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CCO Annual Auction Shows Record Shattering Results
Don & Mike working for Kurt.
MetroWest Country Club, Orlando - On Monday, April 21, CCO VP Don Ianitelli announced record shattering news to the membership. Don says “Our Treasurer, Susan King has published our final results and I can now say Our Live Auction netted $4882, and our Silent Auction added another $1208! All along, my goal for this year’s auction was to surpass
Kurt getting a 'All-In' Top Bid
$3000 with the hope we’d get to $4,000. Last year, by comparison, we raised just a bit less than $2000. Yet, I'm not surprised that we surpassed our goal because of our people. I am very grateful to a group of wonderfully generous members. As a result we are looking forward to a more relaxed homecoming season, as our second major annual fundraiser now needs less intensity and will certainly be much less stressful.”
On auction evening, April 16, nearly one-hundred CCO members arrived at MetroWest, auction items under arm and in boxes and bags. Settling in — refreshments in hand, we began visiting and browsing the silent auction area, jotting our names and bids down when we found interesting items for bid. Soon, the buffet was served. Not long after, Elvis made his grand entrance, socializing and
Silent Auction is underway
posing for photos with the ladies. Then Elvis took his microphone and in hand and crooned out a few well known golden oldies! At 7pm, Mike called a very short business meeting to order. Business done, Kurt got the live bidding started and for almost an hour and a half, entertained us — raising ton of dollars to boot! It was a long evening for our members and event organizers, and
we can’t thank everyone enough. When asked Don what he attributed our wonderful results to, he had the following to say: “The biggest of all ‘Thank you’ goes out to each of you, CCO members! You donated more items, and many were more valuable than was expected. There were more classy items and certainly many upgrades from last year. Many of you were not afraid to reach out to the business community and ask for a donation. Others of you let go of some of your favorite Corvette or even non-Corvette items for the good of the club. We can't thank you enough! And of course, lets not forget the members who were bidding on items including many overbids too. You’re the best!Thanks go to Susan King who was continuously busy all night handling the tally and collecting the monies. She
Marjean enjoys the evening
probably had the toughest job of all. Thanks to Mike for helping me deal with all the live items and to John Bradham for sending out great emails as constant reminders of the event.
“ I want to extend special thanks to Jim and Joe Stoddard. You boys are the best! These two raised over $300 bucks by auctioning themselves off for a Stoddard Lunch. And Jim, you told me this wouldn't work! Thanks for keeping the faith. It had to be the shoes. And finally, If I’ve forgotten anyone please know it’s not intentional!”
Don’s last thoughts were to say: “CCO Members, we just couldn’t have accomplished these results as a group without your kindness, loyalty and determination. You really have the will to win! What we stand for goes beyond our basic love of the Corvette. We are a group of active folks who love the club as if it was family. I’m proud to belong.”
Jim & Joe do lunch with the highest bidder
Jim's Green Wingtips - it must have been the Shoes
CCO Selects Corvette of the Second Quarter 2014
Congratulations to Steve & Darlene Misciagno as their 2013 60th Anniversary Grand Sport has been selected as CCO's Corvette of the Quarter! Please see the Misciagno's full BIO on this beautiful and very rare Corvette at our Corvette of the Quarter Gallery!
CCO Members, do you want to know more about how you can submit your Corvette for consideration?
See the Corvette of the Quarter Rules for Submission.
Lake Wales - March 29 - Thirty Corvettes meet at Champions Gate. Departing at 8:15 AM, with well prepared directions given by top-notch navigators, we drive generally south through rural Osceola & Polk Counties on damp yet picturesque country roads. Then, Bok Tower rises above the fog - long in the distance. Soon after, a stop at Race-Trac.
Two more miles... Mystery Solved. Chalet Suzanne. A really nice Breakfast! After... shopping anyone? Thanks Ed! Thanks John. A big welcome to many of our new members for quickly joining 'Friendship, Family, Fun..!'
Susan and Mike present our check to GKTW Representative Lauren..
Orlando - Wednesday, March 19 - CCO's 2013-14 Charitable Giving Campaign came to a big conclusion at our March Meeting of the membership. Our year-long efforts were rewarded with much success as President Mike Nostro confirmed we'd had a 'banner year.' Initially announced at February's meeting, we were advised that our total gift this year would be split evenly between a donation to Give Kids the World, and the National Corvette Museum. A representative from GKTW was in attendance on the 19th and graciously accepted our gift - presented by Mike and Treasurer Susan King.
NCM Director Wendell Strode seated on CCO's Commemorative Bench..
