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Boston rowing group books live auctioneer Andy Saks again


February 25, 2015

Boston, MA — For the second year in a row, Community Rowing, Inc. has booked Spark live auctioneer Andy Saks for its annual fundraising event.

Titled “Raise Your Oars for CRI 2015 Benefit Auction,” the event will take place at CRI’s headquarters in Brighton, MA on Saturday, April 11.

Live Auctioneer Boston BJFF Fundraiser

Spark live auctioneer Andy Saks

As the event’s live auctioneer, Saks is tasked with various duties before and during the event, including: advising CRI on item order, starting bids and bidding increments; writing a word-for-word script to introduce each auction item; and polishing auction slides for maximum impact.

In addition to the live auction, the event will appetizers, a silent auction, various fundraising games, music and speeches by CRI officers.

To purchase tickets, donate an auction item, and sponsor the event, visit the CRI Benefit website.

This is the fourth time a Boston-area nonprofit has booked a Spark live auctioneer for its auction. In 2011 and 2012, the Boston Jewish Film Festival also booked a Spark live auctioneer for its annual Fall Gala.



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 Andy Saks

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

Spark also books professional presenters to represent its clients at high-profile events as keynote speakers, trade show booth presenters, masters of ceremonies (emcees) and live auctioneers.

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 in print and PDF formats on Spark’s website and at these online retailers and formats: Amazon print, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble print and Nook.


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