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April 2013 | Issue No. 51

Note from Kathy

We Stand As One
With Boston

Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the recent tragic events in Boston.

This incredible outpouring of resolve, inspiration, heroism and gratitude is truly remarkable. For me, it underscores a powerful renewal of hope and the determination to live free for everyone. To show our support, we have made contribution to founded by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Turning to our exciting benefit auction updates:

Discover why S–I–L–E–N–T™ spells success to skyrocket bidding at your silent auction. Read my article here.   

Want to turn 10 minutes into a gold mine?  Please join me May 8 for my new interactive Fund A Need Seminar. I’ll personally coach you to optimize the top 10 minutes of any entire gala, auction or fundraiser. (Hurry - Early bird ends May 1st.)  

Enjoy my short uplifting sunrise video of Hampton Beach - just scroll down.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Limited spaces due to highly interactive class

NEW: Fund-a-Need Intensive Live Seminar
May 8th 8:30am-12noon Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis, MA
Early Bird: $47 until May 1 (Bring an extra person: just $20)

*Feel free to forward to your colleagues and friends

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Feature Article

Kathy's Best S–I–L–E–N–T™ Auction Tips...

By Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS

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Tip: Elevate Your Silent Items

How do you spell Silent Auction Success?

Maximize your fundraising and share my new Kathy Kingston S–I–L–E–N–T™ Auction Method with your Auction Committee and volunteers. Avoid common mistakes and make the most profit with your silent auctions by applying my six key strategies:

S (Spread them out), I (Interval closings), L (Light it up), E (Elevate your items), N (aNnnouncements), and T (Take time for design).  

Please read my full article here.

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Benefit Auction Audio Encyclopedia

Expand Your Fundraising Library & Raise More Money!
7 Audio Volumes of Kathy’s Best Benefit Auction Ideas
Listen with your entire Auction Committee
Bonus: Quick Start Tool Kit & Consult with Kathy
“No Brainer” Price Now


Nonprofit Professional Development

NEW! Double Your Action Income in 10 Minutes: Kathy's Fund a Need Instensive

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis, MA

Don’t leave money in the room!  Optimize your powerful Fund a Need Special Appeal – literally at ANY fundraising event. Discover how to deeply engage supporters, shine a laser beam on your mission and raise more money than ever before.

You will learn how to easily implement this most profitable new income stream for your next fundraiser. Raise more money and energize your Auction Committee in this turbo charged, fun and super interactive workshop. Extra special price for groups! Bring your entire Auction Committee!   Sign up now


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:

Auctioneers - create a highly profitable income stream for your benefit auction business with consulting. In this highly interactive 2-day workshop you will practice and hone specialized skills and techniques that you need to add highly requested and profitable consulting services to nonprofits.

  • Provide indispensable value to your clients
  • Exponentially raise more funds
  • Add a highly profitable income stream
Limited registration due to the individual coaching of each participant. Register Now

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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“Kathy - our auctioneer extraordinaire! Thank you for all you did to make our Gala so successful - and for your generosity. Looking forward to next year!”
Jeanine Tousignant, CEO
Manchester Music School, NH

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: If you have any questions or comments, please send them to:

© 2008-2013 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Kathy's Art: Video of Beach Sunrise

Tranquil sunrise at Hampton Beach, NH
Video by Kathy Kingston  © 2013 All rights reserved

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Who We Are

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We 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