About Rick Burgess

Rick has over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry and is a member of the NAA, National Auctioneers Association. Rick has been a Master of Ceremonies (MC) for over 3000 events throughout his career. In the early 80's he wrote, directed, and was "the voice" in various radio and TV commercials in Colorado until moving to the Los Angeles area in the late 80's. As recently as 2010, Rick was awarded the prestigious "Best Of" award for Orange County by "The Knot" for his professional MC abilities.

Rick's entertaining and fun style will have your guests feeling good about their participation and donations. It's not surprising Rick is rehired as the auctioneer by the same clients year after year.

In this economic downturn in the last few years, it is even more important to have a professional auctioneer at your benefit or charity event. Trying to save money on this service will cost more than you realize. An experienced auctioneer will always net you more money. Organizations have tried to do it themselves, but invariably call us back the next year.

We will sit down, at no obligation, with your committee and show you how our service can help you raise as much money as you can to reach your goals, while making it efficient and FUN.

Our First Meeting

When we meet for the first time, I will come to understand all of the details of your organization and financial goals for the event, as well as what you have done in the past that seemed to work (or not work) for your group. It is important for me to know every detail of your cause so that on the night of the auction I can relate to everyone attending.

Event and Auction Possibilities

  • Pre-auction meeting and program schedule
  • Payment options
  • Auction items and their values
  • Order of items being auctioned (very important)
  • Mimimum bids and bidding cards of paddles
  • Bid spotters - 2 to 3 recommended
  • Wild card items - added the day of the event, not in the program
  • Centerpiece auction
  • 52 card pickup
  • 100 yard dash
  • Heads or tails
  • "Double Bid" sale - selling the same item twice to the last two highest bidders
  • Silent auction (promoting while open)
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Cash-out and drawing (Casino Night)
  • Testimonials
  • Fund-A-Need / Raise a Paddle
  • Crowd control
  • Audio and video needs

Final Meeting

Review topics listed above, and finalize the event program and schedule of times.

Day of Fundraiser

Arrive one to two hours before the event starts to review program and any changes.

Testimonial Comments

"Wow... we raised so much more than the year before. It really didn't cost us anything to have you here when you sold one "double bid" item. That paid for you. See you next year."

- Kathi Delegal - For Us Foundation

"Never thought it would be this much fun to raise this much money. After all your planning help, we were able to be a guest at our event."

- Michael Keener - Astor Classics


"My biggest satisfaction as an auctioneer... reaching or exceeding your fundraising goal."