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It was an emotional and giving night as patrons packed the Omni hotel ballroom for the annual St. Jude Evening Under
the Stars Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital October 13th in Dallas. The event featured a great live auction, silent auction, Give to Live campaign and spirited performance by country’s John Rich and Kenny Alsphin better known as Big & Rich. The event brought in over $780,000 to benefit the children of St. Jude.
“Sold! $30,000 dollars …bidder number 921!” proclaimed United Country Auctioneer Mike Jones as an exclusive trip to Ireland set the tone for the Live Auction. The impressive trip did not include airfare, but featured exclusive golf outings and unique castle tours. Other auction highlights included a Virgin Islands trip $11,000, Dinner with Air Force pilot and United States patriot Scott McGrady $7000 and show stopping sapphire bracelet $7000.
The event marked the 50th Anniversary of the hospital founded by Danny Thomas and his friends. One of those close friends was a young Joe Haggar, Jr. who met Thomas when he was just 19 years old but was one of St. Jude’s most devoted and loyal supporters. Over $7.4 million dollars has been raised by a golf tournament Haggar started in 1995 and the St. Jude Evening Under The Stars Party added in 2002. Haggar passed away in June at age 87. Historically, it is noted his long tenure on the St. Jude hospital board and his recognition as being the clothier for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It was obvious to all that attendees wanted it to be a special night of celebration and recognition for Mr. Haggar. Special honorees Mary and Mike Terry and ALSAC/ St. Jude CEO Rick Shadyac each openly expressed their love and appreciation for Mr. Haggar’s mentoring and inspirational lifestyle. Also in attendance, Isabell Haggar, his
wife of over 63 years who will continue the families support of St. Jude. This year’s event co-chairs were daughters Marian Bryan and Lydia Novakov.
Mr. Haggar had a huge impact on one of St. Jude’s corporate partnerships. He sat on the board of Brinker International during the time Chili’s began its partnership with St. Jude. His passion for the hospital inspired the Brinker leadership team and Norman Brinker, Doug Brooks and others that have followed in Mr. Haggar’s footsteps to carry the same love and passion for the hospital as Mr. Haggar always had. This partnership with Brinker and Chili’s has generated more than $41 million for St. Jude’s mission.
“We are very proud to have been involved and contributed to the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party event since the beginning and the hospital has become a very important part of our lives. I believe God sends us angels and for me personally, Mr. Joe Haggar, Jr. was one of mine.”
“It has been an honor to know Mr. Haggar and participate in his and Danny Thomas’ dreams.” remarked, Auctioneer Jones. Adding “the world would be a much better place if there were a million more Joe Haggar’s out there. We will miss him but will continue his dream and in time celebrate the elimination of childhood cancer”.
United Country Auction Services is a division of United Country Real Estate, the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States and Central America. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 550 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), United Country reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Franchise Business Review, AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.
Jones is the President of United Country Auction Services and has been an auctioneer for over 33 years conducting over 3000 auctions. He is the only member of the National Auctioneers Association to attain the NAA “Triple Crown”, as the 1998 International Auctioneer Champion, 2004-05 Past President and 2012 NAA Hall of Fame member. Jones is also President of the Texas Auction Academy training school and conducts over 100 charitable auctions per year. Jones clients include the National Football League, Ducks Unlimited, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and others. He has been featured on numerous television programs including the Kathy Griffin Show, FX Breakfast Time, Texas Country Reporter and Fast and Loud. To learn more, go to www.classicauctioneers.com and www.ucauctionservices.com
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The United Country Auction team, (L to R) Myers Jackson, Russell Huckaby, Mike Jones, Brad W. Wooley and Brad H. Wooley helped raise over $70,000 for the AR Game & Fish Foundation.
The United Country Auction team conducted the 30th Anniversary Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation Hall of Fame auction Friday night, September 7 at the State Capitol Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Hunting and fishing enthusiastic from across Arkansas and other states attended the event. The Live auction raise over $70,000 to promote the group’s mission.
“United Country is a proud sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation annual banquet and our team thoroughly enjoyed providing the Live Auction services for the event” said Auctioneer Mike Jones, President of United Country Auction Services, adding “Congratulations to the new Arkansas Hall of Fame inductees. We look forward to being involved in this event for many years to come.”
Live Auction highlights included a youth elk hunt $9000, Claypool Reservoir painting by artist April Shurgar $7500 and Ladies diamond bracelet $5000. The auction included several War Eagle and Sea Ark boats, commemorative shotguns and hunting trips.
The auction was conducted by United Country Auction Services President, Mike Jones with assistance from UC affiliates Brad H. Wooley, Brad W. Wooley, Russell Huckaby and Myers Jackson.
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Former Oakland A’s Major League baseball pitcher Vida Blue at Hands Across America benefit auction in St. Helena, Calif., with Auctioneer Mike Jones.
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Benefit Auctioneer Mike Jones had the opportunity again this year to work with DIFFA Dallas to raise money for AIDS awareness. One item up for bid was an appearance on News 8 Daybreak and Good Morning Texas. Jones joined forces with DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, for a spectacular night to raise money.
The winning bid came from Edo Popken, a clothing designer from Switzerland, who won the prize for a News 8 Daybreak and Good Morning Texas visit.
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April 9, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Mike Jones, president of United Country Auction Services conducted the auction portion of the 3rd Annual DFW Sporting Clays Event at the Dallas Gun Club on Friday, March 30. The event’s purpose was to raise money to support the missions of Homes For Our Troops, a national organization dedicated “to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001.” The auction event raised roughly $12,000 for the organization’s cause.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been asked to participate in this year’s event, “said Jones. “At United Country Auctions Services, we encourage everyone to support this cause wherever, whenever they can. This organization has done an outstanding job of assisting those you have given some much for the freedoms we all enjoy here at home.”
One attendee, who did not wish to be identified, purchased three of the live auction items and donated all three to some of the injured veterans in attendance.
“That man truly represented what Homes For Our Troops is all about,” said Jones. “His actions were a reaffirmation of why United Country Auction Services and I want to offer our services and be a part of this patriotic group for years to come.”
The event was focused around a competitive clay shooting contest. The entry fee and auction proceeds will go toward constructing specially adapted homes for America’s severely injured veterans. Approximately 350 shooters competed in the contest.
The event also featured the Naval Color Guard, a military working dog adoption and trick shooting by Travis Mear. The meal consisted of barbecue, sausages and fajitas served by Baker Hughes and Steam Flo.
Homes For Our Troops’ efforts include raising monetary donations, building materials and professional labor, and to coordinate the process of building homes that provides maximum freedom of movement, allowing wounded service members the ability to live more independent lives.
About Homes For Our Troops
Homes For Our Troops is based in Taunton, Mass., and was founded by Gonsalves in 2004. Homes For Our Troops mission is to build specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat operations since September 11, 2001. All homes are built at no cost to the veteran through the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate contributors.
About United Country Auction Services
United Country Auction Services is a division of United Country Real Estate, the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 550 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Franchise Business Review, AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.
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