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Boston rowing group books live auctioneer Andy Saks


April 16, 2014

Boston, MA–Community Rowing, Inc. has booked Spark live auctioneer Andy Saks for its annual “Raise Your Oars for CRI” benefit auction.

Live Auctioneer Boston BJFF Fundraiser

Spark live auctioneer Andy Saks on stage at the BJFF fundraiser

The event will take place the evening of Saturday, May 3, at the Harry Parker Boathouse in Brighton, MA.

It will feature heavy appetizers, drinks, and a silent and live auction.

As the event’s live auctioneer, Saks will advise CRI before the event on item order and opening bids, write a complete script for the introduction segment, and promote CRI’s event prominently on Spark’s website and social media pages.

Interested parties may visit the CRI Benefit website to purchase tickets to attend the benefit, donate an item for auction, and sponsor the event.

This is the third time a Boston-area nonprofit has booked a Spark live auctioneer for its auction. The Boston Jewish Film Festival also booked a Spark live auctioneer for its annual Fall Galas in 2011 and 2012.



Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique abilities to promote personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness.

Live Auctioneer Community Rowing

Community Rowing booked a Spark live auctioneer for its “Raise Your Oars” benefit

CRI has become one of the largest rowing programs in the United States with over 5,000 people rowing with us annually.

Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States.

CRI is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community and provides broad based programs for youth and adults, novice to elite skill levels.



Andy Saks, Spark Presentations

Spark owner and live auctioneer Andy Saks

Spark Presentations is a private company founded in 1998 that provides presentation skills training and speech coaching for executives, salespeople, marketers and other businesspeople, plus booth staff training for trade show exhibitors.

Spark also books professional presenters and public speakers to represent its clients at high-profile events, in roles like keynote speaker, trade show booth presenter, master of ceremonies (emcee) and auctioneer, as well as on camera talent and voice talent.

Spark’s client list includes large corporations like AT&T, Best Buy, FedEx, Hyundai, Intel, Kimberly-Clark, Olympus, Owens-Corning, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Volvo; high-tech industry players like AMD, Atrion, Citrix, Gigamon, and Symantec; service organizations like Vistage, 1nService and NERCOMP; and New England institutions like the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Spark’s owner, Andy Saks, is also the author of The Presentation Playbook Series: Be a Most Valuable Presenter (MVP), a three-volume series of books that help businesspeople master common presentation situations by building and running speaking “plays” like a coach or player calls a key play in a game. Volume 1 is available now on Spark’s website and Amazon (print and Kindle).

For questions, quotes or orders, contact Andy Saks at 781-454-7600, email or Spark’s Contact page.

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