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Willmar auctioneer will conduct charity auction in Hong Kong (with video)

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WILLMAR — Willmar auctioneer Kristine Fladeboe Duininck of Fladeboe Auctions has been hired to conduct the annual fundraising auction for International Care Ministries.

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According to a news release from Fladeboe Auctions, International Care Ministries expects to raise $1.3 million in the auction to be held Oct. 10 in Hong Kong. The organization has served the ultra-poor in the Philippines since 1992.

Fladeboe Duininck will travel to the Philippines to see the organization’s work before going on to Hong Kong for the annual auction. One thousand participants are expected for the auction, and it will include live online bidding from several countries around the world.

“I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization and their work that is giving hope to some of the poorest people in the world,” Fladeboe Duininck said in the release. In 2010, she was named the International Auctioneer Champion (top female auctioneer in the nation) by the National Auctioneers Association.

“As a company, we have been consulting in preparation for this auction to help to ensure that the financial results will allow (International Care Ministries) to serve more children and families in the coming year. This is lifesaving work,” she said.

Though nearly all of the attendees of the auction are English speakers, Fladeboe Duininck will conduct the auction in Hong Kong dollar amounts, approximately 7.78 times the U.S. dollar.

“There is no doubt this will be the first time these Hong Kong bidders will have had a Kandiyohi County farm girl as their auctioneer, so hopefully they will just smile and bid higher,” Fladeboe Duininck said.

Fladeboe Duininck is the co-owner of Fladeboe Auctions, www.fladeboeauctions.com, with her brother Glen Fladeboe. The company has offices in Minneapolis and Willmar and specializes in agricultural land and benefit auctions. In 2013, the company will raise more than $13 million dollars for its 225 nonprofit and educational clients across the Upper Midwest and sell by auction thousands of acres of agricultural land. The company was founded in Willmar in 1978 by their father Dale, who is still involved in the business today.

According to International Care Ministries’ website, www.caremin.com, there are approximately 25 million people living in poverty in the Philippines and most of those families are living on less than 75 cents a day. By raising $1.3 million US dollars at this auction, ICM will be able to serve tens of thousands of families with food, education and health care assistance.

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