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September 2012 | Issue No. 45

Note from Kathy

You took my breath away...learn shocking survey results "FREE Teleseminar: Oct 11
You took my breath away....
Learn shocking survey results
*FREE* Teleseminar October 11th
Thanks for sharing your top benefit auction concerns in my survey.

TWO OF THE THREE items I consider vital DIDN'T EVEN MAKE YOUR LIST! I hope you're as concerned as I am. Please join me for details on my FR*EE October 11th Tele-Seminar: Register HERE .

What’s new? My new audio-book: “Do I Hear A Million? Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!” will be released soon. Join me in Westchester, NY and Hartford, CT for my seminar

Get excited! Fall auctions are harvesting BIG profits, all of our auction have broken last year’s records!  Bidding flurries and generous guests! Hurry to book your spring auction date and auctioneer.

Under cerulean skies on a quaint mill pond last week, I loved my watercolor workshop on Cape Cod with Doris Rice, an extraordinary watercolor artist and teacher. Scroll down to see my Mill Pond painting in progress.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: It's ME. It's FREE*. It's a NO-BRAINER ;-)
Sign up for No Charge Teleseminar October 11th
I'll cover the 2 KILLER STRATEGIES you didn't ask about - but I consider IMPERATIVE. INFO & REGISTRATION HERE

PPS: Auctioneers:  Catapult You Benefit Performance
Meet me in L.A. -- Beyond Bid Calling Workshop
Super Early Bird ends Oct 4th (save 50% NOW)
Limited Registration; Register Here

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Feature Article

What's Hot? What's Not?
High-Profit Benefit Auction Items

What auction items sell best now?
         What Auction items sell best now?

What charity auction items bring the most profit at a fundraising auction? Let’s look at the top factors to procure hot auction items that get those bid cards flying high at your next benefit auction? This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I’m frequently asked. Here are some tips to raise more money at your benefit auction.

In this new economy, bidder behavior has changed. Have you? Auction guests are bidding much more intentionally and with a strong measure of pre-auction promotion of these auction items on your part. Let’s face it, not everyone wants or needs another silent or live auction item. So it’s vital for you and your benefit auction team to be quite strategic to only procure and offer items that maximize your fundraising and add excitement.

Learn number one factor for profitable benefit auction items - might just surprise you. Plus, read on and I’ll teach you how to make money out of thin air!

Please read my article here.

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For Nonprofits

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

Registration and info for both locations:  Click here

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advanced Fundraising Auctioneering Performance
How to Catapult Your Benefit Auction Income
December 10 & 11, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA
Limited Spaces.  Register NOW:
Please contact Kathy


Mentor Programs

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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“YOU are incredible. Thank you so much for that phenomenal class. So much to put into effect here. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
You ROCK!”

- Kelly Russell, CAI, BAS, CES
  Kelly Russell Auctions, Oregon

“Kathy's warm and genuine personality, her magnetic stage presence, and her auctioneering prowess had a huge payoff for the GALA organization, as she seamlessly persuaded guests to open their wallets and generously support a worthy cause. Later that week, I attended two classes Kathy taught about raising money at events. I've taken hundreds of classes and seminars in my career. What I know is there are very few teachers who can engage and inspire; Kathy is one of those people who got me so excited that I knew we had to work with her in some capacity to make our first-ever major fundraising party as much fun and profitable as possible."

- Blaine Bonham Chair, Development
  Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, Pennsylvania

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: If you have any questions or comments, please send them to:

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

Kathy's Watercolors

Mill Pond Watercolor in progress

"Mill Pond Watercolor in progress"
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