A summer-long charity auction for a Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian® Scout® Bobber came to a close this month when the $16,999 bike was sold for $28,000. Indian Motorcycle donated the bike to “Firefighters For Healing,” a non-profit foundation whose mission is to support children impacted by burn trauma and their families. Proceeds raised from the organization’s annual Red Tie Gala will provide care for burn survivors and firefighters in Minnesota
The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber was introduced in March 2018. Pre-orders for the 177, individually-numbered Scout Bobbers quickly filled up in less than 10 minutes. The limited-edition motorcycle takes inspiration from the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade and their impressive gold and black firetrucks. The collaboration between Jack Daniel’s, Indian Motorcycle, and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles was designed as a tribute piece to firefighters and first responders everywhere.
“Firefighters For Healing is a great organization and we’re proud to help support their cause in aiding firefighters and burn survivors,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “The Jack Daniel’s Scout Bobber is a tribute piece for first responders everywhere, so to take that bike and help raise funds to aid and support our local Minnesota firefighters is a real honor.”
The donated bike was displayed at numerous events hosted by Firefighters For Healing and quickly gained attention within the firefighter community. At one of the stops, the Jack Daniel’s Scout Bobber particularly caught the eye of a volunteer firefighter from Ramsey, Minnesota who fell in love with the bike and ultimately placed the highest bid. Jake LaFerriere, Firefighters for Healing Founder, personally delivered the bike to the home of the new owner, where he and half of his brothers from the firehouse gathered excitedly the grand arrival of the bike.
“We’re extremely grateful for the donation by Indian Motorcycle and couldn’t be happier with the funds raised from the auction,” said Firefighters for Healing Vice Chair Chris Dunker. “The bike got a lot of attention while on tour with us throughout the summer, but I think the $28,000 exceeded all of our expectations. Every dollar helps us lighten the financial burden for families and create smiles during a very dark time of recovery and rehabilitation for the burn survivors.”
Firefighters For Healing was founded by Minneapolis Firefighter Jake LaFerriere after he suffered burn injuries in a backdraft explosion while battling a house fire. While recovering in the hospital, he was so compelled by the stories of the other burn survivors that he made it his mission to support children enduring burn trauma in ways insurance companies and caretakers are unable to. The organization has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local burn units and provided thousands of dollars to help burn survivors in their recovery efforts.
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