Each year during National Auto Auction Week, the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) announces four regional winners in its Auto Auction of the Year for Excellence in Community Service competition.

We couldn’t be prouder of the fact that two ADESA auctions have earned awards from the NAAA for excellence in charitable activities.

ADESA Indianapolis took the honor for the Midwest chapter for the first time. According to the NAAA’s press release, the auction was chosen for “its creative ways of getting people involved helping their community, in addition to raising $65,000 for diabetes research.”

The auction was also lauded for its support of City Life Wheels, a local non-profit training center that teaches inner-city youth basic auto maintenance and repair skills. ADESA Indianapolis has already hired one of the center’s graduates.

ADESA Winnipeg took the honor for the Eastern chapter for an unprecedented third time in a row. In a year’s time, the auction supported and participated in more than 55 charitable events involving 25,000 people and resulting in over $5.2 million dollars being raised for a variety of causes.

Highlights of ADESA Winnipeg’s efforts include hosting a live auction for 1,000 people that collected $625,000 for The Dream Factory—a local organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses—and helping to raise more than $10,000 in just one week for a 29-year-old single mother of two facing terminal cancer.

As chapter winners, ADESA Indianapolis and ADESA Winnipeg will be recognized at NAAA’s annual convention in November with a crystal trophy, and receive $5,000 payable to a charity of the auction’s choice.

The auctions are also finalists vying for the top honor—being awarded NAAA’s Auto Auction of the Year for Excellence in Community Service. The winner receives a large crystal loving cup and $20,000 payable to the auction’s chosen charity, in addition to the $5,000 prize as a chapter finalist.

ADESA Winnipeg took the top honor in 2016, which is also the year NAAA established these annual awards to recognize the many charitable acts auctions perform, and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement.

Best of luck to both ADESA Indianapolis and ADESA Winnipeg, and a huge thank you for all that you do for your communities.