Ferrari club holds auction to benefit Sgt. Brandon Mendoza killed in wrong-way crash

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Steve Mraovic is one of the founding members of the "Ferrari Owners Club" in the Valley.

It's an informal club. They put on monthly shows for free in the parking lot of the shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale.

It gives car owners a chance to show off their shiny new toys, which include Ferraris, Teslas and Lamborghinis, to name a few.

But the show comes down to getting the best parking spot for your showcase. Typically it's first come, first serve.

But this morning, the most popular parking spot was auctioned off for the whole year with proceeds going to the family of fallen Mesa Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, who was killed in a deadly wrong-way crash last month.

"It was during the holidays and I remember seeing Sergeant Mendoza buying gifts for children," said Mraovic, who came up with the idea to do the event.

"It kind of struck me like 'that's a really cool guy doing that,'" he said.

The final bid came via text from a local man who wanted to remain anonymous. He paid $5,000 for the coveted parking spot.

He sent a text because he was out of town.

The auction was the club's way of showing appreciation for an officer who always took time out to appreciate others.

"There's a lot of good officers that do good things, so people should be aware of that," said Mraovic.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Sgt. Mendoza's family, according to the club, as well as an additional $4,000 in donations from people who attended today's show.

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