Best Friends:

The 2016 Kids First Auction achieved total sales of nearly $26,800, which represents an 11% increase above the 2015 auction. Fees associated with the eBay auctions reduced the overall amount; however net proceeds will fund a good portion of regular grant activity for this year. This includes a $15,000 countrywide program in Latvia to prevent child abuse through a school-based educational initiative in the poorest regions. The Latvia program is in addition to a similar project in the Republic of Moldova which also receives annual support of $15,000. We would like to thank our 2016 donors for providing significant support for our service to children:


The following individual donors also provided auction items: Best Western Plus Austrian Chalet Hotel Campbell River - Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare - Comfort Hotel Downtown Toronto - Delta Toronto Hotel - Embassy Suites Norman Oklahoma - Los Establos Boutique Inn All-Inclusive Resort Hotel Panama - Miracle Springs Resort & Spa Hotel in California - Palm Island Resort All-Inclusive Beachfront Hotel The Grenadines - St. James's Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia - Staybridge Suites London Ontario - Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino Hotel in Alberta - Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center on Chesapeake Bay.

    

The FlyerTalk auction page featured unique items such as mileage vouchers from airberlin topbonus, Delta SkyMiles, and Spirit Airlines and elite status from JetBlue, Icelandair, and Southwest. FlyerTalk is one of the most popular online communities frequented by business travelers who are passionate about all things travel-related. A special thanks to Stephen Horowitz, Jeremey Tarr, and Rachael Levitt at FlyerTalk / Internet Brands for their support, which included banner and content exposure at the site.



Promotional support within the travel industry is provided by Airline Information, which operates the annual MEGA Event conference. Top donors for the Kids First Auction are recognized during the MEGA Awards portion of this annual event. A special thanks to Michael Smith and Christopher Staab for creating exposure for the auction within the airline community.

The Kids First Auction has been professionally operated since 2004 by AuctionJAM of Canada.