Auction and Awards Gala


Monday, March 6 | 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Sponsored by


Live Auction | Silent Auction | Donate Items | Auction Baskets

After the doors open, we will have a one-hour reception before the beginning of this year’s Auction and Awards Gala. Our good friends and evening sponsors from John Deere will greet attendees with beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a lovely room full of friends, new and old, for an evening of fun. The evening will include basket raffles and a silent auction. Our friends at Richie Bros. will be on hand for our live auction to keep bidding exciting. Denim & Diamonds will be the theme of the evening.

Live Auction

John Deere Classic Golf Tournament Weekend Package

You and a guest can be greenside July 10–16, 2017, when the PGA Tour® rolls into Moline, Illinois. Not only will you have access to the hospitality suites on holes 16 and 18 of the scenic TPC Deere Run golf course, which was built on property once farmed by the John Deere family, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a golf scramble at a local course. In addition, you’ll be hosted at the John Deere Demonstration Site in Coal Valley for a fun evening event with a view of some of the newest machines in the Deere product lineup. And you’ll visit Deere & Company Worldwide Headquarters for a cocktail reception and dinner with a PGA Golf Professional Speaker. This ultimate auction item includes all travel and airfare expenses for two to the John Deere Classic as VIP guests of NUCA and John Deere.
Donated by John Deere

Estimated value: $5,000

CAT NASCAR Weekend Getaway

Includes, two NASCAR tickets, Caterpillar race day hospitality at the track, hotel accommodations (up to two rooms for up to two nights), and travel to and from the event.
Donated by CAT

Estimated value: $5,000

Full Page Ad in Utility Contractor

Utility Contractor is the official magazine of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). As the largest trade association working solely for the excavation and underground utility construction industry, NUCA represents contractors, suppliers and manufacturers involved in water, sewer, gas, electric, telecommunications, site work and other segments of the industry across the United States. Utility Contractor’s brand offers marketers the opportunity to reach utility contractors through multiple touch points. Utility Contractor’s print magazine, webinars, website and e-newsletter feature content that influences the buying decisions of purchasers in the utility construction market.
Donated by Benjamin Media

Estimated value: $5,000


Two Week Demo of One of the Following Komatsu Products

PC210 Hydraulic Excavator          51,000 lbs.   165 hp.
D61 Hydrostatic Bulldozer         40,000 lbs.    168 hp.    4.5-5 cu. yd. PAT blade
WA320 Hydrostatic Wheel Loader      165 hp.     3-4.0 cu. yd. bucket
Donated by Komatsu

Estimated value: $4,000



National Trench Safety Training Class

National Trench Safety will host one of three classes for your company. You can choose from Competent Person for Excavation Safety, Confined Space for Construction, or Confined Space for General Industry for up to twenty of your employees at an NTS Office by 12/31/2017.
Donated by National Trench Safety

Estimated value: $3,500


Personalized Decorative Manhole Cover

Own your own custom personalized manhole cover! This machine surfaced iron manhole cover will feature your customized text above/below the NUCA logo. The manhole cover is 26 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick, has engraved details, and is made in the USA.
Donated by EJ

Estimated value: $2,500



One-Month Rental of a John Deere 310L Backhoe

310lThe 310L Backhoe is all about delivering what you want — and in this case, what you want is a one-month rental of the hardest-working backhoe in the industry. This fuel-efficient, productive, and powerful workhorse delivers low-effort controls and all the comfort, ease, and state-of-the-art standard equipment that makes this Deere an industry leader in four-wheel-drive backhoes. The winner will simply pick up their 310L from their nearest John Deere Construction & Forestry dealer, and all rental costs, excluding transportation, are courtesy of John Deere.
Donated by John Deere

Estimated value: $1,800


Wacker Neuson BTS635S Cut-off Saw

The Wacker Neuson BTS series gasoline cut-off saw is extremely durable manufactured with robust quality construction. The design allows for easy and intuitive operation. The air-cooled two-cycle engine combines high torque with a reliable power transmission, ensuring first-class cutting performance.
Donated by Wacker Neuson

Estimated value:  $1,445.00


Autographed Vince Gill Guitar

A guitar, autographed by music legend and Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill. Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, and has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. Own a piece of music history.
Donated by Kevin Cripps

Estimated value: $750

YETI® Adventure Pack

The YETI Adventure pack includes six YETI products to help kick-start your outdoor adventure. The pack includes: 1 YETI® Tundra® 45 Cooler –  infused with that legendary YETI toughness, a durable rotomolded construction and up to three inches of PermaFrost™ Insulation. Holds 26 cans with recommended 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio; 1 YETI® Hopper 30 Cooler –  built for those adventures where you just want to grab your gear and go. It’s the original 100% leakproof, ice-for-days portable cooler; 2 YETI® Rambler™ Tumblers – holds 30 oz. of your favorite drink, keeping it cold or hot for longer; and 2 YETI® Rambler™ Colsters – The Load-and-Lock™ Gasket secures your drink in place while the Colster’s double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks colder longer than any standard drink jackets.
Donated by Ferguson Waterworks

Estimated value: $750

Bushnell Tour X Laser Rangefinder

See the course like never before with a Tour X Laser Rangefinder. Exchange Technology outfits golfers with 2 interchangeable face plates, including a red faceplate equipped with Slope Technology, and a black faceplate for tournament legal use. Dual display technology optimizes visibility based on light conditions. PinSeeker with JOLT pairs with 2nd generation E.S.P. to equip Bushnell® Tour X Rangefinders with fast and accurate yardage output.
Donated by HD Supply

Estimated value: $550

StubHub Gift Card (2)

StubHub helps fans find seats they’ll love, whenever they want. StubHub leads the way to finding ideal seats for concerts, sporting events, and more. With a StubHub gift card fans can purchase tickets to the games, shows and concerts they want to see. This is one gift they won’t want to return.
Donated by HD Supply

Estimated value: $500 (x2)


Silent Auction Items

John Deere





Other Silent Auction Items



Donating Auction Items


The 2017 Annual Convention will hold educational sessions, networking events and our yearly Auction and Awards Gala sponsored by Gold Level National Partner, John Deere. Help us make our NUCA 2017 Auction a huge success by donating an item for our cause. Our yearly auction is NUCA’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds go to developing new educational programs and supporting NUCA’s advocacy in the nation’s capital.


The NUCA 2017 Auction and Awards Gala will be held on March 6, 2017 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The items donated will be part of our silent or live auction. Prize donors will receive recognition of their generosity in our NUCA @ Work newsletter, our website, in the event program and live at the event. This is a great way to show your support of NUCA National!


Donations that have been contributed in the past are items such as trips, equipment rentals, jewelry, sporting memorable and electronics. If you are at a loss for a donation idea, NUCA National welcomes cash donations for the purchase of auction items as well.


Please email Julia with your completed donation form for your auction item, a photo of your item and an estimated value so that we can start to place these items on our website.

Auction Baskets Return in 2017!

This year’s auction will feature the return of chapter donated Auction Baskets, which were a hit at the 2015 convention.

Current Gift Baskets:

North Florida Chapter:

A gift basket including $150 dollars worth of gift cards for Legal Seafood.



Hawaii Chapter

Hawaii themed gift basket.



Southwest Florida Chapter

Dewalt Cordless Drill Combo Gift Basket

Nicole Lee Gift Basket


Suncoast Utility Contractors Association

A champagne gift basket