Darrell Waltrip Automotive Supports 32nd Franklin Classic

On Labor Day, September 6, 2010, Mercy Childrens Clinic in Franklin, TN held the 32nd annual Franklin Classic, with proceeds from the fundraiser benefiting their clinical services. Mercy Clinic is a “comprehensive pediatric healthcare facility that serves thousands of children from 32 counties”, according to Event Director Jessica Perry. The clinic has been operating in the Franklin Community since 1999 and, as a non-profit organization, relies on fundraising events, such as the Franklin Classic, to keep its facilities open.

Events at the Franklin Classic included a 5k run, a 10k run, a 4k family walk, and a 1k childrens run. The 5k race winner was Donald Bowman, with a total time of 17:28. Jacob Carrigan placed second with a time of 17:45, and David Scott came in a close third at 17:55. In the 10k race, Scott Wietecha finished first with a time of 32:12. Additionally, there were activities for children in the KidZone, and Scat Springs performed live at the Classic.

The Franklin Classic is Mercy Clinics “largest fundraising effort With an annual budget of nearly $3 million, 50% of which is raised through sponsors and donations, we’re hoping to raise $100,000 through this years event”, according to the Franklin Classic event guide. Official figures will not be out for a few weeks. The number of race runners and walkers totaled over 3,000 and Perry estimates there were additional 3,000-5,000 spectators at the event Monday morning.

Darrell Waltrip Automotive helped the clinic by donating $20 per test drive during the two registration days of September 3rd and 4th. The test drives took race participants and volunteers around a short route, and were met with much enthusiasm.

Darrell Waltrip Automotive donated over $2,000 to Mercy Clinic from the two days of test drives. In total, Darrell Waltrip Automotive donated $12,000 to benefit Mercy Clinic through sponsorships and other miscellaneous donations, including a $500 cash prize to the school that put together the largest team for the Franklin Classic. See Franklin Classic for more information and photos on the fundraising event.

On Antiquities Dealer Mr. Samuel Merrin, And Some History

Samuel Merrin – a celebrated person in the (ancient) art world – is a renowned authority in South American art and antiquities from many other civilizations – like ancient Rome & Greece. That’s why Mr. Merrin is frequently asked to give assessments in valuing key ancient art exhibitions for various institutions. He also has the knowledge & expertise to assess artworks for dealers, auction houses and main museums.

Independently, Samuel Merrin is the president of The Merrin Gallery Inc. and deals in museum-quality art from the ancient lands of South America, Mesoamerica, Rome, Greece and Near East. The gallery is acclaimed by international and national museums as the leading gallery for South American artworks, and is reportedly, one of the few in the world that even deals in antiquities.

History of the Gallery

Now for some history of the venture. The Merrin Gallery was established in the ’90s. Actually, it has a ‘somewhat’ deeper history than that – going back all the way to the ’60s. Where it started with the father of Sam Merrin, Edward, who was himself a renowned expert on ancient art. He established the business to capture a large part of the market, and was very successful.

While the ancient art gallery came under Samuel’s direction in the 1990s – he’s been involved with art for his entire life. As a kid, he frequented his father’s gallery and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Samuel Merrin worked at the medievally-renowned Cloisters Museum, and interned at ‘big names’ like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This, has, undoubtedly left an impression on the arts dealer – a very positive one.

The Merrin Pair – Market Leaders

Over the past five decades, the Merrin pair – father and son – have purchased, as well as facilitated antiquities collections for major institutions and private collectors. In the last several years, Samuel Merrin has purchased older art collections from key groups; where working with former owners – who wanted the arrangements to be maintained as confidential to protect their interests – Samuel ‘placed’ the valued antiquities quietly.

A market advantage of the Merrin Gallery, this has made Sam a distinguished dealer in the ancient art world – on occasion even rivaling big-name auction houses like Christie’s and Sotherbie’s. Where for instance, to obtain whole collections and separate artworks Samuel Merrin has sometimes outbid both auction houses. Thus, Samuel has been enjoying the position to purchase whole antiquities collections, and as a trustworthy middle-man, abide by the confidentiality needs of clients.