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Karen Jones (949)748-5923
ONE WEEK, FOUR STORAGE UNITS, FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS NONPROFIT LEVERAGES STORAGE AUCTIONS FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISING
NEWPORT BEACH, CA, February 2012 – Launched in January, Charity Storage capitalizes on the popularity of reality shows like A & E's Storage Wars to benefit local and national charities. The newly launched program works by auctioning donated items and redirecting the proceeds to local and national nonprofits. Increased interest in public self storage auctions has translated into more bidders and higher selling prices at these sales, which are traditionally aimed at clearing out abandoned units. Charity Storage was developed as a way to utilize the existing process to make a difference for the community through charitable giving.
Earlier this month, in a five day period, four charity units brought in a total of $5,025.00. Charity Storage co-founder Barry Hoeven was present at one of the facilities, as was the cast and crew of A & E's Storage Wars, which films some of its episodes at Hoeven's US Storage Centers properties. Hoeven observed, "The presence of Storage Wars celebrities and their film crew contributed to higher-than-usual bidding, as did the contents of one antique-filled unit, but this was certainly a great illustration of the impact Charity Storage can have as we implement it nationally.” Co-founder Lance Watkins of Storage Treasures encouraged involvement by self storage companies, charities, and community members, saying, "There's a benefit to everyone in this program – storage owners get more traffic at their facilities, donors have a convenient place to drop off unneeded goods, and charities can sign on as beneficiaries of the proceeds.”
Barry Hoeven is no stranger to starting nonprofits – he is also the founder of Kure It Cancer Research, an organization he established in 2007 to fund innovative kidney cancer research. Since then, Kure It has raised over $1 million and expanded their mission to include other underfunded cancer research.
Funds raised by Charity Storage auctions are distributed between the national Self Storage Association's Scholarship Fund, Kure It Cancer Research, and a charity chosen by the self storage facility from a list of eligible nonprofits.
For more information, visit charitystorage.org or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
About Charity Storage
Founded by veteran self storage professionals, Charity Storage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized as tax exempt by the IRS. Federal Tax ID# 45-3253579
About Kure It
Kure It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money for research specialists conducting innovative projects to better treat and ultimately cure kidney and other cancers. Since being founded in 2007, Kure It has raised over $1 million for research.
About US Storage Centers
US Storage Centers (USSC) owns, manages, and operates approximately 60 self storage locations throughout the United States.
About Storage Treasures
StorageTreasures.com is a storage auctioninformation portal and storage facility directorycovering the United States and Canada.