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The Winners Circle Naples Style – May 2014

f you know Scott Robertson then you know that he will give you the shirt off his back, literally. It does however come at a price and if you can imagine, people are willing to pay.

Naples second favorite auctioneer (Bill Barnett will always be first) will go to any length to help raise funds for the charity that he is working with. Scott has a unique style; first of all he is HAPPY , after that his enthusiasm generates enough energy that you can’t wait to get your bidder’s paddle into the air. He feels that people give to people not necessarily a cause, so for that brief period of time it is about a relationship. It is his strong belief that the night of the auction he is the ambassador for the charity. No one would disagree.

When his microphone is on, he states that it is imperative that the organization be shown in the best possible light. Fundraising he feels should be fun, have momentum and most importantly pull all of the guests into the “happening”. With cheers of joy coming from the audience after each item is sold and the high octane “Celebration” music playing in the background, well there goes your paddle again high into the air.

There is a reason for his success in raising money, he does his homework. Prior to accepting a role as a member of any charity team he has to believe in the mission. After that he has conversations with the charity leadership to find out why the money is needed and how it will be used. If he feels like he is in sync with the cause, he accepts the job and that alone will ensure the success of the charity event. Scott will tell you that when he is conducting an auction he has a laser focus with a specific goal in mind; it is
not unusual for him to surpass what was expected. That’s his job ensuring success.

It is Scott’s opinion that Naples is the most philanthropic city in America. He bases this on the fact that he networks with top fundraising auctioneers from around the country and the stories that they share. Being a part of the Florida Auctioneers Associates also keeps him informed about trends and techniques in this arena. He feels that those who lead and conduct charity work in Naples participate because they can and because it is the right thing to do. There are no glory seekers here, just work horses determined to help others through time, talent and treasure.

Locally he has worked with Naples Opera, Community School, Immokalee Foundation, Bayshore CAPA , American Cancer Society Bucket List Bash, Magic Under the Mangroves , AHA Heart Ball, Foster Kids and Seacrest County Day School to name a few. The common denominator here is that all of those charity events were
successful. Scott is a winner because he makes your priority his priority and partners for your success, job well done I would say.

To learn more about Scott and his fundraising background
you may visit his website at www.The VOE.com or email to
srauctioneers@gmail.com or even give this friendly gentleman a
call at 239.246.2139.

The Founders Fund raises over $500,000 for college scholarships

Over a half-million dollars was raised for scholarships at the Founders Fund 2014 Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet. The fundraiser was held at The Club Pelican Bay on April 7 with more than 180 golfers participating in the daytime golf event and over 250 attended the evening banquet and auction.

“Auctioneer Scott Robertson energized the crowd and brought in over 0,000 during the live auction and ‘raise the paddle for scholarships’ portion of the evening,” noted Tom Lear, Chairperson of the Founders Fund Board of Trustees. “And, we were all very excited when the ‘Paris to Normandy’ A Waterways River Cruise, donated by Preferred Travel of Naples, brought in ,000 alone. It was an amazing event.”

The Founders Fund, Inc., which was founded in 1991, is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to provide financial assistance to Collier County students in pursuit of a higher education. With the success of the fundraising event, which is held every other year, more Collier County students will be receiving scholarships this coming year.

Helping to make the event a success were sponsors: Major Sponsor – Craig and Kathy Johnson of Stallion Oilfield Services; Diamond Sponsor – The Atwood Group/Merrill Lynch; Platinum Sponsors – Anonymous Donor, The Brennan Family, and The Ibarra Calleja Group/Morgan Stanley; Gold Sponsors – Charles Schwab & Co. Inc, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Mercedes-Benz of Naples, Northern Trust, PNC Wealth Management, and Storm Force; Silver Sponsors – John R. Wood, Naples Signature Collection/Premier Sotheby; Pulte Group, The Lykos Group, Inc., and Victoria Harrison P.A/Downing Frye; Bronze Sponsors – Collier Enterprises, Home Tech, and William C. Huff Companies; Copper Sponsors – Fidelity Investments; In-Kind Sponsors – Bigham Jewelers, George Phillips, MY Shower Door, Occasions of Naples, Preferred Travel of Naples, Premier Beverage, The Club Pelican Bay, and WCI Communities. Others who made great contributions to the success of the event were annual benefactors and sustaining donors.

