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May 2014 | Issue No. 62

Note from Kathy

Shorter than the dune grass...
Photo Courtesy of Kathy Kingston

Happy Summer!

Imagine my delight as I happened upon triplet kit foxes on a recent remote beach walk on Cape Cod. No larger than small cats, they allowed me to quietly observe as they foraged and frolicked for hours.

What does the fox say? Give your auction guests fresh profitable auction item ideas. For 24 clever ideas, please read my article about “How To Make Money Out of Thin Air”

Astute Benefit Auctioneers can raise 25% or more with new consulting and planning services. Learn how and amplify your fundraising skills at my Benefit Auction Consulting Workshop on June 22 and 23 in Scottsdale, AZ.

For my watercolor: I Love Beach Rocks, just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Courtesy Reminder: Time to lock in your 2015 auction date now
Contact Kathy: 603-235-1196. Let's talk.

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Feature Article

Make Money Out of Thin Air: Ultimate Fundraising Auction Items - 24 Fresh Ideas

Kathy as Snow Queen in
Walk-on Role in Nutcracker

Would you believe that I starred in the Nutcracker Ballet as the Snow Queen?  Courtesy of a fabulous fundraising auction item!

It’s true. For this prestigious walk-on role, my 15 seconds of fame included a dramatic entrance in a faux-ermine floor-length cape and tiara. As I waved adieux, sugar plum fairies and mouse soldiers bowed deeply to me and pirouetted away. I treasure that unique experience, thanks to a creative auction item for Newport Rhode Island’s contemporary ballet company, Island Moving Company. Now, that’s making money out of thin air!

Do you crave fresh innovative fundraising auction items that get bid cards flying? Consider creative no-cost auction items that are fun, experiential, and match your audience interests that guests can’t get anywhere else.

Read the full article for 23 more innovative item ideas...

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Nonprofits & Schools & Development Professionals

Watch for Kathy's Fall Seminar Schedule

How about a new seminar in your area? Contact Kathy    603-926-1919

For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
June 22 & 23, 2014 - Scottsdale, Arizona

Limited Spaces. Register NOW:
Auctioneers - create a highly profitable income stream for your benefit auction business with consulting. In this highly interactive 2-day workshop you will practice and hone specialized skills and techniques that you need to add highly requested and profitable consulting services to nonprofits.

  1. Provide indispensable value to your clients
  2. Exponentially raise more funds
  3. Add a highly profitable income stream

Limited registration due to the individual coaching of each participant. Register Now

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money! Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2014 Ft. Myers, Florida

Save the date: Limited Spaces.
Please contact Kathy

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

Kathy's new audio-book: It's over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions 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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Sonoma Wine

"We blew the roof off the auction tent!"

$1.5 million! Sonoma Harvest Wine Auctionís Honore Comfort
and Maureen Cottingham explain how Kathy Kingstonís
strategies helped them double their profits.

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Beach Rocks

Cape Cod Hydrangea
I Love Beach Rocks

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2014 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.

©2014 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved