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May 2011 | Issue No. 29

Note from Kathy


Relax with Friends and Family

The fabulous frenzy of spring benefit auction season is winding down. And now I head to Cape Cod where I love two traditions: the Orleans Memorial Day parade and a big ole' cook out with a happy gathering of friends.

This spring, I'm thrilled that many of our fundraising auctions have shown two exciting trends: significantly increased attendance (many even sold out) plus much more active bidding and higher revenues for Fund-A-Need and Live Auctions. Let's continue to ride the recovery!

I’m excited to announce my NEW event for auctioneers and auction managers: Benefit Auction Consulting on August 3 & 4 in Chicago. Highly interactive, you’ll practice specialized skills and strategies to intensify your benefit auction consulting services. Propel your profits and exponentially raise more money! www.BenefitAuctionConsulting.com

Always BIDhi!

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As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.” 
- John M. McHugh

PS:*FREE* TeleSeminar:  Wed. June 29 at 1pm EST
What's Your Top Charity Auction Challenge?
Ask Kathy Your Burning Question Now:

PPS: NEW Event: Benefit Auction Consulting
How to Create A Highly Profitable Stream of Income
for your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting

August 3 & 4, 2011 Hotel Amalfi, Chicago
Attention: Auctioneers, Consultants and Auction Managers
Visit here
for more details and sign up

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Feature Article

Wake-up Your Tired Fundraising Auction!

Winning Bidder
Kathy engages a delighted Winning Bidder

Don’t let your bidders snooze through your next auction and leave money on the table – rouse them up with a few simple tips to raise the energy and fundraising at your next benefit auction.

Engage your bidders at your next charity auction - switch things up! Tighten the event timing, change venues and if that isn’t possible, flip the room set up. Add music to into the live auction, add a cool theme and as always, connect them emotionally with the cause.

A boring yawn-inducing auction does not bring in maximum dollars to your cause – so liven it up and read more about energizing your Live Auction.

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Attention: Auctioneers, Consultants and Auction Managers:

NEW EVENT: Benefit Auction Consulting 
How to Create A Highly Profitable Stream of Income 
for your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting 
August 3 & 4, 2011 Hotel Amalfi, Chicago
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

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"Thanks so much again for not “just” being our fabulous auctioneer but for being our buddy and cheerleader and bringing your heart so fully to your work. We raised over $110,000 at the Cabaret; we couldn’t have done it with you."

- Idit Klein, Executive Director, KESHET, Massachusetts

"Kathy Kingston is an EXCELLENT teacher. Check out her classes if you are serious about making a real living at this profession. There are only a handful of good Benefit Auctioneer training seminars in the country, and this is one of them… you WILL make it back"

- Jim Nye, The Benefit Auction Guy, President, Travel With Gavel, California

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.

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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