Jay Leno auctions car at Scottsdale show, proceeds go to USO

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Late-night celebrity and collector car enthusiast Jay Leno made an appearance at the Gooding & Company's Scottsdale Auction last Saturday, and auctioned one of his most special cars for a good cause. All of the proceeds from his car sale went to support the United Service Organizations (USO).

"When people know that 100 percent of it is going directly to the men and women of the armed forces, they really step up, and that was fun to see," Leno said.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was listed for $80,000, but by the time the bidding was through the car sold for an impressive $360,000. Additionally, two bidders in the audience offered to pitch in $200,000 more, which means Leno’s ride made over half a million dollars for U.S. service members.

"I wouldn't have these things if it was not for the men and women in the armed forces," Leno said. "It's one of those freedoms that we take for granted a little bit, and since I didn't serve, I should give a little bit more."

He offered to hand deliver the car to the winner, of course, until he learned that the highest bidder was from Maine. Leno has long been known for his love for cars and car collecting, and even has his own website dedicated to his passion.