Windy City Limousine President Outbids Himself in Ford Transit Charity Auction
Executive Felt Charity Price Was Too Low
Chicago-based Windy City Limousine President George Jacobs is either the worst businessman or the most charitable, as he outbid himself in a charity auction for a new Ford Transit van.
“My goal was to add another Transit to the Windy City Limousine fleet while also supporting the Howard Berkman Memorial Fund,” Jacobs said. “I kept bidding because I didn’t think enough money had yet been raised.”
Jacobs, who purchased the van November 9, got the high bid once bidding stalled out at $45,000. From there, he kept outbidding himself in $500 increments until he hit $48,000. The National Limousine Association auctioned the van for the memorial fund, which is the limo industry’s leading charity and philanthropic arm. Since it was founded in 1996, the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund has contributed $750,000 to causes like the American Cancer Society, City of Hope, and When Georgia Smiled.
“Everything in my life I got from the limousine industry, and when you get a chance to donate back to the same industry, you should do it,” Jacobs said. “That’s how I feel.
Ford Motor Company donated the 15-passenger, high-roof Transit to the auction. It will complement Windy City Limousine’s fleet of vehicles, including the first-ever Ford Transit limousine sold in America. Jacobs bought that van earlier this year.
We’ve heard before that the custom luxury van trend is back in full force, but this story is probably the most worthwhile use we’ve heard of a Transit limousine. We wish Jacobs and his company the best of luck with their newest rolling charity donation.