Betsy, ACT, October 2018
This year we had approximately 50 fewer guests but were able to generate more revenue than last year as well in any previous year. Contributing factors were that the auctioneer was excellent, the single most important change was the decision to use Swisher Auctions to run our event. This was an un-budgeted cost but ultimately proved to be a game changer for our event. Swisher provided us with the vacation package used in the Last Donor Giving, which raised $3,200! Swisher also provided two vacation packages on consignment that were vital to our live auction and necessary when we had no large items for auction only six weeks prior to the event. Everyone agreed the auctioneer was excellent and did a first rate job controlling the room.
Macon, St Catherine’s School, October 2018
“You knocked it out of the park tonight! The live and raise the paddle bits seriously beat all expectations. I was constantly pinching myself at the levels our packages cleared. SIX Italy buyers!!! We can’t wait to get the full report but know it will have surpassed all expectations!”
Danielle W., Special Events Manager, Project HOPE, October 2018
We were SOOO pleased and I have heard nothing but good things from the attendees, board and executive team on your role in making it such a success – thank you!!!
Sandy J., We Heart Harlie & Friends Gala, September 2018
I want to thank you for the fabulous job you did for us Saturday!!! The entire event far exceeded our expectations and we have you to thank for a huge part of that. The feedback we are receiving from our guests is phenomenal and everyone is looking forward to an even bigger event next year. We would appreciate your feedback on how the night went – what we did right and the things we need to improve on and/or change for the future.
Again, thank you so much and we look forward to working with you next year!!
Molly M Teas, Executive Director, Everybody Wins DC, April 2018
A huge thank you for the absolutely fantastic contribution you made to our live auction and Fund a Need last night. There was no doubt that your positive energy, skill and the fun you put into the auction was a highlight of the entire evening. I’ve had such positive feedback from so many people who were there, including our Board Chair. Everyone agreed that you energized the whole crowd. Thank you so much to you and your light saber team and for all of the accommodations you made in the program right up until the last minute. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Steve Goddard, President of The London Company, World Pediatric Project Auction co-chair, November 2017
Thank you to you and your team for helping us exceed our goal last night. We raised over $1 million, almost 50 percent above last year. Swisher Auctions did a great job and we appreciate your help.
Carl and Judy Riedy, Event Chairs, February 2016
On behalf of the Riedy family, Judy and I would like to thank you for the tremendous job you and Myles did Saturday night. When you walked up for the Bid for the Cure, I asked you to “crush it”. You certainly did, along with the live auction. The research you undertake in advance, the energy you create and the results you achieve helped us realize our most successful event and elevated the quality of the overall experience. The feedback has been very positive. Thank you for being a part of the 20th Anniversary Joker’s Wild Casino Night and most importantly, “adding tomorrows” for all CF patients.
Shannon G., Chief Development Office, National Technology nonprofit, October 2015
You were absolutely awesome at the gala! Thank you so much for a terrific benefit auction ($215K) and for revving up our audience. Everyone told us we have to do this again next year. We’re working on the date now and will book you well in advance.
Again, many thanks. You were just wonderful and we are extremely grateful.
Melanie Roupas, Events and Marketing Manager, Style Weekly, April 2015
Thank you so much for Saturday night! You did an amazing job and made a wonderful impression on the crowd.
Nicole Burn, Corporate Development, March of Dimes, November 2014
You were an integral part of our success as the right auctioneer makes the event. We appreciate how well you worked the room and used the notes we gave you on the chefs. You did a wonderful job engaging the chefs on stage too.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you back next year!
Peggy Wilson, Director, Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, October 2014
It is always such a pleasure working with you on our major fundraising events!! I’m always amazed watching you do what you do; you’re a real pro and an intricate part of our team!! Although it was a first-time event for us, Wine, Women & Shoes went so well, it was hard to tell!! I know our debriefing will just strengthen the event for next year!! Thanks so much for getting so many people to raise those bids numbers!!
Angela Dempsey, Sr. Development Officer at Bon Secours Richmond, October 2014
I enjoyed working with you. You are everything Stefanie and Peggy promised! You did an amazing job with the auction – helping us to determine the best items for the live auction, sharing ideas and information, and obviously encouraging our guests to raise their paddles. I am too old to wish time away, but I can hardly wait for next year!
Katherine Godin, Director, WCVE, PBS Director of Community Engagement, September 2014
Justin, you were an invaluable resource for our first-time auction. We appreciated your help and professionalism throughout the process. You more than made up for your fee in good advice and excellent auctioning.
