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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.

Money flows freely at Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction

Scott raises hands in excitement at SWFL Wine & Food Fest 2014

This article was originally written by Yvonne Ayala McClellan and published on Feb 22, 2014 at News-Press.com.

Raising $20,000 at a function for any charity is enough to excite a room, but raising that amount on top of last year’s record of $2.5 million had the crowd at the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting & Auction jumping out of their seats.Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders fluttered their pompoms high, and event trustees danced at the clubhouse at Miromar Lakes Golf & Country Club as the signature event of Southwest Florida Children’s Charities achieved a new milestone. The event is the most successful fundraiser in Lee County, and proceeds benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the pediatric nursing program at Edison State College and music therapy program at FGCU.

“It’s been a great day for Southwest Florida and the children of Lee and Collier counties,” said Elaine Hawkins, president of the SWFL Children’s Charities and co-chairwoman of the Wine Fest. “We have raised enough money to give a lot of benefits to the children here and we’re excited about that.”

In the past six years, the Wine Fest has raised more than $11.4 million. It’s primary beneficiary is the children’s hospital, scheduled to open in 2016 at HealthPark Medical Center in south Fort Myers.

While many unique auction items were offered up, such as a 17-day tour of Southeast Asia or a trip to the Sonoma wine country as guests of Kosta Browne Winery, the auctions that caused a frenzy were those that benefited the hospital directly — the lifesaving lot and auction of child art.

In a 15-minute span, attendees donated about $455,000 for the lifesaving lot with all funds going toward the purchase of special equipment for the children’s hospital.

Several bidders waved paddles to give $5,000, but Joe Anderson, of Benovia Winery — the signature vintner in 2012, and Dave Copham, a Wine Fest trustee, each gave $50,000 for this item. As bidders kept raising paddles and the total climbed higher, Vicki and Richard Pitbladdo, also trustees, announced that if the room could bring the total to $300,000, they would donate $100,000 for this item.

The total — $2.52 million — includes ticket sales to the Wine Fest auction and sponsorships. As of Saturday evening, the auction raised more than $2.1 million. But in the excitement of the auction, bidders stepped forward to double down on some auction items, and the total may shift slightly when it’s officially counted Monday.

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Celebrity Martini Glass Auction

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has been selected again to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the Annual Celebrity Martini Glass Auction.

The annual Celebrity Martini Glass Auction, which sells off celebrity-autographed martini glasses bearing artist designs tailored to each star’s personality and accomplishments, is set for Sunday, Feb. 23, at Artis—Naples.

The auction features 26 glasses bearing the signatures of Dan Aykroyd, Wayne Gretzky, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Bobby Goldsboro and John Goodman, among other luminaries. Among the artists whose works grace the glasses are Madoy, Carlo LoCascio, Michele Wilk and three artists from Gallery One in Naples: Tia Giovanina, Gary Rosenthal, Tim Cotterill and David O’Keefe.

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.

Thinking Outside the Box 2013 – 4th Annual Seminar was held for Non-Profit Organizations

The fourth annual “Thinking Outside the Box” seminar for local non-profit organizations was held on August 16th at the Naples Daily News Community Room.

The seminar had over 120 attendees representing various non-profit organizations from Collier and Lee Counties. Each year, a different theme ties the topics together; this year’s theme Making the Leap featured six speakers who engaged and encouraged attendees to leap forward in their thinking and actions.

Founders and organizers of the annual seminar, Sue Huff, owner of E. Sue Huff and Associates, Inc., and Kelly E. Capolino, local real estate professional with Keating Associates and founder of the Diamond Volunteer program, already have plans for a 2014 event.

This year, Allegra Naples, Storm Force and Scott Robertson Auctioneers helped to keep the seminar a free event by being corporate sponsors. The Naples Daily News and Costco were in-kind sponsors offering the venue and refreshments.

Speakers for the 2013 half-day seminar were: Sue Huff, owner of E. Sue Huff & Associates Marketing & Management Consulting; Paul Kessen, President of Allegra of Naples; Jim Henderson, President of William C. Huff Companies; Kelly E. Capolino Realtor/Philanthropist; Jay Schlichter, Naples News Media Group, and Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers.

