‘Lil Tug is New Holland Boomer™ tractor – one that spent its career pushing, pulling, and rearranging vehicles in Jay Leno’s Garage. When Leno decided it was time for ‘Lil Tug to retire from the garage, the life of this tractor would become a bit more glamorous.
‘Lil Tug was auctioned off on January 21, 2012, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction House in Scottsdale, Arizona, after being adorned with the signatures of Jay Leno and former president George W. Bush. ‘Lil Tug brought in $535,000.00, which
was donated to Fisher House Foundation by Leno and New Holland.
Winner of the auction with Ken Fisher, President of Fisher House, Ken's son and Jay Leno.
The Journey of Champ
“Champ” is a New Holland compact tractor hood bearing the autographs of the winners of 16 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski, as well as Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson, just to name a few.
In support of our nation’s champions – our military heroes – the autographed hood was auctioned on the NASCAR Foundation website as part of the “NASCAR: An American Salute” program.
In June 2013, the winning bid raised more than $3,525.00 in support of Fisher House Foundation.
NASCAR® weekend for a Fisher House family
In addition to monetary donations to Fisher House Foundation, New Holland has provided the ultimate NASCAR® race weekend to a veteran and their spouse while they were staying at a Fisher House facility. The unforgettable weekend included race event tickets, lodging, and exclusive garage tours for the Pocono 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series race weekend June 6-8, 2014, at the Pocono Raceway.
NASCAR®: An American Salute
As the Official Agricultural Equipment of NASCAR®, New Holland is proud to support NASCAR in its long-standing tradition of supporting the United States Armed Forces with NASCAR: An American Salute, a platform that the entire sport to collectively honor active and retired service members and military families. NASCAR: An American Salute runs from Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Coca-Cola 600 through Independence Day weekend at Daytona International Speedway's Coke Zero 400. During the seven-week span between the two races, teams, tracks, partners and fans will show their thanks through various activities on and off the track. The wider NASCAR community can show gratitude by visiting
www.NASCAR.com/Salute and using the hashtag #NASCARsalutes on Instagram and Twitter .
Fisher House groundbreaking in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
New Holland presented Fisher House Foundation with a check for $57,800 on June 3 during a groundbreaking ceremony for the newest Fisher House, which will open on the grounds of the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. The check represented the donation for Fisher House Foundation accrued from New Holland’s 2013 True Blue Salute program.
New Holland was honored to be part of this event, in continuing our efforts to help Fisher House provide homes for our American Heroes.
Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery
New Holland supports PLANET, the national trade association representing landscape and lawn care professionals, and their annual event “Renewal & Remembrance” at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2013, we sent a group of seven employees and three machines to team up with more than 100 other companies to honor those who have sacrificed for us. After the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the volunteers spent the day landscaping the cemetery.
About Fisher House
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's
military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist f
amilies in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment.