ARA Dinner & Auction


ARA Dinner & Auction Sponsors

Syngeta Trivapro

Dinner and Auction to Benefit ARAPAC


Pack your cocktail attire for Casino Night at #ARA2016! With lively table games and a raucous live auction, the ARA Dinner and Auction will be an event you don’t want to miss.

Hosted at the Waldorf Astoria Central Park Ballroom and Gardens, the premiere social event at the conference will feature fine wines, fun cocktails, and tasty cuisine.

Chad “Cracker” Johnson returns as the auctioneer for the live auction. Both the silent and live auctions will be packed with enticing items such as vacation and travel packages, concert and sporting event tickets, electronics, fine wines and products donated by industry suppliers. 

Tickets are required to attend. The event is sold out.

Proceeds from the live and silent auctions benefit the Agricultural Retailers Association’s (ARA) Political Action Committee (ARAPAC), the political arm of the Agricultural Retailers Association. ARAPAC is a powerful tool in representing the Agricultural Retailer Industry on the federal level.

By participating in the live and silent auctions, you will help ARAPAC continue its important work for another year. Enjoy the auction and bid on the exceptional offerings being auctioned today.

Remember, 100 percent of the contributions made this evening go to supporting ARAPAC!

* Tickets for the ARA Annual Dinner & Auction must be paid separately from registration. Payments must be made to ARAPAC with personal funds. Payments made to ARAPAC with corporate funds may not be accepted and reservations will not be guaranteed.

Live Auction Info

Live auction item winners should proceed to the check-in table at the conclusion of the auction to coordinate payment and item pick up or delivery.

Silent Auction Info

Silent auction items are on display and open for bidding throughout the conference during tradeshow hours. These items will also be present during the ARA Dinner & Auction on Nov. 30 with bidding open until 9:45 p.m. Bidders can stop by the check-in table on their way out to check status and coordinate payment and item pick up or delivery.

Non-present silent auction winners will be notified via text or email Wednesday evening. Please stop by the Registration Desk Thursday morning between 7 and 9:30 a.m. to coordinate payment and item pick up. For silent auction item winners who are not present, the item will be shipped and the winner invoiced.

Method of Payment

All contributions must be made to the ARAPAC by ARA members only. We can accept payment in the form of a personal or LLC check or credit card. Contributions to ARAPAC are not tax deductible and cannot be reimbursed by a corporation. Please note contributions to ARAPAC are voluntary and cannot be favored or disadvantaged.


Chad “Cracker” Johnson
License # AU2947 AB2921


The Agricultural Retailers Association Political Action Committee (ARAPAC) is the political arm of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and is a powerful tool in representing the Agricultural Retailer Industry on the federal level. Funds from ARAPAC contributions allow ARA staff and members to attend political events and financially support members of Congress running for office that support our industry. A strong PAC is essential to influencing public policy and advocating for the agricultural retailers and distributors who work to produce the nation’s food, feed, fiber, and fuel.

Click here to donate today!

Live Auction Items

Driving to the EDGE with New Leader
Donated by: New Leader

New Leader will help you and a friend take driving to the EDGE with the Challenger Hellcat High-Performance Driving course at Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, AZ. This is an experience both of you will enjoy; while pushing your limits and pushing the pedal to the metal. The Hellcat High-Performance course combines advanced street driving skills with car control techniques in the most powerful production car available. Behind the wheel of a 707-horsepower Supercharged 6.2L Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat, students will cover autocross, slalom, and accident avoidance, along with plenty of track time on the 1.6 mile Bondurant Road Course. Calm your nerves after a long day on the track at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass with the included 1-night stay just down the road.

Package Includes:

  • 2 - 1 day Hellcat High-Performance Driving Experience at Bondurant Racing School
  • 1 room/night for 2 people at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse in Chandler, AZ
  • 2 Breakfast options at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse
  • Both Valid Dec 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 (18 months starting Dec 1)

Florida Fishing Excursion
Donated by: Joe & Ann Hodges

Fishing trip to the beautiful 10,000 Islands region of southern Florida with an overnight stay. The home you will be staying in is located in Goodland. Meals, lodging and a guided fishing trip led by Joe Hodges are included.

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Tribute Edition Henry Rifle
Donated by: GVM Inc.

