At the start of 2020, the year was shaping up to be just another year. Boy, were we wrong on that assumption on most levels. In March, everything changed with COVID-19. Lockdown, auctions cancelled or postponed, lack of cleaning supplies and toilet paper. My last live benefit auction was on March 13th where I sold a roll of toilet paper for $1,750. No, things were far from normal in 2020.
Even with the crazy times of 2020, many of you pivoted with the NAA as we attended virtual classes, such as Conference and Show, Benefit Auction Summit and Designation Academy. The Foundation pivoted too by providing scholarships for these classes.
The one thing that didn’t change in 2020 was the generosity of you, our donors. In the middle of a pandemic, YOU stepped up. YOU were the reason others were able to participate in life-altering educational classes. YOU were the one who gave over $102,000 during our virtual Pass It Forward. Did you know that amount is close to the same amount that we raised at Conference & Show in Jacksonville, Florida, 3 years ago! WOW, Thank you!
In 2020, we had 404 donors give to the Foundation, 148 gave during Pass It Forward, eight gave in memory of a member. We like to honor those who have achieved giving levels. Three are two Double Diamond level donors, 21 are Diamond level, 21 are Sapphire level, 28 are Gold level, 46 are Silver level, and 354 Bronze level.
We had 33 new donors obtain the next level as follows:
Scott Steffes, CAI, CES
Harold Musser, CAI, AARE, AMM
Randy and Barb Ruhter
Merle Booker, CAI, GPPA
Philip Gableman, CAI, AMM, GPPA
Ruth Lind, CAI, AARE, BAS, GPPA
Travis Augustin, GPPA
Nick Bennett, CAI, BAS
Daniel Billig, CAI
Trisha Brauer, CAI, BAS
Kent Corbett, GPPA
Donald Cotton, CAI, CES
Shawn Dostie, CAI
William “Lloyd” Ferguson, CAI
John John Genovese, CAI, AMM, BAS
Randy Gordon, BAS
Andrew Imholte, AMM, BAS
Jack Nitz & Associates
Jackson Family Foundation/Barrett Jackson
Joseph Joyner, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, GPPA
Rusty Lane, CAI
Misty Marquam, BAS
Andy O’Hanlon, CAI
Sara Rose Bytnar, CAI, AARE, AMM, BAS
Connie Waddell, BAS
Shellie Weeks, CAI, AMM
Charles Whitley, CES
Tony Wisely, CAI, BAS
Thank you for supporting the Foundation. We look forward to a more normal 2021 and hope to see you at the next gathering.
—Christie King, CAI, AMM, BAS, Foundation President 2020-2021