Ferrari auctions off 458 Italia to support relief operations in Haiti

Ferrari enthusiasts and celebrities place bids to help the Central American country
Mar 21, 2010
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Ferrari has raised $601,000 (P27.47 million) for the benefit of Haiti, which was struck by an earthquake in January.

The luxury car brand auctioned off the first Ferrari 458 Italia to arrive in the United States for $530,000 (P24.23 million), Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso's original racing suit for $31,000 (P1.42 million), and two slots to work with the Scuderia Ferrari team at the Canadian Gran Prix in Montreal in June for $20,000 (P914,199) and $21,000 (P959,909).

More than 500 guests, including celebrities like Patrick Dempsey (in photo above), John Mayer, Aaron Eckhart, Mollie Simms and Katie Cassidy had a chance to bid on the Ferrari items. Mayer also donated his time by performing during the gala night (photo below).

"In choosing recipients organisations which would deliver the highest calibre of aid to the people of Haiti now and in the long-term, Ferrari focused its ongoing commitment to social responsibility to a cause that close to everybody's hearts and still in need of tremendous support," Ferrari said in a statement.

Groups which will bring Ferrari's aid to Haiti are the Catholic Medical Mission Board and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

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