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Gooding & Company welcomes US Pentagon officials at Saturday Pebble Beach Auction in support of Fisher House and the auction of Jay Leno’s Fiat 500

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 15, 2012) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is honored to announce that the United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and United States General and Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno will be attending the Pebble Beach Auction on Saturday in support of the sale of Jay Leno’s 2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione (lot 42) benefiting the Fisher House Foundation. Secretary Panetta and General Odierno will join Jay Leno and Fisher House Foundation President David Coker and Vice President Cynthia Campbell at Gooding & Company’s Auction on Saturday, August 18 to support the fundraising effort.

“We are extremely honored to welcome Secretary Panetta, General Odierno, Jay Leno and the Fisher House Foundation executives here with us this year in Pebble Beach,” says David Gooding, President and founder. “With their special presence at our auction combined with Jay’s personal dedication to our armed forces, we hope that the sale of the Fiat 500 encourages great support and new awareness for the Fisher House Foundation to serve our soldiers and their families.”

Fisher House is a nationally praised, four-star, non-profit organization that provides a wide range of services and support to the families of wounded American military.  Since founding the organization in 1991, the Fisher family and its organization have served more than 160,000 families, saving them more than $192 million in lodging and transportation costs by providing free lodging at their Fisher Houses located at medical centers.  Fisher House Foundation continues to provide vital support for our nation's military, veterans and their families.

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