“It’s a great feeling giving away 19 scholarships worth near $55,000 to deserving men and women who want to be part of the helicopter industry,” said Marty Pociask, who for four years now has been vice president and curator of Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), the non-profit foundation supported by HAI. Pociask is here at Heli-Expo both to run the silent auction, raising funds for next year’s scholarships and to organize the Heritage Display of Helicopters in the exhibit hall.
“There are 60 items in this year’s auction, varying in value from $100 to more than $5,000,” said Pociask. The bidding is completely online this year at bidding site BiddingforGood.com/HFI. Bidders register a credit card and then are allowed to place their bids. “The online format has allowed us to start the bidding early, on February 17, and run it straight to the end of the show, 4 p.m. PST, on Thursday, February 27. It’s a 24/7 auction, too. That really maximizes our ability to raise funds,” he continued.
Pociask spoke to us from his post in the main reception hall of the Anaheim Convention Center, where the bidding items are posted on a long wall, with several computers ready for bidders to log on and set their bid. Winners will be notified at the auction’s closing, and the items will be shipped to them directly from HAI headquarters.
“The format has saved us so many man-hours in labor shipping the items here to California, and, if a bidder is not present at the end of the auction, tracking him down and shipping the item to him, or packing it and taking it back to headquarters,” explained Pociask.
Stop by Pociask’s HFI desk and check out the donations, then place your bid before you enter the exhibit hall. Then be sure to check your bid on the way out, too.