Ritchie Bros. to host "Community Give Back" event in Phoenix, AZ on June 28

Auctioneer invites the public to help those in need with food, water and blood drive at their site

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 15, 2016) – This month, hundreds of people from across Arizona and neighboring states will travel to Ritchie Bros.' Phoenix site to view and inspect the equipment available at its June 29 auction. To help give back to the community, Ritchie Bros. will host a charitable "Community Give Back" event at its Phoenix site the day before the auction, on June 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Working with the American Red Cross, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the company will host a food, water and blood drive for those in need. Everyone who makes a donation will be entered into a raffle draw with a chance to win several prizes, including a two-night stay at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, AZ.

"Summer is the hardest time for food banks—the amount of food we distribute reaches its highest level with children being fed three times a day at home, while donations fall to their lowest levels with so many escaping the hot temperatures," said Jerry Brown, Director of Public Relations for St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. "Events at this time of year are especially crucial. We thank Ritchie Bros. for giving back to those in need and encourage all who can to take advantage of the opportunity to help."

The event, which will be held at Ritchie Bros.' site at 5410 W Lower Buckeye Rd., is open to the public. Details below:

  • "Stuff the Truck" Food Drive – Arizona hunger rates are higher than national averages, with close to 18% of Arizonans being food insecure. The St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, needs our help. On June 28, Ritchie Bros. hopes to fill an entire dump truck with non-perishable food items. The most needed items include: cereal, rice, beans, pasta, canned fruits & vegetables, juice, and peanut butter.
  • "From the Heart" Blood Drive – Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, fewer donors give blood than what patients need. On June 28, the Red Cross will be onsite at Ritchie Bros.' Phoenix auction site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect blood donations. To schedule an appointment and make a blood donation, contact Jennifer Velitchkov at Ritchie Bros.: jvelitchkov@rbauction.com.
  • "Quench the Thirst" Water Drive – As the heat rises in the summer months the need for clean potable water is greater than ever. To help get water to those in need, collection bins will be set up by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul onsite at Ritchie Bros.' Phoenix site on June 28 to accept donations of bottles and cases of water.


"We've been a part of the Phoenix and larger Arizona community for close to 30 years," said Chris Holmberg, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. "We hope our customers and the general public will join us on June 28 to help give back."

For more information about Ritchie Bros.' "Community Give Back" event please contact Kim Collier-Heim at 602.269.5631 or kcollierheim@rbauction.com.

1,100+ equipment items and trucks selling on June 29
On Wednesday, June 29, starting at 8 a.m., Ritchie Bros. will sell more than 1,100 heavy equipment items and trucks at its Phoenix, AZ auction site. All items will be sold without minimum bids or reserve prices. Bids can be made in person at the auction site, online in real time at rbauction.com or by proxy. For more information about the auction, visit rbauction.com/Phoenix.

About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation, agriculture, material handling, energy, mining, forestry, marine and other industries. Ritchie Bros. TM solutions make it easy for the world's builders to buy and sell equipment with confidence, including live unreserved public auctions with on-site and online bidding (rbauction.com), the EquipmentOneTM secure online marketplace (EquipmentOne.com), a professional corporate asset management program, and a range of value-added services, including equipment financing for customers through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services (rbauction.com/financing). Ritchie Bros. has operations in 19 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide. Learn more at RitchieBros.com.

About the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
Now in its 49th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 500 partner agencies at 600 locations that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of our 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2014-15, the Food Bank distributed 66 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 300,000 volunteer service hours. Web site: wwwStMarysFoodBank.org | Phone: 602-242-FOOD.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Malinski
Corporate Communications Lead