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When it comes to silent auctions, there is a common misconception with both auction planners and prospective bidders that there is one winner for each item. While that may be true for many items on a silent auction table, this is not the case with Winspire’s no-risk travel, entertainment and sports packages. Each of our packages has been developed so that they can be sold multiple times in a single event.
We are happy to announce the new Donation Give-Away for January: Indy-Style Open-wheel Racing experience for (1) at your choice of participating locations. Have the need for speed? Feeling adventurous? The Mario Andretti Racing School Experience offers your party of (1) an unforgettable and thrilling racing experience. Mario Andretti Racing School Experience, "The World's Fastest Driving Experience" puts you behind the wheel of a full sized, Indy-style race car. If driving these cars weren't thrilling enough, add the fact that you'll be taking laps on the world's premiere superspeedways.
The 2011 Dennis James 16th Annual Golf Classic Reception was held Sunday, December 4 at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire. Kicking off the well-attended evening was MC Fitz Fitzgerald who introduced headlining comedian Josh Blue. Blue, the winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes have to do with living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. The next day, a full field of players competed in the 16th Annual Golf Tournament at the Mission Hills Tournament Course.
Several people bidding on the same package? Maximize your silent auction fundraising revenue by accepting the second highest bid and sell the package to the top two bidders. Then quickly go back to the third and fourth highest bidders who may well want to increase their bid slightly to be winners too! More happy winners, more excitement and more revenue for a great cause.
When asking for donations many people don’t think of asking for a second item. Asking for that second donation can greatly increase your revenue in the auction because you can now sell the same item to two people in the auction and double your revenue. For example if you are able to secure two donated tickets to a major sporting event and sell them in your auction for $200, imagine if you had a second pair that you could sell to a second bidder for an additional $200. You just increased your net revenue from $200 to $400 just by asking for a second pair of tickets. When asking for the second item, many people will be more than willing to make the extra donation but you first have to ask.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass in Michigan (bbbsofbc.org) recently had a very successful fundraiser they almost didn't go through with due to staffing obstacles. Winspire worked with the organization to get the event in order, discussing various "Bucket List" items they could use to boost revenue and increase the profile of the auction. They enjoyed the concept of "Bucket List" items so much, they decided to name their event the "Time of Your Life Bucket List Evening Auction", and included multiple unique experience packages from Winspire. The event organizer, Kathryn S. Rossow, was thrilled by how the event turned out and had some kind words she wanted to share...
We wanted to share a comment from one of our winning bidders who recently returned from his Charleston Luxury Getaway...
The 2012 U.S. Open Championship will take place at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco, former four-time host of the U.S. Open. Established in 1860 and dedicated to the pursuit of amateur athletic excellence, The Olympic Club enjoys the distinction of being America's oldest athletic club. One of its two historic clubhouses, The Lakeside Clubhouse, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the club’s Lake Course will be the host site for the 2012 competition. Bordering Lake Merced, The Lake Course (6,812 yards, par 71) has been recognized by Golf Magazine in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and in Golf Week's category of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses."
As the Northeastern U.S. digs itself out of the first major snow storm of the year, we are reminded that winter is on the way. The Bad News: according to James Madden from Exacta Weather, a non-profit weather organization comprised of meteorologists from all over the world, “There is a potentially record breaking US winter for 2011 and 2012 with extremely cold temperatures and exceptional levels of snow.” The Good News: This means another amazing year for winter sports at ski and snowboard resorts throughout North America! Winspire offers a variety of ski-related packages for use in fundraising events. Among our most popular is Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia) 3-Night Ski Package. In addition to staying at the famed, ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel, winning bidders will have three full days to test their ski or snowboarding skills on 8,100 acres of terrain at the Whistler & Blackcomb resorts. After a full day on the mountain, Whistler Villiage awaits with world class cuisine and a robust after-ski pub scene.
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region was thrilled with the success of their 2011 Suncor Fundraiser this year. It was their first time including Winspire packages at a fundraising event, and they successfully sold 7 different experiences a total of 14 times. Overall, Winspire items accounted for 31% of the total Auction Earnings for the 2011 Suncor Fundraiser.