First-of-a-kind Charity Home Auction Raises $500,000 for Make-A-Wish of Oklahoma

“We are so grateful for this generous donation from Simmons with the help of Williams & Williams,” said Jeff Summers, CEO of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. “This gift will impact the lives of local children, and so much more. When the chain of giving is started, it is amazing what you can accomplish.”

More than 50 people attended the live auction to participate in the bidding and to watch the excitement unfold. Registered bidders on site and online competed to own the property. Members of the community, Make-A-Wish volunteers and families were in attendance. A Kona-Ice vendor was at the event to help keep attendees cool.

The home was donated by Simmons Homes through the generous support of more than 45 local suppliers. Williams & Williams donated all of its marketing and auction services including the auctioneer and ringmen for the campaign. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefited Make-A-Wish of Oklahoma.

“Simmons first teamed up with Make-A-Wish during an Extreme Home Makeover project, and we were immediately impressed and inspired by the organization,” said Greg Simmons, founder and head of Simmons Homes. “This year, we wanted to do something big. From our vendors to Williams & Williams, to the entire Simmons team – we’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our partners every step of the way. The Simmons name may be on the home, but the dedication and skill of our people is what is in the home, and we couldn’t be more proud to present these funds to such a deserving organization and the children it serves.”

“I am so proud that Williams & Williams was able to be a part of this unique fundraiser,” said DC Roberts, Williams & Williams’ Vice President Luxury, Farm and Ranch Sales. “We were able to do what we do best — market and sell this property in 60 days, helping to make wishes come true faster.”

In addition to the home auction, the event raised more funds through three prize drawings that visitors to the home could enter by making a donation to Make-A-Wish. Several Make-A-Wish kids were on site to randomly draw the prizewinners. The prizes included a Trip for four to Disney World, a FamilySAFE above ground storm shelter, and an outdoor furniture and grill package.

SOURCE Williams & Williams