Each spring, The Founders Fund selects approximately 25 students from Collier County High Schools to receive scholarships based on good grades and financial need. The ,000 scholarships are awarded ,000 per year as a renewable scholarship based on maintaining a B average. Each fall, the total number of scholarships funded is approximately 100 which include those already in the program from the past three years.

The Founders Fund has granted over .8 million dollars in scholarships to Collier County students since its inception and now has a scholarship commitment that amounts to over 0,000 annually. Over 530 students have received scholarships; many are now teachers, medical professionals and active community leaders, thanks to the support of generous donors.

Naples CAPA

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CAPA) presents the organization’s annual gala, Swing Into Spring for the Arts

The Gala will be held on Saturday March 22 at the Windstar on Naples Bay.  Enjoy an elegant reception with music by the Stu Shelton Trio; dance to the swinging sounds of The Music Makers Show Band; participate in a live auction featuring trips, sports outings and more — and feast on a fabulous dinner.

The Swing into Spring for the Arts honorary chairmen are Richard Tooke and Charles Marshall and Charlane King, Robin Bache-Gray and Stephen Kutler serve as the gala committee. Proceeds offset the Bayshore CAPA costs of operations and services. Sponsored by Windstar on Naples Bay, Windstar Lovers of the Arts and Life in Naples.

Coastal Conservation Association Citrus

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the 27th Annual Coastal Conservation Association Citrus County. 

The CCA Citrus County Banquet and Auction will be held on Thursday March 20th at the Rock Crusher Canyon in Crystal River.    

Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today.  In the past 20 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and annually raises millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction raises $2.5 million

2014 SWFL Wine and Food Fest - Scott Robertson

This article was originally written by Karen Rosenberg and published on Feb 22, 2014 at NaplesNews.com.

When all was said and done, the Southwest Florida Food & Wine Festival raised more than $2.5 million in support of the SWFL Children’s Charities, inc. whose primary beneficiary is the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

2014 SWFL Wine and Food Fest - Over $2.5 mil

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Perhaps the most exciting auction lot of the day wasn’t really a lot at all, but a donation. The “gift” associated with the Lifesaving Lot was the gift of helping children.

Before asking some 375 attendees to pen their wallets and checkbooks for a good cause, Dr. Eric Eason addressed the group. As a pediatric cardiologist who recently relocated from Miami, Eason’s goal, along with Golisano Children’s Hospital, is to create a state of the art pediatric cardiology unit in Southwest Florida.

Fitzgerald said it would take $400,000 in donations to get Eason and his team stocked up on the supplies they need, and to sustain it for five years.

They raised $450,000 in about 10 minutes.

Starting the ball rolling were two huge donations, two couples each pledged $50,000 apiece, or a total of $200,000 within the first minute. Then, as the number surpassed $250,000 with smaller donations, one couple said if the room got to $300,000, they would donate $100,000 to bring it to $400,000, which happened soon thereafter, and the donations kept coming in until they reached $450,000.

It is humbling to consider what the donors are thinking, and what it means to each of them,” Eason said. They are personally providing lifesaving equipment to the children, it is an amazing thing, he explained.

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Seahorse Dream Gala

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the Seahorse Dream Gala Dinner and Auction.

The Gala which is on March 7th and begins at 6 p.m. at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa and features the live auction of the decorated statues which have been on display for the last few months.  The project is a collaborative effort between the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and a group of volunteers dubbed the Sea Horse Dream Team, who wrangled area artists to paint or decorate 20 of the 5-foot-tall statues. The event will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today.  In the past 20 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and annually raises millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.

