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Fresh from its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show and here at Barrett-Jackson earlier this week, the much-anticipated 2020 Toyota Supra also hit the auction block on Saturday, accompanied by Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. With the entire crowd in the auction arena on its feet, the incredible sale provided yet another amazing Barrett-Jackson moment when noted philanthropists Jeanette and John Staluppi bid an incredible $2.1 million for the rights to the first production Supra, VIN 20201. The entire hammer price will benefit both the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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Barrett-Jackson Auction Sets Records In Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, was a star-studded event, featuring celebrity, record attendance, record auction sales and the largest number of registered bidders for any Palm Beach auction. Three impressive collections were sold at the 16th annual auction, highlighted by renowned collector and philanthropist John Staluppi’s highly coveted Cars of Dreams vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve.

Celebrities who flocked to the four-day auction included Jimmy De Martini, fiddler with the Zac Brown Band, as well as Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds, who greeted fans, signed autographs and encouraged bidding on the block for three Pontiac Trans Ams. Other celebrity guests included actor Alfie Wise, North Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, NASCAR legend Rick Hendrick and former NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

In total, 692 vehicles sold, nearly all at No Reserve, for more than $38.3 million, while 380 pieces of automobilia brought in over $702,000, and $450,000 was raised through the sale of charity vehicles, bringing the total auction sales to more than $39.4 million. This year’s auction also attracted more than 700 new bidders, a new record for Palm Beach. In addition, there was an impressive showing from the international community, including vehicle consignments from Brazil and Italy.
“Our guests have made the Palm Beach Auction such an electrifying event year after year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We were especially honored to be trusted to auction three incredible collections, including the ‘Cars of Dreams’ owned by our good friends Jeanette and John Staluppi. Their 145 vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve, represented some of the finest examples of ’50s, ’60s and ’70sera American cars. It was a pleasure working alongside John and Jeanette to find new homes for the vehicles in his remarkable collection, and we so appreciate their philanthropic support of our charity efforts over the years.”

At the beginning of the week, Barrett- Jackson kicked off its 16th Annual Palm Beach Auction with a special parade featuring vehicles from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. During the four-day auction, 145 vehicles from the collection sold for $13.96 million. Automobilia sales during this year’s event were among the best recorded to date in Palm Beach, with restored gas pumps and porcelain neon signs among the most sought-after pieces.


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For the second time, famed automobile collector John Staluppi is selling most of his automobile collection so he can start all over again.

Among all collectors of rare objects, whether they collect vintage wines, hand-crafted watches or fine crystals, the common characteristic is unwavering passion. Philanthropist and entrepreneur John Staluppi, owner of one of the most admired and notable classic car collections in the United States, is no exception.

Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection will be a featured auction item of Barrett-Jackson, the leader in collector car and automotive events, at the 16th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 12–15 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Staluppi’s collection features approximately 140 classic American cars — predominantly convertibles — from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. This collection is recognized for the quality of the cars and for the meticulous care each of these beauties has received. So why exactly is Staluppi putting them up for auction? Dolce put the question to him in a recent interview.

“It’s all about ‘the find’ with me,” says Staluppi. “I’m all about finding the cars, buying the cars and collecting the cars. I’m not a long-range holder on anything. Even in the stock market, when I feel like selling — winning or losing, I’m selling. I enjoy finding the cars, bidding on the cars, buying the cars and working on the cars.”

This might sound like a surprising philosophy, but Staluppi can’t be wrong. After all, from his start as a gas station mechanic in Brooklyn, New York, he has built a billion-dollar automotive dealership empire that employs more than 3,000 people.
“Even though my family were electrical contractors, I had no interest in putting my hand in a plug and getting a shock,” recalls Staluppi. “I always loved cars and I was a very good mechanic, and always wanted to open my own shop. So my family took out a mortgage on the home and helped me open my first gas station. That’s how I progressed.”

