Car auction in Naples to benefit the House of St. Matthew



Luxury and exotic cars are auctioned off, and the proceeds will be of great benefit. This Naples car auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for St. Matthew.

WINK News must see how this event will entertain and help all of our Southwest Florida neighbors.

People paid $100 just for the chance to own luxury cars. Some paid over $200 for the chance to drive with one of them. And all that money will go directly to St. Matthew’s House.

With dozens of cars up for auction, several people have won. Kevin FEar decides to set a price. “I like Aston Martin. I like the VW thing, 49 towns and country. I’m all over the place,” Fear said.

Others just came to look around. Lyn Kemper is one such person. “Seeing cars, seeing prices, looking at people, and I get excited,” Kemper says.

Charlie Train actually came here to sell a car, but it wasn’t an easy decision for him. “I’ll pass. I get a box of Kleenex, and I’m leaving,” Train said.

Train has owned a 1955 Mercedes for over 20 years and he is selling it now. But he is happy that his sale will help St. Matthew’s House. “Profits are for a good cause. So we will try again,” he said.

St. Matthew’s House says it needs all possible donations to help people get off drugs, fight homelessness and provide meals to those in need, along with its partners.

Bob Irzyk is the director of marketing and communications at St. Matthew. “Their money is much less than it used to be. So instead of being able to go out and have to spend all this money on groceries, they can come deliver our food,” said Irzyk. “Instead, buy groceries from us and allocate that money to an area where rents have gone up, the cost of their children’s schooling has gone up as well. Drug prices have increased.

St. Matthew’s Hosue said it hopes to raise $200,000 from this auction alone. And the organization expects to raise $800,000 from all the fundraisers combined for the weekend auto experience.

If you missed Friday’s auction, there’s still a chance to see some great cars. Cars on Thursday are on Saturdays. Admission is $30 and will also benefit St. Matthew.

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