NAA members, Kansas City Royals help raise scholarships
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With NAA’s national office located in Overland Park, it’s been impossible not to get swept up in Kansas City Royals fever in this area.
It has been a two-year stretch of great baseball and increased interest for the Royals in the local community, and wouldn’t you know it, NAA members were there earlier this year to help one of those events smack results out of the park!
Heritage Christian Academy is a local private K-12 education center in the Overland Park area. Like many similar schools, it uses an auction event each year to raise scholarship dollars used to financially assist families that want their children to attend.
NAA member Lenny Mullin, BAS, said his company, Legacy Auction Professionals, LLC, in Shawnee, Kansas, spent a year planning for the auction that took place back in the first quarter of 2015. That planning didn’t include a call Mullin took about a week prior to the event.
He was informed that Royals General Manager Dayton Moore is a friend of the school and that Moore had items from the 2014 American League Championship Series that he wanted to include as auction lots.
Without hesitation, Mullin and 2009 men’s NAA International Auctioneer Champion Kevin Borger worked the additional items into their plans as it was determined that the already scheduled items would be sold in the front part of the auction, followed by a fund-a-need that carried a crucial “You don’t want to leave because we have a surprise for you!” message.
The lights in the room turned blue. A giant Kansas City Royals logo appeared, and the Royals General Manager was introduced and entered from backstage. After he shared some stories about the 2014 Royals, he sat between Mullin and Borger as the expert sellers built anticipation about each Royals item by storytelling and explaining the role that each lot played – including champagne from the American League Championship Series celebration (shown in the image above).
After the evening’s baseball dust settled, more than $300,000 had been raised – all going to scholarships.
“If someone wants to go, [the school] will find a way to make it work for that family,” Mullin said.
And like the Royals returned this year to the World Series, Mullin said his company is set to work (and already has begun planning) the event again in 2016.
The National Auctioneers Association represents thousands of Auctioneers from the U.S. and across the world. The mission of the NAA is to provide critical resources to auction professionals that will enhance their skills and successes. The NAA national office is in Overland Park, Kan. The association was founded in 1949. To learn more about the auction method of marketing or find an auction or Auctioneer, please visit other areas of www.auctioneers.org.