Group Photo Caption: Doug Bradford, Lori Jones, Auctioneer Mike Jones, NBA Great Spud Webb, Mike Weaster, U.S. REO Partners, Montie Davis, Shaun Roberts and Bonne Whittaker, St. Jude/ALSAC.

Group Photo Caption: Doug Bradford, Lori Jones, Auctioneer Mike Jones, NBA Great Spud Webb, Mike Weaster, U.S. REO Partners, Montie Davis, Shaun Roberts and Bonne Whittaker, St. Jude/ALSAC.

September 16, 2014 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Over $65k was raised Sunday, September 14th for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in a joint fundraising effort by members of U.S. REO Partners – Default and Real Estate Professionals, United Country Auction Services and United Real Estate – Dallas.

“We are ecstatic with the results of this year’s event” said Michael Weaster, representing U.S. REO Partners who helped organize the event. Weaster added “the auction produced twice the total amount raised in 2013 and we are already planning for next year’s event now”. Live Auction highlights included a signed Charlie Daniel’s fiddle, Autographed guitars by country music legends George Jones and Tanya Tucker, Trip to Puerto Plata Dominican Republic, Rare gold coin, Outer Bank, NC beach house, Computers and REO software.

The event included a special appearance by former NBA great and dunk champion Spud Webb and music by the Chris Watson Band. Mike Jones, President of United Country Auction Services and National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame member conducted the Live Auction and Fund-A-Need portion of the evening which brought in approximately $65,000. Bonne Whittaker with St. Jude/ALSAC spoke on behalf of the hospital and Michael Weaster, a Texas Auction

Academy graduate and U.S. REO Partners member emceed the event. The event took place at the popular Uptown Dallas restaurant Sambuca.

Richard Kaniho, Kamuela, Hawaii calls the bid and works the room during the September 2011 Texas Auction Academy benefit auction. Kaniho is the first native Hawaiian to graduate from the school. He works on the historic Parker Ranch and in the hospitality business.

The September 2011 Texas Auction Academy graduating class really got into the spirit of helping others as they raised $28,421.25 during their class benefit auction September 17th. The auction proceeds eclipsed the previous second place record that was established by the March class. The class of thirty seven came from nine states and included the school’s first native Hawaiian and a humorous Londoner.

Each class ends their term by conducting a student auction. When the smoke cleared, the auction helped raise $28,421.25. The benefactors of the event included $12,056.25 to Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas, $8,881.25 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, National Auctioneers Association Auxiliary $3,425 and the International Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers received $1,475. This was the first time a buyer’s premium has been implemented in the auction and $2,583.75 was presented to Trent Sample and his family whose home was destroyed by the recent Texas wild fires. Trent is the son of auctioneer and instructor Jim Sample.

Auction highlights included two gavel ties donated by Texas Auctioneers Association President Jim Sample that sold for $3,000, three bicycles donated by the school that sold twice fetching $1,700, an auction mentoring package by Instructor Brent Graves that sold for $2,200, Four day hunt for two in Central Missouri brought in $1,650, Historic Hawaii Parker Ranch Collectibles $865, Antique wagon
wheels for $400, Large gavel for $400, “Unsung Heroes” signed and numbered prints by Artist Joani Mangold fetched $3,425, and Four International Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers Ball Caps fetched $1,125.

The student graduation auction is the highlight of each session with all the items in the auction being donated by the students, school owners and instructors, recipient hospitals, Int’l Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers and the NAA Auxiliary. What makes the event most unusual is the auction is not open to the public and all donations and purchases are made by the students, staff, family members and guests.

During the nine day course, in addition to learning the rhythmic chant of the auctioneer, the students learn how to conduct all types of auctions including real estate, automobiles, businesses, industrial and commercial, government, bankruptcy, livestock, farm & ranch and specialty auctions. The course also covers professionalism, ethics, public speaking, auction bookkeeping, marketing & advertising, government laws and regulations and other important auction related classes.

The Texas Auction Academy annually conducts four fundraisers that coincide with each class session. “Our philosophy is that when you give, you receive” says Mike Jones, CAI, GPPA the school’s Director and founder. “There is no greater gift than to support children dealing with catastrophic illnesses or supporting ones industry” he added.

The Texas Auction Academy was established in Dallas in 1992, taught by champion auctioneers and industry leaders and is Texas Workforce Commission Approved. The school has a strategic business relationship with United Country Real Estate. To learn more about the school or enroll, go to www.texasauctionacademy.com, send an email to info@texasauctionacademy.com or call for a catalog at 972-387-4200. Follow the Texas Auction Academy on Facebook. The Owners and Instructors of the Texas Auction Academy are proud members of the National Auctioneers Association and their respective state associations.

The forty members of the March 2011 graduating class of the Texas Auction Academy in Dallas took philanthropy to heart March 19th raising over $22,000 during their class auction benefitting four worthy groups.

Dallas, TX — The forty members of the March 2011 graduating class of the Texas Auction Academy in Dallas took philanthropy to heart March 19th raising over $22,000 during their class auction benefitting four worthy groups. The auction was the second highest grossing fundraising auction to date conducted by a class. The diverse group of forty students included an actor and stunt master who appeared in the latest film version of True Grit, the owner of a horse that won a Gold Medal in the World Equestrian Games and
two future auctioneers from England.

Auction highlights included an auction mentoring package by instructor Brent Graves that sold for $2,000, Two VIP Passes to the exclusive members only Magic Castle in Hollywood $1,500, Artist Joani Mangold “Unsung Heroes” prints $1,200, New Shotgun and Rifle $900, Guided Tour of Los Angles and Hollywood $500 and an Autographed photo of Jimmy Stewart $500. One special moment during the auction was the sale of two International Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers Ball Caps that fetched $2,400.

All told, the group raised $22,115 with $10,041.25 going to Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas, $7,683.75 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, National Auctioneers Association Auxiliary $1,200 and the International Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers receiving $3,190.

During the nine day course, in addition to learning the rhythmic chant of the auctioneer, the students learned how to conduct all types of auctions including real estate, automobiles, businesses, industrial and commercial, government, bankruptcy, livestock, farm & ranch and specialty auctions. The course also covers professionalism, ethics, public speaking, auction bookkeeping, marketing & advertising, government laws and regulations and other important auction related classes.

The Texas Auction Academy annually conducts four fundraisers that coincide with each class session. “Our philosophy is that when you give, you receive” says Mike Jones, CAI, GPPA the school’s Director and founder. “There is no greater gift than to support children dealing with catastrophic illnesses or supporting ones industry” he added.

The Texas Auction Academy was established in 1992, taught by champion auctioneers and industry leaders and is Texas Workforce Commission Approved. To learn more about the school or enroll, go to www.texasauctionacademy.com, send an email to info@texasauctionacademy.com or call for a catalog at 972-387-4200. Follow the Texas Auction Academy on Facebook. The Owners and Instructors of the Texas Auction Academy are proud members of the National Auctioneers Association and their respective state associations.

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