• Sep 12, 2006
An anonymous and very generous benefactor has donated a Ferrari Enzo to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The car, a US-spec 2003 model, will be auctioned off on Friday, September 15 at the annual "Runway for Life" event, a star-studded celebrity fashion gala taking place at the Beverly Hilton. Naturally, all paperwork, bespoke luggage, etc. is included with the supercar, which has a mere 1,300 miles on the odometer. It's red, of course.

Break out those wallets, kids. Bidding opens at $875,000 and the proceeds benefit St. Jude's, which works to cure cancer and other catastrophic diseases in children. With that in mind, we hope this one becomes the highest-priced Enzo ever to change hands.

If you're still in the giving mood, don't forget to help us spring spy photographer Brenda Priddy from jail to benefit the March of Dimes. When you donate, leave the comment "Saw this on Autoblog" and you could win one of Brenda's official spy hats.

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital via PRNewswire]

PRESS RELEASE:

Rare $1 Million Enzo Ferrari Donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R)

Car To Be Auctioned Live at Runway For Life(R) in Beverly Hills to Help Children With Cancer and Other Catastrophic Diseases
-- One of only 400 Cars Ever Made Will Be Auctioned Live on September 15 in Beverly Hills to Raise Funds for the World-Renowned Children's Research Hospital --

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A private owner of one of the
most famous performance cars in history, an Enzo Ferrari, has donated the
rare, $1 million automobile to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to
help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The motor car
will be offered for sale during the live auction at the fourth annual
Runway For Life(R), the prestigious, high-wattage, celebrity fashion event
on September 15 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The donor of
this generous gift wishes to remain anonymous, and the auctioneer will be
Andrea Fiuczynski, president of Christie's Los Angeles.

This marks the second time that an Enzo has come up at public auction
to benefit a charity. Launched in 2003 by Ferrari, only 399 of these exotic
Enzos were ever manufactured and sold. One additional car was built and
presented to Pope John Paul II by Ferrari, which was later auctioned for
tsunami relief.

The Enzo Ferrari up for bid at Runway For Life(R) is model year 2003,
U.S. specification, with 1,300 miles and features a red exterior with black
interior. The car is being offered by its original owner and has been
garaged and maintained at a Ferrari workshop. All books, tools and custom
luggage are included with the car. Bidding on the car will begin at
$875,000.

Car aficionados will note the Enzo's racecar styling, 650hp 12-cylinder
engine, carbon ceramic brakes and the ability to go from 0-60 in 3.3
seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. The legendary Ferrari V12 at the heart
of this super car ensures that it is among the fastest street-legal cars in
the world. The scissor doors, carbon fiber body, steering wheel mounted
controls, and sequential paddle-shift transmission reflect the most
advanced concepts in Formula 1 racing technology.

The fourth annual Runway For Life(R) is sponsored by Disney's "The
Little Mermaid Platinum" Edition 2 Disc DVD and the Conair Corporation to
ensure that 100 percent of the net proceeds will benefit St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital and is expected to raise more than $2 million
for the world renowned children's research hospital.

The spectacular evening will also feature top models and celebrities
including: Cindy Crawford, Phil Donahue, Daisy Fuentes, Deidre Hall,
Patricia Heaton, Jane Kaczmarek, Anna Kournikova, Jenny McCarthy, Nancy
O'Dell, Jaime Pressly, Jeff Probst, Lisa Rinna, Cybill Shepherd, Alison
Sweeney, Marlo Thomas, Amber Valletta, Amy Yasbeck and more. The
celebrity-turned-models will walk a virtual underwater catwalk in an
under-the-sea adventure inspired by the film "The Little Mermaid." The
extraordinary action-filled evening will celebrate the underwater world of
"Ariel and friends" and will feature stunts, special effects and dance
sequences themed to the film.

Interested bidders are asked to email rani@pop.net for further
information about the auction.

About Runway For Life (R) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

Runway For Life(R) event co-founders, Terre Thomas, daughter of St.
Jude founder Danny Thomas, and close family friend Robert Ellis inaugurated
Runway For Life(R) in 2002. To date, the event has raised more than $3.25
million to honor Danny Thomas' dream that "no child should die in the dawn
of life." For more information or to purchase tickets for the September 15
event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, please call 310.996.1188.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for
its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and
other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas
and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries
with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever
pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without
insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by
ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit
http://www.stjude.org.





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  • 16 Comments
      katrina leffler
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was at the event, this incredibly generous person helped make well over 1 million for the amazing St. Jude hospital in a fun way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      St.Jude is one of the best charities out there that actually use the money to care for all of those beautiful children who have cancer and their parents are unable to afford to get them the care they need. I'm not sure who the person was that donated this car to them but they have a wonderful soul. God Bless them and all the sick children and the parents that it will help. It is a blessing to know that there are people out there who care that much.
      Melinda Ferrari
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great! I do hope the highest bid will be an outstanding amount, and that all the proceeds from this fundraiser will be well-spent.
      Stephanie
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jay Leno around??? This kinda looks like his style.....
      Goggles Ah. Paizzanno
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is a very commendable and genorous act of this donar to such a worthy cause of this exotic automobile, they, he/her are to be applauded. I once had donated a vehicle of extraordinary power and prestige in the 1/4 mile motorcycle circles, to not as glamorous a charity as the Childrens Hospital, but to a vehicle dismantler for written proof of it's distruction at the request of a Judge or suffer the wrath of 16 speeding violations aquired for the 29 days of ownership I had, this course of action was for the good of my and the publics saftey in genaral. I complied with the Judges order without hesitation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I THINK THE DONOR IS A KIND HEARTED PERSON AND I PRAY ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO HIM,THAT DONATION WILL HELP SO MANY FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN STRICKEN WITH ILLNESSES. AND MOST IMPORTANT HELP DANNY THOMAS DREAM STAY ALIVE!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND ONCE AGIAN GOD BLESS THE GENEROUS DONOR!!!!!
      T S Hedgpeth
      • 8 Years Ago
      The donor chose one of the finest charitable organizations in the United States. I have long been impressed with the management of this foundation and the overwhelming success they have attained treating children with various life threatning illnesses. It is extremely important to remember that every dollar counts, whether it be $1 or $1,000,000. Do not neglect to do good and share to what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
      Darlene
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank God for generous people in the world! Every little bit helps no matter how much is given!
      rob
      • 8 Years Ago
      all i have to say is whom ever that person is i like to shake there hand and say god bless you and god be with you always.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's pretty cool of somebody to give this away like that. I guess whomever owned this car very deep pockets and assumes getting the tax writeoff is easier than trying to sell this car on ebay.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think I speak for everyone here when I ask, "how long until this one is destroyed at high speed?"
      Jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6....Vince. No one made any degrading remarks about the donor. Quit trying to pick a fight you prick.
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