In celebration and recognition of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the Henry Repeating Arms Company is pleased to present the Lincoln Bicentennial Tribute Golden Boy Rifle. This rifle is produced in a limited run to commemorate one of the world’s most revered Americans.  All Henry Rifles are authentically produced, assembled and engraved in The United States by American craftsmen. The Henry Rifle is known for its reliability, accuracy, and value as well as having the smoothest engineered actions in the land.

Indy 500 Experience
Donated by: Dow AgroSciences

Attend the world famous Indianapolis 500 with representatives from Dow AgroSciences.  The race will be held Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This package includes two tickets to the race, meals, two-night stay at the Dow AgroSciences host hotel and transportation between the hotel and track.

Painting:  "Dryland Tractor"  24x30 giclee by Jim Klein
Donated by: Jim Klein

24x30 Embellished Painting by Jim Klein

BRANDT Professional Agriculture NASCAR Racing Package
Donated by: BRANDT Professional Agriculture

Pick 1 of 3 Different NASCAR Xfinity Series racing events

Start your bidding for a NASCAR Xfinity Series hospitality package from BRANDT, proud sponsor of the #7 Ag car with JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr's race team. This behind-the-scenes experience is a sure bucket-list item for any NASCAR fan!

Choose from:

  1. Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ) - March 18, 2017
  2. Richmond International Raceway (Richmond, VA) - April 29, 2017
  3. Iowa Speedway (Newton, IA) - July 24, 2017.

Package includes complete hospitality package for 2 people: food-and-drink at the track, 2 nights in a hotel, a meet-and-greet with our driver, Justin Allgaier, race tickets, pit-and-garage passes and seats on pit-box for at least one pit stop. All the winner has to do is get to the host city and we'll take it from there!

Case of Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley (2013)
Donated by: Donnie Taylor

Alpha Omega’s Proprietary Red is a classic Bordeaux-style blend with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (62 percent), but also a greater presence of Cabernet Franc (23 percent), Petit Verdot (eight percent), and Merlot (seven percent). This type of blending tends to make a wine that is denser, with more diversity in its profile. The 2013 red wines are ripe and voluptuous providing the opportunity to produce a Proprietary Red with concentrated aromas and tannins. Alpha Omega is located in legendary Rutherford, California, in the heart of the Napa Valley and is one of Napa’s newest boutique wineries.

Chicago Bulls Luxury Suite at The United Center
Donated by: PotashCorp

Package includes complete hospitality package for 12 guests: 

  • Chicago Bulls Basketball Tickets
  • Luxury Suite Seating
  • Food & Beverage
  • Several dates set aside to find the best date/game possible for the winning bidder

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Donated by: Monsanto Company

Watch the 11-time World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals, the 2014 National League Central Division Champions, from the comfort of Monsanto's corporate suite at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Seating is available for 20 guests and includes food and beverages. Must be redeemed within 2017 season.

Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Hunt
Donated by: DuPont

2 person waterfowl Hunt (Ducks/Geese) at Dupont’s private hunting lodge on the Chesapeake Bay. Located on Maryland’s eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Farms is a 3,300-acre facility dedicated to agriculture and wildlife management.  Owned by DuPont since 1956 and formerly known as Remington Farms, Chesapeake Farms offers some of the best waterfowl hunting on the east coast.  Our facilities, services and hunting are first class and this package is all inclusive. 

On-site lodging is in modern facilities that feature DuPont Sorona® carpet and Corian® countertops and showers in private guest rooms.   Dining takes place in the 18th-century manor house where staff prepares and serves savory and satisfying meals including filet mignon, duck breast with mushroom and cabernet sauce, and homemade desserts. Hunting occurs throughout the property where we access unparalleled hunting for ducks and Canada geese. 

The waterfowl hunt is a 2-day package including guides, guns, licenses, and processing of the game. The winner will be responsible for their airfare and transportation to the lodge. The winner will have their choice between four different dates in 2017 to accommodate their schedule: Jan 3-5; Jan 10-12; Jan 19-21.

John Deere 860i RXS Gator
Donated by: John Deere

The Gator RSX Recreational Utility Vehicles are designed for customers who demand the most advanced off-road recreational performance, all-day riding comfort, and the ability to challenge extreme terrain. With its high-horsepower motorcycle engine, unique independent four-wheel suspension, best-in-class safety and stability, and high-performance styling, the Gator RSX is able to perform in any environment and turn heads doing it.

