Dale Jarrett Custom Pool Table Silent Auction Results
Sarasota Dispatch Supervisor Fran Bays places the winning bid in the UPS/United Way silent auction.
This summer, Longwood Automotive Mechanic John Conod designed and built a one-of-a-kind, autographed Dale Jarrett pool table. He created this pool table with charity in mind, and presented UPS with the idea for a silent auction to benefit United Way. The information about the pool table was posted on UPSers.com both locally and nationally and was marketed on John’s custom pool table web page. The story was even posted on Dale Jarrett’s official fan club website. Bids on the pool table came from as far as South Carolina, Texas, and California, but the 8-foot, hand-crafted table decorated just like Dale Jarrett’s NASCAR was auctioned to the highest bidder who happened to be Sarasota Supervisor Fran Bays.
This is the first pool table that Fran and her husband Rick have ever owned. They are going to build a new house when she retires in January, and they plan to have a game room. Both Fran and Rick started following NASCAR when UPS became an official sponsor of Dale Jarrett in 2001. “We love the pool table,” says Fran. “It is the only one like it in the world.” Custom features include high-quality auto paint matching #88’s colors, custom leather pockets and felt featuring the car’s design and logo number.
John and his team set the pool table up at Fran and Rick’s home in Sarasota. Three hours after arriving, John played the first game to make sure the table was calibrated properly. “We see a niche in the home recreation market for people who want something more from their pool table than the classic billiards look,” said John. “Our billiards tables are more than just game tables; they are playable works of art that are as fun to look at as they are to play.”
The proceeds from the silent auction raised $6,750 to benefit the Heart of Florida United Way.
See “Related Files” for more photos of the pool table.
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Florida Couple Drives Away With NASCAR Driver
Dale Jarrett Themed Pool Table!
Eustis, FL – Oct. 12, 2006 – eXtreme Custom
Billiards is proud to announce the winner of
their one-of-a-kind Dale Jarrett, NASCAR #88 pool
table. The pool table was won in a charity
auction held earlier this fall to benefit the
Heart of Florida United Way. The winner of the
auction is Fran and Rick Bays of Sarasota,
Florida. eXtreme Custom Billiards is the leading
designer of personalized pool tables, with
designs limited only by the purchasers
imagination. Sale price of the table was $12,500.
“Out went the dining room set and in went the
pool table!” said Fran Bays, the winning bidder.
“We are very excited to have the pool table
signed by Dale with the UPS and NASCAR themed
design and at the same time be able to help
United Way. My husband, Rick and I currently do
not have a game room, but we are building a new
house next year and we wanted the pool table for
our new game room in that house.”
Billiards tables are one of the fastest growing
segments of the U.S. gaming market. According to
the latest Sporting Goods Manufacturers
Association (SGMA) report, sales of billiards
tables reached $240 million in 2005 and the
industry enjoyed 6.8% growth—greater than the
domestic growth rate of 4.3%.
“We see a niche in the home recreation market for
people who want something more from their pool
table than the classic billiards look,” said John
Conod, President of eXtreme Custom Billiards.
“Our billiards tables are more than just game
tables; they are playable works of art that are
as fun to look at as they are to play. Our custom
pool tables are truly designed for the
accomplished player with the most particular
With double digit growth in 2005, eXtreme Custom
Billiards is leading the market with its eXtreme
custom designs and partnerships with
organizations including UPS, NASCAR driver Dale
Jarrett, United Way, Discovery Chanel, New
Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Saints Katrina
Relief Fund and a “Biker” themed table on display
at Gator Harley Davidson in Leesburg FL.
eXtreme Custom Billiards would like to thank all
the organizations and people who made the auction
possible, including: Mr. Eskew, CEO of UPS and
management staff: Joe Doole, Mr. Frazzo,
Christina Houston and Sharon Peterson
), BiBi Rahaman and Dennis
Burns at the United Way (http://www.hfuw.org
Dale Jarrett (http://www.dalejarrett.com
Sherwin Williams of Orlando
), RC Designs
), Sterling Gaming
), Malcolm Yawn
Scapes Graphics, Rob Lawson of Prime Time Molds,
Dennis Martin of Sign Crafters of Florida, The
Brick Shirt House
), , UPS
Management Team (http://www.UPS.com
), all the
staff at eXtreme Custom Billiards and
High resolution images of eXtreme Custom
Billiards-designed tables are available upon
request. For additional information and images,
or call 630-233-8336.
About eXtreme Custom Billiards:
eXtreme Custom Billiards
) is based
in Eustis, Florida. The company’s mission is to
create playable works of art, customized to meet
individual customer preferences. Each 8-foot
table is hand crafted from its legs, rails,
cabinet, and finish to the 1” thick Brazilian
slate. Additionally, each pool table can be
designed for indoor or outdoor use and meets
official BCA standards.