Auction and Awards Gala

Friday, March 9 | 6:30pm – 11:00pm
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 Steve Kriebel and Eddie Gonzales, our auctioneers from Ritchie 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 12–15, 2018, 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.

Estimated value: $5,000

Two Day Chartered Fishing Trip for Two on Lake Michigan

This all expenses paid trip will take place on September 15 & 16 and includes one 8 hour charter, one 6 hour charter.  Get ready for some great fishing: King Salmon, Steelhead, Huge Brown Trout, Coho Salmon, Massive Lake Trout, and more! All tackle, equipment, fishing licensing, airfare, lodging, and meals included.
Donated by CAT

Estimated value: $5,000

Vermeer Positive Turn Reverse Hole Hammer

The Vermeer Hole Hammer® designed by McLaughlin handles a full range of projects. Contractors have counted on Vermeer for piercing tools from the very beginning of the trenchless age. Today, whether you specialize in gas and electric,fi ber and telecom, or water and irrigation installations, Hole Hammer positive turn reverse piercing tools put the power of a proven, simple and reliable design in your hands — with legendary support and service from the industry’s largest distribution network.
Donated by McLaughlin

Estimated value: $4,356


Vermeer Verifier G3 Utility Locator

McLaughlin’s newest locator combines trusted precision with a simple, user-friendly interface. Contractors face congested underground conditions, unmarked utilities and increasingly strict regulations, making accurate, and timely locating more important than ever. With the Verifier G3, users can expect the same core qualities that defined the Verifier G2 product line including: a durable design with antennas mounted in rubber isolators to standup to the toughest jobsite conditions, most accurate push button Peak depths in the market, and the exclusive McLaughlin three-year warranty and weather-proof guarantee.
Donated by McLaughlin

Estimated Value: $4,065


3M H2O Neutralizer (3M – 3100)

Truly the most effective chlorinator / dechlorinator available anywhere, with its patented venturi design and orifice ring inserts, the H2O Neutralizer delivers a range of performance no other device on the market today can match. Able to draw one gallon per minute of chemical flow at rates as low as 10 GPM, the model 3M can handle flow rates over thirteen hundred gallons per minute with consistent chemical injection performance, throughout the entire range of flow rates.
Donated by Measurement Technologies Inc.

Estimated value: $3,695


Indy Car Series: Rayhal Letterman, VIP Race Package for 2

Two VIP tickets and more in this exciting package!
Donated by United Rentals Trench Safety

Estimated Value: $3,500

Full-Page Ad in Utility Contractor

Increase your company’s visibility with this full-page, 4-color ad in Utility contractor, the official publication of NUCA.
Donated by Benjamin Media

Estimated Value: $2,200

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

Power Up and Grill Package

This package features the Coyote “Asado” Kamado-Style Charcoal Grill and the Generac iQ2000 Gas Powered Portable Generator. The Asado Grill is designed for outdoor cooking enthusiasts who appreciate the flavor of charcoal grilling, the Asado grill from Coyote is a kamado-style grill that can grill, smoke, or sear with ease. This grill is constructed from high grade ceramics which offer excellent heat retention, allowing you to cook at consistent temperatures for hours on end. Generac’s iQ2000 portable inverter generator allows you to have power wherever life takes you. It’s perfect for tailgating parties, camping trips, jobsites and more. Best of all, it’s quiet, smart, and easy to use.
Donated by Ferguson Waterworks

Estimated Value: $2,050

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

National Trench Safety Training Class

National Trench Safety will host a Competent Person for Excavation Safety Class for up to 10 people at an National Trench Safety Office by 12/31/2018.
Donated by National Trench Safety

Estimated value: $1,750







DJI Mavic Pro Drone: Fly More Combo Package

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvass easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your fingeR FLY FOR MILES. FROM YOUR POCKET OcuSync is an all new DJI designed long range transmission technology capable of up to 4.3mi (7km)* of transmission range, HD 720p long range, and Full HD 1080p short range video streaming – far surpassing the capabilities of any Wi-Fi transmission system.
Donated by Core & Main

Estimated Value: $1,200


Promise Ranch Bass Fishing Trip for 2

This trip includes an all inclusive dream fishing experience, offering the best in record breaking bass fishing. Even pros know that fishing at Promise Ranch is among the finest anywhere. In fact, Jason Quinn broke the record for the largest bass ever caught on film, 13.3 pounds, while on a day out to Promise Ranch. This package includes a one night stay at the Mission Inn Resort and Club located in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. Airfare not included.
Donated by Vac-Tron Equipment

Estimated value: $1,000


East Texas Hog Hunt for 2

Rocking D Ranch 2 hours east of Dallas (Natural habitat-not a game ranch). Arrive Friday afternoon for an evening stand hunt followed by a steak dinner, spirits, and cigars. Hunt as much as you would like Saturday through Sunday afternoon with a no kill limit. A dog hunt could be arranged during the stay. 2 nights accommodations and meals included. Bring your own guns. Flexible hunting dates throughout 2018. NUCA member John Davis with HCSS will be your host during the hunt.
Donated by HCSS

Estimated value: $1,000


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 Core & Main

Estimated value: $500 (x2)

Kansas City Gift Basket

A great collection of Kansas City themed items, including: 4 Chiefs tickets and parking pass, Chiefs autographed football, Chiefs hat & socks, 4 diamond club Royals tickets, Royals hat & socks, Louisburg apple butter, KC Script towel, KC Bryants BBQ sauce, HC Jack Stack BBQ sauce, Andres Tent milk chocolate, Christopher Elbow chocolate.
Donated by NUCA Greater Kansas City Region

Estimated value: $750


Silent Auction Items

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Other Silent Auction Items


Donating Auction Items


The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 Auction and Awards Gala will be held on March 9, 2018 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk. 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 2018!

This year’s auction will feature the return of chapter donated Auction Baskets.