National Auctioneers Foundation prepares for annual online auction

The National Auctioneers Foundation is preparing for its annual Fun Auction Extravaganza, an online-only auction through which the group raises money to support the auction industry.

Proceeds from the auction also directly benefit educational programs offered by the National Auctioneers Association.

The fourth annual, 2013 auction is scheduled from Jan. 29 through Feb. 7.

Chairman of this year’s event, NAF Trustee Mike Jones, CAI, BAS, GPPA, is now in the process of engaging various NAA members and member groups in organizing their efforts toward the cause.

For example, the NAF Online Auction Committee is seeking involvement from members of CAI classes, Hall of Fame members, auction school principals, state association leaders and others.

In addition, the NAF encourages all NAA members to donate items and promote the auction to their buyers.

The Fun Auction Extravaganza is open to the public, so NAA members and nonmembers from around the world have an opportunity to bid on and win items in support of the NAF and the NAA.

The NAF has designed a button and provides a link to the auction that it is asking all NAA members to place on their respective business websites.

National Auctioneers Foundation Vice President Sandy Alderfer, CAI, MPPA, of Sanford Alderfer Auction Co. Inc., Hatfield, Pa., promotes the annual auction on his company’s website.

The company places the button on its homepage, and it includes the event on its auction calendar. The auction calendar listing, which links to the NAF auction, makes it to the Alderfer Auction homepage about a week before the event goes live.

Last year, more than 30 nonmembers registered to bid and 19 contributed $11,452 to the total revenue. The event brought in about $40,000, which was nearly $10,000 more than the year before.

“NAA members are very generous to the Foundation,” Jones says. “The online auction provides our members and their clients with great items to choose from, while it directly contributes to the organizations that help auction professionals succeed and improve their services.”

In 2012, members donated several trips, event tickets and collectibles. The auction included NASCAR tickets, a Hawaii Island retreat, a Louisiana swamp tour and a signed Leroy Van Dyke poster.

To donate an item, the NAF makes a donor form available at NAFOnlineAuction.com.

In addition to the aforementioned items, the NAF encourages donations of electronics, auction advertising packages, gift baskets, gift cards, auction experiences, airfare and tuition to educational events.

Please contact Lois Zielinski at lzielinski@auctioneers.org to request the button for online promotions or to ask questions.

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