On behalf of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada.
All Proceeds Benefiting Local Make-A-Wish® Chapter
Reno, Nev. – The local chapter of Make-A-Wish, serving children with critical illnesses in northern Nevada, is the beneficiary of the auction of a 1984 Jeep CJ7 built by then 17-year-old Jasper Halford. The vehicle will be auctioned off at Hot August Nights Collector Car Auction on Friday, Aug.5 at 3:15 p.m. by Motorsport Auction Group (MAG Auctions).
Inspired by the Make-A-Wish Messages of Hope that celebrities and wish kids were recording for children waiting for their wishes to come true during the pandemic, Halford decided to take the extra parts he had and build a Jeep CJ7 to auction off and donate to help grant more wishes. Halford, now in college, will see the culmination of his creation, “The Wish Jeep,” auctioned off at Hot August Nights.
“A wish granted brings a child battling a critical illness so much hope,” Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada Interim CEO Karen Davis said. “The efforts that Jasper took upon himself to build this incredible vehicle is so inspiring. We’re incredibly grateful to him, to MAG Auctions and our longtime partner Hot August Nights and we look forward to utilizing the vital funds it raises at auction to grant more wishes.”
The auction will take place during Hot August Nights Collector Car Auction presented by MAG Auctions on Friday, Aug. 5 at 3:15 p.m. at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. Interested bidders can view photos, specifications and sign up to bid for The Wish Jeep by visiting mawcanv.com/WishJeep.
Currently, there are 844 children within the chapter suffering from a critical illness that are waiting for their wish to be granted, and 100% of the proceeds from the Wish Jeep will be donated to grant wishes to those children.
“We at Hot August Nights are so pleased that we can partner with Jasper and Make-A-Wish to auction this one-of-a-kind Jeep off to help grant more wishes,” Alan Tom, Executive Director at Hot August Nights, said. “We as an organization know first-hand the impact a wish has on a child, their family and often times a community, having donated $25,000 to Make-A-Wish over the past six years. What Jasper has accomplished at such a young age isn’t just a noble deed, but an impressive one as well. This Jeep is truly special and the lucky bidder who wins this will have lots of fun taking it on and off the road!”
To date, MAG Auctions has raised over $450,000 for local organizations, including vehicles benefiting Make-A-Wish, the Humane Society and the Hot August Nights Foundation at this year’s auction.
The Hot August Nights Collector Car Auction presented by MAG Auctions will run Aug. 4-6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the auction is $20 (kids 12-and-under free) with tickets available at the door. For more information, to pre-register as a bidder, or to preview cars and items going on the block, visit MAG Auctions at www.motosportauctiongroup.com.
Learn more about Jasper, his story and our local Make-A-Wish chapter by visiting wish.org/canv.
About Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada: Make-A-Wish® creates life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and is on a quest to bring every eligible local child’s wish to life. Research has shown that a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. The local chapter of Make-A-Wish covers 45 counties and grants wishes to children with critical illnesses each year. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/canv.
About MAG Auctions
MAG Auctions is a collector car auction featuring muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, vintage cars and leading automobile products. MAG is headquartered in Sparks, Nevada.