Luxury for Learning Raises $75,000 for Education

Top Quote Rare car exhibition benefited United Way's Achievers for Life. End Quote
  • Jacksonville, FL (1888PressRelease) October 04, 2011 - Craig Air Center and United Way of Northeast Florida brought some of the finest automobiles to town for an even that raised $75,000 for education. Gregory Leb helped organize the event, combining his love for vintage luxury cars with his dedication to United Way.

    Achievers for Life is United Way's high school dropout prevention initiative. According to Gregory Leb, the program provides mentors to sixth graders in order to lower the area's dropout rate.

    "One of every three Northeast Florida public school students do not graduate on time," Gregory Leb says, quoting United Way statistics. "Research has shown that mentored students are more likely to stay in school and achieve better grades."

    For Luxury for Learning, Gregory Leb and other organizers brought in rare luxury cars, including a Ferrari 599, Tesla, and a Ferrari Testarossa that was used on the television show Miami Vice. Former national marketing director for Lamborghini North America, Gregory Leb is a member of the Porsche Club and Ferrari Owners Club. Leb regularly participates in Historic Racing Society (HRS) events, putting him in constant contact with other vintage and rare luxury car owners throughout the country. Leb gets his love of classic cars from his father, a cardiothoracic doctor, who was also a car collector.

    According to Gregory Leb, the event, held April 9 at Craig Air Center in Jacksonville, raised more than $75,000 for the United Way's Achievers for Life. Achievers for Life provides support to more than 10,000 local students.

    In addition to vintage luxury cars, private planes were also on display at Luxury for Learning, according to Gregory Leb. A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was also present. The Sikorsky S-76 is a commercial utility helicopter, originally developed in the 70s for the oil industry and for corporate transportation. Various models have been developed over the years, but the basic concept of the S-76 is its retractable landing gear, as well as dual turboshafts that power both the main and tail rotors. Both the main and tail rotors have four blades each.

    During his time with Lamborghini North America, Gregory Leb met many car enthusiasts and VIPs, including Nicolas Cage, who is a fan of the car model. Gregory Leb delivered cars to Cage during his time with Lamborghini. Gregory Leb also sold Lamborghinis to Reba McEntire and Donald Trump. In addition to running the North America show, Gregory Leb also made a deal with Universal to feature the Lamborghini Diablo Roadster on eight television shows.

    Along with United Way, Gregory Leb also supports the Mary Saulzbacher Homeless Shelter, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Cathedral Foundation Meals on Wheels. United Way's Achievers for Life is a Jacksonville-based initiative that supports students at Arlington, Fort Caroline, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Gilbert, Northwestern, and Eugene Butler.

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