Dinner & Auction


We're Bringing Bourbon Street to You!

An Evening on Bourbon Street: ARA Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, Dec. 4
6:30 - 10 p.m.

Experience Bourbon Street without even stepping outside at this year’s ARA Dinner & Auction. Grab your mardi gras mask and join us! With lively entertainment, open bar, and ample networking opportunities, the ARA Dinner & Auction will be an event you don’t want to miss.

Both the silent and live auctions will be packed with enticing items such as vacation and travel packages, event tickets, electronics, and more.

Casual attire - Mardi Gras theme encouraged. Tickets are required to attend.

Remember, 100 percent of the contributions made this evening go to supporting ARAPAC and must be made using personal funds.

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 expo hall hours. These items will also be available for bidding during the ARA Dinner & Auction, with bidding closing at the event. Bidders can stop by the check-in table on their way out to check status and coordinate payment and item pick up or delivery.

Silent auction winners not present will be notified via text or email on 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.

Buy Your Dinner & Auction Ticket

Click the button below to purchase your Dinner & Auction ticket. Please note, this is a separate registration from the ARA Conference & Expo registration.

Method of Payment

All contributions must be made to ARAPAC in the form of a personal 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.

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


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.

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2019 Auction Items

It's time to get excited! Get ready to bid early and bid often. Below is a list of some of the items we have received so far. Interested in donating to the auction? There's still time. Click here to make your pledge.

Description Donated by
Amy_Asmus_quilt_2.jpeg Mardi Gras Quilt A beautiful, handmade mardi gras-themed quilt. Amy and Harlan Asmus
Waterfowl_Hunt_1.jpg Waterfowl Hunt
Corteva AgriScience offers a 2-person waterfowl Hunt (Ducks/Geese) at our private hunting lodge on the Chesapeake Bay. Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Farms is a 3,300-acre facility dedicated to agriculture and wildlife management. 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.  Dining takes place in our 18th-century manor house where our 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. When: The waterfowl hunt is a two-day package that will take place in 2020. This package includes guides, guns, licenses, and processing of game. The winner will be responsible for their airfare (BWI, PHL) and transportation to the lodge.
Corteva Agriscience
2020_John_Deere_835M_Gator_Utility_Vehicle_photo_provided.jpg 2020 John Deere835M Gator Utility Vehicle Unmask the outdoors in John Deere's best Gator yet! The 835M XUV has a 3 cylinder 55 horsepower engine with top speeds of over 46 mph and room for 3 passengers. This workhorse will get the chores done and give you plenty of room for fun! Winning bidder will be delivered by a local John Deere dealer of your choice. Additional accessories can be purchased to further customize this smooth ride. John Deere
John_Deere_Biometric_Safe.png John Deere Biometric Safe JDX-250 Biometric Safe

•Quick and secure finger swipe access
•15 fingerprint memory
•Lighted interior
•Fits most handguns
John Deere
John_Deere_Classice.jpg John Deere Classic Skybox Tickets
(2) Any one-day Admission and Skybox passes to the 2020 John Deere Classic PGA Tour event held in Moline, Ill., July 8 - 11, 2020.
John Deere
John_Deere_Vacuum.jpg 7 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum For hands-on users in rugged applications, John Deere PR Series wet/dry vacuums deliver performance, efficiency and reliability as standard. This will be the last one you will ever buy. It features a push to clean semi-automatic filter cleaning, long-lasting washable wet and dry filter cartridge, quiet operation and a complete line of accessories. 2-year limited warranty. Model MTMPR7. John Deere
Bayer_Cross_4c_300x300.png Cube (265 gal) of Powermax Bayer
South Platte from SW on June 19, 2013 Artwork: framed 20”x16” giclee #1 of 1. This artwork was created in the farm studio from a window viewpoint overlooking the river pastures. Jim Klein’s artworks will be featured in a special exhibit in Jackson Hole Wyoming September 12-15, 2019. J Klein Gallery
Take_me_Out_to_the_Ballgame.jpg Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Watch one of the most successful franchises in baseball history from the comfort of a party suite at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, the second-most in Major League Baseball (behind the New York Yankees) and the most in the National League. Their 19 National League pennants rank third in NL history.

Package includes party suite, 14 tickets, plus food and beverages.

