Joe Bulter Donates His Porsche 944 to Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Joe Butler, chief executive of Butler Enterprises and Director of Metal World, is donating his immaculately restored 1986 Porsche 944 to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the charity’s second annual Targa Newfoundland fund raising drive. 

 “With my family, I have so enjoyed competing in Targa Newfoundland,” Butler, of St. John’s, declared. “So when I found I could not compete in the 10th annual event due to business commitments, I still wanted to support the event and do something special”.

“As the Autism Society is Targa’s charity partner, and as I have, through the event, become aware of the society’s need for program funds, I decided that we would donate the Porsche to be used as a fundraiser for ASNL. I am delighted to be able to deliver it to such a worthwhile cause,” said Butler.

Butler is a multi-year competitor in Targa Newfoundland. His daughter Melissa completed with him as co-driver in 2007.

The ebony black Porsche was purchased by Butler in 2002 and restored over a number of years. 

“I am actually quite at a loss for words regarding Mr. Butler’s most generous donation,” said Elaine Dobbin, patron of the Autism Society.  “His donation exemplifies the spirit of Targa Newfoundland and spirit of its competitors.  Mr. Butler’s car will provide a tremendous opportunity for ASNL to raise much needed program funds.  The Porsche will be the centerpiece we need for our Targa Newfoundland fundraising activities.”

The society will sell tickets for a draw with the Porsche as the prize, Dobbin said. The tickets will be priced at a very reasonable $10.00 each and will go on sale immediately.  The black Porsche will travel with event on a trailer towed by the Autism Society event support vehicle.  It will be placed on display at the nightly Targa car shows where tickets will be available for purchase. 

The Targa car shows will be in held in St. John’s at the ReMax Centre on Saturday and Sunday September 10 and 11, in Gander at the Gander Community Centre on Monday, September 12 and 13, in Clarenville at the Clarenville Events Centre on Wednesday, September 14, and in Marystown at the Marystown Arena on Thursday, September 15. The Porsche will return to St. John’s on Friday, September 16 where it will be on display at the rally finish at the Keg on Harbour Front Drive and later at Holiday Inn for Saturday, September 17. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Targa Newfoundland awards gala on the Saturday evening.    

“Our partnership with Targa is now starting to flourish and reach its true potential,” explained Trish Williams, executive director of the Society. “This is the kind of fund-raising activity that really capitalizes on the strengths of this partnership.”

As well as funding on-going programs for people living with autism and their families, the ASNL operates the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism at Shamrock Farm which brings together many resources, strategies and skills to improve life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  ASNL is working towards the regionalization of its programs and services. In addition to the Elaine Dobbin Centre they now have program Centres in Clarenville, Grand Falls Windsor and Corner Brook. 

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 10thannual Targa Newfoundland will start in St. John’s on Saturday, September 10, 2011, and end back in the capital Saturday, September 17. The competition will cover more than 2,000 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including up to 450 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

I will be competing in this year’s Targa Newfoundland event as the naviagator for Rick MacLeod.  I will be sure to buy a ticket ot two to win Joe Butler’s Porsche.  Maybe I’ll be driving a Porsche home from Newfoundland!


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