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The top auctioneers in the nation lent their fast-talking skills and high energy to bring smiles and toys to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on November 17 during the 14th annual toy auction, which was sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).

A loyal partner since 1995, the NAA and its members have led the auction industry to raise more than $4 million to aid in the St. Jude mission to find cures and save children. Throughout the year, NAA members raise money to support the hospital's groundbreaking research and lifesaving care through a variety of fundraising efforts through the St. Jude Auction for Hope campaign. Learn more about St. Jude Auction for Hope at

During the lively auction, St. Jude patients and their siblings placed bids on the toys of their choice using auction paddles and play money. International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) Champions Terri Walker of Memphis, Tennessee, and Kevin Borger of Hutchinson, Kansas, conducted the live auction with toys donated by the NAA.

"It was a privilege to represent the NAA and serve the children of St. Jude at such a fun filled event," Walker said. "It was an honor to win the championship this year but seeing the children's faces light up was by far the greatest reward. I hope to get more opportunities like this in the future."

"It's easy to see why the NAA has supported the far reaching efforts of St. Jude for nearly 15 years," Borger said. "It is an honor and a privilege to be a firsthand part of bringing joy to these precious kids in the midst of their battle by being part of the toy auction. I can't think of a better charity for the NAA to support."

Scott Musser of Kennewick, Washington, president of the NAA, also attended and participated in the event.

"This was my second visit to St. Jude and one that I looked forward to for many months," Musser said. "No matter what you hear, read or see, the best experience is coming down here and seeing the kids and brightening their life for even an hour. It helps put everything else in perspective."


November 2009