Last month, a 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle was stolen. The bike was painted pink and signed by a number of country music stars, such as Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift. Here's the kicker: It had been donated to be sold in a benefit auction to benefit the Lexington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The bike had been stored inside a trailer secured by chains in the organization's parking lot. When employees returned to the office after the weekend, they
Hectic schedules being what they are, it's not uncommon for non-profit or school auction committees to meet via teleconference. And if you've got a group larger than 3 people, your phone's conference call option might not be an option. Consider these tips for meeting via phone. Use a free teleconference service With free teleconference services available, why not use them? Having the same number to dial into for each auction committee meeting adds professionalism and order to your planning.
BizBash is now accepting online entries for the 2010 New York Event Style Awards. If you're running any benefit auctions in the city that never sleeps, get into gear. The deadline is September 24, 2010. Just last Wednesday the finalists for the Windy City awards were announced. I spotted a few Chicago charity auctions among the group. Now I'm hoping to see some stellar submissions from NYC benefit auctions, too. The online entry form claims to be easy, so head to BizBash New York's website
In July, I alerted readers to the call for entries for applying for the BizBash event awards in Chicago. Congratulations to the finalists. There are several nonprofit and associations listed, even in the traditional categories– huzzah! Some of them even had a live or silent auction as part of their gala. Based on my observation of the Washington, D.C. awards, BizBash has traditionally favored event "glitz" over event "financials." Large glamorous fundraising events seem to earn more kudos
If you've incorporated some fresh benefit auction ideas into your gala, perhaps you should be recognized for your work? Here's one way to get a feather in your Auction Chair (or event management) cap. Submit your event to BizBash Chicago. Though there doesn't seem to be any specific award for benefit auctions specifically, you can still submit your gala into almost 20 different categories differentiated by budget, concept, and other elements. I have had two auction clients in 2008 and one