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Silent Auction Success Plan

Date: Aug 22, 2019


Does your organization utilize a Silent Auction Fundraiser? Are you looking for a way to bring in new revenue for your non-profit organization? This session will review best practices and some tips for increasing your fundraising through Silent Auctions. Panelists will give examples of how their events tap into this practice to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and increase awareness for their causes.

Moderated by Patti Hamilton, Power of Ten Consulting

Dawn Read, Winterfest Inc
Gregory Smith, Qtego
Maiken Stefany, Eventfest

Dawn Read Dawn Read

Dawn Read

Event Director, Winterfest Inc.

Dawn brings a wealth of knowledge to this topic as she celebrates 26 years with Winterfest this year, best known for producing the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and a series of events.Their annual Black Tie Gala with 900+ guests includes a silent and Live auction boasting over 225 items is just one of the events she organizes.Dawn caved to the world of technology for their auction 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back.Even though the first year was complete failure with the company they used, it has been the smartest change and continues to get better and better.

Gregory Smith Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Director of Southeast Market, Qtego

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, I am now a 2-year native in Miami, FL. Married for nearly 7 years, proud owner of 2 morkies and loving life right now. I joined Qtego in 2012, leading the Southeast sales division out of Tampa. The idea of mobile bidding caught on quickly elsewhere, so I too, explored other areas in the Southeast. Fast forward to 2019, averaging over 500+ special events annually, I now oversee the entire East Coast of the Country for development and sales with Qtego.
Our technology has always come second to our people. In an industry driven by technology, we want our clients and prospective clients to know that not only will they receive the most top quality platform and service for their special events, but it will be backed up by a team with heart, tenure and a passion for excellence.
I now see my position as a consultant, rather than just sales, and I lean on my short, 7 years of experience to help renewing and new clients achieve their fundraising goals – or at least have the best chance at doing so.

Maiken Stefany Maiken Stefany

Maiken Stefany

Vice President | Events + Development, EventFest, Inc.

Maiken Stefany is a skilled event manager who has grown up in the event business and has worked for EventFest, Inc. in Tampa, FL for the last nine years, honing her craft in event sponsorship, marketing and social media management. With an education background that includes a focus on small business and entrepreneurship, Maiken attended both Florida State University and the University of South Florida, graduating in 2012 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a minor in Marketing.

Today Maiken manages several events for EventFest, including her role as Operations Director of the Children’s Gasparilla Parade and Project Manager for the Tampa Pig Jig. Maiken is a Board member and Auction Chair of the Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA), and recipient of the FFEA 2015 Emerging Leader Award. Maiken is also a member of Visit Tampa Bay, Board Member for the VooDoo Chef Foundation, Sushi Lover and Baseball fan.

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