Proceeds for auction to benefit ARA Foundation
A mix of rental equipment, trips, electronics and other items will be available for bid during the eighth annual ARA Foundation Charity Auction and Reception at The Rental Show 2014. The auction will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., after the show floor closes for the day.
Attendees can enjoy appetizers and drinks, and participate in fast-paced bidding at the live auction conducted by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. There are 35 auction items including a variety of packages, such as a Walt Disney World® vacation from The Toro Co., a three-night “Winter Wonderland” Colorado ski vacation from Tiresocks, a Shuttle 4X four-seat utility vehicle from Cushman, a reproduction Tokheim 36B gas pump from General Equipment Co., the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway from Ditch Witch and a one-week stay at a Gulf Coast condo in the Florida Panhandle from AirPac.
The auction helps raise money for the ARA Foundation, which handles the Foundation Scholarship Program, the Disaster Relief and Recovery Programs, the Young Professionals Program and the Rental Advisory Program.
The ARA Foundation awarded more than $62,000 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. This year, there is $68,000 of ARA Foundation and affiliate scholarships available for the 2014-2015 school year to be awarded 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 tornadoes in Illinois, 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 for The Rental Show 2013.
“It’s amazing to see the generosity of those in the equipment rental industry,” says Catherine DeBusk, CERP, vice president of Party People Rentals in Phoenix, who serves as chair of the ARA Foundation board of trustees. “The donations and proceeds of this year’s auction will allow the ARA Foundation to continue to provide funds for students attending college, victims of natural disasters, young professionals building connections and those who need industry mentors. We will continue to enhance our programs to offer help and support to those in need, and look at new ways to give back to the industry.”
The ARA Foundation Charity Auction is sponsored by Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, Bartell Morrison USA, Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment, Kubota Tractor Corp. and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Allied Financial Solutions, a financing company that exhibits at The Rental Show, is offering six-months-same-as-cash financing for auction items.
You will need a bid number to attend the reception. You can register for your bid number at Registration, at the ARA Member Resource Center/ARA Foundation Kiosk, at Booth No. 2769, at the Ritchie Bros. Booth No. 4519, or at the reception.
This event will be followed by ARA’s Big Splash at SeaWorld®, starting at 7:15 p.m. Shuttle buses will be provided from the convention center and all show hotels to and from the event.
For detailed descriptions of items up for auction and estimated values, go to ARAfoundation.com and click on “Online Auction Catalog.”