Three times guests will try to pull a fast one on you, and what to say when it happens

At some point a guest at your gala will try to pull a fast one on you or me. I like to believe that the guest is being honest.  After all, this is a fundraising auction; most people are filled with good will. But sometimes, stuff happens. Maybe they really didn‘t bid.  They were justRead On >

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Best ballroom layout for an auction AND dance floor

If dancing is part of your auction, the best ballroom layout is *not* to put the auctioneer on or in front of the dance floor. Instead, here’s what works best.
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An ice-cold venue and Olympic entertainment was a fitting tribute to an honoree

I had a memorable auction last week in upstate New York.   But first, let me tell you a story. Nearly 15 years ago my parents were visiting me in Washington, D.C.  In preparation of their visit, I’d purchased tickets for us to watch a performance at the Kennedy Center.  Then just a week before they« Continue Reading »

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