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July 2016 | Issue No. 87

Note from Kathy

Alaska Firewed

Having lived in Anchorage Alaska for many years, I love spending time in this extraordinary place to visit dear friends and colleagues, paint, hike and of course enjoy fresh salmon and halibut. When the final fireweed flower tip blooms, summer's end is near in The Last Frontier.

And that means it's time to get ready for fall fundraising season!

To help you raise more money and engage new donors, join me across the country for my Fall Book-Tour Seminar schedule: September 26-28 Arizona, October 6 Connecticut, October 24 Washington DC, October 25 Virginia.

You'll learn my advanced fundraising strategies from A Higher Bid. I'm excited to announce our seminar guest presenters and award-winning auctioneers Bobby D Ehlert in Arizona and Lynne Zink in DC and Virginia!

Sign up now to learn how to take your fundraising auctions and events to the next level.

Scroll down to see my watercolor of Denali.

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  Do you how to maximize the true worth of your live auction?
Check out Chapter 12 in A Higher Bid. Get your personal copy at

PPS:  Now is your time to break records at your benefit auction.
Sign up now! Fundraising Auction Seminar

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Feature Article

Eat a lot of ice cream!

Sharing ice cream Kathy Kingston

"Eat a lot of ice cream, savor the flavor, but savor and remember those you are sharing the ice cream with even more."
~ Patricia Massart, National Auctioneers Hall of Fame

Pat Massart was a beloved mentor, colleague and friend to me and countless auctioneers throughout the world. Enjoy her wise advise!

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Professional Development Opportunities


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For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

Raise more money - Engage more donors!

Fundraising Auction Seminars
A Higher Bid - BOOK-TOUR for
Nonprofits, Charities & Schools
Click any date below to register now...
Spaces are limited!

Sedona, AZ - Sept 26 Phoenix, AZ - Sept 27
Tucson, AZ - Sept 28 Windsor, CT - Oct 6
Washington, DC - Oct 24 Arlington, VA - Oct 25

*Want a seminar in your area? Just contact Kathy 603-926-1919

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For Professional Auctioneers

NEW Auctioneer Entrepreneur Mentor Program

Are you an auctioneer ready to skyrocket fundraising, help more clients and increase your life balance? Take your business to the next arc of entrepreneurship.

Through one-on-one mentoring and coaching, Kathy offers three decades of her award-winning experience in business development, marketing, consulting and fundraising, nonprofit organizations, benefit auctions in a customized, personalized relationship.

Whether you are a seasoned auctioneer who would like to raise your fees and achieve more life balance or if you are a new auctioneer who would like to jump start your business, increase ideal clients and personal branding, Kathy is excited to work with you. This is a highly interactive mentor program to provide you with an innovative, action-packed advancement program that promises to bring creativity, energy and stronger results to you and your clients.

Please contact Kathy for a complimentary consultation now: 603-235-1196

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Praise for Kathy


~Jack Good, Vice-President, People's United Bank, Mass.content divider

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Denali

Nuset Lighthouse

“The High One” Athabascan (Native Alaskan) meaning
behind Denali, which is the mountain formerly known as McKinley.

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2016 All rights reserved

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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