  • 62 HP Motorcycle engine
  • 60 MPH top speed
  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Power Steering

Modern Celebration of Barn Quilt
Donated by: Amy Asmus

Original design queen size quilt handmade by Amy Asmus of Asmus Farm Supply specifically designed for the 2016 ARA auction.  The quilt is a modern depiction of barn quilts.

Silent Auction Items

Silent Items
Lot #1

American Farmer Tribute Edition Henry Rifle
Donated by: Independent Ag

Henry Repeating Arms Company is proud to salute the American Farmer with this tribute edition featuring detailed scenes of farming life etched into the receiver and splashed with gold, with additional images lovingly carved into the American Walnut stock.  All Henry Rifles are authentically produced, assembled and engraved in The United States by American craftsmen. The Henry Rifle is known for its reliability, accuracy, and value as well as having the smoothest engineered actions in the land.

Lot #2
Yeti Flip and Rambler with a 6-Month Subscription to The Taster’s Club: Whiskey’s of the Month Club
Donated by: Agrian Inc.

The Yeti Flip is a zip-shut cube that’s airtight, leak-proof, and keeps ice for days. Included is the Rambler, to keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot. This package also includes a 6-month subscription to the Taster's Club, Whiskey of The Month Club. Each month, you can expect a new 750ml bottle of fantastic whiskey at your door!

Lot #3
Michael Kors Ellie Python-Embossed Blue Shoulder Bag
Donated by: AJ Sackett/Waconia Mfg., Inc.

Gem-embellished hardware adds evening sparkle to Michael Kors' exotic python-embossed shoulder bag. Carry it as a sleek clutch by removing the chain strap.

Lot #4
Michael Kors Women's Medium Selby Black Leather Crossbody Satchel
Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

Clean lines combine with soft pebbled leather for a decidedly chic sensibility with our Selby crossbody. Each detail was carefully considered, from its polished gold-tone logo to its sleek hand-painted edges. A modern take on a classic staple, this compact design is ideal for transitioning from day to night.

Lot #5
Michael Kors Julia Large Brown Leather Satchel
Donated by: Morral Companies, LLC

A streamlined silhouette and sleek zip pockets add up to polished perfection on our Julia satchel. Created from soft pebbled leather, this top-handle style secures with a convenient top zip closure and is detailed with tonal stitching.

Lot #6
Kentucky Proud Basket
Donated by: Charah Ag Products-SUL4R-PLUS

Basket filled with filled with the best and most delicious products the Bluegrass State has to offer.

Lot #7
Pendleton Whiskey
Donated by: Daren Coppock

Pendleton Whisky is an oak barrel-aged whiskey distilled in Canada using the finest ingredients. Before bottling, Hood River Distillers adds glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood (Oregon's highest peak). Pendleton Whisky delivers an uncommonly smooth taste and rich, complex flavor.

Pendleton Whisky was specifically created to celebrate the bold spirit of independence and hard-work ethic of the American cowboy and cowgirl. Each Pendleton Whisky bottle prominently features the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo's famous bucking horse symbol and Let'er Buck slogan.

Lot #8
Apple Watch
Donated by: EFC Systems

Series 2 Apple Watch - Built-in GPS, water resistant 50m, dual-core processor, watchOS 3

Lot #9
Military Service Tribute 2nd Edition Henry Rifle
Donated by: Mark and Tracy Anderson

This rifle is based on the Golden Boy and chambered in .22 Long Rifle with the same adjustable sights, 20” octagonal barrel, walnut furniture, and half-cock “safety” notch on the hammer.  All images and the laurel leaf borders that surround them are selectively plated with 24K gold.The Henry Rifle is known for its reliability, accuracy, and value as well as having the smoothest engineered actions in the land.  All Henry Rifles are authentically produced, assembled and engraved in The United States by American craftsmen.

Lots #10-15 Marlyn Schiff Jewelry
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Marlyn Schiff jewelry has been featured on various broadcast programs, including Good Morning America , and on the pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines, such as InStyle, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and Redbook, to name a few and has established a loyal following amongst recognized bloggers and fashion influencers including  Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Jane Seymour, Rachael Ray, Lara Spencer, Kim Kardashian and Bethenny Franke l.