Carrolwood Day School

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the 20th Annual Carrollwood Day School Auction and Gala.

On Friday February 21, 2014 the Carrollwood Day School Auction and Gala is going to Hawaii.  It will be an evening in paradise.  Hawaiian attire is strongly encouraged! Enjoy a festive celebration featuring delectable food and drink, fabulous auction items, and spirited revelry. 

This year’s theme is “Aloha & Mahalo 2014” and promises to have plenty of WOW!  This Hawaiian themed evening will transform A La Carte Event Pavilion into a tropical paradise. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink as you place your bids during the silent auction. You won’t want to miss the three-course, sit-down dinner and our exciting live auction. Remember your dancing shoes and wear your most colorful island inspired outfit!

One of the high points of each year’s live auction is the bidding for our “Fund-a-Need” project. Each year the administration earmarks a special project that benefits our school community. In the past, our parents, faculty and friends have raised their paddles to bring in over a quarter million dollars to help fund a new school bus, a large screen projection system for the theatre, a new playground for the Early Childhood Campus, a state-of-the-art technology lab for the high school and new lighting and sound systems for the theatre.  

This year’s Fund-a-Need project will be unveiled the night of the gala and promises to really make a wave.

Opera Naples

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the Annual (Annual Gala) for Opera Naples.

This themed event, Fete du Cirque, will be held on February 19th, 2014 under the tent of the Grand Lawn Pavilion at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon. Opera Naples is delighted that Myra Janco Daniels, founder of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples), will serve as the Honorary Chair of Fête du Cirque, which promises to be one of the most stunningly-visual fundraising events of the season. The Gala will be highlighted by colorful performers from Circus Sarasota who will serve as a curtain raiser to the opera company’s staging of the popular two-act opera, “I Pagliacci (The Clowns)” February 21 and 22. Both events – Fête du Cirque and the opera – will be held “under the big top” at the same venue – the Grand Lawn Pavilion of the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon.

In addition to the excitement of circus acts, attendees dressed in “opera chic” will enjoy a gourmet dinner and an evening of entertainment emceed by Ringmaster and celebrity auctioneer, Scott Robertson, who will also oversee the live auction that will include tickets to the Royal Enclosure during Britain’s Royal Ascot Week next June, the most prestigious event on the European horse-racing calendar invariably attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; tickets to New York’s Fashion Week; and a veranda suite on a luxury Seabourn cruise.

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.

SW Fla. Wine & Food Fest: A lot goes into making a great event

The Gala will be held on February 9th at 5:00 pm until 8:00pm.  After you have seen our artists painting live on the streets of Old Naples, come to the auction to be held at a private club in Port Royal and bid on your favorite paintings.  Profits benefit David Lawrence Center which provides mental health and substance abuse treatment and counseling to Southwest Florida children, adults and families.

Each February, artists paint the wonderful buildings, original cottages, fountains, plazas, and courtyards of the Third Street South Historic District.  The Birthplace of Naples, which includes The Pier, Crayton Cove, The City Docks, and at its center, Third Street South provides so many beautiful vignettes for the artists to capture.  Come watch the artists create and if you find paintings you can’t live without, come to the auction and bid on your favorites.

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.

With Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders shouting encouragement and auctioneer Scott Robertson turning up the charm, the 2013 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction raised more than million in a single day, its highest auction tally yet.

Adding in the previous evening’s vintner dinners, when guests paid ,000 each for desirable wines and exquisite dishes prepared by some of the finest chefs in Southwest Florida, the festival — organized by SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. — raised approximately .5 million.

It’s become the most profitable fundraising event in Lee County thanks to great food and wine and plenty of amazing auction packages — and a lot of work by many people since its inception in 2004. The two-day event kicks off Friday, beginning with dinners featuring select vintners and local chefs in private homes from Fort Myers to Naples, and concludes with the Grand Tasting and Auction the following day at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

“To have a really successful fundraiser, you have to have these multiple components that all need to come together,” said Steve Machiz, founder of the Wine Fest, which has raised more than .9 million.

