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October 2017 | Issue No. 98

Note from Kathy

Planet Fitness
We quadrupled their revenue expectations!

Kudos to Planet Fitness!

I was honored to serve as lead auctioneer and fundraising strategist at the Planet Fitness 25th Anniversary Gala. Along with six award-winning auctioneers, we raised $417,000, four times more than expected for Boys and Girls Clubs of America to create The Judgement Free Generation. This is Planet Fitness' new philanthropic initiative designed to combat the judgment and bullying faced by today's youth by creating a culture of kindness and encouragement. Huge thank you to fellow National Auctioneers Association pros, left to right: Bobby D Ehlert, Erin Ward, Michael Chambers, Kathy Kingston, June DeLair, Daryl Pelletier, Lynne Zink!

Ever wonder how to start your live auction? Just add an inspiring WWH! Read our feature article to get those bid cards waving higher!

Do losing bidders give generously in Fund a Need? Myth or Truth? Join me and Michael Upp as we debunk 6 revenue robbing myths. Sign up now. Benefit Auction MythBusters IV complimentary webinar on Wednesday, November 15 at 1pm Eastern.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Happy Halloween, just scroll down for my watercolor Triple Treat.

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Feature Article

"It's not what you are bidding on,
it's what you are bidding for."
~Kathy Kingston

Riveting Remarks Raise More Money

Ever wonder how to start your live auction so you can raise more money? Design a special moment right before your Live Auction. In this even more competitive fundraising environment, it’s vital to prepare your guests to be generous.

W W H. Why We’re Here!

Here are a few tips to create your WWH moment. Immediately before you start your live auction, communicate the impact of the donors contribution with brief inspiring remarks (1-2 minutes max) to raise more funds and to further engage your donors.

Prepare. A month or more before the event, start working with the person who is going to "make your WWH inspiring remarks." Help them understand that their remarks need to be about the transformation, benefits, results, and impact of your non-profit organization. Creating purposeful remarks will make a huge difference in your momentum. Be sure that you personally approve all the remarks to be made your benefit auction event. (And time all the remarks with your stopwatch too.)

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Professional Development Opportunities

For Nonprofits, Charities and Schools

NEW Complimentary Webinar
Benefit Auction MythBusters IV
Wednesday, November 15 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

Who ya gonna call? Kathy and Michael

Go behind the scenes with Kathy and Michael. You’ll learn their insider secrets about what really works in this new economy to raise more funds. Don’t experiment alone. Sign up now to catapult your bottom line and cultivate your donors!

Discover how to avoid 6 gnarly fundraising auction mistakes that lose money and discourage donors.

Join Kathy and Michael as they debunk these tough revenue-robbing myths:

Myth #1: Losing bidders give generously in Fund a Need

Myth #2: Your item procurement committee is the most important
Myth #3: Great live auction items sell themselves
Myth #4: You can’t predict how much money you will raise
Myth #5: You have to pay for consignment items
Myth #6: Galas and auctions are for fundraising

Details and Registration

For Auctioneers

MASTER CLASS Fund a Need Workshop for Auctioneers Sunday & Monday, December 3 & 4.
Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Note: wait list only. This is a NEW advanced Master Class Workshop on Fund a Need for experienced benefit auctioneers and consultants.Contact Kathy for more information.

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Would you like to bring Kathy's new Fundraising Auction Seminar to your town on her book tour? It's easy, just contact Kathy - let's talk! 603-926-1919

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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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Praise for Kathy

"Kathy's seminar helped to target some specific areas where we can re-energize our event. Material was fun and interesting. Kathy was excellent -- positive energy."

~ Sue Carpenter, Co-Chairperson for St. Elizabeth Community Largest Annual Fundraiser for 6 years running

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Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Triple Treat

Triple Treat

"Triple Treat"

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2017 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.

©2017 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved