...raising a lot of money in a short period of time while laughing, joking, and making sure everyone is having a good time. Fast, Fun and Friendly!
Charity and Benefit events often include a LIVE auction into the festivities as part of the entertainment knowing that this is the point where the majority of money is raised. The auctioneer hired is critical in making or breaking the success of fundraising events. Many auctioneers can "call bids". Some celebrities or lay people can pretend to be auctioneers having fun with the crowd; but a professional Charity Event auctioneer like Colonel Russell Mann is an actual part of the overall entertainment who brings in money whereas the other entertainers cost money.
Colonel Russell Mann of Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ. is an entertaining genius who combines his auctioneer experience, wit, sense of humor, and timing to engage the guests in a rollicking fundraising event. Russell is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City and has operated a successful auction company in Northern Arizona since 1993. Russell was also a kindergarten teacher for the Flagstaff Schools, toured as a professional storyteller, worked in radio, does voice over narration, is a tour docent at TOVREA CASTLE in Phoenix, and runs a pet cremation business in Flagstaff. Colonel Mann is also a registered minister through OPEN MINISTRIES able to conduct marriage ceremonies statewide.
When people are donating a lot of money to their favorite cause, purchasing lavish vacations at ballroom galas or well decorated cakes at Cub Scouts, they want to enjoy the experience. The guests want to be entertained, laugh, and feel a part of the action. Colonel Russell Mann has the natural talent to do all of these things with two goals always in mind. He wants the event to be fun, and he wants the organizers to receive the maximum amount of money possible.
The live auction portion of an event needs critical timing, flow, and speed. It cant go too fast and donations can be missed, or it can drag on and people get bored and want something else. Russell is a master at reading the crowd, knowing the goals of the organization, and nailing the timing for every event.
Colonel Mann performed in September for Dr. Henry Poore and The Poore Free Medical Clinic BEANS & RICE Fundraiser. Dr. Poore wrote this on their Facebook page:
Poore Medical Clinic
Last nights BEANS and RICE event was the BOMB. If you missed it, you missed a great evening. All the performers were outstanding, but Col. Russ Mann stole the show. He promised to "magically transfer money from the audience's wallet to the Poore Clinic" and with wit, irreverence, and style he did it. Any Executive Director or Board of a non-profit in Flagstaff that doesn't try to add Russ to their next fundraiser is missing the boat. Thank you Flagstaff. Thank you Russ Mann."
ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE USED Colonel Russell Mann for Auctioneer Entertainer:
American Cancer Society "Denim & Diamonds"
POORE Medical Clinic "Beans 'N Rice" fundraiser
Coconino County Victim Witness
Boy Scouts of America
Special Olympics of Northern Arizona
Special Olympics of the Valley of the Sun
Big Brothers Big Sisters
A Further Shore
Haiti Medical Corps.
Killip Chess Team
Flagstaff Roundup AA
Museum Northern Arizona
Coconino Center for the Arts
B.j. Carlson Foundation
Nick Blankenburg Tragedy Fund
National Rifle Association
Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
International Society of Loggers
Yuma Historical Society
NAU Lumberjacks AXER Auction
Justin Bryan (Ringman and Auctioneer)