A Brief Look at Events AFGI has Helped With

At Auctioneers Fundraising Group International (AFGI) we have been honoured over the years to work with our clients representing a wide range of non-profit causes. When new clients approach us to work with them one of their first questions is usually – how will a silent auction work at one of their events?

Fortunately, AFGI is a leader in the silent auction world. For over 40 years our family-run business has been dedicated to providing the highest quality auction experience for our clients and their guests. Whether you are holding an intimate event for 50 or a large-scale event for hundreds AFGI can work with you to create a profitable and memorable event.

While AFGI is based in Markham, Ontario we work with clients all over the North America to support their non-profit endeavours.

There are four types of service we provide:

Silent Auctions

AFGI provides a wide range of items for people to ‘silently’ bid on via bid sheets we provide. Silent auctions often take place over a number of hours and can occur while other activities (cocktail reception, dinner) is taking place. AFGI is happy to tailor items for your silent auction to your audience’s interests. AFGI takes care of all the sourcing, set-up and take-down.

Live Auctions

AFGI also offers the traditional auction experience for our clients. As AFGI has been in business for decades we have the best live auctioneers at our disposal and all of our auctioneers are from an accredited school and are in good standing with the National Auctioneers Association. Unlike for-profit auctioneers our auctioneers are skilled at working fundraising events – and have provided services for hundreds of successful events. We offer customized live auction items and packages and are dedicated to making your charitable cause the most money possible.

Online & Mobile Bidding

AFGI is a leader in auction technology – we only work with technology developed by fellow auctioneers and know what works and what doesn’t. We happily pass this expertise on to our clients. If you do not wish to hold an in-person event or auction we can provide the technology and support to online-only timed auctions and love online bidding with real-time video and audio. People can bid from the home or office – and with our technology built with the bidder in mind; the ease in which people can bid will add greatly to the profits of your online auction.

Auction 2 Go

Many non-profits we have worked with over the years have enjoyed getting their board members and other volunteers involved in sourcing items for their charity auctions. In this instances AFGI can still be a great resource for your organization; we can help augment your auction items if you feel you require ‘big ticket’ items are missing, help organize your items at the event and even help with bid sheets. AFGI are experts in all aspects of auctions and we enjoy working closely with our clients and acting as consultants to help you organize a memorable and profitable event.

At AFGI we work closely with our clients to design an Auction event that will be entertaining, lucrative and fun. Below is a selection of successful events we have executed for our clients.

Parachute Gala 2015

Created in 2012 after the amalgamation of four charities who are dedicated to preventing injuries at home, at play and on the move. Parachute works coast to coast to keep people safe in all areas of their lives. In 2015 the organizers approached us to be part of their inaugural gala. Held at the Fairmont Royal York the event was a who’s who of Canadian entertainment. Highlights of the event were appearances by Martin Short, Jason Priestly, Deborah Cox and even Wayne Gretzky. AFGI provided an exciting live auction for the event – raising important funds for this important charity. Live item auctions included sports experiences with Wayne Gretzky’s fantasy camp and a golf experience with PGA Tour Pro Ian Leggatt. We worked closely with the organizers to tailor the live auction items to suit their audience. By providing once-in-a-lifetime experiential activities for the guests AFGI helped Parachute create a memorable inaugural event.

Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation

AFGI was extremely proud to work on this exciting, high-profile, event held at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. Country singer Garth Brooks started his non-profit in 1999; it is dedicated to providing support for various children’s charities and causes. His foundation has partnered with thousands of athletes from the fields of baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer to hold events which raise money for children. AFGI provided a wide range of items for guests at the Wynn hotel to choose from: from sign guitars from rock n’ roll royalty, to signed sports jerseys and exquisite jewellery items AFGI went above and beyond for this important event.

Toronto Taste

One of Canada’s best-known fundraisers was held at the Corus Quay and was presented by The Daniels Corporation. It was an incredible evening and raised $850,000 for Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity. During this annual event AFGI was again pleased to provide auctioneer services for this important event – in fact our auction this year broke the previous record for funds raised. Not only did we provide unique culinary themed items for people to bid on but AFGI also broadcasted the auction live online which opened to event to bidders in Canada and around the world.

AFGI is Canada’s top charity auction company and is staffed with highly skilled staff and professional charity auctioneers. We have extensive experience in managing complex events and we are constantly striving to learn more about our clients and their guests so we can provide a curated array of items for their events. We are leaders in new auction technology and are often consulted when new features are developed. When working with AFGI we can assure all of our clients that our family values and dedication to quality are infused in everything we do – our goal is always to raise the most money for your charity.

So, whether you are organizing an event for 50 or 500 give us a call to learn how we can increase your profits and work with you to create a fun, entertaining and memorable event. We can be reached at 416-733-2344 or at info@afgi.ca – we look forward to hearing from you!

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