"Ben provided auction insights and ideas to help improve our fundraising ability.He builds relationships with attendees and says the right words to encourage their participation in the auction, He conducted his own research on our Foundation so he was prepared and knowledgeable to speak to event attendees.It is safe to say that our fundraisers would not have been as successful without Ben’s help.
Thank you, Ben!”
“I have been in the fund-raising industry for more than 15 years and this was the first time I have ever used a professional auctioneer. Once I saw Mr. Farrell in action I was utterly blown away. He’s not just an auctioneer, but a fantastic entertainer. He engages his audience and gets everyone excited about bidding and making a difference for the charity he is working for. I truly believe we would not have raised the amount of money we were able to if he had not been there.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, professionalism and guidance at this year’s gala. It was the highest netting fund raiser in our organization’s history and the experience you brought to the event contributed significantly to our success. The way you handled the frenzy of the evening, it was clear that you were not only familiar with each of the auction items but also with Carolina Ballet’s mission and the importance of the paddle auction for our pointe shoe fund. Twice I have tried to recommend you and twice you have already been the auctioneer for the event. I think that speaks volumes for your reputation.
Ben Farrell has transformed our auction from an average school fundraiser to a show where our guests are entertained and inspired. His creativity, professionalism and 100% commitment to our cause has enabled our school to exceed our event fundraising goals. For years, we have dreamed about being where we are now and we owe this achievement to Ben. Thank you!
I have observed Benjamin’s impressive “showmanship” auctioneer abilities both at an event which I attended and an event for which I hired him. He was our auctioneer for the National Restaurant Association’s Political Action Committee. He was the best thing that could have ever happened to our event! We raised 25% more funds than we have ever raised in past years on both our silent and live auctions. Benjamin did a fantastic job at working the crowd with his charm and talent; and his enthusiasm was simply contagious!! He truly is an expert in his field of auctioneering in every way. Benjamin is a very kind individual, easy to talk to and gave some great suggestions and advice. He is worth every penny and I highly recommend him! I truly believe if you listen to him and follow his advice he can help any organization raise the bar.
Matt’s pre-event consultations and fresh ideas brought new life to our event, and his enthusiasm and sincerity really resonated with our audience. As a result, our audience was completely engaged throughout the evening, and our event revenue jumped 27% from our previous record high. For the first time in several years, I wouldn’t change a single thing for next year’s event. It was fantastic, and Matt was a huge part of that success.”
Sheila Crunkleton, American Red Cross
“Chatham Animal Rescue and Education had the absolute pleasure of working with Ben Farrell for our 5th annual Burrito Bash with silent and live auction. We experimented with a live auction last year at our 4th annual Burrito Bash – and it seemed to go over well with our animal lovers. This year, we asked Ben to take our live auction to the next level. He consulted with our fundraising committee and provided creative recommendations on our live and silent auctions to maximize our donations. Not only is he an auctioneer extraordinaire, he kept the crowd entertained and engaged throughout the night.
We achieved 142% of our fundraising goal using the auction method for the Burrito Bash which will help us with our mission to promote the health and safety of all cats and dogs in Chatham County. The animals of Chatham County say Woof and Meow! Thank you!”
“Thank you so much for being an integral part of Fork & Gavel, our school’s annual fundraiser/auction. We had used local auctioneers before, but never anyone of your caliber or expertise. Initially, our planning committee was a bit leery at due to the expense of bringing in an “outside” professional. Needless to say, the entire committee is extremely happy we decided to utilize your talent and services because (as you know) we set a new record in proceeds at this year’s event and exceeded our fundraising goals.
The feedback we received about you (and the event itself) has been phenomenal – words like “entertaining” and “exciting” were used in abundance. We also appreciated your ideas during the planning phase and willingness to get your hands dirty at the event setup. All which helped to create a very successful fundraising event for our school.
We certainly hope you can join us again for next year’s Fork & Gavel, and would definitely recommend you to others who may be looking to take their fundraiser auctions to the next level.
Thanks again for making the Fork & Gavel a very special night.”
“Ben, I am so happy you were the auctioneer for Victory4Valerie Benefit Auction. It was absolutely one of the best decisions that we made. When you joined our team, you worked very hard to help us have a successful auction; you had a lot of wonderful suggestions and ideas. You were professional, provided auction items, very helpful in providing advice about the flow of the auction, and you provided needed materials (silent auction form template and bidder paddles)…you made our job so much easier. My sister said it was the most exciting auction that she has ever attended…she said you were very enthusiastic. Our guest were bidding and bidding high dollars too. I was so happy when I came out from the stock/inventory room and saw that everything was sold…I was so impressed..
Ben, you are a magnificent auctioneer…I highly recommend you to anybody that’s having an auction. Keep up the good work and God bless you.”
“I can’t begin to thank Ben Farrell enough for his expertise, professionalism and excitement as auctioneer for our Holiday Charity Auction Benefit for Mark Lane. We exceeded our goals by nearly doubling our expectations. The audience was wowed by Ben’s enthusiasm, humor and compassion. I believe having Ben Farrell as our auctioneer for this event was the factor in us obtaining and surpassing our goals. Thank you Ben for all your efforts on this event. I will be utilizing Custom Benefit Auctions again and wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to refer you to others who are raising money and will benefit from your service.”
I will admit I was skeptical when our event chair wanted to hire a professional auctioneer - I just didn't see how we could possibly afford it. As it turns out, hiring Ben was one of the best decisions we've ever made as an organization, and he has helped us take our annual event to a whole new level. Ben is amazing - donors have a fabulous time and he makes it fun for them to give and spend money. Plus, he is a wealth of knowledge and creativity on fundraising - when he offers training for your auction committee, SAY YES!
"What can we say about Col. Ben Farrell? He has been instrumental in the success of our annual gala fundraiser, the SCCS Bowtie Ball! From helping our school start our gala event three years ago to offering new wisdom each year, Ben is always willing to help meet our fundraising goals with his experience and enthusiasm. We
have seen consistent growth of 25-30% in the profits generated each year and could not be more pleased. We can not imagine the Bowtie Ball without him!”
-Ashley Matthews, Sandhills Classical Christian School, Inc.