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Kathy Kingston's BIDhi!
August 2009

In This Issue

Are you watering down what should be a masterpiece?



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Note from Kathy

Kathy at Fenway

Back from the Last Frontier!

I've just finished a watercolor painting workshop in Alaska, visited friends and enjoyed my fill of halibut. While living in Anchorage for over 10 years, I witnessed countless Coho salmon runs. In my painting, "Upstream Dream" I wanted to portray the density, determination and sometimes whimsy of this annual spectacle. Since my first art class just last year, watercolor is my new passion and I've had a hard time putting the brush down ever since.

You know, designing your benefit auction is an art. Read my main article to discover just the right touch to raise more money and create the best guest experience.

Always BIDhi!

Kathy Kingston

P.S. Save Oct 29th for a free 1 hour Tele-Seminar at 1PM EST. I hope you can make it because I'll answer your top questions about how to raise more money. I'll keep you posted!

Ignite Generosity!

Are you watering down what should be a masterpiece?

Last week I loved learning to paint vibrant entertaining watercolors. What's the secret? Illuminate the key subject of the painting capturing light. Without this, the viewer's attention is distracted.

What's the secret to keep your auction guests focused and bidding high? Spotlight your mission so they know exactly where their money is going and how they are making a difference. Invite them to invest in your cause.

Just as too much water dilutes the vibrancy of watercolor paintings, likewise diluting the focus of your benefit auction can bring disappointing outcomes.

As you make tough auction budget decisions, be sure to protect the event details that MAKE YOU MONEY!

Highlight these powerful income streams:

  • Fund a Need
  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • New Interactive Revenue Activities

Avoid these mistakes that decrease profit:

  • Long boring speeches
  • Too much emphasis on entertainment
  • Too much emphasis on decorations
  • Conducting your auctions at the wrong time
  • Using an amateur auctioneer

Remember, illuminating, not watering down is what will make your next event a Masterpiece. Keep focused on auction details that make money and maximize your fundraising efforts.

Please contact me personally to set up a phone consultation to optimize your auction profit 603-926-1919 or kathy@kingstonauction.com

Bring my energy & extensive experience to inspire your board, volunteers, staff, auction committee and your auction guests.

Client Quote

"You're amazing! Thanks for helping to make our event such a great success as we celebrated fifty years of volunteer services for blind and visually impaired individuals."

-Barbara Salisbury, CEO
MAB Community Services

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WATCH Kathy Kingston In A NH Chronicle TV Interview

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Who We Are
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 22 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.

Visit KingstonAuction.com or call 603-926-1919

Email: kathy@kingstonauction.com

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