Inside every one of Staluppi’s car dealerships is a sign that summarizes his outlook on his business and toward his customers. It reads, “Every visitor to our dealership is an honoured guest in our home.”
“Car dealerships can be very intimidating environments for most people, as you’re walking in to buy an expensive item — probably the second-most expensive item, next to a home,” says Staluppi. “We want people to be relaxed. My guys do not say, ‘Can I help you?’ They say, ‘Good afternoon, how are you? My name is John, what’s yours?’ This makes people feel a little bit more comfortable. So that’s why we have that sign: so the customer knows how we want to treat people.”
Staluppi has been a car collector for decades. A few of the crown jewels in the Cars of Dreams Collection are a ’58 Dual Ghia Convertible; a ’69 Chevrolet Camero RS/SS Indy Pace Car; a ’65 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible; and a ’63 Volkswagen Beetle, one of the cars used in several of the iconic Herbie the Love Bug films by Walt Disney.


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GM and Chevrolet offered two first retail production Corvette models for auction at Barrett-Jackson today raising a total of $2.325 million to benefit military veterans.

First up on the auction block was the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush was bought by John Staluppi, owner of Atlantic Automotive Group, for $1.4 million. The proceeds will benefit the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative. The primary goal of the Military Service Initiative is to ensure post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.



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With his James Bond themed yachts, groundbreaking designs and larger than life personality, John Staluppi is one of our industry’s most recognisable figures. Staluppi, who expects his latest yacht, the 69m Spectre, to be delivered by Benetti in May 2018. Staluppi described his 57m Skyfall as his “interim” boat, when he met Felix Sowerbutts earlier this year at the Palm Beach Boat Show. Read Full Article


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"Five charity cars raised the roof as they sold for a total of $515,000 (with an additional $10,000 donation by Michelle Mauzy and family), bringing Barrett-Jackson close to the $94 million mark in total funds raised for non-profits to date. A highlight was a ’96 Ford Mustang (Lot #3001) built by students at the Jordan Vocational High School in Georgia. Entrepreneur and collector car magnate John Staluppi and his wife Jeanette purchased it for $50,000.

“In an ultimate show of generosity, John and Jeanette announced they would re-auction the Mustang at our Northeast Auction to spur additional donations for the Jordan students,” said Jackson. “We’re grateful for their kindness and that of our other bidders who purchased charity vehicles."

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Vocational education in high school helped shape Staluppi’s future, Harris said. “That was near and dear to his heart, because he saw how much value it had in his life.”

Staluppi, according to his online biography, “is a walking, talking embodiment of the American dream. Starting out as a gas station mechanic in Brooklyn, Staluppi built a billion-dollar business of car dealerships before turning his hand to creating some of the most iconic superyachts ever built.” He also established a vintage automobile museum, Cars of Dreams, which Team Red Jacket toured in North Palm Beach. Fla.

The bidding for Team Red Jacket’s car started at $10,000 and quickly quintupled, zooming past the auction’s $9,000 record for a student-restored car, Harris said he was told.

“We were excited and happy and emotional all at the same time,” Breanna said. “Most of us didn’t even think it would go past $18,000 or $20,000, but then it just kept going up.”

As the bids flowed, so did the tears.

“We all cried,” Breanna said.

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“Barrett-Jackson continues to lead the collector car community in supporting veterans, youth programs, medical research and countless other worthy causes,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Our history of helping runs deep in our company’s DNA and it’s such a rewarding experience to share the stage with many of the individuals that our charity vehicles benefit. Having a true hero like retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on the block to support the Lone Survivor Foundation was one of the more inspirational moments we’ve experienced during a charity auction.”


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FlashbackFriday raised an estimated $75,000 which will benefit the Homeless Coalition’sCreating Housing Opportunities Program. It was a blast from the past!



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On Saturday, WWE Hall of Fame member Hulk Hogan took center stage and, in true “Hulkamania” fashion, ripped the shirt off his back to help Barrett-Jackson raise much-needed funds for U.S. veterans, children, cancer patients and others across the country. A few generous, philanthropic car dealers combined to raise $400,000 for the Achilles Freedom Team. David Flynn purchased the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Race Car VIN #001 for $300,000 followed by an additional $100,000 pledge from Jeanette and John Staluppi.

“Every Barrett-Jackson auction brings with it an opportunity to improve the lives of deserving individuals and organizations through the sale of charity cars,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We truly appreciate the consignors who donate their vehicles and the bidders who bid from their heart. I’m confident that some wonderful opportunities will open up for those in need with the nearly $1 million in charity auction sales in Palm Beach.” - Barrett-Jackson-Raises-1-Million-Charity - Charity-at-car-auction



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Barrett-Jackson has raised literally tens of millions of dollars for charity and there's probably never been a woman who's done as much for automobile racing then the legendary Linda Vaughn, a/k/a Hurst Miss Golden Shifter. So when the two of them team up, it's magic, especially when a noted philanthropist and car collector like Palm Beach resident John Staluppi is involved and so is noted Oldsmobile restoration house Thornton Motors Inc. Friday at the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Hurst Shifter car replica built by Thornton Motors sold for $200,000, every penny of which will go to Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

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Faith was rewarded: Having raised $7.7 million for construction, the 1,300-member Palm Beach Gardens church broke ground on the Staluppi Center, the crown jewel of its construction campaign. The 26,450-square-foot center comes complete with theater stage, kitchen, band room, choral room, art classroom with kiln, middle school science lab and computers, coffee shop and bookstore. - Diamonds Are Forever at Cannes Boat Show

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“St. Mark’s is a jewel,” says John Staluppi, a businessman and philanthropist whose two young grandchildren attend the school. “My wife Jeanette and I are thrilled to provide this gift to St. Mark’s, because the children, parishioners, and members of the community will benefit from the enhanced programs the center will provide.” - Lunch-with-superyacht-owner-john-staluppi


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John & Jeanette Staluppi Buy "Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters" from Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at 10th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, April 7

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Longtime foundation supporters John & Jeannette Staluppi purchased the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters (Lot #3006) from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for $100,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday, April 7 hosted by the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Ron Pratte after he purchased them at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of these cars benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
"What an amazing gesture by John Staluppi," said Darrell Gwynn. "They've done so much for us and did so much for us this week I just can't thank them enough. Their generosity propelled our mission so much this week. I just thank them and may God Bless them."

In addition to purchasing the Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters, John & Jeannette Staluppi hosted "Wheels of Dreams", a fundraiser at their Cars of Dreams Museum to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Thursday night and donated the 1960 Chevy Impala to the foundation that sold or $70,000 on Friday to Joe Riley at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.

Also, while on stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach several Barrett-Jackson bidders and supporters pledged their generosity by making donations to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation collectively totaling approximately $30,000.

While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $24,000 "Mini-Mouse" themed power wheelchair to 4 year-old Madison Wilson of Miami. Madison, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy with complications was denied the power wheelchair she needed by Medipass. She is a patient at the Ann Storck Center and she was referred to DGF by Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Her new power wheelchair will give her the gifts of mobility and independence and allow her to start school next fall.



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NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated a $13,500 "Batman Themed" wheelchair to Tyler Wright, a six year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. "Wheels of Dreams" Gala at the Cars of Dreams Museum on April 5. Tyler, a well-liked student at Charles Drew Elementary School, is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and could not propel himself in his old manual wheelchair. Medicaid denied his claim for the proper wheelchair he needs. The new power wheelchair will give him the gift of mobility he needs so he can ride the bus to school on his own and engage more with his classmates as well as be more independent at home. The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's national Wheelchair Donation Program.

Tyler in his new Batman themed wheelchair complete with cape and mask was able to visit with his family a replica of the famous "Batmobile" which is on display at the Cars of Dreams Museum. The event was hosted and underwritten by John & Jeannette Staluppi. Proceeds from the event benefited the Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.




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Hundreds of vintage hot rods, classic cars and new luxery vehicles will be on display Sunday at the fourth annual South East Rods and Customs Cars of Dreams Show and Raffle.

The show will be held at the Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 U.S. 1 and a nearby lot. More than 4,000 classic-car enthusiasts are expected to attend the event, which includes a car show featuring restored classic cars and trucks, hot rods and luxury vehicles, food vendors and a tour of the private Cars of Dreams Museum.

Admission to the car show, which runs from to 4 pm, is free. The museum will be open from 9am to 2:30 pm. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

The Cars of Dreams Museum, owned by John Staluppi and his wife, Jeannette, houses a comprehensive classic-car collection spanning more than 50 years, a hand carved carousel, a 1950's-era garage, a fire station and a town square.

Staluppi opens the museum to the public just twice a year for charity events, including the Shop With a Cop fundraiser sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sherriff's Office.

"It's just amazing," said Lauryn Barry, special events manager for Hospice of Palm Beach County. "It's formatted like an old-time, '50's town."

For this event, Staluppi donated a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as part of the raffle.




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November 6, 2011

Annual Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
To Benefit "Shop With A Cop" Kid's Event
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Hosted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and held at the Cars of Dreams Museum, 133 US 1, this show is open-to-all, benefits the Shop With A Cop program, and includes awards, raffles, DJ, and giveaways. Pre-registration includes two museum entries and a T-shirt, and is $30. Day of show registration is $35, and includes two museum entries. Spectator museum entry is $10, and lunches are $5 each. For more info, call Carol at (561) 688-3983.



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"I have been touched by Hospice in my own life and to partner with John Staluppi for this event was a win-win for everyone," founder Donnie Hancock said.
He created the family oriented club to encourage appreciation and preservation of the cars and to support local charities and help neighbors in need. After one of its members was served by Hospice of Palm Beach County, the club made Hospice its primary charity.

"They treated him fantastic," Hancock said. "Hospice is there for everybody."

To car enthusiasts, the Cars of Dreams Museum is the eighth wonder of the world. John Staluppi and his wife Jeannette converted part of the old Twin City Mall, placing classic cars in tableaux that include a 1950s-era garage, a fire station and a town square with a working hand-carved antique carousel and a drive-in theater. John Staluppi opens the museum to the public only three times a year for charity events.

"This year, we have at least 400 more cars than last year and at least a 1,000 more people,"John Staluppi. "I love it; I love doing it. It's a great charity."

To learn more about Hospice of Palm Beach County programs or for more information, call 1-800-HOSPICE.





John Staluppi Proud of Atlantic Auto Group for Continued Generosity to Cancer Foundations


The Atlantic Auto Group has been continuing its efforts to work with organizations such as the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program, and its owner John Staluppi was proud to see his executives get honored for giving their support.


John Staluppi watched as his two executives of the Atlantic Auto Group were honored at the Second Annual Gala Reception Dinner for the benefit of the National Kidney Registry. The National Kidney Registry has been facilitating living donor transplants since 2008. Both Atlantic Auto Group executives, John Pickett and Michael Brown, have offered their generous and enthusiastic support for the National Kidney Registry while overseeing the daily and long term operations of John Staluppi's Atlantic Auto Group.

This second annual gala event also acknowledged other charitable donations given by John Staluppi and his company to two organizations: Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the Jimmy Fund. Both of these organizations are partnered together searching for a cure for pediatric and adult cancer.

"Hyundai's multifaceted partnership with Dana-Farber [Cancer Institute] helps people of all ages fight cancer, while allowing us to capitalize on the Jimmy Fund's commanding presence in the community," said Bob Cosmai, former CEO of the Hyundai Corporation, in a quote on "By serving as presenting sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Hyundai increased its branding and marketing, while helping find cures for cancer."

The Jimmy Fund organization was founded in 1948 and is currently located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, while the Hyundai Hope on Wheels campaign is intertwined with more than 800 Hyundai dealerships across the nation. Included are all three of John Staluppi's Hyundai dealerships on Long Island who are continuing their efforts to support Hyundai Hope on Wheels.

John Staluppi is proud to say that his Atlantic Auto Group has supported all of these important and charitable organizations. There is no doubt of how vital work with these groups is for patients across the country, and John Staluppi wants to continue helping them make a difference.

