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In”Vest”ing In Families, Again

Posted by Scott On January 29th

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A few blogs back I recalled a night when I was challenged to auction off the colorful vest I was wearing during an event at which I was the benefit auctioneer. The fundraiser was for a private school looking to raise money for financial aid for students. I agreed to the challenge and within minutes one of my favorite, signature vests was sold to a generous donor who offered $5,000 for the article of clothing.

Sure, it was an unusual request, but like I’ve said before, you always have to expect the unexpected during a live auction.  I was happy to do it for the charity since I figured it was going to be a one-time thing.  I could not have been more wrong.

Recently I was the benefit auctioneer for an event for the Guadalupe Center, an organization that educates children and families and serves the disadvantaged poor in the farming town of Immokalee, Florida.

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Images Courtesy of Ivan Seligman

During the course of the evening a gentleman approached my lovely wife Mary, who was working with me as a Bidspotter, and said, “If you can get Scott to auction that vest he is wearing, I will make it count!”

Well, this was a challenge I had been through before and didn’t hesitate to say yes.  Knowing what a previous vest sold for I began the bidding at $1,000.  And guess what.  The bids kept going up and up and up.

And, I’m proud to report I set a new personal record for an article of my clothing.  That’s because the vest sold for a whopping $15,000.

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It may be a while before I top that.  But, it was all for a great cause. My only challenge now is to restock my dwindling closet.

 

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