Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA, has conducted hundreds of auctions, but one that is especially dear to his heart as a golfer and outdoor enthusiast is the Rounds4Research fundraiser.
Established three years ago, the annual event helps raise money for turfgrass research conducted primarily at Clemson University in South Carolina and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Some funds also go to research in Georgia and Virginia.
Meares, owner of Bowtie Benefit Auctions, Pelzer, S.C., the fundraising division of Meares Auction Group, where he is chief operating officer, conducts the auction, helps market the event, processes payments and sees that winning bidders receive their prizes.
The auction is the brainchild of Tim Kreger, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, Liberty, S.C.
“(Kreger) had the vision, and I helped him get the actual auction online and put the auction aspects of it together,” Meares says.
For 10 years, CGCSA has given about $36,000 annually to the two schools with the help of a dozen turfgrass associations throughout the Carolinas that each gives $1,000 a year.
“We match it 2-to-1,” Kreger says.