Sara Greene, Development Manager at Richmond CenterStage, June 2014
Justin, Thank you so much for all of your hard work & preparation for Single in the City! I couldn’t have pulled it off without you and I know that you worked so hard to get each and every bid. I always enjoy working with you and I look forward to many more events together in the future. Thanks again!
Jay Collier, Auction Chair, VCU Massey Cancer Center, Moonlight Magic, June 2014
Justin, Moonlight was a huge success again this year and we are grateful for all of your effort! I think it’s safe to say we couldn’t have done it without you.
Tiffany Heller, Auction Chair, May 2014
Thank you, again, for really bringing such excitement to The Heroes Art Ball this year! We have had so much great feedback about you. Thanks so much!
John Daylor, Realtor & LLS Man of the Year 2014, Joyner Fine Properties, May 2014
If you have never seen Justin Swisher in action you owe it to yourself to go to one of his auctions. He was amazing. The fundraiser ended with a silent and live auction at the Commonwealth Club and Justin ran the show. After talking to the people at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society they said that this was their most successful auction ever. I never realized what went into a successful auction and it is a lot of work. Once again thank you!
Emily Richardson, Maymont Foundation, October 2013
Justin, I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for such a great job at Vintage Maymont this year! Our committee met today for our follow-up meeting and I wanted to share some of the feedback I received from them. The Auctioneer was “bright,” “energetic” and “he did his homework.” Justin made things easy, took his notes and kept things moving! We had a spectacular Vintage Maymont this year and look forward to working with you again next year!
Jaeda Wooldridge, Development Director, Cedar International School, May 2013
Wow! What a fabulous night on Saturday!!! You made an amazing impression on everyone who attended…I’ve been hearing wonderful reviews!!! I’m very grateful for your energy and enthusiasm and the way you were able to motivate the audience. The results are super and that’s down to your talent and professionalism! People are still raving about you. Thank you so much for helping make Cedar’s auction a huge success!
Mary Beth Gass, Hospice Support Care, Committee Member, April 2013
We found we can’t afford to do an event without Justin, our guests spent more money and had a lot more fun. We are still getting feedback from guests that this year’s event with Justin as Auctioneer is the most fun Magnolia Ball we have done to date in nine years! Thank you to Swisher Auctions!
Arman Amiri, Board Member, Owens & Minor, April 2013
We knew from references that Justin brought excitement, engagement and entertainment to any event he auctioneered, what we were amazed by was the amount of insight and consulting he offered leading up to the event. We more than doubled the attendance and the donations by incorporating a live auction by Justin.
Diana Kerr Taylor, Auction Chair and Board Member, June, 2012
If you are in need of a professional, creative, personable, and exceptional auctioneer for your next event, I would highly recommend Justin Swisher. Justin raised the bar very high for Center Stage’s recent inaugural event, I can easily say that without Justin our event would not have raised double the amount we estimated during our planning. Thanks to his energy and passion on stage, our bidders were excited and by the end of the night we had raised over half of the total event revenue strictly from the live auction – hosted by Justin. We will work with him again next year – hands down and without hesitation. He was an asset to the planning process and clearly to the overall success of our inaugural event.
Bob Greenberg, Guest, Palos Verdes, CA, December 2012
I have been to many Auctions including the one I have been involved with at the Palos Verdes d’ Elegance and Justin is the best I have ever seen!
Arthur Grant, Chairman of the BRAVO Board, May 2012
Thank you so much for setting such a high bar for Single in the City! Your professionalism and energy were the engine for the night. Another board member described the event best as”a perfect blend of professionalism, class, and FUN!” I couldn’t agree more. I hope to have the privilege to work with you again in the future.
Rebecca Geraghty, Auction Committee
Justin brought a lot of energy and excitement with energy hadn’t seen before and made the Auction a great success
Pamela Greenberg, Board Member
We didn’t want the Auction to stop! Justin made the bidding so much fun.
Corrine Gormont, Guest
Justin did an amazing job of entertaining us while doing his part to bring success to the event. Very talented.
Robin, Auction Chair
I am so over the moon! What a fun evening and profitable evening. Justin, you were amazing. So many compliments coming your way. Thank you for taking the time to really get to know the school and the people there. It showed! The Fund a Cause was a huge success and I can’t wait to see the new improvements. Rachel cried when her art sold. It was a magical night for our school. Thank you again for all your patience, ideas, support and time, Bravo!
Elizabeth Robertson, Auction Committee & Past Board Member MCM
You really are quite valuable to MCM. You should know that folks at the party on Wednesday mentioned to me how much your assistance is appreciated. A wise lawyer colleague once told me that a compliment is the only thing that is better when you receive it second-hand. And so, I pass it along to you. Best wishes for the event tomorrow.