Bidding has concluded with the second annual charity print fundraising efforts for the Wilson Children’s Fund, and through the auctions of autographed IndyCar and IMSA memorabilia, $42,975 was raised to benefit the daughters of the late race car driver Justin Wilson. It marks a 338-percent donation increase from the first charity print project in 2016.
Three limited edition Indy 500 prints generated $39,375 in donations through a silent auction held by The Motorsport Collector, and with a further $3600 taken in via eBay with a custom Rolex 24 at Daytona sign, the charitable contributions from racing fans and those inside the industry have sent financial blessings to the Briton’s family. Combined with the $9808 raised from prints in 2016, a total of $52,783 has been given to the Wilson Children’s Fund through the offering of signed memorabilia since the initiative launched two years ago.
Several key figures and entities assisted in the acquisition of autographs, facilitating the auctions from behind the scenes, and promoting awareness for the cause.
Michael Goodwin, creator of the Rolex 24 sign, gifted the prized possession at his own expense. Paul Zimmermann from The Motorsport Collector donated considerable time and effort to produce the auctions. Andy Blackmore of Andy Blackmore Design contributed his services to turn the photos into WCF-themed prints. Matt Cleary of Sunday Group Management, who looks after the Wilson Children’s Fund website for Justin’s family, was a central figure throughout the process. The Verizon IndyCar Series and Sonoma Raceway made the gathering of hundreds of signatures across three dozen prints possible, and the enthusiastic support of McLaren Racing, Fernando Alonso, and Andretti Autosport to offer special prints of the Spaniard’s Indy 500 debut ensured a greater sum was raised for Wilson’s daughters.
Outside of special fundraisers, donations can be made at any time through www.wilsonchildrensfund.com.