Our primary auctioneer Ryan E. Watson entertained and helped raise record donations for the Kanata Food Cupboard during the live auction at the 11th Annual "Food for Thought" Kanata's Food & Wine Show. The event was held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Kanata, Ontario and was attended by a sold out group of over 250 food & wine lovers, small business owners and corporate sponsors of the chamber.
The auction started just after 8:00 pm with the attention of the room quickly thrown to the stage as Ryan opened with a smooth vocal percussion & acapella rendition of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. Once the room was ready to go, the first lot came up for auction; Chef’s Table for Eight, 3 Course Dinner featuring the new Cicchetti menu and Included Wine Pairings at Graffiti's restaurant. The bidding started at $1 and helped set the pace of the auction for the rest of the evening.
Some of the other amazing items included:
® "An Evening with Blue Rodeo" Gallery Suite with 12 Tickets to the 25th Anniversary Tour – Feb. 14th
® "Ultimate Children’s Playhouse" 8ft x 5ft footprint, included delivery and aggregate.
® "$4,000 Advertising Package" EMC – Your Community Newspaper
® "Private Dinner for Ten" Four course dinner of choice! Included 4 bottles of wine at
Sixty Four Hundred Celebration Center "a unique venue for all events"
Rosemary Leu, Executive Director of the Kanata Chamber wrote this testimonial after the event.
"Through the Kanata Chamber of Commerce I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan (Raising the Bid) on several fundraising auctions and I look forward to many more. Ryan has an innate ability to get the audience’s attention and his energy and powers of persuasion are second to none! The recent auction we did for the Kanata Food Cupboard will allow us to present to them our largest donation cheque to date. Ryan has one of the most aptly named companies, because “raising the bid” is exactly what he did for us."
Thank you to the Kanata Chamber for inviting Raising the Bid to this amazing event we were honored to be a part of the yearly tradition and look forward to working with you in Raising the Bid even higher at future events!