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'67 Chevy goes for $100,000, funds to expand psychiatric hospital

Sharon Raggio, president and chief executive officer of Mind Springs Health in Grand Junction, stands in front of a 1967 Chevy Nova that sold for $100,000 at a Sunday auction in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle, donated by Grand Junction philanthropist Tammy Allen, will benefit a project to add more psychiatric beds at Mind Springs Health.

A brilliant red 1967 Chevy Nova hardtop brought in $100,000 to benefit Mind Springs Health during an auction in Las Vegas over the weekend.

According to Mind Springs Health, philanthropist, car collector and Grand Junction resident Tammy Allen spoke to the crowd before the auction, talking up the need for more help for people with mental illnesses and informing the crowd that all proceeds from her car’s sale would benefit Mind Springs Health.

“... A fierce bidding war ended with the sleek automotive beauty raising an impressive $100,000 as well as awareness of the issues,” Mind Springs Health announced.

The money will go toward a campaign called Building Sanctuary Rebuilding Lives by Mind Springs Health to build a larger hospital.

According to Mind Springs Health’s website, the plan would double its current beds on the Western Slope from 32 psychiatric beds to 64 with a “new, state-of-the-art healing environment.”

The increase in bed space should serve the community’s needs until 2030, the website states.

The Nova was the centerpiece of the annual Barrett-Jackson three-day auction in Las Vegas, Mind Springs Health said.

More than 80 vehicles from Allen’s collection were displayed on the Las Vegas auction block.

The Nova was totally restored in 2012 with a Torch Red finish with a custom build and upgraded 4-bolt, 355-turbo-hydramatic transmission with a floor shifter and Cragar wheels.

Minds Springs Health said the donation of the car, coupled with the passionate bidders “means the Building Sanctuary Rebuilding Lives continues to build momentum and is that much closer to reality.”

Mind Springs Health offers mental health services for people within 23,000 square miles on the Western Slope.

The agency offers assistance 24-hours a day, every day of the year with 13 offices for outpatient treatment and the West Springs Hospital, which is the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, the agency said in a release.


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Perfect. Anyone who would spend $100,000 on a Chevy Nova would be in need of psychiatric help.

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