Sagebrush and Support Spell Success for the High Desert Museum!

August 30, 2011

August 20th marked our annual excursion into the heart of Bend, Oregon as we hit the open road and traveled south for the 22nd annual High Desert Rendezvous presented by Sterling Savings Bank, the High Desert Museum’s signature fundraising gala!

For six seasons, we’ve been honored to have the opportunity to partner with the High Desert Museum for their annual fundraising auction and event – The High Desert Rendezvous, a showcase of glitz and western glory, which culminate to highlight the museum’s standing as a cultural leader in educational exhibits about the history, culture, arts, and wildlife that surround the plateau of the High Desert and areas of the Pacific Northwest.

This event is one that we at Benefit Auctions 360 look forward to each and every year! Backed by a sensational staff, and surrounded by an incredible level of community support, the High Desert Museum produces a top notch, one-of-a-kind auction and event that is as wild and beautiful as the High Desert itself!

Each year, the event space is situated in a bold and beautiful outdoor tent on museum grounds, flanked by lanterns and flickers of candlelight, the sweet smell of hay bales and brightly colored packing blankets lining the entrance, and the billowing smoke of Tri-tip on the grill serving as a compelling and rustic welcome for guests new and old.

As we geared up for this 22nd Annual High Desert Rendezvous, I reflected upon the relationship I had been fortunate enough to establish with the High Desert Museum over the years, developing both a professional working relationship, and establishing many friendships along the way as well.

It’s my personal belief that strong, successful (and of course FUN) auction and events, are often centered around long standing partnerships. When we as a company are invited to partner with an organization year after year, we are able to weave ourselves into the fabric of their mission and support base, getting to know not only the organization’s staff and volunteers over time, but developing lasting relationships with their donor base as well.  This is an area of our services that I hold proudly to at Benefit Auctions 360, for the organization’s that we partner with are those whose mission and core values we truly believe in, and thus stand behind. I’m proud to say that the majority of our clients have been long standing partners for many years, allowing our team at Benefit Auctions 360 to come to know these organizations on both a professional and personal level, which allows for our work to reside that much closer to our hearts.

The BA360 Team: Scott, Judith, Lisa, and Annette

Our time spent with the High Desert Museum over the years has truly been a delight! Getting gussied up in our Western wear, and tipping our hats in support of Oregon’s history, culture and and wildlife is one of our auction season highlights!

Scott and Johnna

And year after year, we’re able to develop stronger ties with a sensational community of supporters, that like us, wants to ensure that the High Desert Museum can continue to shine as one of Central Oregon’s most valued treasures!

The BA360 Team: Keely, Joshua, Annette, and Bob

With strategic plans in tact, a stellar Silent Auction and dynamite Live Auction showcasing a selection of packages befitting of any arts, cultural, and Western flaired fan, we charged forth into this 22nd Annual High Desert Rendezvous with confidence and a whole lot of “giddy up” in our step!

An incredible oil painting featured in the Silent Auction

The museum grounds served as the perfect mission driven locale for which to host the Silent Auction and Reception.

The High Desert Rendezvous Silent Auction and Reception

And year after year, many of Bend’s finest businesses and supporters contribute their hotest wares for the highly anticipated annual bidding war that is sure to ensue.


One of seven hand embroidered towels featured in the Silent Auction

We like to dream “BIG” here at Benefit Auctions 360. We keep our feet firmly planted on the ground, and “shoot for the moon” as we set forth with our fundraising plans for each organization, which is why the results of this year’s High Desert Rendezvous were so very sweet…

With a whirlwind of support in the Silent Auction, the Live Auction was quick to follow with thirteen signature packages, hand picked for the guests of the High Desert Rendezvous, each bringing their weight in gold at the call of “SOLD!”.  With a Special Appeal budgeted goal of $87,000, the crowd grew wild with enthusiasm as we surpassed this mark, generating over $100,000 in the Special Appeal alone, thanks in part to the remarkably generous donor support, and the strategic plan we were able to institute in advance to ensure that the Special Appeal could be strong, sustainable, and financially successful! In total, we were able to raise $50,000 more than had been budgeted, and so with that, we threw our hats high and danced to the light of the moon.

Continuing Education

August 28, 2011

We are excited to announce that Benefit Auctions 360, LLC team member, Keely Montgomery has “gone the extra mile” to offer the highest level of professionalism and the most up-to-date information by earning the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation.  Keely was awarded this honor in July 2011 after completing the BAS course offered through the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute.  The BAS course covers topics such as the fundraising components of the auction event, item acquisition, audience development, contractual agreements, and public relations.  Less than 1% of Auctioneers and benefit auction professionals throughout North America hold the BAS designation.