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December 2016 | Issue No. 91

Note from Kathy

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful holiday and abundant 2017!

"JOY" Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2016 All rights reserved

As we celebrate our 30th year, I'd like to express heartfelt gratitude to all of our clients, colleagues, friends and fellow auctioneers. Thank you for the honor of helping you raise more funds, engage more donors and communicating the impact of your mission.

Your auction's over - now what? Read my article to discover the biggest lesson I have learned in three decades. Discover 3 vital actions you can take right now to raise more funds.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Enjoy this super easy, delicious Baked Brie recipe - just scroll down.

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Feature Article

The Partyís Over - Now What? 3 Top Tips for 2017


During my three decades as a professional fundraising auctioneer and consultant, the biggest blunder that I've seen nonprofits and schools make is to treat their fundraiser auction as if it were a one-night, once-a-year event. That limited thinking epitomizes a costly outdated model of fundraising.

Why? Because that old event-centered mindset leaves countless money in the room and excludes vital donor engagement. I've even heard some people mistakenly proclaim, “Auctions are like a one-day retail business.” And when I started my career 30 years ago, I thought that too.

But it's just not true. And here's why...


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Professional Development Opportunities


Get your copy today:
A Higher Bid!


For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

Spring Fundraising Seminar
schedule to be announced soon!

Would you like to bring Kathyís new Fundraising Auction Seminar to your town on her book tour? Itís easy, just contact Kathy - letís talk! 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

Benefit Auctioneer Mentor Program

Bring Your Professional Benefit Auctioneer
and Consulting Talents to the Next Level!

Auctioneers: Get ready now for your record-breaking 2017

Leverage this new economy, now is the time to invest in yourself and your business.

Contact Kathy for your free "Benefit Auction Business Success Consultation" today. 603-235-1196

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Kathy's Favorite Baked Brie Delight

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 or your favorite jam
Ĺ 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 30-40 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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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative education for nonprofits, schools and auctioneers. A national thought leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for organizations across the country for over 30 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. She is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions. 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.

©2016 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved