The 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:
Donated by InsTent Industries, home of Vitabri
The V3 tent is InsTent’s strongest, most reliable hybrid tent. The donation is 10-ft.-by-10-ft. in size with a white vinyl top. Estimated value: $1,665.
Cabernet Sauvignon wine collection
Donated by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (America)
The six-bottle, 2013-2018 collection of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from Silver Oak is presented in a wood collector box. Each vintage has been carefully aged in Silver Oak’s cellar since release and is insured at no cost. The wines are ready to enjoy or can be aged for years to come. Donor will offer a comparable gift depending on winner’s state restrictions. Estimated value: $685.
X330 lawn tractor
Donated by John Deere
The X330 lawn tractor is ideal for use at home or business. The item features a 22-hp Kawasaki engine, a 42-in. Accel Deep™ mower deck, Twin Touch™ forward and reverse foot pedals, and a 4-year, 300-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty. Donor will coordinate shipping to winner’s closest local John Deere turf dealer (U.S. and Canadian bidders only, please). Estimated value: $4,100.
Maestro City wood chipper/shredder
Donated by Eliet USA
Eliet emphasizes ease of use as a high priority. To limit the effort required during the collecting of the pruning waste, the Maestro has a wide feed-in opening. With this in mind, the Maestro City has the added advantage that the feed-in position is 15 cm lower compared to the Maestro Country. The Maestro City has a shreddable timberdiameter of 30mm/1.2 in. Estimated value: $1,450.