Rock Island Auction Company Donates $30,000 to the USA Shooting Team
By Ginny Zink
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Recently, Rock Island Auction Company had the pleasure to auction a 2019 manufactured factory engraved Krieghoff K-80 over/under shotgun at the May 2021 Premier Auction donating 100% of the lot proceeds including buyer’s premium, to the USA Shooting Team.
Factory Engraved Krieghoff K-80 & a Day at the Range with Two-Time U.S. Olympic Medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein recently auctioned in RIAC’s May 2021 Auction.
Additionally, this lot included a day at the range with three-time Olympian (2008, 2012 and 2016) and a two-time Olympic medalist, Corey Cogdell-Unrein. The Alaskan native is one of the leading women athletes in the sport of shooting. She competed in the Olympic Games with a K-80 shotgun made by Krieghoff. When she earned her bronze medal in Beijing, she had been performing at top level competition for only two years prior, and the win made her the first woman in the United States to medal in Women’s Trap.
Not only did a winning bidder get an stunning Krieghoff K-80 but they also recieved a day at the range with three-time Olympian (2008, 2012 and 2016) and a two-time Olympic medalist, Corey Cogdell-Unrein. 100% of proceeds were donated to the USA Shooting Team.
Not only did this lot sell, but it sold three times in a matter of minutes. Day two of the May Auction kicked off with this lot and as bidding began to slow, CEO Pat Hogan stepped in with a $10,000 bid to win, and immediately donated it back to be auctioned a second time! The bidding began again and to everyone’s delight the second bidder won the lot for $9,500. Applause erupted from the auction hall when he then graciously donated it back to be auctioned for a third time! Once the shock wore off, bidding began yet again and the lot was finally won by a THIRD bidder for $9,500. The final winner said he would love to donate it back, but was giving it to his son as a college graduation present. This third and final round of bidding brought the grand total of $30,425 including buyer’s premium to be donated to the USA Shooting Team.
Olympic athletes have always been at the top of their sport, and such performance does not come without sacrifice. However, U.S. athletes must find the time in a intense training regimen to also pursue sponsorships and fund raising opportunities. Most countries massively fund their athletes, however, in the United States this is not the case. Despite American shooters having a tradition of winning in international competitions and having won more Olympic shooting medals than any other country, funds appropriated by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee are lean. Shooting competitors are almost exclusively funded through donations and meager sponsorship dollars.
This lot was not just about buying a world class shotgun and a once-in-a-life-time experience, but it was about supporting Olympic dreams. We can’t wait to see how these athletes do in the delayed 2020 Summer Games later this year in Tokyo.