Auctioneers bring smiles to St. Jude kids

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 during the 13th annual Toy Auction, which was sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and took place on November 11. 

During this exciting 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 Butch Booker of Colfax, Washington, and Jodi Sweeney of Waukon, Iowa, conducted the live auction with toys donated by the NAA. Randy Wells of Post Falls, Idaho, President of the NAA, also attended and participated in the event.

“I’m humbled and honored to represent the NAA and the auction industry at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Booker.  “NAA pledged its support to St. Jude and our visit helps strengthen our commitment to supporting the children and families who are battling deadly diseases.”

Sweeney added, “I've grown up supporting St. Jude through NAA events, but I've never had the opportunity to be involved at this level. It was so exciting to be part of this Toy Auction event, and I loved seeing the happiness it brought the courageous children of St. Jude.”

The NAA formed a partnership with St. Jude in 1995. Since that time, the NAA has led the auction community to raise more than $3.7 million to aid in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. In 2007, the NAA launched a new fundraising initiative with its annual St. Jude Auction for Hope events that will be held in conjunction with National Auctioneers Day.  Proceeds from these auctions are donated to the hospital and will help the NAA support  St. Jude’s lifesaving work.

December 2008