JAY LENO’S “LIL TUG” CELEBRITY TRACTOR FETCHES $535,000
AT AUCTION TO BENEFIT FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION
AND AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILIES
Tractor Also Signed by President George W. Bush
Scottsdale, AZ (January 23, 2012) – Jay Leno’s beloved “Lil Tug” Celebrity Tractor, which for the last four years has been the steward of its fellow vehicles in the Leno Garage in California, fetched $535,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction over the weekend. The proceeds will benefit Fisher House Foundation, which constructs comfort homes to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at VA and military hospitals around the world.
“Sometimes it’s not the injury that you see. We’ve all seen the burn victims, but a lot of guys come back psychologically scarred and they need our help,” said Jay Leno at the auction, just moments before the winning bid. “100 percent of this money will go to Fisher House.”
The New Holland tractor was signed by George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America, a staunch and vocal supporter of America’s military and their families.
Jay Leno drives “Lil Tug” onto the auction floor in Scottsdale, AZ just before the bidding begins.
Photo credit: New Holland
“We’re so grateful to Jay Leno for donating his prized tractor, and to President Bush for his support, to benefit the men and women who serve our great nation selflessly, as well as their families who support them and give them the strength to do a terrifically difficult job,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman & CEO of Fisher House. “Lil’ Tug was part of the Jay Leno family – and we know how important family is, especially when a loved one is recovering from injuries suffered on the battlefield. We salute Jay, Barrett-Jackson and all those who support our military families.”
“Charity work is part of our business philosophy and helping the Fisher House Foundation to raise funds for their charity is something we are happy to do,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.
“Barrett-Jackson offers a unique platform for the Fisher House Foundation to spread the word about their efforts. We are so proud to support the many men and women that protect our country,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson.
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