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Jesse Foster Takes Delivery of Kona Blue Ford Mustang Bullitt

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Jesse Foster Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt
Edsel Ford II (standing) and Jesse Foster (kneeling) with the latter’s new Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt
Photo: Ford Motor Company

Back in December, Ford Credit retiree Jesse Foster was announced as the lucky duck who won a one-of-one Kona Blue 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt in a raffle benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In April, Foster — and his rad beard — headed to Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn to take delivery of his special pony.

Handing over the keys to Foster was Edsel Ford II, who also autographed the Mustang’s interior to make it, like, 10 times rarer and more valuable. For Ford, the cause of JDRF is a personal one, which has led to him being a champion for the organization.

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Jesse Foster Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt

“This is the culmination of a very large raffle that we do every year for JDRF, and it means a lot to me,” said Ford. “My son Albert is a Type 1 diabetic, so I think back to that and all the good work that Ford Motor Company does. We raise $3.5 million a year for JDRF, and we’re working hard to find a cure for the disease.”

Foster plunked down just $50 in the raffle, which raised $504,000 for JDRF in 2018. The recent retiree says he was compelled to buy a ticket not because of the reward, but because a childhood friend was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Still, his $50 gamble paid off in a big way.

Foster says he intends to store his Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt in a storage facility, but he’s first been asked to drive it to a 50th anniversary celebration commemorating the Mustang Bullitt at the end of May. Hopefully he gets some enjoyment out of it before socking it away for a rainy day.

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