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August 2012 | Issue No. 44

Note from Kathy

International Auctioneers Championship (IAC) Chuck Cumberlin Memorial Sportsmanship Award


Kathy Kingston (middle) receives the 2012 International Auctioneers Championship (IAC) Chuck Cumberlin Memorial Sportsmanship Award flanked by 2011 IAC Champions Camille Booker and Joseph Mast

Ready for fresh fundraising auction ideas?

Benefit Auctions are booming. I’ve just spent several weeks with the best minds in benefit auctions discussing and creating new profit making charity auction ideas for YOU at our International Auctioneers Conference and my Benefit Auctioneer Consulting Workshop.  If you are ready to raise the bar, we would be delighted to work with you on you next auction. Contact me to schedule your 15-minute complimentary auction evaluation now.

I was recently honored to receive the Chuck Cumberlin Memorial Sportsmanship Award the the International Auctioneers Championship, read the press release here.

Right now, I’m in the Last Frontier doing some watercolor painting, visiting friends and renewing for fundraising auction season. Want a peek of the majestic view of Homer Alaska? Just scroll down for my new watercolor: Alaska Fireweed Over Kachemak Bay

Always BIDhi!

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PS: NEW Seminar: Optimize Your Fund A Need
Turn 10 Minutes into a Goldmine
October 3, Westchester NY & October 4, Hartford, CT
Watch for upcoming details

PPS: Coming Soon: Kathy's NEW Audio Book:
Do I Hear A Million? Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits

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Feature Article


Auctioneer June DeLair says SOLD to delighted bidders at the
Auctioneer June DeLair says SOLD to delighted bidders at the
Angelight Films benefit auction

How can we attract the right guests at my charity auction?

How can you get the right people in the room for your fundraising auction? Make audience development a top priority year round. While procurement of great auction items is important, filling your venue with the RIGHT bidders is doubly critical to your fundraising auction success. Audience development is the number one factor that can influence the success of a charity auction. Why? In order to raise significantly more funds at your benefit auction, it’s vital to have guests who love your cause, have the capacity to bid high during the auction and most importantly can continue to support you throughout the year!

Here are five key steps to filling your venue with power bidders to raise more money.

Please read my article here.

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Turn 10 Minutes into a Gold Mine at Your Benefit Auction!
How to Optimize Your Fund A Need Special Appeal

Choose from two locations

Wednesday, October 3
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Food Bank for Westchester, Elmsford, NY

Thursday, October 4
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Mandell JCC, West Hartford, CT

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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"Kathy Kingston and her team of Steve Schofield and D Byers are professionals. They understand the dynamics of a fundraising auction, and can analyze how you can improve your results. Their ability to work with your organization throughout the planning process of your event, greatly improves the overall return. Their expertise is well worth it. Plus, they are much fun to work with!"

- Kate Spinella, Director of Development
Newport Art Museum

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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2008-2012 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

Kathy's Watercolors

Alaska Fireweed Over Kachemak Bay

"Alaska Fireweed Over Kachemak Bay"
Original Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2012

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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.

2012 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved