Raise Your Game
Blackbird Benefit Auctions provides professional auctioneer and consulting services for groups and charity auctions in New York and throughout the northeastern United States. Hiring a professional auctioneer is a sound investment that pays huge dividends for your fundraiser. Running a benefit auction soon? Call our experts at (716) 632-1000 and find out how we can dramatically increase your bottom line.
Your organization can draw upon our years of experience planning and running charity events to help your event run as efficiently, effectively, and smoothly as possible. The Blackbird team will be available to you as a valuable resource—from planning the schedule of activities to selecting the most appropriate auction items, our expertise can be the difference between meeting or exceeding your goals.
Maximization of Fundraising
In addition to working the room and controlling the crowd on event day, Blackbird will work with event coordinators at your venue to assess the room beforehand to address the layout and flow of scheduled activities—an essential part of planning your event which is often overlooked or dictated by the caterer. During the silent auction, a strategy will be in place to make sure the flow of the room is consistent with bringing in bids. For the live auction, seating and viewing will be maximized for audience engagement.
Your goal is to raise funds for your organization, but your guests have myriad other motivations for attending your event. Even the most philanthropic attendees may need some coaxing to raise their paddle. Our auctioneer will engage your audience with inspirational energy and passion, encouraging them to bid with confidence—in both the silent and live auction aspects of your event.
Volunteers are integral to any successful fundraiser. Blackbird will train your volunteers on what to expect during the auction, and how best to interact with the audience and the auctioneer. This training promotes a team atmosphere, providing a smoother event.
On behalf of everyone at Mary Cariola, I want to thank you again for doing such a great job last Thursday. You helped us far exceed our expectations for the night, and it started with a glass of water!
Since this was our first attempt at a true fundraising event of this type, it was a huge leap for us to hire an auctioneer of your caliber, but we knew we needed to make it a fun, entertaining experience, while trying to raise some money. Turns out, it was money well spent.
What impressed me most was how prepared you were to “sell” the agency to the crowd. Not only had you done your research and worked on talking points that were very effective, but you also took the time to be part of our event and talk with people before even going on stage. That was great to see; it made it feel like you were invested in what we were doing there.