At the time this Blog is being written I’m in the midst of my busiest time of year – those dates between early January and mid-April when many major fundraising events are held.
But, as 2014 begins to unfold I need to take a few minutes to reflect back on 2013 – because – what an incredible year it’s been.
When I began my career as a Professional Benefit Auctioneer some 20 years ago my number one goal was to help families in need – especially children. I thought then – if I could assist charities, schools and organizations raise several hundred thousand dollars a year – the world would be a better place.
My mission came right from the heart. Little could I have realized the figure I had in my head at that time would not only be reached – but exceeded way beyond my original expectations.
I say this because in 2013, I was able to help raise a total of $21,757,360 for charities within Florida and the country. As a comparison, in 2012 I helped raise $14,853,000. That’s an incredible jump of some 33 percent – a new personal record. And one of which I’m extremely proud.
But, let me be clear. I didn’t do it on my own I have merely played a role in the success. I’ve had the privilege of working with some great Event Chairs and their committees – volunteers who work tirelessly for months on end – if not an entire year – to make their fundraiser a success. And let’s not forget the generous donors, who spend their hard earned dollars to make the world a better place for others.
It truly is an honor to work aside such dedicated individuals who feel so strongly about their mission. In many ways their passion makes my job a little easier. And I hope visa versa.
I look back at 2013 with pride. But, I also know that I cannot dwell on the past. A successful, record-shattering year does not mean the mission has been completed. In fact, quite the contrary.
To the charities I’ve worked with this past year – and especially the Event Chairs – I say Thank You! We created a strong and successful partnership.
But, it’s a new year. There are many new and important missions ahead. So many families – especially children – are counting on us.