Auction Company Raises $6.5 million
Scott Robertson Auctioneers Conducts Record-Breaking $2 Million Fundraising Auction
(March 14, 2012 – Fort Myers, FLA) – Scott Robertson, CAI, BAS, a 20 year veteran auctioneer and principal of Scott Robertson Event Fundraising Consultants/Auctioneers, broke fundraising records and his personal best with $2 million. The Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest auction was held at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club on February 25. The proceeds will benefit The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and secondary beneficiaries Florida Gulf Coast University’s music therapy program and Edison State College’s pediatric nursing program.
In the past 45 days Robertson’s company has conducted 19 auctions raising a total of $6.5 million for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.
Wine Fest auction highlights include the “Fund a Cause” which raised more than $400,000 to purchase GE Giraffe baby incubators for The Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the signature painting created by 7 year old oncology patient Olivia Ramsey that generated $125,000 in donations.
The auction started with a $50,000 high bid for a Girl’s Weekend in New York City. Other exciting auction offerings included the trip of a lifetime to Cuba including mass with Pope Benedict XVI that sold for $65,000 and a VIP trip to Benovia Winery in Sonoma Valley for $90,000.
“We exceeded our expectations again this year, thanks to our dynamic auctioneer and very philanthropic supporters. With Scott Robertson at the helm of the event in 2011 we netted $1.6 million when our goal was $1 million,” said Steve Machiz, M.D., Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest founding chairman. “With Scott’s valuable insight and unique ability to build excitement and momentum, we exceeded our goal again in 2012, raising $2 million, which makes us one of the top 10 wine-related fundraisers in the nation.”
About Scott Robertson Auctioneers:
Serving Florida and the Eastern United States Robertson is considered one of the premier professional benefit auctioneers working in the United States today. In the past 18 years, Robertson has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States and helps to raise millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities every year. For more information about Scott Robertson of Scott Robertson Auctioneers visit his Web site “The Voice of Experience” at www.thevoe.com or call (239) 246-2139.