Let the auction begin and it has as the online bidding, one of the most popular and anticipated events surrounding the 25th annual IGFA International Auction and Banquet, is now underway on the IGFA web site at www.igfa.org.
The active global-wide online bidding, now in its sixth year, builds advance awareness for the IGFA's "silver anniversary" event at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida on January 23, 2009. The gala evening is black tie optional
Up for bid are over 250 live and silent auction items in all price ranges.
An IGFA spokeswoman says 20 to 25% of the on-line submissions in the past four years have been winning bids.
"It's worth checking the IGFA web site on a weekly basis," said Lesley Arico, IGFA corporate relations manager. "Even after the auction booklets have been mailed to IGFA members, more donations are being added. You can literally spend hours on the web site."
The online portion of the auction ends at 9 a.m. ET on January 19, 2009. The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the auction on the 23rd. All online winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on January 26.
Beginning with the evening's silent auction, which starts at 6 p.m., is a cocktail party, followed by an exquisite dinner and the highly anticipated "live" auction.
Featured are two new fully rigged boats from Hell's Bay Boatworks and Mako Marine.
"The Hell's Bay 18' Marquesa flats skiff package was donated by Capt. Chris and Wendi Peterson," said Arico. "This shallow-water performance boat comes equipped with a 90 hp electric-start Mercury Outboard, solid aluminum custom trailer, Odyssey battery, fully carpeted sides and rod racks, anodized poling platform, Lenco electric trim tabs and many more features and attributes.
"The Mako 204 center console offshore fishing package was donated by Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats. Its long list of features includes a Mercury 200 OptiMax engine and an aluminum trailer with tandem axle and tandem axle brakes, T-top, 37-gal. front seat baitwell, two above deck with overboard drain and much more," said Arico.
Among the other 39 items featured in the live auction are:
" salmon and rafting in the Alaskan wilderness for two donated by Terry Jertberg
" a teak Murray Fighting Chair, donated by Mike, Frank and Paulette Murray
" fishing trip package with legendary Hall of Famer Stu Apte
" one week at Tomato Paste in Abaco, Bahamas donated by Phil "Boot"LeBoutillier
" South African photo safari for two donated by Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
" the ultimate fishing vacation for four at the home of Don Tyson in Cabo San Lucas,
" original and remarqued limited edition works by Guy Harvey
" an original swordfish mount from Ray Douglas of King Sailfish Mounts
" deluxe fishing package for two at the Silver King Lodge in Canada by Ray Krentz
" an 18" high marlin sculpture by Bodo Muche of Australia
" fishing the Canary Islands with Team Bocinegro donated by Capt. Jason Pipe
" ultimate weeklong trip on the Kimberly Quest II in NW Australia
" South African Plains Game Safari donated by Frank Troskie
The live and silent auctions also include a long list of rods and reels, tackle, jewelry, international resorts, fishing charters galore and much more.
"Full descriptions of both boats along with details of the many other items on the IGFA are on the IGFA website at www.igfa.org. Again the list of items is simply amazing," said Arico. "We have something for everyone, angler and non-angler."
The night will also feature the presentation of the IGFA Conservation Awards.
Tickets are $175 per person or a corporate table for 10 people can be purchased for $5000 which includes preferred table placement, a full-page ad in the auction program, table signage and table favors.
For reservations, for further information or if you would like to donate to the 25th Annual International Auction & Banquet, please contact Ms. Arico at 954-924-4222 or email LArico@igfa.org. (For more details on the upcoming IGFA auction please see the IGFA web site www.igfa.org - home page: "Latest News" or directly link to it and the auction items at http://edit.quilldesign.com/igfa/auction/preface.cfm )