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Shown at the recent Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston were (from left to right) Hal Fritz, Medal of Honor recipient and president of the Medal of Honor Foundation; Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston; Nate Bristow, who won a Mercedes-Benz CLA250; and Medal of Honor Bowl Chairman Tom McQueeney (Provided).

Marine Corps veteran Tommy Baker took the Jan. 10 Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston to heart, giving away a luxury car to a ticket holder at the game.

Baker said he was privileged to turn over the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 to Nate Bristow of Walterboro.

“As retired U.S. Marine Corps, it was an absolute honor to participate in this bowl game,” said Baker, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company of Charleston, Baker Motor Company of Mount Pleasant and Baker Buick GMC Cadillac.

“The car giveaway was a tribute to our military, our community and my great friend Major General James E. Livingston,” he said. “It was an exciting experience for the players, fans and of course the winner of the new CLA250.”

The Medal of Honor Bowl featured top college football players as projected for the NFL Draft playing on the “American” and “National” teams. They took part in honor of Medal of Honor recipients while benefitting the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, disabled veterans and wounded warriors.

Ticket prices started at $15, and every ticket holder was eligible to win the Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

The game drew 12,578 fans, more than double the attendance for last year’s inaugural clash. Among the spectators were hundreds of active duty military, disabled veterans, wounded warriors and reservists.

Bristow, whose ticket number was randomly selected at the 2 minute mark of the fourth quarter, won the car on his birthday. Also, his stepson Michael Gruber was playing on the American team.

“I’m at a loss for words. It is such an honor. In one night I saw my son play in a premier All-Star game, it was a birthday, and I won a vehicle. I’m ecstatic,” he said.

“Baker Motor Company is outstanding when it comes to customer service,” Bristow said. “Coincidentally my wife and I have been customers of Jay Rose for years. He and the Baker team go above and beyond on making sure that we are taken care of,” he said.

“My family and I have also made a lifelong commitment to the Medal of Honor Bowl. I have never seen a first class bowl game like this that supports some of our country’s greatest causes,” Bristow added.

“Baker Motor Company’s great commitment to this community was again demonstrated at the Medal of Honor Bowl by their gift of a car,” said Livingston, USMC Retired, Medal of Honor recipient and Medal of Honor Bowl board member. “A first class inspiring company led by a great American, Mr. Tommy Baker,” he said.

In 1988, Baker founded Baker Motor Company of Charleston, which has grown to be the largest privately held automobile dealer group headquartered in South Carolina. The company operates manufacturer-authorized, new car dealerships representing 12 brands comprised of Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Sprinter, Smart Car, Infiniti, Maserati, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

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