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ABA Foundation Live & Silent Auction, Purses ...And Accessories for a Purpose

Each year the ABA Foundation awards $100,000 in scholarships to ABA members' dependents and future leaders of the industry. We fund the scholarship program through events at ABA's Marketplace including the Live & Silent Auctions, Purses for a Purpose Raffle and Afterglow event.

We are currently soliciting donations to help fund the 2022 scholarship year and are asking you to donate an item or package to this year's auctions.

By donating to the ABA Foundation, you will not only be supporting the next generation of leaders in our industry, but you are also promoting yourself in front of all delegates attending Marketplace. You will also receive recognition throughout ABA's publications, Marketplace publications and on ABA's social media. And your contribution is tax deductible.

Supporting the ABA Foundation is one of the best ways you can invest in your business, your employees, their families and our industry. Your donation has a tremendous impact on the families we support.
Contributing to the ABA Live & Silent Auctions is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

• Use your imagination - come up with a package or item that highlights what makes your company or region unique! This included packages for tour operators, swag baskets, gift cards, purses, jewelry, art, collectibles, sports memorabilia, electronics and special experiences

• Visit buses.org/donate and complete the donation form

• Enjoy your donor benefits based on donation value. 

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Hinton at mhinton@buses.org or call 202-218-7220.

2022 Live Auction Lineup

Harbor-to-Harbor: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Group Tour Package for up to 50 Persons
Sponsored by: MARS & Companies                                                                                

3 Night / 4 Day Group Tour Package for up to 50 persons and 25 rooms per night. Gaylord National Resort: 2 nights’ accommodations, baggage handling, breakfast for up to 50 persons and 25 rooms. Baltimore, MD: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel: 1 nights’ accommodation up to 25 rooms. Baggage handling and breakfast is not included. Admission for up to 50 persons for: The International Spy Museum, The Bible Museum, Artechouse, Ride on the Capital Wheel (includes 1 beverage, 1 souvenir cup, and 1 gold photo package), Planet Word, National Aquarium, & a Narrated Harbor Cruise. Meals for up to 50 persons include: Fogo de Chao Luncheon, Boxed Lunch and shopping coupons from Tanger Outlets, Madhatter Dinner in D.C.  Plus, up to 8 hours of guide service by MARS licensed tour guides in both D.C. and Annapolis.

Restrictions: Tour available in 2023 only. Blackout dates may apply. No cash value. No credit for unused portions under 50 persons or under 25 rooms. Tour components may be broken down and used on multiple tours. All reservations will be placed with MARS.

Item Value: $31,400

Minimum Bid: $10,000

Alaska National Parks Escorted Land Tour for Two
Sponsored by: Premier Alaska Tours

This eight day and seven-night land tour is an experience of a lifetime. See spectacular mountains and valleys; watch wildlife and sea life in their natural habitats; and view enormous glaciers as you travel between Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna and Denali via luxury motorcoach and Deluxe Dome Railroad. This package is for two double occupancy passengers with hotels, attractions and some meals included. 

Restrictions: Valid for one of these dates: May 19-26, 2022 or Sep 8-15, 2022 – Non-Transferrable – must be used in 2022. Winner MUST contact Premier Alaska Tours at reservations@touralaska.net This is a land only tour. Guests will need to book their own air arrangements and travel insurance. Guests must abide by all travel protocols/mandates while on the tour. Gratuities for local guides/drivers not included in the program.

Item Value: $4,070

Turbo Images Bus Wrap
Sponsored by: Turbo Images          

Restrictions: Offer valid through Jan. 8, 2023

Item Value: $8,000                

8 Bridgestone R249 Motorcoach Tires
Sponsored by: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Restrictions: Offer valid through Dec. 31, 2022

Item Value: $4,500

Gretsch Guitar, signed by Brad Paisley and Kane Brown
Sponsored by: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top guitar. Signed by American Music Awards “Favorite Country Male Artist” Kane Brown and Grammy Award Winning Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley.

Item Value: Priceless

Martin HD-28 Guitar
Sponsored by: C.F. Martin & Company

Classic herringbone, back and sides East Indian rosewood, mahogany neck, ebony fret board and in the shape that started it all:  the Dreadnought. Paired with the low-profile neck, powerful bottom end, rich tone, and strums that will fill the room. This is a Standard series HD-28 which was produced in 2012 as a Martin R&D wood test for different soundboard materials. It is made with a beautiful Douglass Fir top which has a unique appearance and is a bit different compared to the standard spruce top. This very rare and cool HD-28 has been in the Martin guitar factory and kindly donated to the ABA Foundation in 2021. The guitar has been signed by C.F. Martin IV, representing the 6th generation of the Martin family. Chris was the CEO from 1986 until July 2021 at which time he became Executive Chairman. It also comes with a Martin molded hard-shell case. The complete build spec sheet will be provided.

Item Value: $3,300    

VIP Weekend for Two to the 2022 Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC
Sponsored by: Prevost

The Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) is the ultimate concert for any country music fan. From June 9 – 12, 2022, 30+ of country’s hottest artists will take over the shores of Myrtle Beach, SC. Winners will have Super VIP access including the Super VIP bar, light snacks and dinner in the Super VIP areas. Get up close and personal to your favorite artists, enjoy the beach and a full VIP experience, country style. The Prevost team will work with you to plan for a meet and greet with artists based on availability. Included in this package is one hotel room for four nights, as well as a gift card for dinner at a great local spot to enjoy a night out on the town. Check out the current artist lineup here: https://carolinacountrymusicfest.com/lineup

Restrictions: Valid only for CCMF 2022 (June 9-12, 2022)

Item Value: $2,500

The Ultimate NASCAR® Experience with Prevost
Sponsored by: Prevost

Get the ultimate NASCAR experience with Prevost. Winners will enjoy a NASCAR VIP weekend for two at the track of your choice* for the 2022 season. Get behind the scenes access to active areas of the track including the infield garages and pits with the exclusive VIP Pass. Take a VIP tour, participate in a pace car ride (where allowed based on current Covid regulations), enjoy NASCAR suite and hospitality access, and Winner’s Circle field view where photo ops abound. This is truly a once-in lifetime experience.

Restrictions: Winner may choose a race based off the 2022 NASCAR® Sprint Cup & Infinity Race schedule, *excluding Phoenix Championship weekend. Prevost provides one night lodging near the racetrack or other location that the attendee chooses. Expires October 30, 2022.

Item Value: $2,500