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.