Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction was voted “Most Charitable Auction” in the Used Car News Top Auction Poll this year for continuing its community outreach in October raising more than $32,000 for several charities.

Proceeds from its fifth annual charity golf tournament in early October went to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who received $9,000; Options, who received $3,000; and the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, who received $8,000.

About $19,000 was raised during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond .

Teams held bake sales and sold bracelets, pins and T-shirts, and dealers who donated cash earned “John Dough,” or auction “money,” that they used to bid on gifts at the anniversary and Christmas sales.

Employees wore special Geaux Pink T-shirts on sale days throughout the month to show their support.

Tammy Asmus, director of Therapy Operations for the Hammond Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, said the donation “will directly affect patients in our community who need our services. The most important thing in the fight against cancer is early detection, and this money will ensure that free screenings are readily available to those who need them, along with education, nutritional supplements and even gas cards so they can get to appointments.”