The KILBREATH EVENTS team wishes you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2023!
Miki, Fiona, Stephen, Dana, Curt, Joanne, Austin, Mari & Trevor
NOT PICTURED: Aubrey, Bethany, Rachel, Tim, Tracy & Wes
Kilbreath Events is all about fundraising. But we are not all about auctions. We have several other ways to help you raise money and we are calling it the ANTI-AUCTON.
If a traditional benefit auction isnโ€™t a good fit for your community or organization, let our professionals guide you through one of the many alternative fundraising formats!
Trivia NightsBingo NightsBowling TournamentsGolf TournamentsDance Parties and Silent DiscosPrivate ChartersWine TastingsAnd more!
Of course we still do auctions, a lot of auctions – in fact 95% of what we do are fundraising auctions! We LOVE seeing those bid paddles flying high in the air! SOLD!
What an amazing fall fundraising season! Our clients on average earned 32% more than they did in their previous in-person events. As we close out 2022, I want to thank our clients for entrusting Kilbreath Events and letting us help them exceed their fundraising goals. I absolutely love what I do, and I love seeing missions being fulfilled by the money raised by the organizations we are lucky enough to get to work with.
I also want to thank our hard-working and dedicated Kilbreath Events crew. Whether it’s being a spotter, a recorder, working check-in / check-out, emceeing, providing sound, DJ’ing, or auctioneering this crew does what it takes to make sure your event runs smoothly. We are all fundraising event specialists and we are continuing to innovate the art of the fundraising auction.
One of the highlights of the year was getting in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest sale of a pie at auction. I sold a pie for $30,000… and then sold the slices for another $30,000. That’s $60,000 for one pie. It was a very special pie!
But an even greater highlight is when a client calls to say something like this:
Thank you for a great event. You brought new ideas but more importantly, new sprit and energy to the evening. And I believe it energized us and the audience. Your friendly banter with the crowd made for a fun and successful evening. Wish we had found you a few years ago.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season. And a prosperous 2023!
MC’s / DJ’sFull Check In / Check Out ServicesNight Of ManagementSpotters / Bid AssistantsSound SystemsSocial Media Event MarketingSpecial Appeal (Raise The Paddle) Video Production
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Make sure you are ready for a successful event!

ย ๐Ÿ˜…Creating a smoothly run event is no easy task, so many aspects go into creating a ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

As you look ahead to your event in the next few months, have you thought about the following services?

๐Ÿ”ธ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐- Excellent sound is crucial for your event. – We have a sound company we work with that exclusively does sound systems for auctions.

๐Ÿ”ธ๐๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ-๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ- This person manages and trains your volunteer staff.- Our manager oversees the check-in / check-out process.

๐Ÿ”ธ ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค-๐ˆ๐ง / ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ญ & ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐š ๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ- We offer full check-in /out services. To make sure this part of the event runs smoothly.- We do the data entry into the auction software night-of the event, so you can enjoy time with your donors/guests.

๐Ÿ”ธ๐„๐ฆ๐œ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ/๐ƒ๐‰- We have professional fundraising MC’s with years of auction experience.- DJ’s can spice up your event by playing music during your event, and during the auction.- Music elicits positive emotions, which can increase bidding!

๐Ÿ”ธ๐๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ & ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง- Want to have a hybrid event? Or full virtual event? Our production crew has done over 50 events and know how to make yours run seamlessly.- We have a studio where we can broadcast your event or do some pre-shoots as needed.- Need someone to produce your Raise The Paddle video? We have an award-winning director and producer to take care of it.

๐Ÿ”ธ๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐š- We have an outstanding Social Media /Marketing partner that can turn posts and hashtags into results.- We cannot stress the importance of having someone market your event.

๐Ÿ”ธ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ & ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ- Make sure you check out our extensive list of trips & experiences here: https://kilbreathauctions.com/vacation-packages/

๐Ÿ”ธ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ- Feeling overwhelmed and just want someone to take care of everything? We have several partners we can connect you with!

๐Ÿ”ธ And don’t forget YOU NEED AUCTION SOFTWARE!

There’s no need to stress, this is what we are here for – ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ. ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ญ, ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐”๐“๐„ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐’๐”๐‹๐“๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐. ๐Ÿ“ฒ 206.963.7148

Virtual/ Hybrid Event Toolkit

Some clients have decided they will do #virtualevents or #hybridevents forever, abandoning the traditional in-person model altogether.

There are ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™›๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ! They raise a lot of money for our clients but there are different strategies and aspects you need to think of when planning them.

Our friends at Swaim Strategies have created ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ก๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ๏ฝก Take a look at these – and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help planning your virtual or hybrid fundraising event.

๐•๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ญ


๐‡๐ฒ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ญ


Why do you need an experienced host?

๐Ÿ“ฃWhy it’s important to ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐„๐—๐๐„๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐๐‚๐„๐ƒ ๐š๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ซ for your #virtual or #hybrid fundraising event:

Getting ready for an upcoming virtual event

1โƒฃ– Comfortable speaking to an audience through a camera (it’s a different skill than leading a live crowd!)

2โƒฃ– The ability to specialize in Fund-A-Needs. Many auctioneers will have an excellent chant and can sell items but all items are being sold via mobile bidding so your main focus should be an auctioneer ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ž๐™จ๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ข๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ!

3โƒฃ– The ability to help you set your goals and share your organization’s message in an effective and engaging way.

4โƒฃ– Willing to host or emcee your event as needed. ๐€๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ซ’๐ฌ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐•๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐†๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, and take each element of your program and continue to bring it back to the heart of your organization and use it to call donors to action. This will help you increase revenue at your event.

Let’s discuss your event and the best way to successfully reach & exceed your fundraising goals!๐Ÿ“ฑ 206.963.7148 stephen@kilbreathauctions.com

How To Get People To Watch Your Virtual Event

One of the TOP Challenges we hear from organizers about their virtual events: “๐–๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ – ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ!? ๐–๐‡๐˜?” ๐Ÿคท๐‘ซ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’… ๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’†โ“๐‘จ๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’”๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆโ“Our friends at GFS Events have some tips on ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐“๐จ ๐‡๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ in the virtual world. https://gfsevents.org/how-to-mitigate-no-shows-at-your…/


Ask for a Commitment 

Give Them an Incentive to Attendย 

Offer an Interactive or Hybrid Approach

Communicate well and oftenย 

Auctioneer – Austin Sheely

๐ŸŽค๐€๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ!๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ

Emceeing his first event in 2008, Austin combined a lifelong history of volunteer work and fundraising with his training in acting and commercial speaking. ๐—”๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ’๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด.๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธโœจ

Austinโ€™s dedication to the organization he is working for, and his night-of auctioneer skills make him a favorite among many organization! If you are ready to have ๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ, reach out to us to schedule your free consultation and discuss details to ensure your event is spectacular.