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 Inspire Auctions with Wendi Russo


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About Wendi Russo


A Graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering, Professional Ringman's Institute (PRI) and avid volunteer,  Wendi Russo has been making an impact in Minnesota through her charitable work and fundraising since 2007.

Wendi has studied Benefit Auctioneering with top Auctioneers through the NAA, National Association of Auctioneering and has mentored alongside the great "Auction-tainer" Letitia Frye, and renowned Benefit Auctioneer Karen Sorbo. 

With their encouragement, Wendi sought to combine her salesmanship, her ability to entertain an audience as a Veteran Television Host with her passion for helping charities fund their programs by opening "Inspire Auctions", catering to fundraising for charities in the Twin Cities, the Midwest and beyond.

You may recognize Wendi, because for the past 18 years, she has been a top Salesperson hosting in the Home Shopping Industry with Shop HQ and HSN Networks.  Wendi spends her free time volunteering as a Wish Granter with Make-A-Wish, planting with Great River Greening, mentoring women with Dress for Success and kids with Kinship of Greater Minneapolis and has founded the "Free Inner Beauty Pageant" for girls at the local Boys and Girls Clubs.

A former Mrs. Minnesota,  Wendi is deeply committed to helping charities exceed their previous years' giving to enable them to make a larger impact in the community.

If you seek to entertain your donors and increase your fundraising goals, Wendi will deliver!

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Exceeded live auction fundraising goal and set a new record!

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Why hire a Professional Auctioneer?

I see many smaller non profits use a friend, a news anchor, a volunteer for their live auctions and feel they don't have the funds to pay for an auctioneer.  I say you can!  Did you know that auctions using a professional fundraiser tend to raise 20% more funds?  

Professional Auctioneers are trained to create excitement, steer the bidding and are essentially salespeople to use the energy in the room to get the highest bids possible. We are trained in strategy of a live auction, paddle raises and fundraising games/raffles to reach and exceed your fundraising goals for your cause!

If it weren't necessary to raise money, the top Charities in the country would use their own volunteers!

If you are concerned about the cost, I will work with you on a percentage of the intake so that you do not have to pay a fee up front.  I believe I can help you raise more than your previous years' fundraiser!

In exceeding our fundraising goals for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra live auction and fund-a-need for the second year in a row, I've now been booked for a third year!  If you've never used a Professional Auctioneer before, I would love to assist you to improve your results!

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Valued Clients

Wishes and More

Collide Theater

Alpha Phi Foundation to benefit the American Heart Association

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

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