WOW — the ADESA charity auction at NADA 2019 raised $77,118 for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)! What a great event. The kindness and generosity of the people in our industry never ceases to amaze me.

The ADESA booth at NADA Show 2019 was a popular spot all week. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet so many new people. But the highlight was definitely the annual ADESA charity auction. This was the eighth year we raised money for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund—which supports CCI.

It was a great honor to welcome the attendees to the charity auction and introduce Ben Chavez, an Army veteran and retired police sergeant, and his CCI hearing dog, Nepal. We also had 28 dogs and their graduates, trainers and volunteers from the Santa Rosa, Calif., branch of CCI in the booth.

The charity auction was simply incredible. Right off the bat, a coalition of 11 dealers from NADA contributed $37,000 to the organization. Then, the bidding began for a completely customized, four-seat Yamaha golf cart.

Joe Verde of the Joe Verde Group had a winning bid of $20,000. Joe, a longtime ADESA charity auction supporter, immediately donated the golf cart to be auctioned again.

During the second round of bidding, Greg Noonan of Insight Media Enterprises had the final winning bid of $18,000. Many others kindly added cash donations during the event for an additional $2,118 in donations.

Watch NADA Show’s official recap of the event in the video below:

To date, the ADESA charity auction at NADA has raised more than $460,000 for the NADA Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence. Thank you to everyone who has supported the charity auction throughout the years and contributed to this great cause.

Check out a few photos from the NADA Show 2019 charity auction.

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Ben Chavez, an Army veteran and retired police officer, with CCI dog Nepal.

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ADESA team members provided dealers with one-on-one demos throughout NADA.

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This year’s NADA charity auction featured some special VIP attendees: more than 20 CCI service dogs.

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We can’t thank our customers and event attendees enough for bidding high at this year’s NADA 2019 charity auction.