Bree Isabel Johnley, 4 years old, of Moscow Mills, Missouri, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019. Her parents started a child adoption non-profit, Bree's Gift, in her honor. - Photo: Bree's Gift

Bree Isabel Johnley, 4 years old, of Moscow Mills, Missouri, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019. Her parents started a child adoption non-profit, Bree's Gift, in her honor.

Photo: Bree's Gift

Missouri Auto Auction recently held a promotional event supporting Bree’s Gift, a non-profit group that honors the life of Bree Isabel Johnley (2015-2019) by providing families with up to 100% of the funding needed to adopt a child.

Jennie Johnley, Bree’s mother, and the founder of Bree’s Gift, is a former employee of the auction, working as national account manager for seven years.

​For the third consecutive year, Missouri Auto Auction has partnered with Bree’s Gift to help raise money for families seeking adoption. This year the auction began the day by selling a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle for $15,000, NFL Chiefs draft and game tickets for $4,000, and a sunflower bouquet for $15,000 that Johnley was able to take home.

By auctioning off these items, collecting donations from sponsors, and selling lunch and apparel to MAA dealers, Missouri Auto Auction was able to raise $70,000 in just one day that was donated directly to Bree’s Gift.

Employees of Missouri Auto Auction raised $70,000 a few weeks ago in the company's annual fundraiser for Bree's Gift. - Photo: Missouri Auto Auction

Employees of Missouri Auto Auction raised $70,000 a few weeks ago in the company's annual fundraiser for Bree's Gift.

Photo: Missouri Auto Auction

“I am so proud of the team at Missouri Auto Auction,” Johnley said in a news release. “It has been over five years since I worked at the auction, and the dealers and the customers haven’t forgotten about me. The money that we raise every year at this event helps so many families achieve their dreams of adopting children into their family, and I couldn’t be more proud of the love and support we receive from the customers at Missouri Auto Auction”. 

Justin Brown, general manager of Missouri Auto Auction, said, “We are very proud to partner with this amazing organization. The participation and generosity shown by our dealers and business partners in support of Bree’s Gift amazes me year after year."

Owner Cody Boswell added, “This event is one of the best events we do each year. It makes your heart feel good helping these families.” 

Information: www.Breesgift.com.

Missouri Auto Auction, based in Columbia, Missouri, operates on 30 acres, offering more than 500 units weekly across five simultaneous lanes. It has full reconditioning and mechanical facilities, in-house transportation with a company owned fleet, AutoIMS, and full integrated online capabilities.

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