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July 2011 | Issue No. 31

Note from Kathy


Kathy Kingston

Kathy Kingston reveals optimistic fundraising research for benefit auctions at International Auctioneers Conference in Orlando.

OK, this weather... AND your 2011 fundraising forecast, big bidding and summer fun!

Bidding ignited when I auctioned a $10 bill for $700 - while the 100° temperature and auction prices soared in the tent at Island Moving Company's Gala. Bravo!

Blazing outlook: donors plan to GIVE MORE or the same in 2011, AND educated B.A.S. Benefit Auctioneer Specialists RAISE TWICE the funds for their nonprofit clients!* (2 sizzling results from my presentation with fellow benefit auctioneer Neil Saffer at our International Auctioneers Conference).

I was honored to compete in the International Auctioneer Championship in Orlando. What a fantastic experience! Huge congrats my colleagues: Joseph Mast and Camille Booker.

I'm lovin' summer kayaking and and painting on the Cape. Enjoy my watercolor "Snug Harbor"... just scroll down to view.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Why Auction Dessert Could Cost You Over $10,000!
Listen to my NEW Podcast Feature Now

PPS: Raise 30% or More at Your Next Auction!
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PPPS:  Starting September: New Teleseminars SERIES!

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Feature Article


Kathy Kingston

Want to double your Live Auction revenue in 10 minutes?

Savvy auction volunteers must solicit auction items year round.  Watch Kathy’s video for cool tips on how to get AWESOME auction items while you are on VACATION!

Click here to watch the video.

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For Nonprofits & Schools

World Class Fundraising Auctions Seminar
How Nonprofit Auctions Can Thrive in the New Economy: Learn Kathy's Top 10 Vital Auction Success Methods Now
October 12, 2011  Foxboro, MA  8:30AM to 12 Noon
Visit here for more details and to sign up

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop
Advanced Fundraising Auctioneering Performance
How to Catapult Your Benefit Auction Performance 
December 15 & 16, 2011 Phoenix
Visit here for more details and to sign up

New Date: Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop
How to Create A Highly Profitable Stream of Income
for your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
August 8 & 9, 2012 Chicago, IL
Visit here for more details and to sign up

Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program

*The 2011 Cygnus Donor Survey reports that 79% of donors report they plan to give more or the same in 2011 (April 2011). The National Auctioneers Association Benefit Auctioneer Business Survey shows that Auctioneers who achieved the professional designational BAS Benefit Auctioneer Specialist raise TWICE as much money at benefit auctions.(June 2011) Please email me if you'd like our PowerPoint and results. kathy@kingstonauction.com

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"You were amazing!! Thank you so much for your expertise, guidance and flair! Most of all, thank you for taking Greater Boston PFLAG to the higher level."

- Pam Garramone, Executive Director
PFLAG of Greater Boston, Boston MA

"It was SUCH a pleasure to meet you and attend your fantastic workshop yesterday! Kristin speaks so highly of you and now I know why! Your passion and enthusiasm is contagious and I was truly inspired by you. Thank you for all the great info that I will certainly apply to so many aspects of my job moving forward."

- Paige Scanlon, Development Assistant
Youth Villages, Woburn, MA

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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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.

Kathy's Watercolors

Snug Harbor

"Snug Harbor"
Original Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2011

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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 25 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