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November 2013 | Issue No. 57

Note from Kathy

Kathy from backstage IAC

After Harvest in Sonoma
Photo by Kathy Kingston © 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just returned from Sonoma for auctions and consulting. A stunning riot of fall colors blanket vineyards in this world-class wine region. If you've never been to Sonoma, put it on your bucket list!

As you gather with loved ones during the holidays, you may be searching for just the perfect recipe to share. Whenever I serve my yummy baked brie, everyone clamors for my recipe, so enjoy: Kathy's Baked Brie

Plus, here's Best Recipe for: "What Auction Items Sell Best?" Read my article below

Fund-A-Need Appeals are booming across the country and significantly outpace revenue of Live and Silent Auctions. What to learn more? Join me for Women In Development Panel: Event Based Fundraising: What's Hot and What's Not. December 12th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Federal Reserve Building, Boston (*You must pre-register.) Click here to register!

Love birch trees? Enjoy "Ladies of the Woods" - just scroll down.

Always Bidhi!

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PS: Looking for a great gift for gala chairpersons, nonprofit staff, auction volunteers, boards and schools. Check out my Benefit Auction Audio Encyclopedia. Expand your Fundraising Library now:

PPS: Auctioneers: Join me as I demystify cutting-edge benefit auction
methods that make even last year's fundraising approaches obsolete.
Beyond Bid Calling: Advanced Fundraising Auctioneer Workshop
December 9 & 10 - Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas Texas
Uber-limited space:

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Kathy's Favorite Baked Brie Recipe

Baked Brie

1 large sheet of puff pastry dough (grocer's freezer)

1 round of Brie cheese (do not remove rind)

1 jar of cranberry chutney

½ cup of chopped pecans (optional)

Working on a well-floured surface, roll out the puff pastry so that it will fully cover the brie on both sides. Place the puff pastry on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Position the brie in the middle of the puff pastry. Dump the chutney on the brie. Add pecans or other nuts (optional). Fold excess pastry around the wheel. Pinch the puff pastry together to seal in the chutney and nuts. Brush the entire top side of the brie with a beaten egg. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, pastry should be golden brown. Place on a pretty platter. Serve with crackers and apple slices.

Please email me and let me know how you like it!

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Feature Article

Kathy's Recipe for the Best Auction Items!

Everyone's sharing their favorite recipes now. 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.

Kathy from backstage IAC

Get those bid cards waving with profitable 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. School auctions afford really unique bidding opportunities as the best selling items include Head of the school for the day, your very own parking spot, favorite teacher experience, like cupcake making at Mrs. Smith's home, AND of course the class gift from each grade level like the first grade cookie jar with each child's thumbprint and initials all over it!

First procure your high-yield Live Auction items. These are the ones that sell for over the value. This is where we must focus our efforts in this economy. Why? Because these are unique items or experiences that have the capacity to bring very high profit and sometimes far exceed the retail value.

Go to my Blog to read more of the Recipe...ONLINE here...

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For Nonprofits & Schools

Watch for Kathy's Seminar Schedule

New Hampshire, Massachusetts & Connecticut

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money! Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2013 ~ Dallas, Texas

Details & Register here. Extremely limited spaces!
OR Contact Kathy Kingston

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!

Kathy's No-Brainer Benefit Auction Encylopedia

A perfect gift for you favorite nonprofit and school.

Put an end to the auction creation struggle – know exactly what to do, what to ask for, who to ask, and who to invite so you generate generous donations every time.

 Expand your Fundraising Library 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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“Beyond Bid Calling Workshop with Kathy Kingston is amazing! I’ve been to a lot of the benefit auction training; this is by far is the best: performance, consultation, fund a need, revenue generating - she does it all. I’m so excited to go out tomorrow and start. Thank you Kathy for putting on this wonderful seminar!”

Bobby D Ehlert, Call to Auction, Arizona

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." ~W.J. Cameron

Thank you so much for your dedicated action and passionate commitment to vital nonprofit causes every day! I am grateful for opportunity to serve your wonderful work. ~ Kathy Kingston, Consultant and Auctioneer

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Kathy's Art: Birches

Duet Forever
Ladies of the Woods

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