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Atlantic Auto Group treats every customer, whether visiting one of its dealerships online or in person, as a family member. Comprised of state-of-the-art facilities and No. 1-rated dealerships, Atlantic Auto Group continues to lead the way in building lifetime relationships with customers.




John Staluppi Proud of National Kidney Registry's Recognition of Atlantic Auto Group Executives


The Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations of the John Staluppi Atlantic Automotive Group are being honored for their contributions and support of the National Kidney Registry.


LONG ISLAND, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Staluppi is pleased that the National Kidney Registry has recognized the philanthropic efforts of John Pickett, Chief Operating Officer, and Michael D. Brown, Vice President of Operations, both of Atlantic Automotive Group.


"When we held our inaugural Long Island Friends of the National Kidney Registry fundraising gala last year, we had no idea of the heights it would hit, both in terms of human emotion and overall donations"


Mr. Pickett and Mr. Brown have been working diligently to spread the word about the National Kidney Registry and obtaining contributions to benefit the nonprofit organization. They will be honored at a gala sponsored by Atlantic Automotive Group, a John Staluppi dealer group.

"When we held our inaugural Long Island Friends of the National Kidney Registry fundraising gala last year, we had no idea of the heights it would hit, both in terms of human emotion and overall donations," said Jacquelyn Maher-Brucia, who is coordinating the fundraising efforts of Atlantic Automotive Group. "The generosity and support of those who attended was both humbling and exhilarating at the same time."


The support and donations all benefit the National Kidney Registry, a nonprofit organization formed to unite kidney donors with those seeking a kidney transplant in one universal registry. The National Kidney Registry also seeks to increase the number of quality donors and the speed at which a transplant is completed, from the beginning match to the final surgery.

John Staluppi and everyone at Atlantic Auto Group are hopeful this year's gala will be an even greater success than last year's. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at the La Grange Inn in West Islip.


The National Kidney Registry's mission is to save and improve the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the quality, speed and number of living donor transplants in the world.


John Staluppi and Atlantic Auto Group Host Gala Benefit for National Kidney Registry, a Fundraising Success and Honor

John Staluppi and two of his Atlantic Auto Group executives were honored for their contributions to the National Kidney Registry and other charitable work during a gala event so well attended by attendees it became standing room only.


John Staluppi and his company Atlantic Auto Group were recognized Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Second Annual Gala Reception Dinner for the benefit of the National Kidney Registry (NKR) for not only supporting the organization that matches donors with those needing kidney transplants, but also for their charitable contributions to the community at large.

The proceeds from the benefit totaled more than $100,000 and will directly benefit the National Kidney Registry.


John Pickett and Michael Brown, Atlantic Auto Group Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, respectively, were honored for their altruistic efforts and their instrumental roles in generating widespread recognition of the NKRs and raising funds for the organization.

Anthony Pancella III, President of Security Professionals, introduced both gentlemen by saying, “John Pickett and Michael Brown are principled businessmen at the top of their game, part of an auto group that is one of the top 10 in the nation and dedicated family men. Mr. Pancella added that their efforts coupled with the unbelievable generosity of Atlantic Auto Group owner John Staluppi and his family prove that big business can have a strong heart.


During their speeches Mr. Brown and Mr. Pickett thanked their mentor John Staluppi and everyone attending the event, approximately 600 guests total. Mr. Brown explained how Atlantic Auto Group came to be involved with NKR.


We wanted to give back and do something for the community and we chose this charity because we thought it was a good organization to support, Mr. Brown said. “We punched that idea into overdrive when one of our Atlantic Auto Group family members was in need Jackie Maher-Brucia, one of Atlantic Auto Groups hardest working employees according to many who made kind remarks on her behalf during their speeches, has been supporting the NKR and is now personally in need of a kidney transplant.


Mr. Brown added, Not only is it an honor to work with the National Kidney Registry, but this is our passion to create as much recognition and support for this organization in Jackies honor.

