Brock Auction donates to local nonprofits
LE MARS — What does a museum, theater, art center and healthcare facility all have in common?
They are the recipients of a total of $2,000 from the Brock Auction Company in Le Mars.
Bruce and Teri Brock presented representatives of the Plymouth County Historical Museum, Le Mars Arts Center, Le Mars Community Theater and Floyd Valley Healthcare with checks of $500 each in late May.
Bruce explained the Brock family is celebrating 100 years in the real estate business.
“My grandfather sold the first farm in Ida County in 1919, and we have continued that tradition all the way through 2019. I started the auction company in 1981, to supplement and compliment the real estate business, farm and ranch land that we were doing at that time, to offer other marketing opportunities,” he said.
Bruce and Teri wanted to give back to the community and commemorate the family’s 100 years in business.
“Teri and I have been discussing it for quite a while, and since this is our centennial year with the Brock Brand around for 100 years, and in conjunction with the sesquicentennial year in Le Mars, that we’d start to give back something to this community, and to the entire area around Siouxland that had been so good to the Brock family,” Bruce said. “This was kind of the kick off and we’ll be doing more down the road as time goes on for different charities and goodwill through the area.”
Earlier this spring, the couple, who both love and collect art, decided to have an auction of some of those art pieces.
“We decided as part of the income from that auction, we would donate 20 percent of the proceeds, which was $10,000, so we would donate to four charities. We’ll pick out some other charities in the future,” Bruce said. He added the couple still has some original art that did not sell.
He explained the community has been a big part of their life since they moved the auction business to Le Mars 25 years ago.
“We try to help out with as many charities as we can, doing auctions to help promote and raise funds for those local charities, as well as thank the community for all the support it’s given us. It’s been a win-win hopefully for them. It certainly has for the Brock family,” Bruce said.
Choosing which groups would receive the first donations took a bit of time.
“We said we need to start somewhere. Obviously there are more charities that we will be helping, and we just had to start somewhere. The Plymouth County Historical Museum just kind of hits everybody in the county,” Bruce said. “Floyd Valley Healthcare certainly, healthcare is a big part of why Le Mars is as strong as it is because it has good healthcare. The theater is just so cool, and the art center, we are both art collectors, and we do art auctions, so we have a heart in the art business and the arts, so the theater and arts were naturals for both of us.”
The four representatives of the organizations all said they were grateful for the donations.
After the presentation, Teri added, “I would just like to say we have been so blessed by God from health to living in such a great community. We are so happy that we are able to give back in lots of ways and we’re thankful to to be living here in northwest Iowa,” she said.