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Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson Raise $800,100 for Tsunami Relief Effort

Written by  February 28, 2005

Back in 2001, Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson partnered up to raise $360,000 for victims of 9/11 by auctioning off a motorcycle that was signed by many of Jay’s guests on the Tonight Show, including John Travolta, Sylvester Stalone, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, and many more.

Because of the success from that endeavor, when the deadly tsunami hit South Asia, Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson teamed up once again to auction off another bike, and raised $800,100 for the tsunami victims.

For several weeks, the motorcycle was on the set of The Tonight Show, and was signed by more than 60 celebrity guests. A total of 219 bids were received for the motorcycle on eBay, and David P. Steiner, CEO of Waste Management, Inc. was the winning bidder at $800,100. All of the proceeds will go to support tsunami relief efforts.

Harley-Davidson donated the white 2005 Road King as part of the Harley-Davidson Foundation Tsunami Relief Fund Effort, which will continue throughout 2005. Harley-Davidson has set a goal to raise $1 million, which will be donated to those relief agencies targeting the areas most heavily affected by the disaster.

The Foundation will match monies contributed to the fund by employees, dealers, suppliers and customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to a total Foundation donation of $500,000. The Fund is being administered through U.S. Bank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All contributions in excess of $250 will be acknowledged in writing by the Harley-Davidson Foundation for personal accounting/tax receipt purposes.

For more information, visit and click on the relief effort box.

Jay Leno and the following celebrities signed the Jay Leno Harley:

Patricia Arquette
Cate Blanchett
Jimmy Buffett
Caron Butler
Gerard Butler
Don Cheadle
Thomas Haden Church
Bill Cosby
Simon Cowell
Sheryl Crow
Ellen DeGeneres
Leonardo DiCaprio
Snoop Dogg
Minnie Driver
Jamie Foxx
Kenny G
James Garner
Jennifer Garner
Paul Giamatti
Jeff Gordon
Jon Heder
Dustin Hoffman
Steve Irwin
Samuel L. Jackson
Jesse James
Scarlett Johansson
Nicole Kidman
Ashton Kutcher
Denis Leary
Matt LeBlanc
Téa Leoni
Evangeline Lilly
Lyle Lovett
Virginia Madsen
Chris Matthews
Dennis Miller
Demi Moore
Michael Moore
Wayne Newton
Sharon Osbourne
Dr. Phil
Tara Reid
Michael Richards
Tim Robbins
Mickey Rooney
Emmy Rossum
Meg Ryan
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
William Shatner
Nicollette Sheridan
Ashlee Simpson
Kevin Smith
David Spade
Sylvester Stallone
Kiefer Sutherland
Donald Trump
George Wallace
Denzel Washington
Brian Williams
Kate Winslet
James Woods

By Mike Schweder