What our clients are saying…

“Our auction is not only a chance to raise money, it’s a chance to bring the community together and remind everyone of why they care about Chorus America and its mission, and is a chance to get them excited about the future. I was delighted by Kurt Johnson’s approach to leading fundraising auctions because he had the same thing in mind—it’s about heart, the people, and what we’re trying to accomplish. Our auction has been pretty ‘mom and pop’ run, but that wasn’t an obstacle for Kurt. He worked closely with us and made some great suggestions to make our systems run better. At the pre-auction meeting with the volunteers and event staff, Kurt covered every detail and
approached the evening like a ‘show’ with a script to keep things moving at a good pace. At the auction that night he combined his skills as an auctioneer with his ability to communicate the case for support, and inspired many new bids and gifts. He wasn’t just our professional auctioneer, he became part of the event team and his input was invaluable throughout. I would recommend his firm without hesitation.

--Catherine Dehoney, Event Coordinator, Chorus America (Washington, D.C.)

Col. Paul Behr, President, World Wide College of Auctioneering congratulates Col. Kurt Johnson during his benefit auction lecture at a recent term. He states, “World Wide welcomes Kurt Johnson to train and educate new auctioneers in the second fastest growing segment of auctioneering—benefit auctions.” World Wide College of Auctioneering is celebrating its 75th anniversary and has trained over 35,000 auctioneers, including many World Champions.

”Kurt, I would like to thank you so very much for the wonderful job you did at the ECS Gala. We had never used a professional auctioneer in the past and had a lot of discussion before we hired you. Your recommendations were excellent, but we, of course, wondered if we should spend the money for your fee when we could possibly do the job just as well with one of our own as we had done in the past. Well, believe me, the group is unanimous that the money was well spent! Every guest I have talked with said that they had never had so much fun! Your presence was very charismatic; your banter upbeat, appropriate, and humorous; and your ability to keep things moving very effective. The Board truly appreciated your familiarizing yourself so well with our mission and communicating with enthusiasm and passion the worth of our work and the genuine need of our clients. The volunteers and staff with whom you conducted your “Benefit Auction 101” and pre-gala orientation felt confident and comfortable with their duties, and the event went as smooth as silk. I am truly grateful for a job well done and will be more than happy to enthusiastically recommend you to whomever I can.

–Margaret McBride, Event Chair, Episcopal Community Services

“Kurt Johnson has definitely earned the title ‘Auctioneer and MC Extraordinaire.’ The Linus Blankets Saint Paul live auction was an astounding success because of Kurt Johnson. Kurt strives for excellence and it shows…he truly cared about the results. He is a true professional who is dedicated to understanding his client’s needs; does his research; and strategically plans how to best optimize the auction results. Kurt was more than our auctioneer…he was part of our team! The auction audience was captivated and filled with excitement and anticipation. They had FUN and were entertained by his style, energy, and humor. It was a wonderful afternoon and we were not ready for the magic to end! Thank you Kurt, you outdid yourself!”

–Sue Gonsior, Director of Communications, Capital City Partnership

“Kurt and Connie, thank you for celebrating your 1000th auction at St. John the Evangelist School in Little Canada. You and your team helped make our auction event spectacular with your entertaining and lively performance and enthusiasm, and by greeting our guests in costume. Your expert advice made a huge difference in our auction by helping us surpass our financial goals and achieve a sold-out event. Each year our auction improves and this can be attributed to your dedication and guidance.”

–Laura Wegscheid, St. John the Evangelist School

“Kurt made our auction a resounding success through his expert guidance and planning. His ability to obtain the bids needed, in a wonderful comedic fashion, achieved a fun event and far surpassed our fundraising goals.”

—Ingrid Anderson, Community Relations, Crystal Lake Good Samaritan Center

“On behalf of me, the auction committee and the entire Trinity Lone Oak community, THANK YOU. Thank you for coming and doing a pre-auction consultation for us. Thank you for you for the humor, kindness and professionalism that you showed us all as you did the live auction. The auction generated the most money we have ever raised.”

--Brenda Martens, Auction Coordinator, Trinity Lone Oak School

“Kurt, you are excellent at driving the bidding process to its highest point! This year’s event exceeded expectations on so many levels thanks to your participation.”

–Kim Baker and Deb Jordan, Event Co-Chairs, Children’s Cancer Research Fund

“Colonel Kurt, thanks for the terrific job you did for us at Merrie Market this year. We were all delighted with the Live Auction results, and it was a pleasure to work with you! We also enjoyed working with Connie—she’s a real asset. Many thanks.

–Cathy Schneeman, Event Chair, Visitation School

“Dear Colonel Kurt, you were fabulous! The auction exceeded our expectations. We loved having you at our event. You are warm and engaging and we want you to auction for us again next year.”

--Margi Sborov, President, Angel Foundation

To the editor of Auction World:

“Dear Editor, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy Auction World. I also like Kurt Johnson’s column about benefit auctions. He always has interesting and useful things to say.”

Charles Beck, President, Washington Auctioneers Association

Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has clients ranging from private and parochial schools and churches, to nonprofits and foundations of every size and cause; and from professional associations to local businesses and multinational corporations. Colonel Kurt Johnson is a nationally recognized benefit auction expert, with clients in Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Door County, WI; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; and Washington, D.C.