundraising efforts. Thousands of auto-industry execs and car aficionados attended, but they had no clue Zac Brown Band would rock the house until the Grammy Award-winning country music artists took the stage. The evening’s entertainment had been a closely guarded secret, so the crowd, understandably, went wild.


Among those in the packed house were Kimberly and Dennis Collins; Gov. Doug Ducey and his wife, Angela; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; Carolyn and Craig Jackson; Johnnie and George Benson; and Ruthie and Gordon Johnson.

Excitement generated at the party continued for the next 10 days, when nearly 1,500 vehicles were on the auction block, including 11 that raised a total of $3.4 million for charity. Most noteworthy was the 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001, a supercar that fetched $1.2 million to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground. -Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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