'Lil Tug Celebrity Tractor Raises Bucks

Over a half-million dollars was raised for Fisher House Foundation to support military veterans and their families.

Published on: Feb 1, 2012

Taking the wheel of his New Holland Boomer compact tractor for the last time in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jay Leno drove the tractor nicknamed the 'Lil Tug  onto the auction block at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, and in a matter of minutes, raised over a  half million dollars to support veterans and their families.

One hundred percent of the winning bid of $535,000 will benefit the Fisher House Foundation,, which constructs comfort homes to provide free temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at V.A. and military hospitals around the world.

Tonight Show host Jay Leno drives the New Holland Boomer compact tractor nicknamed the Lil Tug by his garage crew, onto the auction block at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. This Lil Tug worked in Jay Lenos Garage for nearly five years.
Tonight Show host Jay Leno drives the New Holland Boomer compact tractor nicknamed the 'Lil Tug by his garage crew, onto the auction block at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. This 'Lil Tug worked in Jay Leno's Garage for nearly five years.

The 'Lil Tug is no ordinary tractor. Not only did it work in Jay Leno's Garage for nearly five years, pulling and positioning Leno's array of collector vehicles, it also bore the signature of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America and a staunch supporter of America's military and their families.

New Holland Vice President Abe Hughes (center) joined Ted McIntyre, the winning bidder; Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation; and Tonight Show host Jay Leno on the Barrett-Jackson stage as the SOLD sign is placed on Lil Tug. The winning bid was $535,000.
New Holland Vice President Abe Hughes (center) joined Ted McIntyre, the winning bidder; Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation; and Tonight Show host Jay Leno on the Barrett-Jackson stage as the SOLD sign is placed on 'Lil Tug. The winning bid was $535,000.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have sacrificed to serve our country," says New Holland Vice President Abe Hughes, "and we're honored to play a part in this effort to support veterans and their families."

"This is one of the greatest charities because 100% of the money goes to helping veterans," says Jay Leno. "I've visited a Fisher House in California, and I can tell you they make the families really feel special. That's why I'm donating my tractor. It's a small price to pay. If I can give back by doing something like this, it makes me feel great."

"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," says Ken Fisher, Chairman and 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," says Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.

New Holland Agriculture is a division of CNH Global N.V., a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. New Holland Agriculture sells and services agricultural equipment, including a full line of tractors, hay and forage equipment, harvesting, crop production and material handling equipment.