Lot #10
Marlyn Schiff Green Necklace
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #11
Marlyn Schiff Purple Necklace
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #12
Marlyn Schiff Blue Necklace
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #13
Marlyn Schiff Gold Necklace
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #14
Marlyn Schiff Earrings
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #15
Marlyn Schiff Silver/Gold Necklace
Donated by: Brooke & Patty McMullin

Lot #16
AXR Winery box of Cabernet and Chardonnay
Donated by: Ag 1 Source

A mixed case of 6 bottles of Napa Valley 2013 AXR Cabernet Sauvignon & 6 bottles of 2013 AXR Chardonnay.

Lot #17
Bushnell 4x 20mm Laser Rangefinder
Donated by: FMC Corporation

Bushnell and Team Primos are the deadliest combos since stick met string. For proof, witness the Truth Laser Rangefinder. Driven by ARC technology with Bow Mode, it determines compensated distance based on the angle of your shot so you always know what pin to use from 7 to 199 yards. And it delivers the same speed and pinpoint precision on line-of-sight readings out to 850 yards.

With one-button operation, it’s easy to use, while the 4x magnification offers crystal-clear imagery every time. Only Bushnell makes laser rangefinders that are Team Primos approved. One hunt and you’ll see why.

Lot #18
Men's Chronograph Stainless Steel Bulova Watch
Donated by: Mark Aldax

A sleek deep blue dial is the appealing centerpiece of this handsome Bulova watch.

This item features:

  • The Stainless steel bracelet
  • Blue chronograph dial with silver-tone stick indices, three hands, three subdials, date window and Bulova logo
  • Quartz movement
  • Three-year limited warranty

Lot #19
Coach Women’s Tristen Bracelet Watch
Donated by: Morral Companies, LLC

Rich gold plating with a contrast dial creates a striking effect on this elegant chrono design. Crafted by a master watchmaker for durability and accuracy, the day-to-night style is water-resistant to a depth of 99 feet.

This item features:

Gold plated case and bracelet with crystal bezel and navy blue dial

  • bracelet width: 18mm
  • case diameter: 36mm
  • Push button deployment clasp
  • Sizable

Lot #20
19 qt Calcium Products Cooler
Donated by: Jeff Thompson, Calcium Products

ENGEL 19 qt cooler with Calcium Products logo.

Lot #21
River Channel Wine and Oil Gift Set
Donated by: Troy Johnson, Wilbur-Ellis

Auction item includes three vintages (2012, 2013, 2014) of River Channel Tellus by Dan & Vickie Vradenburg’s Shady V Cellars and a 500ml bottle of their 2015 River Channel Extra Virgin Olive Oil. “Tellus” is an example of a true Bordeaux style wine produced in the Sierra Foothills of California. The word Tellus is Latin for “Earth”, the foundation of our wine. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 8% Petite Verdot grapes, all estate grown. This is a true dark ruby Bordeaux style wine aged in a combination of new French and American oak barrels for 20 months. This wine has layers dried cherry, currant, and is enhanced by lingering soft tannins and aromas of herb and spice from barrel aging.

The Extra Virgin Olive oil is a blend of Ascolano, Frantoio, and Leccino Olives all estate grown and allowed to fully ripen to produce a rich buttery oil with hints of fruit and soft pepper and spice. Our oil is cold pressed the same day of harvest and is stored at 58 degrees to keep fresh.

Lot #22
Ariat Women's Legends Cowboy Boots
Donated by: Southern States Cooperative 

Town or country, this cowgirl's boot works hard but knows how to have a good time. Sporty square-toe and tons of colors, punchy or traditional; there's a Legend with your name on it for out on the town. Size 10.

  • ATS Technology provides all-day stability and comfort
  • Duratread™ outsole provides maximum wear resistance and flexibility.
  • Full-grain leather foot and upper
  • Leather lining
  • Square Toe Shape
  • Goodyear™ welt construction.
  • Four-row stitch pattern

Lot #23
Winebox Vertical Garden 
Donated by: Southern States Cooperative 

Unique wall garden holds nine 4" potted plants, and the repurposed wooden wine crate frame adds instant vintage charm. Add water to the top tray and the patented system distributes water evenly. Because plants remain in their nursery pots, you can easily swap them out to create fresh displays or bring herb plants into the kitchen for harvesting. The walled garden mounts easily with the included hanging hardware. May be used indoors or out. Combine multiples for a stunning wall display.

