Washington Free Beacon journalist and resident firearms expert Stephen Gutowski raised almost $2,000 for the troops as part of the Fourth Annual Veterans Day Celebrity Auction, cohosted by CNN's Jake Tapper.
With a winning bid of $1,825, one lucky individual will receive a deluxe firearms training package (for two) that includes 6-8 hours' worth of instruction and target practice under Gutowski's seasoned tutelage. The money raised will benefit Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds custom homes for severely injured military veterans.
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In addition to Gutowski, several other notable celebs took part in the auction, including Jerry Seinfeld, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Gutowski's gun lessons were a hot item, obviously, generating more financial interest than the 30-minute Zoom calls offered by PBS journalist Judy Woodruff and Full House star Bob Saget.
Gutowski also managed to outraise celebrity actor Josh Gad, who contributed a personalized voice message as Olaf the snowman from Disney's Frozen, and brought in almost as much money as Sean Penn ($2,025), Joe Scarborough ($2,050), and Monica Lewinsky, who donated a vintage reversible handbag that sold for $2,025.
The auction was a stunning success, generating more than $400,000 for U.S. servicemen and women. A Zoom cocktail hour with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace raised more than $11,000, while a coffee session with CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow raised almost $2,300. A half-hour Zoom call with Trump-era comedian Sarah Cooper raised more than $10,000.