ARA Foundation to host live auction at the show
This year, the ARA Foundation will continue its tradition of hosting a live auction at The Rental Show 2014 in Orlando, Fla., to benefit programs for the equipment rental industry.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the ARA Foundation Charity Auction & Reception will take place as soon as the trade show floor closes at 5 p.m. Attendees can enjoy appetizers and drinks, and participate in fast-paced bidding at the live auction conducted by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
This year, there are more than 30 items up for bid at the auction, including a one-week stay at a Gulf Coast condo in Pensacola, Fla., donated by AirPac; a four-seater utility vehicle, donated by Cushman; and a Winter Wonderland ski vacation, donated by Tiresocks.
This event helps raise money for the ARA Foundation programs, such as the Foundation Scholarship Program, the Disaster Relief and Recovery Programs, the Young Professionals Program and the Rental Executive Advisory Program (REAP).
The ARA Foundation awarded more than $62,000 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. This year, there is $65,000 worth of ARA Foundation and affiliate scholarships available for the 2014-2015 school year to students who want to build careers in the equipment rental industry.
This past year, the Foundation contributed $10,000 in disaster relief funding following Hurricane Sandy, wild fires in Arizona, and flooding in Colorado and Alberta, Canada.
Last year, the ARA Foundation raised $81,150 from the live charity auction during the Reception With a Purpose, while $7,600 was contributed at the ARA Resource Center. In addition, $5,325 was donated through registrations for The Rental Show to make the grand total of show-related contributions $94,075.
You will need a bid number to attend the reception. Register for your bid number at Registration, at the ARA Member Resource Center/ARA Foundation Kiosk on the show floor, at Booth No. 2769, at the Ritchie Bros. Booth No. 4519, or at the reception.
The ARA Foundation Charity Auction & Reception is sponsored by Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, Bartell Morrison USA, Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment, Kubota Tractor Corp. and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. — Whitney Carnahan
Coming soon: The Rental Show app for 2014
Planning ahead for The Rental Show is key to making the most of the limited time available in Orlando, Fla. One beneficial resource to help you plan will be back again for 2014: The Rental Show mobile app.
Features of the app include:
- Searchable exhibitor directory, so you can create a list of exhibitors you want to visit with notes.
- Show floor map.
- Show schedule.
- Updates from the American Rental Association (ARA), including last-minute changes on site
The app will be available starting in December through the Apple App Store (for iPhone/iPad) and Google Play Store (for Android products). To log in and personalize the app, you will need a user name (the email address used for The Rental Show registration) and password (your registration ID, available on your registration confirmation). On site in Orlando, you also will be able to download the app via a QR code posted at Registration. The Rental Show app is sponsored by Rouse Analytics. — Christine Coleman