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April 2011 | Issue No. 28

Note from Kathy


Rodman Ride for Kids
Kathy Kingston & Don Rodman at the Rodman Ride for Kids Kickoff

Last week I had the fortunate opportunity to speak about the "Power of Networking" at the Kickoff of the Rodman Ride for Kids*. Did you know it's the #3 single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation? Their 20th ride raised over $8 million last year! BRAVO to Don Rodman, Chairs Kelly and Paul Verrochi, children's agencies, staff, sponsors and riders!

Always BIDhi!

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*Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth focused on social-service agencies that support at risk children in Massachusetts.

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Feature Article

Silent Auctions Should Have LOUD Results

Silent Auction
Round Tables and Eye Catching Program Images Insure
Silent Auction Success!

We've all been to silent auctions that never get energized and don't bring in the money. What's gone wrong? Here are some often overlooked mistakes that are easily corrected so you can raise more money.

The one thing that can make a silent auction whimper instead of shout is poorly utilized space. Tables jammed together, a "conga line" of people pushing forward, and not enough room for people to look at silent auction items, does not makes for silent auction success. Spread out your tables and consider round tables for great bidding flow and display.

Don't you want silent auction success? Of course you do! When auction committees are questioning even holding a Silent Auction, it's critical to maximize your fundraising efforts. Read more about how to successfully manage your silent auction space, items and flow for breakthrough results.

Enjoy more Silent Auction tips in my latest blog to share with you that can and take your next fundraising auction to success...click here to read more.

Please also join me for a NEW 1 hour special Silent Auction Teleseminar on May 19th.

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"Thank you for your tele-seminar today! Such a wealth of valuable information. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your expertise."

- Mary Brosche, Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, California

"I really enjoyed the Perfect Your Pitch workshop yesterday. I meant what I said-you're a GREAT teacher, and you gave me tools that I'll use in a variety of fundraising settings. Thank you, and best of luck with this new series!"

- Karen King, Executive Director, McGivney Community Center, Inc.,
Bridgeport, CT

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: http://www.KingstonAuction.com. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: kathy@kingstonauction.com

2008-2011 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Who We Are

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We are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 24 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. Come to us to make your next benefit fundraising auction a record-breaker.

Our affiliations include...

NAA Auctioneer National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.

CAI AuctioneerCertified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.

BAS Benefit Auctioneer SpecialistBenefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.

2011 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved