After considerable debate as to whether we could afford it or even needed it, our school opted to hire – for the first time – a professional benefit auctioneer.
We felt there might be a difference between a benefit auctioneer and the regular auctioneers we’d been using. We weren’t disappointed!
In addition to maintaining her professionalism during what became an uncomfortable situation during the live auction, Sherry at Red Apple Auctions was a great partner for us prior to the event, providing advice and insight on solicitation, organization and pricing of auction items that was new to our committee even after years of experience.
The night of the event, Sherry brought a floor team that was simply outstanding as they assisted in the silent and live auction. Most importantly, they handled encouraging the bidders, closing the silent auction categories and spotting during the Live Auction – things we have always had problems teaching volunteers to do well.
They also brought a wonderful, personal touch. One example — one of her floor crew endeared herself to one of our special needs students, holding his hand between each sale and high-fiving him after each item sold. The team did more than what was required of them. We plan on booking Red Apple Auctions much earlier for our next event so we can take advantage of more of the pre-event offerings.
Nicole Carr, Director of Grants and Special Events
The Ivymount School (Rockville, MD)
Happy clients since 2008!