Ferrari Anniversary Hosts Launch Event
The 60th anniversary of Ferrari North America, celebrated in Beverly Hills on October 11th and 12th 2014, was the glamorous scenario of Daybreak’s first fundraising event in the USA.
Many celebrities attended the charity dinner at Beverly Hills City Hall, including actress Megan Fox and husband David Austin Green, TV presenter Mario Lopez, polo player Nacho Figueras and wife Delfina Blaquier, entrepreneur Robert Herjavec, director Michael Mann, and racecar drivers Derek Hill and Dan Gurney.
The evening started with a star-studded lineup of musical performances, including Italian conductor Carlo Ponti Jr. leading the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, renowned violinist Caroline Campbell and Grammy-award winner Mary J. Blige.
Two world-class auctioneers, David Gooding and Charlie Ross, brought the guests to their feet as they auctioned the first Ferrari 458 Speciale A sold in the United States. The car sold for $900,000 with net proceeds benefitting Daybreak. Professor Michael Caplan, board member of Daybreak, accepted the gift of the auction proceeds by Piero Ferrari, son of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the company.
On the following day, Michael Caplan gave a touching speech on Rodeo Drive before the largest Ferrari parade ever in the United States (over 1,000 cars) about the great impact that Daybreak is having on the lives of many patients; a few American kids successfully treated in Italy with gene therapy were smiling around him and taking pictures with the cars and the celebrities around there.