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August 2013 | Issue No. 54

Note from Kathy

Kathy from backstage IAC

Kathy teaches hot new revenue rocket boosters. Learn how at her NEW October Seminar!

Deep-Fried Twinkies on a stick? Indeed.

I loved the Iowa State Fair and marveled at over 60 foods 'On a Stick' from Octodogs to Shrimp Po-Boy. I opted for Smoothie On a Stick while admiring 4-H goats and baby pigs. Next year- Rib Shack on a stick?

Bidding and giving at auctions have changed. Have YOU?

Please join me at our NEW SEMINAR: Sky-High Auction Profits!

Learn to leverage hot trends and send your auction fundraising into the next orbit!  Bring your whole auction committee and board. Super group pricing. Two locations and dates: October 22 afternoon seminar in Danbury, CT and October 24 morning seminar in Boston, MA. Ignite giving with my rocket boosters for your benefit auction. Click here for more information and to register!

What's HOT and what's NOT? Read my article and learn my secret recipe for procuring high selling auction items. Just scroll down or go to my blog to read the full article there!

Enjoy my encaustic/mixed media painting: Reveal II... just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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       Sky-High Auction Profits!
       Oct 22 in Danbury OR October 24 in Boston

       Details and registration
       *Special Group Rate: Bring your whole auction team!

PPS: Auctioneers: Only 20 spots left for the NAA Benefit Auction Summit in Chicago on September 15 -17. As a member of the Steering Committee, I can assure you that our speakers and programs are the best EVER!

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Feature Article

Kathy’s Secret Recipe for High Profit Auction Items

Kathy and Betty Crocker

Fundraising and giving has changed. More than ever it's vital to be strategic with your auction item procurement. Here's my golden recipe for item procurement. It's the most lucrative way to boost bidding and make more money: select items that your guests really want.

First call your top donors, past bidders and sponsors. Ask them what they would love to bid on at your next auction. Then ask for their advice. Also study past auction data and list the top items and who bought them. Then first focus on procuring those specific items.

If your audience loves and supports the arts and culture, you've just got to procure sold-out Broadway or Vegas tickets with a VIP backstage meet and greet with a gourmet meal and luxury hotel in the Big Apple or LA. If you know the majority of your guests adore the Red Sox or even the Yankees, make sure you have tickets behind home plate for one of the biggest sports rivalries in history...

Continue reading the full article ONLINE here...

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For Nonprofits & Schools

NEW Seminar: Sky-High Auction Profits
Propel Your Fundraising Auction Light Years Ahead!

Tuesday, October 22, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Danbury, CT
Thursday, October 24, 8:30 am - 12 Noon Boston, MA

Early Bird Investment: Only $47 (ends 10/15)

*Groups: only $20 per person (register online)
Bring your Auction Committee!

Limited spaces. Sign up now!

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop
How to Advance Your Fundraising & Stage Performance

Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10, 2013 Dallas, TX
Raise More Money and Catapult Your Benefit Auction Career
Details & Register here. Best prices end Oct 4.
Sign up now. Intentionally small class due to highly interactive workshop

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?
Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Listen to over 3.5 hours of Kathy's top notch strategies and proven techniques for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising and benefit auction business to the next level. 

Available NOW!

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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"Kathy, Just wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with you. I really appreciated all your coaching and felt it made a big difference, as did your stellar auctioneering!""

Christie Foote Smith, Director
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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© 2008-2013 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Kathy's Art: Reveal II

Reveal II

Encaustic with Mixed Media
by Kathy Kingston  © 2013 All rights reserved

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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.

©2013 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved