CNN recently announced its plans to put their recently restored Hummer on the auction block — and give the proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation — a group that builds homes for families of hospitalized military personnel. The vehicle restoration was documented and filmed by the TLC program Overhaulin‘ and plans to air mid-November (see story below). “We are delighted to learn of CNN’s efforts to honor America’s heroes – its service men and women wounded in the global war on terrorism,” Fisher House Foundation chairman Ken Fisher said. “The visibility that will result from this initiative will help Americans understand the selfless sacrifices of the men and women who risk their lives to defend and protect us.”
Kudos to CNN for their effort to help military families – in a cool way too!
Want to bid? Here is a link to the auction house — they’re planning on a January 20th auction.
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CNN purchased the Hummer in 2002 from the King Hummer dealership in Kuwait. Network producers, video journalists and correspondents used the vehicle when they were embedded with the First Battalion, 7th Marines in the war in Iraq in 2003. The vehicle came under heavy fire near Baghdad in April 2003 as Iraqis celebrated the arrival of coalition forces in Baghdad.
This summer, Overhaulin’ took the Hummer to the show’s workshop in Irvine, Calif. Crews overhauled the Hummer’s engine and body and installed an extensive entertainment system that includes a DVD player, four LCD monitors and a state-of-the-art sound system. Airbrush artists Dru Blaier, Mickey Harris and Mike Lavallee painted images of journalists and military men and women onto the vehicle as a tribute to those who served during the war in Iraq or covered the war.
The Overhaulin’ program featuring the Hummer will premiere on TLC on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).