Pendleton_Whisky.jpg Pendleton Whisky Pendleton Whisky is an oak barrel-aged whisky 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. Daren Coppock, ARA
Green_Mountain_Daniel_Boone_WiFi_Pellet_Grill_photo_provided.jpg Green Mountain Daniel Boone WiFi Pellet Grill The Daniel Boone WiFi Model comes with a digital WiFi controller (control and monitor through our iOS or Android mobile application), a meat probe, a peaked lid for stand-up chicken/large fowl/rib racks, a convenience tray with utensil hooks, hard rubber tires, and a venturi-style firebox for cyclone combustion. It also has Sense-Mate, a thermal sensor which constantly monitors the ambient temperature. When the weather gets cold, the sensor kicks the grill into Turbo mode, so you don’t have to wait long for the grill to heat up! Other features include a positive pressure hopper fan to prevent burn-back, “fan only” mode with automatic shut-off to blow ash out of the firebox after you finish grilling, a 27×16 (Approx 432 sq. in.) cooking surface, and 13.5” clearance inside. Patrick C. Menagh, Solera
Thermapen-Mk4_Grey.jpg Thermapin Mk4 With full readings in only 2 to 3 seconds, the Super-Fast® Thermapen is the world’s best thermometer in speed and accuracy. Advanced technology makes the new Thermapen Mk4 even more intuitive than previous models. Hold it in any direction and the display automatically rotates right-side-up so you can read it in any position—in either hand, straight up or down; read temperatures without cocking your head.

A great tool for achieving that perfect meat temperature on your grill.
Patrick C. Menagh, Solera
Apple_Watch_Series_4_GPS_Cellular_44mm_Space_Gray_Aluminum_Case_with_Black_Sport_Band_from_online.jpg Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) 44mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band EFC Systems
Suite at the United Center for Bulls Game
Bulls/Cavaliers game at 7pm on January 18, 2020 Nutrien
BRANDT NASCAR Racing Package
Pick 1 of 3 Different NASCAR Xfinity Series racing events

Start your bidding for a 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series hospitality package from BRANDT, proud sponsor of the #7 Ag car with JR Motorsports. This behind-the-scenes experience is a sure bucket-list item for any NASCAR fan!

Choose from: 1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV) – February 22, 2020 2. Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ) - March 7, 2020 3. Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, TN) – September 18, 2020. Package includes complete hospitality package for 2 people: food-and-drink at track, 2 nights in hotel, 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!
Travel Gift Certificate - $2000

A Travel Gift Certificate for $2000 USD!

Suggested itineraries:
- Wine Country Tour & San Francisco
- 5 Day Trip to Disney World
- Aspen Ski Trip
- 5 Day Cruise

Travel must be booked by Vacations by Travel Incorporated (travel agency) and must be redeemed for travel, a vacation package or a cruise. The reservation must be made 30 days prior to travel and the trip must be completed by 12/15/2020. The certificate holds NO CASH VALUE and does not have any residual value. This certificate is non-transferable
AGCO Corporation
AgTech-Logo-expo-web.jpg AgTech Expo
5 registrations to the 2019 AgTech Expo held in Indianapolis, IN, December 16-17, 2019, at the JW Marriott. Farm Journal AgTech Expo provides a 360-degree, customizable learning experience for farmers and retailers. Bringing together novice and experienced producers with top-quality education sessions, networking and an expo floor showcasing all the latest ag technology from the rows, the cab and the office.
Farm Journal AgPro
AO_winer.jpg 1 Case (12 bottles) Proprietary Red 2016
This Cabernet-dominant wine was designed to be a Bordeaux blend with pure Napa Valley pedigree. Utilizing vineyards such as Sunshine Valley Vineyard, Alpha Omega created a dense wine that has more diversity in its profile. The 2016 Proprietary Red is the intellectual offering of Alpha Omega's current releases.

Winemaker Notes:
“2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a series of historic vintages. Spring budbreak came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from a drought winter. There was a slight carry-over effect of that advanced timing in producing a low flower count and lighter fruit set (fewer potential grapes and smaller clusters at maturity). However, the thinner grape population was actually beneficial as it focused the vines’ flavor energy on fewer bunches. Minimal heat spells and consistently cool nights across the summer months allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly while protecting their vitally important natural acidity.”
Donnie Taylor, ARA
HAPIMAG.jpg HAPIMAG Vacation Time Share in Europe
Enjoy a European vacation week at a premium apartment (fully equipped for2-4 persons) at one of 57 major locations. Locations are in major vacation (hike, ski, golf, bike, etc.) and inner cities( site see, see shows, visit museums ,shop, etc.).
The resorts own shops, restaurants and wellness areas see to your physical well-being. Active Teams and countless offers for activities ensure that there is always something going on. In the Mini and Maxi Clubs the supervisors take good care of the children with a well-conceived edutainment concept and there is also a full programme of activities for teenagers. Nobody gets bored here - whether you spend your holiday on the beach, in the mountains or in European cities.
The best of both worlds combined to form a perfect whole: At Hapimag you have the privacy and spaciousness of a holiday apartment - Plus the service of a hotel with restaurants, shops and wellness areas. Swiss quality and sustainability as corporate values on top of that.
Minimum bid is $2500.*
*Does not include transportation or local fees and taxes.
The Trogele Family
Startz_Donation_to_2019_ARA_PAC_Auction.jpg Premium Cigar Gift Pack
The package includes a keepsake box with seven premium cigars, a cigar cutter and a box of matches; a cigar travel humidor; and a cigar torch.
Leroy Startz

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