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October 2015 | Issue No. 79

Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston

Kathy Auctions the
Mystery Pumpkin

Halloween is my all time favorite. Have fun!

Take my Scary Fundraising Auction Quiz
Guess which stories are true or false:

  1. Huge scaffold crashes on stage
  2. Gourmet buffet forces hour delay
  3. Ornate bid card looses thousands
  4. Auction committee parties on and on
  5. Fire blazes on sponsor table

Could this happen to you? For answers and stories: please read my article: Prevent Scary Fundraising Auction Accidents

NEW Webinar November 12th Register NOW *free*
Kathy and Michael debunk commonly overlooked auction mistakes!

Don’t be afraid, just scroll down to see my latest watercolor: “Triple Treat”

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Check out this USA Today article where I was quoted about how fundraising auctioneers raise more money and engage more donors.

PPS: Grab a copy of A Higher Bid for your favorite organization’s fundraising library now:

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Feature Article

How to Prevent Scary Benefit Auction Accidents

Could these frightening situations happen to you?

Take my Benefit Auction Quiz:

  1. Huge scaffold crashes on stage
  2. Gourmet buffet forces hour delay
  3. Bid paddle loses thousands
  4. Auction committee parties on and on...
  5. Fire blazes on sponsor table
Kathy consulting
Strategic consulting helps nonprofits avoid costly planning oversights

Do you think these five fundraising auction stories are TRUE OR FALSE?

#1 Stage scaffold crashes
The live auction is in full swing. On stage volunteers hold up auction items as the auctioneer conducts lively bidding. The crowd hears crack, groan, and a big boom. The set behind the stage, including all the scaffolding and all audio equipment crashes down inches from volunteers and auctioneer. The auctioneer and volunteers jump off the stage within inches of life-threatening injuries. The auctioneer keeps on selling, doesn't miss a single bid and sells it for a record amount.

#2 Gourmet buffet steals the show
At a high-end auction gala, guests are invited to dinner. They stand in single line for a stunning gourmet buffet. Seven chefs prepare delicacies, including a steamship round of beef carving station, a cook-to-order pasta station and many specialties including lobster. The crowd of 500 clogged the buffet line and waited for an hour. Since it took so long, half the guests left right after they ate their meal. The Live Auction and Fund A Need occurred with quite disappointing results. Unfortunately, there was no way to recover the untold thousands of dollars that literally walked out of the door....

Read my the rest of the article to learn 3 more frightening situations!

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Nonprofit Professional Development

Amazon Best Seller: A Higher Bid!

Grab a copy of A Higher Bid for your favorite organization's fundraising library!

*Want a book signing or special seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Auctioneers: 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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Praise for Kathy and A Higher Bid

"If you've ever participated in a badly-organized, under whelming fundraising event -- and who hasn't? -- read this book. Kathy Kingston's practical wisdom, good humor, and generous spirit shine through on every page. You'll raise more money and, even better, you'll have more fun."

Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson, author, Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art:Triple Treat

Tomatoes in Basket
"Triple Treat"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2015 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.

©2015 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved