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February 2013 | Issue No. 49

Note from Kathy

Two Feet of Snow
We got 2 Feet!

Waist-high snow in my yard!
Blizzard Nemo blasted the northeast just as I returned from Sedona. I love to rejuvenate for a busy spring auction season by hiking and watercolor painting in the enchanted red rocks and vortexes.
Are you perplexed by a VORTEX of auction QUESTIONS?
No worries -- Just ask me! I’ll answer as many of your questions LIVE at my *Free TeleSeminar February 28. Can’t wait?
Learn 5 easy ways to avoid common calamities in benefit auctions - enjoy my article: “Don’t Wreck Your Auction Fundraiser.”
Our Kingston Fund is pleased to announce 2012 grant recipients through the Cape Cod Foundation: Harwich Junior Theatre to support a bullying and teasing prevention program; Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod for an elementary school nutrition education program; Cape Cod Collaborative Alternative Education Program to support academic performance of at-risk-youth through computer-based tasks, physical exercise and artistic expression.
Enjoy my new watercolor: “Enchantment”-- just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS:  I hope to see you on my *Free Ask Kathy TeleSeminar.
You’ll receive a complimentary audio download too.
Register *free:

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Feature Article

Don't Wreck Your Auction Fundraiser

How to Avoid 5 Fundraising Auction Mistakes

By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

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How to Fix Common Fundrasing Auction Mistakes

Enjoy my article: “Don’t Wreck Your Charity Auction Fundraiser” and learn easy ways to avoid common calamities in benefit auctions. Many nonprofits, schools and charities sometimes unknowingly make these common costly fundraising mistakes. Reduce stress and burnout and skyrocket your fundraising auction now. 

Ready to take your auction fundraiser to the next level? Need help to bring the right people into the room? Do you want to engage your Board?  Need help to justify a  superb fundraising auctioneer?  We enthusiastically welcome your comments and inquiries. We work with all sizes of auctions. Let’s talk! Contact Kathy 603-926-1919

Mistake # 1: End with Your Live Auction
This costly mistake will kill your bottom line. Do NOT wait until after dinner or after entertainment to raise money. Why? It’s too late and by that time many of your guests are tired, inattentive or worst yet - gone. You can not raise money when your supporters are driving home in their car! It is imperative to strategically schedule your Live Auction and Fund a Need Appeal EARLY in the event when your guests are attentive, awake and ready to bid. You will maximize fundraising when you position your Live Auction and Fund a Need Appeal before or during dinner. Save awards and entertainment for your grand finale.
Please read the full article here.

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NEW ASK Kathy Kingston *Free Teleseminar

Thursday, February 28th  1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific
*Free* Teleseminar with Kathy Kingston Live
Sign up today. Complimentary Audio Replay. No cost.

What are your burning questions?
Listen with your entire Auction Committee

NEW Benefit Auction Audio Encyclopedia

Expand Your Fundraising Library & Raise More Money!
7 Audio Volumes of Kathy’s Best Benefit Auction Ideas
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Bonus: Quick Start Tool Kit & Consult with Kathy
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For Professional Auctioneers

Consulting for Benefit Auctioneers Workshop

Create a Highly Profitable Stream of Income for
Your Benefit Auction Business with Consulting
August 5 & 6, 2013 - Embassy Suites: Atlanta Georgia

Limited Spaces. Register NOW:
Please contact Kathy

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Advance Your Fundraising Stage Performance
Raise More Money!
  Catapult Your Career!
December 9 & 10, 2013 TBA Soon

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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“Steve*, it was a great auction. Thank you for doing such an outstanding job at our event. We received such positive feedback about your warmth and professionalism on the night of the event and it continues to roll in. Our committee members and staff are very happy with the results that you were able to help us achieve.”
Laura Sinitsky, Director of Marketing & Development
Richmond Community Services Foundation

*about Steve Schofield, CAI BAS, National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame Auctioneer


“I have had the honor of having Miss Kathy Kingston become a mentor to me within the Benefit Auction Industry in which she so graciously shares her knowledge, wisdom and professionalism.  Miss Kathy embodies the true meaning of giving and professionalism within her career and personally.  Her enthusiasm for her profession and in giving to others is so captivating that she excites me, amongst others, to continue learning through every experience in which I am honored to become part of the Benefit Auction Industry and to further develop my relationship with her.  
Thank you so much for your time, assistance, kindness and wisdom that you have so graciously shared with me."
Cissy Tabor, Professional Auctioneer
Cissy's Auction & Special Events, LLC, Colorado

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Watercolor of Red Rocks/Sedona

Kathy's Art - Watercolor of Red Rocks/Sedona

Original Watercolor by Kathy Kingston
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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.

©2013 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved