TRS: ARA Foundation charity auction offers something for everyone

Equipment, trips, gadgets and more are up for bid

The ARA Foundation charity auction during the Reception With a Purpose at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas offers the opportunity for all attendees to enjoy a fast-paced live auction while also supporting a great cause: the programs the ARA Foundation provides to the equipment rental industry. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at The Sands Expo and Convention Center.

More than 30 items will be up for bid during the charity auction, the highlight of the reception. If you’re a bird hunter, a trip to Red Rock Ranch in Oklahoma is up for bid — plus several other trips are available too. If you’re into baseball, Gehl Co. has four tickets for the Gehl Club at Miller Park for a Milwaukee Brewers game. John Deere has a weekend package available for the John Deere Classic golf tournament in July, Stone Construction Equipment/The Toro Co. has a Disney vacation package up for auction and Tiresocks has a three-night “Winter Wonderland” ski vacation.

“The exhibitors have been very generous this year and we have several new companies participating. says Jenni Venema, ARA’s association programs manager. “With the addition of more trips and sporting events, there is something at the auction that will appeal to everyone.”

If you are into electronics and tech gadgets, there are plenty of items to interest you as well. A 47-in. 3D HDTV, a touchscreen Dell computer and an iPad 4 all will be part of the auction lineup. Maybe you want to buy new equipment for your business. There are options ranging from a portable light tower, air compressor or a brushcutter to an overseeder, chairs or a beverage fountain, and many more.

The Reception With a Purpose is sponsored by Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment, Genie, Graco and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Equipment and packages can be seen at the booths of the donating exhibitors as well as online at All auction items will be shown at the auction via a PowerPoint® presentation. All sales are final and purchases must be paid in full on auction day. Allied Financial Solutions, Booth No. 2730, is offering six-months-same-as-cash financing for auction items.