St. Jude kids are the winners of a NAA auction

Photography by Peter Barta

Last week, the kids of St. Jude were treated to a fast-talking event with plenty of toys, games and fun for everyone. The nation’s top auctioneers brought the high energy of a live auction back to St. Jude with the 18th annual Toy Auction, sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).

The auction gave St. Jude patients and their siblings the opportunity to “bid” on free toys using auction paddles. The kids practiced their own auctioneering skills with fun, warm-up tongue twisters. Andy White and Megan McCurdy, 2013 champions of the International Auctioneer Championships, conducted the live auction with toys donated by the NAA. Every child left the St. Jude auditorium a winner, having successfully bid on a new toy.

The NAA formed a partnership with St. Jude in 1995. Since that time, the NAA has led the auction community to raise more than $4.3 million to help the children of St. Jude. In 2007, the NAA launched a new fundraising initiative with annual St. Jude Auction for Hope events that are held in conjunction with National Auctioneers Day.