Online Auction to Benefit CTEF Generates Over $33K

PENDLETON, S.C. - Nov. 4, 2020 - PRLog -- The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation gratefully acknowledges the success of its first online auction from October 21st to October 26th, 2020 to raise funds in support of its mission which the COVID-19 pandemic has severely threatened. Since March 2020, all training and certification events have been suspended, to be rescheduled once conditions are safer.

"The results of the first-ever CTEF online auction were a huge success," says Scott Carothers, CTEF director of certification and training. "CTEF raised $33,134 thanks to the support of our sponsors and the event's bidders. This allows us to continue our mission of tile installation training, education, and certification despite the pandemic."

The CTEF online auction featured items donated by tile and stone industry supporters, suppliers, and manufacturers. Of relevance to tile installation professionals were tools such as mixers, saws, trowels, floats, sponges and knee pads, materials such as tile, GPTP, backer board, underlayment, mortar, and grout, as well as flooring products. The auction included a total of 112 items from 30 vendors with 62 bidders producing 532 bids plus $405.00 in cash.

"The feedback we received was all positive," explains Carothers. "We quickly resolved a few early bidding glitches, and Cathey McAlister, the CTEF office manager, did a fabulous job of setting up, organizing, communicating, and wrapping up all the functions of the Auction.  Well done!"

CTEF gratefully acknowledges the participation of the following auction sponsors: Ardex, Armaly Brands,  Best of Everything, Blanke, Built with Foam, Custom Building Products, Crossville, Daltile, ETM, ECore, Florida Tile, Gundlach, Interceramic, IQ Power Tools, James Hardie, Laticrete, Mapei, Merkrete, Noble Company, Porcelain Plus Speedbit,  ProKnee, Progress Profiles, QEP, Rapid Recess, Rubi Tools, Russo Trading, Schluter Systems, TEC, University of CTS, and USG.

Given the overwhelming response and success of the online auction, CTEF is considering making it an annual event, and invites feedback.

Those not able to participate in the online auction and who wish to support the CTEF mission are invited to donate via

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About the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Certification programs include the CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) programs which are the only third-party assessments of installer skill and knowledge to be recognized by the tile industry.

CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and near the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). For more information, visit

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