AASV Foundation Auction Raises $101,000!

The foundation’s annual auction fundraiser was held March 26 in the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort during the AASV Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was coordinated by the 2024 Auction Committee, led by co-chairs Drs. Chase Stahl, John Waddell, and Butch Baker.

Electronic bidding for silent auction items opened on ClickBid in February and continued during the meeting until the evening of Monday, February 26th. A leaderboard near the AASV registration desk kept attendees apprised of the current winning bidder for each item. In the end, the 48 silent auction items generated $8,570 in winning bids. As in previous years, donors ship the items directly to the winning bidders.

For the first time in twelve years, a new auctioneer, Kent Andersen, brought his enthusiasm and skills to the live auction, which offered fishing trips, vacation opportunities, customized cutting boards, sporting events, diagnostic lab training, a home security system, and even a commissioned pig sculpture. Mr. Andersen was assisted on the podium by Dr. Chase Stahl, while ring men Drs. Wesley Lyons, John Waddell, Justin Cagle, and Chris Deegan worked the crowd to capture and call out bids.

The auction took off like a shot with the first item, a Benelli 20-gauge shotgun, which sold for $3500. The top-selling item was the “luxury glamping” package, which brought $4000. The five “tailgate paloozas” were a hit again this year. The football tickets and tailgate parties hosted at schools across the country (North Carolina State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State and Minnesota) generated $11,000 in total proceeds.

When it was “all-in, all-done,” the live auction items raised $38,500! Added to the silent auction proceeds and an additional $53,930 in monetary contributions, the event generated a grand total of $101,000 to support scholarships, research grants, travel stipends, externship grants, student debt relief grants, and more.

For a complete recap of the auction, including the items, donors, winning bids, and bidders, see https://aasv.org/foundation/2024/auctionlist.php

Thank you to ALL who contributed, donated an item, or placed a bid on items in the auction. As a result of your generosity, the auction raised $101,000 for the AASV Foundation! And the winners are…

Matt Ackerman, Thomas Kent Adams, Matt Anderson, Paul Armbrecht, R.B. (Butch) Baker, Angela Baysinger, Keith Bretey, Steve Bretey, Corinne Bromfield, Thomas Burkgren, Brandi Burton, Abbey Canon, Susan Detmer, Todd Distad, Gabi Doughan,Thomas Fangman, Attila Farkas, Dan Fedders, Joe Fent, Jerome Fiechtner, Lauren Glowzenski, Dan Grooms, Douglas Groth, Dwain Guggenbiller, Perry Harms, Peggy Anne Hawkins, William Hollis, Clayton Johnson, Kerry Keffaber, Joel Kimpston-Burkgren, James Kober, John Kolb, Stephanie Krohn, Rodger Main, Michelle Michalak, Jana Morgan, Chris Olsen, Steve Patterson, Thomas Petznick, Mike Pierdon, Meghann Pierdon, Chad Pilcher, Doug Powers, Paul Runnels, Mike Senn, Harry Snelson, Amber Stricker,Matthew Turner, Sherrie Webb, Warren Wilson, Nathan Winkelman, and Teddi Wolff.