NAA makes half-million dollar pledge to St. Jude to fund training program

The National Auctioneers Association is continuing its commitment to the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a new pledge to raise half a million dollars over five years to support the hospital’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The association’s dedication to funding the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will help St. Jude train the next generation of its scientific and medical minds. Fellows from more than 31 countries work diligently in the program, supporting the bridge between research and treatment and helping St. Jude to speed discoveries from its laboratories to patients’ bedsides and doctors and researchers everywhere. The fellows are major contributors to the scientific and clinical mission of the hospital.

“Members of the National Auctioneers Association take great pride in supporting St. Jude,” says NAA President Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS. “For more than 15 years, Auctioneers have promoted St. Jude to their customers and have raised millions of dollars to help the hospital continue to expand its important work and research.

“The NAA is excited to build on this partnership with our commitment to raise $500,000 over the next five years in support of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. It is an honor to financially support the training and equipment that aspiring doctors and scientists need for the future.”

Since partnering with St. Jude in 1995, NAA members have made a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases through their support of St. Jude. The association’s Auction for Hope program has raised more than half a million dollars since 2006 to help St. Jude provide the research and treatment that is saving the lives of children in communities everywhere.

The nation’s top Auctioneers also bring the high energy of a live auction to the hospital with the association’s annual Toy Auction that takes place each November. During the auction, St. Jude patients and their siblings enjoy the excitement of “bidding” on toys donated by members of the association.

“We are so grateful to the National Auctioneers Association for their support,” says Donna Young, coordinator of National Program Marketing at ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude. “Since 1995, the members have raised approximately $4 million for St. Jude and continue to provide wonderful moments of joy for the patients of St. Jude during their National Auctioneers Toy Auction at the hospital. The members of the NAA are so dedicated and are willing to do whatever they can to raise money for the research and care at St. Jude.”

The NAA’s commitment to St. Jude is supporting one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. That support also helps ensure that, true to the vision of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. And because St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with doctors and scientists everywhere, one child saved at St. Jude means thousands saved around the world.

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