Mr. Pickett added to Mr. Browns remarks by saying, Knowing how many people are affected by kidney disease and how they and their families must deal with its effects on a daily basis is inspiration to us both; its reason enough why we continue to work with the National Kidney Registry.


Founder and President of the National Kidney Registry, Garet Hill, presented Mr. Pickett and Mr. Brown with plaques inscribed with the words, Those who bring sunshine to others cannot keep it from themselves.


In addition to its support of the NKR, Atlantic Auto Group was also recognized for its support of the following organizations: Huntington Hospital, Breast Cancer Help, Clarke Gillies Foundation, American Cancer Society, Pilot Club, Telecare, Make A Wish, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Jimmy Fund/Hope on Wheels, Wafer Family Foundation, Deborah Hospital Foundation, Babylon Lions, Boy & Girl Scouts of America, Rose Brucia Foundation to Prevent Childhood Abduction, Nassau & Suffolk Police Fraternal Organizations and the Town of Babylon Summer Recreation Program.


Many dignitaries were also present at the gala to show their support for Mr. Pickett, Mr. Brown and Atlantic Auto Group. They included: NYS Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos; NYS Senator Owen H. Johnson; Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter; Monsignor James Vlaun; Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan; Chairman of the Babylon Town Democratic Committee Robert Strickoff; Chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Committee John Jay LaValle; Judge Joseph A. Santorelli; Karin Hollander of the Make A Wish Foundation; Dave O’Brien of Hyundai Motor America and Jimmy Fund/Hope on Wheels; and Matthew Barbis of the Rose Brucia Foundation to Prevent Childhood Abduction.



John Staluppi Background


Born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York John Staluppi started his life from humble beginnings. His father, Francis, was a hard working electrician who worked two jobs to make ends meet and his mother Millie was a homemaker.


It was the 1950's the golden years of the American automobile. There would never be another era like it and John Staluppi was fortunate enough to have witnessed the innovation, imagination, and vision in the automotive industry.


Even though his father encouraged him to become an electrician John was already bitten by the car bug. His father did, however, teach John the value of quality, hard work, family and friends. John went for the American dream and had the courage to do what he really loved – to be a part of the automotive industry in America.


He was rebellious and had a run in with the law in his youth, but was able to move forward in a constructive manner. He started out as a 16 year old mechanic. John was motivated and talented and soon became an expert in cars. It was at this time that his dad recognized John's exceptional drive and decided to help. His father took out a loan so his son could run a Sunoco station. John Staluppi was incredibly grateful to his father for his support and guidance during that time.


Through creative marketing John was able to make this and other gas stations a success. With these successes and practical experiences, he was able to take a risk on a venture called Honda - an unknown name at the time. John Staluppi was, however, able to see it's potential. Within a decade of hard work he owned close to 20 dealerships and the Honda name took off.

His commitment to Honda made him an integral part in shaping the automotive industry. Next was Hyundai, another solid success. The Hyundai investment proved his solid business philosophy - which is to stay with quality franchises, focus on a particular market and try to get the best people.

Through all successes he always made sure he put people first. John is proud of the fact that there is a sign in all his dealerships that reads "Every visitor to our dealership is an honored guest in our home, every day, every time, without fail, no exceptions".

John Staluppi also expanded his interest into the yachting industry, since he had always enjoyed boating and sportfishing in the 70's and 80's on Long Island. John Staluppi had the motivation and character to succeed at anything he put his mind to. So he created magnificent Super Yachts, that surpassed any other line in creativity, beauty and speed.

However, John Staluppi 's successes were never just for him. He vowed that if ever really made it - he would help those less fortunate. He grew up with an intimate knowledge of people who have a tough life - and now he feels an obligation to help needy people have an easier life in some way. The list of charities and fundraises that John is involved with is long. From Hospice, National Kidney Registry, to Make a Wish Foundation, John Staluppi says that each charity event keeps him down to earth. When a child hugs him for granting his wish (Make a Wish Foundation) or when he can provide state of the art wheelchairs for spinal cord injury victims (Darrell Gwynn Foundation) - John Staluppi says “ I hope this is my legacy.”


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