Annual Conference – MAA Benefit Auction 2023

Friday, February 3, 2023 * 7:30PM
Mt Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites
2424 South Mission, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858

This is our Annual Benefit Auction to Help Raise funds for the MAA for the year!  Please Contact the MAA to Donate Items!

Items already donated:  

  • Advertising Certificates to The Auction Exchange & Collectors News, Farm World, & AntiqueWeek! Donated by MidCountry Media
  • Lloyd Braun Memorial Whitetail Deer Hunt, Ann Arbor, MI, Donated by Joyce & Brian Braun
  • Day of Auction Labor, Donated by Ashley Peters, Midwest Auctioneer Champion 2019
  • Custom Decanter & MAA Logo Rocks Glasses, Donated by Tim Tobey
  • MAA Custom Commemorative, by Epic Auctions & Estate Sales
  • (2) Knife Making Workshops in the Grand Rapids Area to Tribal Edge – Blades by Chuck, Donated by Tim Tobey
  • MAA Commemorative Pen Set, Donated by Jim Amonette
  • Many Gift Certificates Newspaper & Magazine Advertising!
  • Vintage Auction Memorabilia, Donated by Bob Howe

Now Accepting:

Hunting & Fishing Packages * Dining &/or Theater Packages
Your Unique Creations * Electronics * Sound Systems * Golf Outings * Sporting Goods * Newspaper Ads * and Other Great Items & Adventures.
*Even if you can’t attend, you can STILL DONATE!
Let us know and we’ll arrange to have it picked up!


Following the fellowship and education we receive throughout the conference we will be entertained with the Fun MAA Benefit Auction! It is our hope that all attendees bring an item to be included in this important fundraiser for the MAA. Funds raised through the auction help keep registration costs down for conference and fund important programs all year long. Plus it’s an easy way for you to contribute! It can be simple as a store-bought tool or gift, gift certificates from your local newspaper to the more personalized such as the great deer hunt provided by the Braun family. Here are a few other ideas: guided fishing trips, handmade crafts, smoked meats, wine and cheese packages, brewery tours, whiskey tours, toy pedal car or tractor (other gifts) with the slogan #AUCTIONSWORK or the MAA logo. Head to the workshop to build something unique! Does anyone have a cabin in the woods or cottage on the lake they would put up to bid a few days or hours? Any camping, hunting or fishing adventure? Anybody out there have a hot air balloon? Dune buggy? Sky diving? You can designate yourself to sell it or anybody you wish. I thank you for putting your best foot forward and looking forward to seeing you in Mt. Pleasant.

Tim Tobey
Merritt Auctions
615 N Lafayette St, Greenville, MI 48838
616-754-9437 *

Local Advertising Certificate Donations are a WIN – WIN!

We are asking all members to contact their local newspapers that they regularly use to donate advertising certificates. This is win-win for the Auctioneer donor and the MAA. You will be buying these ad spaces anyway, might as well buy the donated ad at the Benefit Auction and have the money go to the association. You can bring hundreds of dollars to the association with a simple phone call or email and it won’t cost you a thing!

Please find below a sample email. Visit or email for the text to simply copy and paste.

Dear marketing contact that I have sent 100’s of ads to:

I am writing to you today asking you for your help with our Benefit Auction at the Michigan Auctioneers Association Annual Conference this January in Mt. Pleasant, MI. A Gift Certificate towards advertising in your great paper would be much appreciated. All donations will be sold at Live Auction to our membership of professional marketers at our conference. If this is possible, please email your certificate or an email stating your donation soon as possible.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you soon.

See Conference Information for Competition Requirements.

More info at

Download the donation form HERE