Earlier in March, our gift to the National Corvette Museum was recognized by NCM Director Wendell Strode with a very kind letter of thanks sent our way. Wendell also took the NCM photographer out into the courtyard where CCO's Commemorative Bench is located, sat down comfortably and posed with our check, being sure CCO's logo on the bench was visable and the trade-mark NCM red tower was in the background. Thanks to Wendell for braving the cold - we see the snow over his shoulder. Wendell wrote that CCO will be recognized in the Museum's America's Sports Car Magazine for our gift and representatives of CCO will be invited to Bowling Green to attend the 2015 Winner's Circle & Duntov Society Evening at the 'Bash' in April of next year! CCO has much to be proud of knowing we made a difference this year!
Letter of Thanks from Wendell and the NCM..
March signals the beginning of Spring in Central Florida. Spring brings a new season of outdoor enjoyment and fun - and also the ramping up of CCO's new year of activities, events and yes, efforts that allow us to give back. Up next: CCO's Annual Charity Auction evening - Wednesday April 16. More information can be found elsewhere on this site about this exciting event. Please plan your active attendance now!
CCO Attends Venice Florida Corvette Show
Venice, Florida - March 16, 2014 - Fellow Club, Venice Florida Corvettes, threw a great party at Centennial Park in downtown Venice this past weekend. Nine CCO cars made their way down the West Florida Coast on Saturday for this Sunday show.
Some of us took a beach-side drive before checking in, while others gathered around the bar Saturday afternoon. Later, most of us made our way over to the event reception and buffet dinner between 5:30 and 7:00 PM.
Seems we all regretted not bringing our suits, as the beach and pier area and the hotel pool & spa were very inviting and the weather was almost unseasonably warm. We'll have to make up for no watersports this weekend when we cross the state in early May for Derby Day!
Sunday, registration began at 7:30 AM and by 9:30 nine Corvettes were all lined up in CCO's parking area, and within an hour, despite the high winds and dust - were all shined and ready. The Venice Club has a great following on Florida's West Coast as this show attracted near 190 Corvettes, and including their Club Cars, there were approximately 250 Corvettes in downtown this day. Plenty of vendors, nice door prizes, and a healthy 50/50 approaching $900 was up for grabs at the awards ceremony!
Two forms of awards were available - Participants Choice or Full Judging. Congrats go to Don & Darlene Heber and John and Barbara Bradham for picking up a Participants Choice Award in their respective C5A and C1 Categories. In the Judged Category, competition was really tough as the remainder of our group just didn't bring enough clean to bring home awards... Better luck next time to all!
CCO owes John Bradham, VP of Events a nice round of applause for coordinating a really fun weekend down south! Thanks John!
A sweet C7 at Venice Florida Corvettes - March 16, 2014
CCO Road Trip To History...
Nina & Pinta Replicas Sail Into Ponce Inlet
Ponce Inlet, Florida - This was another of Ed's great half-day road trips and billed as a 'Retiree's Only,' mid-week event. We think this may be the first of many similar new events, right Ed? Mike submitted a few photos below and the following comments: The day started at Bob Evans [at Lake Mary and I-4] and it was a rainy morning.
Fifteen CCO'ers in eight cars made the back road drive - another one of Ed's finest. The rain lifted just as we arrived at the docks where the Nina & Pinta were berthed, and the sun shone the rest of the day. The ships were awesome and really are great testament to the engineering of the day. Thanks to Ed for organizing this new mid-week event idea!
CCO Corvette of the Year - 2013
- Craig & Bette Hallmark's 2008 Jetstream Blue Roadster -
CCO Corvette of the Year
Announced at CCO's Annual Christmas Holiday Extravaganza on January 4th, The Corvette of the Year 2013
Award is deservedly presented to Bette Hallmark.
See CCO's Corvette of the Quarter Gallery for a Photo and BIO on all our 2012 & 2013 Winners!
CCO Members: Click here
to find out how to have your car considered for Corvette of the Quarter.
Not For Those Faint of Heart - A June 2014 Adventure...
RON FELLOWS PERFORMANCE DRIVING SCHOOL
A CCO Extraordinary Event
"No Guts, No Glory"
Coming June 2014
As of January 15 Event is Full
CCO Members Login to MY CCO if you are interested in being on the Wait List!
2014 CCO/National Corvette Caravan Page Now Open
The excitement is already building..! Our own John Bradham steps up to coordinate CCO's participation in the 2014 National Corvette Caravan & the NCM 20th Anniversary Celebration in Bowling Green Kentucky. Members who will make the journey need to login to MY CCO
and keep track of Johns' periodic updates. Click Here
to go to CCO's Member Exclusive 2014 Caravan Page. The Caravan is a long way off - but as anyone who attended the 5th, 10th or 15th NCM Anniversary and Caravan events knows, spots fill, slots fill, rooms get reserved early, So consider getting your reservations done! Will you
make this historic journey?
CCO's Member Exclusive 2014 Caravan Page
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