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A sampler of what’s up for bid at the ARA Foundation Charity Auction

By Brock Huffstutler

January 27, 2023

ARA Foundation auctionThe annual ARA Foundation Charity Auction and Reception, held during The ARA Show™, is a lively networking event that offers show attendees a chance to give back to the equipment and event rental industry and help support ARA Foundation programs. These programs include scholarships, employee training assistance, disaster relief, community improvement projects and mentor/mentee relationships.

This year’s auction and reception will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center North/South Building – SA1 (by the event segment exit), in Orlando. All show attendees are encouraged to join in on this free event, which is sponsored by Mi-T-M Corp. and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America).

Participants can pick up a bid book at Registration on site at the show, at the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America) Booth No. 2046, at the ARA Foundation Booth No. 3718 — or at the auction.

A variety of items will be up for bid at the auction — facilitated by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America) — all donated by show exhibitors. Allied Financial Solutions, a show exhibitor, is offering six-months-same-as-cash financing on any auction item purchase.

Here is a look at some of the items that will be up for bid at the auction:

ARA Foundation auctionChar-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
Donated by Manitou North America
The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker features a remote, viewing window and internal light. Smoker box can hold 4 cups of wood chips. Fill the smoker box for up to eight times longer smoking. Cooking grates are easy to adjust and cleaning is a snap with the side access grease tray. Digital controls alert when food is done and keep it warm. Set and change the desired cooking temperature, cook time and monitor the temperature of your food from the removable, washable food thermometer. Estimated value: $492.

Kids’ Rainbow Water Slide/Bounce House Combo with blower and stakes
Donated by
Measuring 26-ft. long, 13-ft. wide, 14.3-ft. high and weighing 255 lbs., kids can step inside the spacious bouncing area and jump to their heart’s delight, then climb up the interior rock wall and head down the toddler-sized water slide to the pool at the bottom. The combo includes multiple features packed into a single unit that simply spells F-U-N. Estimated value: $3,200.

$2,500 NAPA gift cards
Donated by Herc Rentals
Herc Rentals, Bonita Springs, Fla., provides customers equipment, services and solutions to achieve optimal performance. Serving a broad range of customers, industries and markets, Herc Rentals has more than 57 years of experience and approximately 350 locations across the United States and Canada. The company has donated two $2,500 NAPA Auto Parts gift cards. Estimated value: $2,500 per gift card.