Read what our valued clients have had to say about the Buck Up Auctions crew. (Click the categories on the right to see more.)
Tara Royer Steele - Round Top Area Chamber Chair
Buck up Auctioneer Group did an amazing job at our Gala. We had a goal & they helped in achieving that! The best part is, Heather...she is young & exciting & a woman. It's not every day that you see a woman auctioneer. She draws in a crowd & keeps things exciting! I will definitely use Buck up Auctioneer Group for other events.
April Lewandowski - Bidder at Lights-Camera-Texas Gala
You are without a doubt the coolest auctioneer I've ever seen! Thank you so much for making the night so colorful!
Amy Jo Anderson - Daughter of Judy Mikeska
The Buck Up team is nothing short of miracle workers. From the beautiful prayer that opened the auction to the savvy Heather Schoenst Kaspar that is an auctioneer...it was stellar. Her ability to engage this 300+ crowd fully for 3.5 solid hours inspiring charity, love and laughs is what benefit auctions should forever be defined as. There are no words to describe our gratitude for the Buck Up team and all the generous community members who donated auction items or purchased.
Heather - the best auctioneer I've ever met - also wrote a beautiful piece about my amazing mom, on her blog: "Buck Up Baby!" Got a charity or benefit? Buck Up and book her now!
Erin Willey - Event Organizer for Judy Mikeska Medical Benefit
Just days after Christmas 2014 I was informed that one of my dear sweet coworkers was diagnosed with lung cancer that quickly spread to her brain. Anyone that knows anything about cancer knows that it causes a huge financial burden on the person and their families while going through the costly treatments. I knew something had to be done to help my coworker and after several months it was decided that a group of us would host a fundraiser to help raise funds for medical expenses. I prayed day and night that somehow someway this fundraiser would come together and we would be able to help Judy with her battle with cancer. After all, friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone.
I was given Heathers number and after the first meeting with her my worries about the auction and raffle part of the event were gone. We discussed Judy and the amazing woman she is and why we were holding a benefit for her. Heather is genuine, professional, creative, and passionate about each and every event she gets involved in. She was a tremendous help throughout every stage of the event helping with the planning, marketing with social media, documentation of the live and silent auction items, and even buying a few items herself. The Buck Up team is phenomenal! Lots of long hours and hard work went into the Judy Mikeska benefit and I know it would not have been nearly the success had it not been God blessing us with Heather and her Buck Up team.
Even weeks after the event there are still people talking about the overwhelming success and how much fun they had at the auction.
A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to Heather and her Buck Up crew, ya’ll are amazing and I would highly recommend you to anyone that wants to host a benefit or auction!
The Friends of Winedale - Ginny Elverson Welch, President of the Board of Directors
For anyone and everyone who is considering hiring an Auctioneer for your event, I highly recommend you look very closely at the professional services offered by Heather Kaspar and her company Buck-up Auctions.
I am the President of the Board of Directors of The Friends of Winedale, a 501c.(3) tax-exempt Texas corporation whose purpose is to raise monies for funding projects to maintain and preserve the Winedale Historical Center in Winedale, Texas.
We just held our first big fund raising Event on August 22nd, 2015, which included a dinner, and a Silent and Live Auction. While many of us had participated in Charity fundraisers, none had ever been in charge of organizing all the small details. We easily collected items for our Silent and Live auctions, but how to describe them, display them, and auction them so they would bring the highest dollar possible was another story.
Enter Heather Kaspar. When she told us what her fee was, many just saw that as that much less we would garner for our profit to give to the Winedale Historical Center. However, immediately upon meeting with her in person, responding to the enthusiasm shining through her eyes, and hearing what she offered for that amount, we all recognized the value of her services, her experience and her expertise.
She met with us several times, after we first engaged her, to help us organize how to approach donors for items and what type of items she experienced sold best at these Events. She helped us with the wording on the descriptions of the items for pre-Event publication on our website and Invitations. She suggested ways the items could be displayed at the Event with placards describing the item. Several days before the Event, she and her staff met with our Auction Chairman to catalog and give Lot numbers to each item. The day before the Event, they helped us organize the display of Items at the Event site and set up their checkout area to collect payment after the Event for items sold. The evening of the Event, she and her crew arrived to register guests and give each a bidder number. Her crew supervised the Silent Auction area and was available for any questions guests might have. After dinner, Heather opened the Live Auction and began an incredible show of her Auctioneering talent and style. Her “spotters” were in the audience to recognize bidders and whoop up the excitement and competition between those bidding on the same item. Heather engaged everyone in the crowd who watched and/or participated with great enthusiasm.
At the close of the Live and Silent Auctions, Heather and her staff moved the auction items into their cashier area where the took payment and delivered items to the purchaser. By the end of the evening all was collected and paid for. From her computer program she was able to create a comprehensive report on what was sold, the dollar amount it brought, and whom the purchaser was with complete contact information for future use on our mailing list. Further, when she met with several of us a week later to give us the report and review the results, we discussed ways we could make it even better the next time! (Which might be a big feat as we cleared over $230,000. after expenses this time!)
Anyway, I cannot say enough how much her presence added to our success due to her expertise, but, also, to the fun everyone had at our Event due to her energy and infectious enthusiasm that was absorbed by all.
The Round Top Family Library- Vice President and Gala Co-chair - Julie Wantland
The Round Top Family Library hired Buck Up Auctions LLC to provide auction services for our 2015 Wrangler's Gala. This important event raises over 60% of the annual income needed to fund Library operations and programs. Our goal was to raise $60,000 but thankfully, we were were able to raise $71,000, 18% over our goal. A large percentage of that success can be attributed to our partnership with Heather.
Heather is a high energy, talented woman, committed to her clients' success She met with us several times before the event and helped shape the various event activities to maximize generated income. She offered creative ideas, such as the super-fun "Heads or Tails" raffle that initiated the high energy Live Auction. She and her ringmen conducted a fast paced, energetic Live Auction, engaging the audience and keeping the bidding paddles going up. She was determined to raise additional funds at the end of the Live Auction and successfully obtained $5,000 worth of funds for our Facilities Development Fund. It was a pleasure to watch her.
At the end of the evening, her crew quickly closed the auction lots and was ready for checkout exactly as planned. Over 70 buyers were quickly checked-out, with minimal confusion. The checkout process is the most challenging part of the evening, but she oversaw everything, intervening to solve problems and quickly providing preliminary results to us.
One of her best qualities is her flexibility to adapt her processes and practices to accommodate her clients. For example, she substituted "book-themed" paper for her bidding paddle printing process. She balances a busy life/work schedule, but was always responsive to texts, emails and calls.
She's a local person who loves giving back to her community. We plan to utilize Heather and Buck Up Auctions in the future!