Proceeds benefit cardiovascular research, community programs and educationDETROIT, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the American Heart Association, 82.6 million heart disease and stroke survivors are living proof that donations make a difference. To help the Association continue to make a difference, Chevrolet donated a one-of-a-kind Camaro that raised $400,000 at the Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ. All proceeds from the auction benefit cardiovascular research through the southeast Michigan American Heart Association. Since 1949, contributions to the American Heart Association have produced significant findings and discoveries, which opened doors for thriving, lifesaving campaigns such as Go Red For Women Luncheons, Heart Walks, Heart Balls and Jump/Hoops For Heart. "Funding our mission equates to more lives saved or vastly improved…it is both that simple and profound," said Kathy Kauffmann, executive director and vice president for the southeast Michigan American Heart Association. "Thanks to generous supporters like Chevrolet, the American Heart Association continues to bring life-saving research and resources to communities across Michigan," said Kauffmann. The Association is recognized as a worldwide leader in cardiovascular research. In 2012, $9.3 million was invested in research in Michigan. Since the organization's inception, $3.4 billion has been invested nationwide. As a result, research advances such as the artificial heart valve, CPR, and lifesaving drugs have been created to save lives. "The heart is the engine of the body," said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance. "Just like a car, if the engine isn't running in top condition, it affects the entire body. We are happy to be able to help the Association accelerate advances cardiovascular research with a very special Camaro." The factory drag-race car is the only COPO convertible offered for sale in 2012, and the only one painted Inferno Orange Metallic. A total of only 69 COPO Camaros were built in 2012. The name of the buyer has yet to be released.