The bidding ended today at $5,800 for the pilot's cap belonging to Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The eBay auction was held to raise money for Dougherty Valley High School and its sister school, Lockwood Elementary School in Oakland.
Sullenberger, a Danville resident, achieved fame on Jan. 15 when he piloted US Airways flight No. 1549 safely into the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. His two daughters attend Dougherty Valley, which opened in fall 2007 and has already achieved a high on the Academic Performance Index.
"Sully and I were excited by the opportunity to help these two public schools," Sullenberger's wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, said in a prepared statement. "We hope that the winner will enjoy owning Sully's hat but also that they will be happy that they have helped fund two deserving educational institutions."