Lot #24
Law Enforcement Tribute Edition .22 Henry Rifle
Donated by: Managers at GVM and IAE

Henry’s distinctive Golden Boy receiver is elegantly festooned with graceful 24K gold-plated engraving patterned by world-renowned engraver Heidi Roos. The bold American-style scrollwork makes this commemorative, heirloom-quality rifle a truly functional work of art that pays a fitting tribute to those who have sworn an oath to serve and protect.  All Henry Rifles are authentically produced, assembled and engraved in The United States by American craftsmen. The Henry Rifle is known for its reliability, accuracy, and value as well as having the smoothest engineered actions in the land.

Lot #25
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Donated by: The Mosaic Company

May 20, 2017 - 6 Tickets for Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Lot# 26
Day with Daren Coppock
Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

Daren Coppock will be your employee for a day, traveling to your place of business to experience it from the inside. This will be a great opportunity to interact with ARA’s President & CEO. Must be redeemed within one year of purchase.

Lot# 27
Case IH 6500 Watt Generator
Donated by: Case IH

This item features:

§  389cc Powerease OHV Engine

§  Electric Start

§  6500 Max AC Output

§  5500 Max AC Continuous Output

§  Receptacles: 2 x 120V 20A Duplex, 1 x 120V Twistlock, 1 x 240V Twistlock

§  12V DC 8.3A

§  Low Oil Shutdown

§  Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR)

§  8" Wheel Kit

§  Noise Level @ 7m:74db


§  Fuel Tank Capacity:25L/6.6G

§  Run Time Per Tank: 7h @ Full Load

§  Volt Meter

§  Circuit Breakers

§  Wheel Kit Included (No Flat Wheels)

§  Battery Included

§  Automatic Idle Down

§  2 year All parts warranty


Lot #28

Case IH 2500 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Donated by: Case IH

This item features:

  • Honda OHV GX200 (196cc)
  • 2,500 PSI, 3.0 GPM
  • Direct-drive, commercial-grade triplex plunger pump
  • 25' x 1/4" high-pressure hose with quick connects
  • 36" industrial-grade gun/wand assembly
  • Four spray nozzles (0, 15, 40, soaper), downstream (low pressure) soap injector
  • 3 year Honda GX engine warranty
  • 5-year triplex pump warranty

Lot #29
John Deere 3000 PSI Pressure Washer
Donated by: John Deere

The PR-3000GH Premium Medium Duty Pressure Washer features a 6.5-hp, 196cc Honda OHV engine and a cart-mount design with a 3/16-in. powder-coated steel base plate and solid steel axles.

  • Cart-mount design featuring 3/16-in. powder-coated steel base plate with solid steel axles
  • 3,000 psi @ 2.4 GPM
  • 196cc Honda OHV engine
  • Direct-drive triplex crankshaft pump with solid ceramic pistons
  • 2 years consumer, 1-year commercial warranty

Lot #30
John Deere BBQ Smoker
Donated by: John Deere

This item features:

  • Porcelain-enameled bowl, lid, and water pan
  • Four rust-resistant aluminum vents
  • Built-in lid thermometer for easy temperature monitoring
  • Two 18.5-inch heavy-duty cooking grates – Ample room for smoking ribs, roast, turkey or ham
  • Dimensions: 41H x 19W x 21D (in)
  • Includes premium Cover
  • 10-year limited warranty

Lot #31
$2,500 Travel Voucher
Donated by: AGCO Corporation

Travel certificate valued at $2,500 which can be used for airfare, hotel or any other travel related expense that can be booked through our international travel agency, Travel Inc.

Lot #32
$2,500 Travel Voucher
Donated by: AGCO Corporation

Travel certificate valued at $2,500 which can be used for airfare, hotel or any other travel related expense that can be booked through our international travel agency, Travel Inc.

Lot #33
2 John Deere Classic Skybox Tickets
Donated by: John Deere

July 10-16 2017 – Moline, IL

Skyclub sits on the 16th or 18th green and you receive admission for one day, unlimited food and beverage and a VIP parking pass.  Enjoy this PGA Tour event in the comfortable air conditioned 18th green or the elevated views on the par 3 16th green.

Lot# 34
Roundup  PowerMax 48X2X2.5 GA
Donated by: Monsanto Company

One Pallet of Roundup Powermax 2.5

PowerMax is a Roundup agricultural herbicide formulation that offers powerful, consistent weed control. Its enhanced consistency of control has been proven on hard-to-control weeds such as velvetleaf, lambs quarters, purslane, kochia and morning glory.