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Auction of Ray Rice Jeep benefits Boston Marathon bombing survivor

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A Carroll County Ravens fan bid $57,100 on a customized Jeep owned by running back Ray Rice — and 10 percent of that price will benefit the Erika Brannock Fund, supporting the Towson preschool teacher injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Keith Kauffman of Finksburg made the winning bid Friday on eBay and drove the car off the lot Saturday, according to Ali Berney, finance manager at Carbiz on Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore. Rice popped by, too, congratulating Kauffman and his wife, Kathy, and posing for pictures with them and the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

"There was interest from all over the country, as far as Arizona," Berney said. "We were really delighted that it sold to a Ravens fan."

She said the bidding began at $35,000 and soon topped a $45,000 reserve as 43 bids came in.

Rice had pledged 5 percent of the winning bid to support Brannock, who lost a leg below the knee in the April 15 attack . But Saturday, in a message to The Sun, he said he was upping the total to 10 percent — which is about $5,710.

"Yeah, a great family got it," Rice wrote. "For a great cause."

Yea a great family got it and instead of 5% going to the family we are going to give 10% around 7k for the family for a great cause

Berney estimated that the Jeep cost about $45,000 new and had $35,000 more in customizing, including engine work and a matte-black vinyl body wrap.

"We'll be presenting a check with Ray to Erika's foundation," Berney said.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson contributed to this article.

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