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Kathy Kingston's BIDhi!
January 2010

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Sound Advice for 2010



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Note from Kathy

Kathy Kingston January 2010
Kathy Coaches Adams Montessori
School Auction Committee

I'm just back from a magical Sedona retreat and a pastel painting workshop. Those magnificent red rocks sparkling with snow are truly inspiring!

Would you like to turn your bidders into long term donors? Join me and terrific fundraising consultant Sharon Danosky on March 17 in Boston for a NEW workshop. Learn how to optimize fundraising AFTER your auction!

My special wish for you is amazing success and abundance for 2010.

Always BIDhi!

Kathy Kingston

P.S. Hope to see you there!
Integrate Special Events into a Dynamic Fundraising Plan. Register here

Ignite Generosity!

Sound Advice for 2010

"If auction attendees can not hear, they will not buy."

This key lesson from my auction school bears even more truth today. "Benefit Auction Quality Sound" is absolutely critical to raise maximum money at your fundraising auction. As you continue to evaluate your event expenses, know that contracting a professional sound company is a solid investment for your auction success.

Here's why: To raise money and awareness about your cause, absolutely, every single guest must be able to hear clearly at BOTH the silent and live auction. Remember, fundraising auctions produce lots of extra noise with guests talking and dishes clanking etc.


Hiring a professional sound company is even more important when you factor in your Fund a Need. Remember, there are potential donors all over the room who will participate ONLY if they can hear and become engaged in your special appeal. We want them riveted to the inspiring emotional testimonials about your great cause. Benefit Auction Quality Sound makes it possible to get those bid cards waving!

Here's how to avoid a common mistake and not to lose money really fast. DO NOT rely on the venue's built-in house sound system, band or a DJ sound system - none of these are acceptable for your fundraising auction.

Maximize your Revenue!

  • Hire a professional sound company
  • Get several written proposals
  • Require a sound technician for the entire event
  • Schedule a sound check 3 hours prior to doors opening
  • Insist on plenty of quality speakers on stands
  • Surround your audience with speakers
  • And, remember sound for your Silent Auction too

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

"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. The synergy between Kathy Kingston and Sharon Danosky is electric and motivates the audience. WOW!"

-Lucille Greaci-Miranda, Faculty
Pace University

Click here for more testimonials

Insights and Sometimes Rants

Enthusiasm is Contagious

Keep up the excitement throughout the many months of auction planning. Support each volunteer: write thank you notes; call each one personally to tell them how much you appreciate their efforts; provide refreshments at all meetings and auction night. Solicit sponsors to cover volunteer meals. Make sure they are well fed! List each volunteer in the catalog. Hold special prize drawings and have fun!

Kathy Kingston In the Cover Story of Auctioneer Magazine

Kathy is featured in the November Cover Story of Auctioneer Magazine, called "The Boom in Benefit Auctions" (see page 34 for her picture)! Click this link to download and read the entire article (pdf)!

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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