He developed the event for the Rotary Club of Fort Myers in 2004. Machiz came up with a unique formula for the festival that has kept the event fresh and exciting for donors who eagerly give each year, and even attracts donors from out of state.

It’s the anatomy of the festival, with each component of the event studied and showcased to complement the next — from selecting a venue that feels intimate with great acoustics to inviting a young child to the live auction who benefits from the event — giving it a human presence and cementing the reality of who the fundraiser helps. All those moving parts make the event successful year after year, he said.

Wine Fest trustees thought of offering more than fine food and boutique wines so select that only 5,000 to 10,000 cases are produced each year. They work together to fashion auction lots that could not be bought or replicated, that are so unique, attendees will bid vigorously.

And it’s not just about the prizes, but giving itself.

Each year, while the auction is in mid-swing, and the energy is high in the room with what money has been raised so far, attendees eagerly give their money to purchase lifesaving medical equipment on the wish list for the children’s hospital. Last year, participants at the auction purchased 13 GE Healthcare Giraffe OmniBeds, infant beds designed to replicate the womb environment, with each bed costing ,000.

Developing a way to help attendees visualize what their contributions can provide and making it more real to them is a smart move, said Lindsday Nichols, spokeswoman for Guidestar.org, which gathers and disseminates information about nonprofits for greater transparency.

“Now, these fundraising events are more like engagement events,” she said. “It’s to hear about what’s been accomplished and what’s coming next.”

It’s key for nonprofits to figure out what donors want and giving them that, finding ways to be creative in their fundraising efforts while being truthful and transparent about where the funds are going, she said.

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is unique in that it has next to no overhead. Its parent organization, SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., has no staff and rents no office space, spending just under 5,000 last year for the 2013 Wine Fest to cover fundraising service expenses for the firm that orchestrates the event and advertising costs, according to tax records.

It’s a point of pride for the group and part of its success that nearly all the money raised goes directly to the charities is supports – the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the pediatric nursing program at Edison State College and the music therapy program at FGCU.

Other nonprofits that serve Lee County have annual revenues reaching as high as million — such as the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. That organization raises money and collects food throughout the year, not just with one signature annual event.

“Our job is to raise money and food and to distribute it, not to keep it,” said Al Brislain, president and CEO of the food bank. “Just like the Wine Fest’s job is to raise money and distribute it.”

Brislain said its signature event, the WINK News’ Feeds Families Hunger Walk, raised about 0,000 this year and kept its costs for the event well below 10 percent of that total.

Other signature fundraising events in Lee County such as CCMI’s Sam Galloway Jr. and Friends Soup Kitchen benefit — set for March 11 — raised 0,000 in 2013, and the Celebration of Reading, which took place Friday, raised .3 million.

With less than a week to go, preparations for the Wine & Food Fest are in their final stages — and those attending and event beneficiaries are hopeful for even better results.

“We create a frenzy, an ambiance, of excitement and we always bring home the message that what you raise here is going directly to the community,” Machiz said.

New Missions Systems Golf

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the First New Mission Systems Annual Golf Tournament.

The tournament will be held on February 15 at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus ‘Signature Design’ golf course and ‘Southwest Florida’s #1 Rated Golf Course’ during Florida’s most beautiful time of year! Awards presentation, live auction, and luncheon will be held directly following golf in the clubhouse.

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.

Neighborhood Health Clinic

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the 11th Annual Block Party Neighborhood Health Clinic.

The event will be held on February 15th, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples. Susan Jones, RN, is the chair for this signature event. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail reception, an elegant sit-down dinner, open bar, live auction and dancing to the local popular duo Cahlua and Cream. Proceeds from this event will benefit the patients of the Neighborhood Health Clinic.

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.

Annual Pirates Fest

Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers has again been selected to be the Fundraising Auctioneer for the 4th Annual Pirates Fest.

The fest will take place on February 9th at 1:00 pm.  This year’s event will take place at Bert’s Bar and Grill in Matlacha.  Come see our live auction and help wage the war against cancer.  Lots o’ Fun n’ games await you at the Matlacha Island Pirate Fest. 

 
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.

For more information about Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers visit his Web site “The Voice of Experience” at www.thevoe.com or call (239) 246-2139(239) 246-2139.CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skype