Rare car is gift for hospital auction

Michele Bell, chairperson of "The Nanticoke Derby," Nanticoke Health Services' Annual Dinner and Auction, recently accepted the gift of a Corbin Sparrow from C. Bryan "Spuck" Bennett, owner of Harley-Davidson of Seaford. The Corbin will be auctioned off during the 22nd annual dinner and auction on April 19 at the Heritage Shores Clubhouse. Proceeds will benefit the Charity Endowment Prescription Fund and a certified Stroke Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Last year the Prescription Fund helped 300 patients with their prescription needs, according to Renee Morris, public information officer with Nanticoke Health Services. The Corbin Sparrow is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, battery electric vehicle designed for commuting. It was produced by Corbin Motors. Only about 300 were produced by the company that went bankrupt. The car's value was placed at about $15,000, but because of the limited number produced, the Sparrow could easily become a collector's item with increasing value. Bennett said the Sparrow can be tagged as a motorcycle and driven on the road. It can reach speeds of 70 mph and has a range per charge of more than 60 miles. The Corbin Sparrows were featured in the Austin Powers movie Goldmember. Bennett has two of the cars, one with polka dots that he plans to keep. Bennett is a community-minded business person and has given generously back to the community.

Harley-Davidson of Seaford first opened its doors in 1976. The business occupies a 30,000-square-foot building and sells a variety of products. Other donations to this year's auction include:
  • "A Young Horse Lovers Delight" package donated by Singletree Stables
  • A beautiful framed print from PNC Bank entitled "Serenity on Silver Lake"
  • A painting by local artist Marian Hertzog
  • Four Tires and Alignment from Nanticoke Automotive
  • An Antique Bridal Bowl
  • A Silver CZ Ring
  • Own one of two timeshares in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • A Marble Vase
  • Golf lessons from Seaford Golf and Country Club Pro Matt Keller
  • A Delaware 5-digit license plate
  • Themed baskets
  • A weekend on "Frank's Private Island Getaway" donated by Frank Parks of Home Team Realty
  • Also, for the past several years, award-winning carver Warren Saunders has made a donation. This year's donation is a Canvasback Decoy. Saunders is among one of the 120 top carvers in the United States, as noted by the International Wood Carver's Association. Presenting sponsor for the April 19 dinner auction is Delaware National Bank. Community Partner is Nemours Health and Prevention Services. County Bank recently gave $1,000 to support the dinner and auction. The cost to attend is $75 per person. Sponsorship packages are available. For further information and questions contact Morris at 629-6611, extension 2404.

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