1965 Comet Caliente Restored by Craftsman to Pay College Tuition for Children of Fallen Military

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An original Comet headed for the auction block Aug. 7 at the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Reno, NV, will raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and its programs supporting the families of fallen and wounded special operations personnel.

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An original 1965 Comet headed for the auction block Aug. 7 at the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Reno, Nev., will raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and its programs supporting the families of fallen and wounded special operations personnel.

“The Craftsman® brand and their Restoration Rollout program selected Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle’s Skunkworks Racing Division, to transform a 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente, into the Craftsman Comet-R, a car designed for performance racing,” said Kevin Tully, owner of Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle in Addison, Ill.

The Comet was presented at numerous car shows over the past few months “with a goal of raising awareness of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation,” said Tully, who served in U.S. Air Force Special Operations for eight years.

“I wanted to help my fellow Air Commandos and the U.S. Special Operations community and their families,” Tully said, “and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation was a natural fit.”

Founded in 1980, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides funds for a post-secondary education to the surviving children of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations troops killed in the line of duty.

It is ranked among the top 1% of the approximately 7,000 American nonprofits monitored by leading watchdog group Charity Navigator, in recognition of its fiscal accountability and the percentage of funds allocated to programs.

SOWF scholarships include tuition, books, fees, professional tutoring, as well as room and board at the school of the student’s choice.

This is the second year that Craftsman Tools has donated a restored car benefiting a charity, according to Brian Jochum, Senior Marketing Director for Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings Corp., based near Chicago.

“Our company and brand has a longstanding commitment to supporting the military through our Sears Heroes at Home program,” Jochum said. “In addition, the Craftsman brand has recently made a significant donation to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). So we’re pleased to also be supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, another worthy military cause.”

Barrett-Jackson hosts the world’s greatest collector car auctions, raising $84 million for charities over the years.

At this year’s 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction, four more great vehicles will cross the block for a cause. Every cent of the hammer price goes straight to the charitable organization as The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® waives all fees on charity vehicles.

“We are incredibly honored and humbled to be part of the Barrett-Jackson auction,” says retired Vice Admiral and Navy SEAL Joe Maguire, president and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

“The combination of the donation by the Craftsman brand of this incredible car and the professionalism of Barrett-Jackson will not only raise awareness and funds of the foundation, but also pay tribute to our fallen military and their families.”

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is providing scholarships for 150 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country, and has another 600 students in the pipeline who have yet to reach college age.

“Children’s dreams don’t change when they lose a parent, the path to reach those dreams becomes more difficult – often fraught with hardship and grief,” said Maguire.

“Thankfully there are people out there, like those at the Craftsman brand and Barrett-Jackson who believe that the least we can do for our fallen military is to make sure their families are never forgotten.”

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