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12/07/2009
 
Auction at 30,000 feet on Southwest Airlines for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
 
Just wanted to share with you what I did this afternoon. I was flying from Dallas back to San Antonio on Southwest Airlines Flight 2301 and wanted to see if Southwest Airlines would allow me to do a benefit auction at 30,000 feet.

Well, they did!!! I sold two ties for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) on Southwest Airlines Flight 2301 at 30,000 feet.

It was a great experience (and probably never been done before).

I ended up selling two ties for $110 each to two different bidders on the airplane at 30,000 feet.

The $220 raised will go directly to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

I was in Dallas this morning helping conduct a fun auction for some of the patients at TSRHC. These children were in wheel chairs, gurneys & crutches. The Texas Auctioneers Association donated the toy’s for the kids & they had play money to buy the toys. A few of the toy’s sold for “a Trillion Dollars”! It was very heartwarming watching these kids with such high spirits.

Most moving was a little boy waiting on his prosthetic legs, who bought an item for his sister. He was not thinking about himself, but his sister. This took my heart out, threw it on the floor & felt like it was stomped on.

Anyway, I brought a few ties back with me to sell for the kids & decided on my flight home to try something different. AND IT WORKED!!!

Here is the link to the video on Youtube: Auction at 30,000 feet.

As many of you know, I am the 2nd Vice President of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA) and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas is a charity that our association supports. The auctioneer for the kid's auction was the Texas Auctioneers Association 2009 State Champion Auctioneer, John Sisk. John did an outstanding job with the kids!

Thank you again to Southwest Airlines and the two individuals that bought the ties to help out the kids.

At Southwest Airlines, I can say for certain that "Love is in the Air" holds true for this Texas based company.
 
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