Magic Under the Mangroves

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the Magic Under the Mangroves Gala to benefit The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The event will be held on Thursday, March 7th 2013 and held on site on the campus of Conservancy Southwest Florida.

Under the leadership of gala chair Jeannie Smith, this evening event will begin with cocktails, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. A delectable and sustainable seated dinner follows, provided by “Windows Catering”, an award-winning “green” caterer.

The live auction, featuring unique, one-of-a-kind items and experiences the enchanted evening will be conducted by Auctioneer extraordinaire Scott Robertson. The 2012 event was a smashing success that established a new fundraising record of net 0,000 which far exceeded expectations.

Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today. In the past 20 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and annually raises millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.

Venetian Charity Ball

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has been selected again to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for 15th annual Venetian Charity Ball.

On March 1, 2014 the “Carnevale di Venezia” will be the theme for the Venetian Charity Ball on Saturday, March 1, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. Hosted by Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Catholic Diocese of Venice, the gala will benefit Catholic Charities of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour, live auction, car raffle, dinner, Casino at Lido Di Venezia, and dancing to the Paul Vesco Orchestra. The attire will be black tie and carnival masks. Some of the live auction items include two rescue puppies; a getaway to the Fairmont Mission Hotel in Sonoma; a framed painting “Shadow Blooms” by Vavrina; and a stay at the Millbrook Inn in upstate New York.

Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today.  In the past 20 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and annually raises millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.

On the Job

On The Job: Charity Auctioneer Charity auctioneer Scott Robertson dishes what it’s like to raise million in a day:

AC Shilton Charity auctioneer Scott Robertson Take your top sales record—the one from that day you could do no wrong—and prepare to have it put to shame. Scott Robertson could probably beat your best sales day in just one hour. That’s because Robertson is an auctioneer and, to be fair, he’s one of the best in the business. On average, he closes 20 deals an hour (that’s one every three minutes). Specializing in charity auctions, he’s famous in Southwest Florida for effortlessly wrangling the contents of wallets from the depths of deep pockets.

What led you to become an auctioneer?

I grew up on a farm in Kentucky, we sold our tobacco and cows at auction, and auctions were social events that everyone came to. I remember I bought my first item at an auction, a carom board, when I was 7. Ever since I was a child, the role of the auctioneer always fascinated me. One day I saw an ad for the Florida Auctioneer Academy in the Yellow Pages and I immediately enrolled; I’ve been an auctioneer ever since.

What does it take to be good at your job?

Just because you show up for class doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to be an auctioneer. With bid calling, you can either do it or you can’t. But it’s more than just that. My great strength is audience analysis. I can read a crowd, I know when to push and when to pull and when to try and get to the next level.

So, would you define yourself as a salesperson?

Absolutely. I’ve always worked in sales—my first job as a kid was selling papers. While other kids were learning to count to 100, I was making change for a dollar. But it’s also more than just straight selling; as an auctioneer you’re part salesman, part performer and part magician.

 What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever sold?

That’s a tough question … probably a stuffed zebra that came with a stuffed rattlesnake. It was pretty obvious to the crowd that I was creeped out by the rattlesnake.

What tip would you give someone putting on a charity auction for the first time?

I do a lot of consulting before the auction happens; that’s really where anyone who hires me gets real value for my services. One thing I tell everyone I work with is to put together auction packages. If you have a dinner donated, work to put it together with wine pairings, limo service and hosted in a donated home. Make the whole package an event. Ultimately, that package will go for more money than the individual items would have.

Bucket List Bash

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has been selected again to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the American Cancer Society Bucket List Bash on March 1st, 2014. 

The theme this year is, Fly me to The Moon and will be held at the Naples Jet Center and begin at 6:00pm.  It will be an amazing evening that will include fancy dining with a four-course meal, open bar, and fine wine.  Followed by one of Florida’s top 10 piece bands for a night of dancing and Signature Auction.

Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today.  In the past 20 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and annually raises millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.