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December 2012 | Issue No. 48

Note from Kathy

Watercolor of Misty Covered BridgeOver the River
Watercolor by Kathy Kingston
© 2012 All Rights Reserved

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

A giant thank you to all of our wonderful clients and generous donors and bidders.
Congratulations on another revenue and record-breaking benefit auction season. It is an honor and privilege to support your amazing transformational work in your communities. On behalf of our Kingston Auction Team: professional auctioneers Steve Schofield, D Byers, Ailie Byers, Lynne Zink, and our superb support team: Cindy Fesseden, Maura Wiser, and Michelle Hutter we wish you the best holiday ever!

Capitalize on my Cardinal Rules for Fundraising Auctions for your best benefit auction ever

Check out my new audio-book: Do I Hear A Million?™ Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits! It’s over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.

Would you like to discover how to ask for what you really want? I’m honored to be selected as a featured speaker for the first International Women Business Owners Conference and Expo. Join me January 25 and 26 in Scottsdale, Arizona. You’ll discover “The Art of Asking for What You Want..Success Secrets from a Professional Auctioneer” Details and registration here, contact me for a very special rate:

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Looking for a specail gift for nonprofit or school?
Give the gift of proven fundraising auction techniques!
Gift Kathy's "No Brainer" Benefit Auction Encyclopedia"
A perfect gift for your favorite nonprofit volunteer, board and staff!

PPS: A surprise is coming: Watch your email.....

PPPS: Try this recipe for Cranberry Relish...It's a family favorite!

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Feature Article

Kathy's Cardinal Rules for Fundraising Auctions


Keepin' Warm
Watercolor by Kathy Kingston
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1.  Focus on Fundraising
Show how guests can make a difference. Showcase your mission throughout your auction. Using compelling video, brief inspiring remarks and other communications, envelop your audience in the cause and show how their contribution matters to transform your clients and community.

2.  Fill Your Audience with the Right People
Audience development is #1. Take the time to research and cultivate. Remember, people give to people. A personal ask is the most important key to success.

3.  Find the Right Match
Solicit auction items that fit your guests. Know your crowd! Do they respond to rich and varied experiences while traveling or are they more excited about cultural and sporting events? Match your guests interest. Do your homework.


Please read my article here.

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"Thank you for presenting at the Benefit Auction Summit in Denver. Attendees had an engaged experience with your seminar and your gracious touch of offering your ebook was so true to your style. As your chairperson, your friend and fellow fundraising auctioneer, thank you for strengthening the National Auctioneers Association and our profession."

- JillMarie Wiles, CAI, BAS,CTM
  Beneficial Auction Services
  Chair, National Auctioneers Association Education Trustees


Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Classic Kingston Family Recipe

Savor one of my mom Winnie’s most requested holiday recipe.
This sweet and tangy side-dish compliments turkey and ham and is a jewel on your holiday table!

Winnie's Cranberry Relish With Topping


Cranberry Relish with Topping

Winnie's Cranberry Relish with Topping

2 packets of raspberry jello 1 cup of cranberry sauce (whole)
1 cup of port wine
8 ounce can of drained crushed pineapple
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup of fresh pomegranate (optional)
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of cream cheese

Mix and stir in a large bowl
2 packets of raspberry jello
1 cup of boiling water

Then add and stir (before the jello sets)
1 cup of port wine
1 cup of cranberry sauce (whole)
1 eight ounce can of drained crushed pineapple
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup of fresh pomegranate (optional)

Cover and refrigerate this cranberry/jello mixture

In a separate bowl combine thoroughly
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of cream cheese

Spread the sour cream/cream cheese mixture
Spoon it right on top of the cranberry jello mixture - yum.
(Be sure the cranberry/jello mixture is set first)

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy and get ready for compliments!


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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe 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.

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