CiCi Williamson: Les Dames d'Escoffier International
BenefitEvents president Jim Wintner coaches neophytes to
success in setting up an online auction. Jim is great to work with! His
patience, expertise and professional manner led our organization to
accomplish the first of what we anticipate will be future endeavors
Tona Matison: Ruth Cooper Center for Behavioral Health Care
What an experience! We had 45 days to reconstruct an event that was to be cancelled due to a scheduling snafu at the event site. We had the sponsor and we had the event, but we didn't have the site. That meant, we wouldn't have our silent auction fundraiser.
After some quick thinking and fast networking, we decided to take the event to the people through a direct mail and radio/tv media promotion. We sent out boxes complete with all you would need to have a party in your own back yard including our on-line auction list.
If it wasn't for Jim Wintner and BenefitEvents - the auction could never have happened. Personally, I can barely stumble through E-Bay, let alone try to produce a web auction. BenefitEvents was there through the entire process, professionally and patiently walking us through software, cataloging and uploading the auction items.
Plus, our association with BenefitEvents added an additional layer of credibility to our fundraising promotion - the site looked classy and was easily accessible to bidders. We were the "first on our block" in Ft. Myers, Florida to do a web auction and we are planning more - it was a terriffic success!
Mary Rhoades: Schools of the Sacred Heart
We wanted to add a new and exciting element to our evening auction this year. The online auction was a huge success. The excitement and anticipation was great publicity for our annual event. The community was impressed with the look of the online catalogue. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed using the laptops and loved the ease of use. People who could not attend the event were thrilled to be able to participate from their homes or wherever they were up to closing time. We also hold a daytime silent auction which we did not put online this year. There is no question that the entire silent auction will be online next year! We surpassed our goals and are already planning our next year's event.
The entire process from inception to completion went smoothly. Working with Jim Wintner/BenefetEvents was a pleasure and we would highly recommend his services for your online auction. We found the program very user-friendly and the administrative capabilities easily gave us various bidder information to track our auction. BenefitEvents quick response time to any questions or concerns we had was invaluable (as was Jim Wintner's patience and sense of humor).
We look forward to working with Jim Wintner and BenefitEvents next year.
Mara Bralove: Bralove/Hollman Special Events for Sidwell Friends School
Working with Jim Wintner and BenefitEvents was terrific! I highly recommend them for your next online auctin. It is very user-friendly, and the administrative functions work beautifully and give you all the information you need to keep track of finances, bidding, etc. We will definitely use BenefitEvents again in the future! Jim really worked with us to use the technology in the best way for our particular auction.
Cathileen Albo: St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
Our work with BenefitEvents over the last two years has been a great learning experience about a powerful tool for fundraising. St. Patrick's held it's first on-line auction four years ago, but only with the help of BenefitEvents has it come to resemble what we have dreamed. Jim Wintner has been a great resource for new ideas, is extremely easy to work with, and understands and is extremely supportive of institutional differences.
Their service works seamlessly with Maestrosoft (our much-loved event management software) and has user friendly tools with which to administer and control our auction event; both important for our fast-paced profession. We have tried other on-line services and have not found anything comparable! We look forward to working with them again, next year.
Mark Tucker: International Festivals & Events Association Foundation
In the wake of September 11th, our association was forced to cancel it's annual convention scheduled to be held in Boston. A large part of the revenue from our convention is the auction produced by the IFEA Foundation. The convention had been rescheduled, but with a lack of income in the meantime, the IFEA Foundation turned to BenefitEvents.
We found that BenefitEvents worked seamlessly with our auction software, MaestroSoft. We simply checked a box by the items we wanted online, uploaded the data and the next day they were online! BenefitEvents was able to add photos to each item as well. The greatest part about working with BenefitEvents was the quick service we received. I saw how many other auctions utilized there service but felt like I was the only one.
Carolyn Cole: St. Alcuin Montessori School
We wanted to improve our auction fundraising event by creating less work for volunteers and making our auction night party more fun by reducing the shopping obligation to party goers. We also wanted an on-line auction service that would work with our in-house auction software. Benefitevents was the perfect match for us. Jim Winter is innovative and is as interested as we are in the success of our on-line auction. Our first mini auction went off without a hitch, and we are working on several ideas to make our next two on-line auctions even better. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Benefitevents to any non-profit group holding an on-line auction.
Yvonne Bennett: Sports Radio 950 KJR
We used the resources available through Benefit Events recently in our annual charity online auction. Our radio station found that Benefit Events' services were of high quality and gave us great results. This company is very easy to work with and seem to be genuinely interested in making your event the best that it can be.
I would recommend Benefit Events to any organization, radio station, and/or company to utilize their resources in future online auctions/events. I look forward to utilizing their services again in next year's charity auction and in any future online auctions our station plans to organize.
Susan Guilfoyle : The Branson School
We did our first online auction two years ago and it was very promising in that people responded well to the format. Unfortunately, we were not well served with our first provider - many complications and glitches. It was a stroke of luck to be connected to benefitevents. Jim Wintner provided us with excellent service and the program worked flawlessly.
We plan to use them again next year and are currently thinking about ways to enhance participation.
Linda L. Raclin: Aidan Montessori School
Our on-line auction with BenefitEvents was a fabulous success. At all times, the web site worked efficiently, smoothly, and quickly. Bidders were able to log on, enter bids, and track their items with great ease.
More than anything, we were pleased with the entire on-line auction experience. For an entire week preceding our live event, we encouraged people to log on and bid. There was a great "buzz" around school about the on-line bidding going on. The excitement was great publicity for our live event. We had the highest attendance ever for the night of our live auction.
On the night of the actual event, everyone was excited to discuss their on-line experience. It was great common ground for discussion among various parents, some who don't know each other all that well. "Did you log on?" "Oh you're the one that scooped the wine basket...." were many of the conversations heard. Parents who are veterans of many school auctions were visibly relieved not to have to spend the evening milling around entering bids.
We did have a few items available for silent bidding on the night of our event. These were class baskets and other items we thought would benefit from actual display. They got a lot of focuss and attention, since they were not surrounded by hundreds of other items.
All in all, we were thrilled with the on-line experience, with BenefitEvents, and hope to do it all again next year.
Michael Graber: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York
BenefitEvents recently hosted an online
auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
raising more than $32,000 for Make-A-Wish
chapters serving the greater New York
area. "We were thrilled to have the
opportunity to utilize the online event
and fundraising services of
BenefitEvents in developing an online
auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and help make wishes come
true for children with life-threatening
illnesses," said Michael Graber,
Director of Marketing and Communications
for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New
York. "BenefitEvents managed every
aspect of the online auction, making it
easy and cost-effective to conduct this
type of fundraiser. We were extremely
pleased with the results, and hope our
positive experience helps expand online
fundraising opportunities for other
Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the