Here’s What Our Clients are Saying…

“Let me start by saying THANK YOU for your outstanding talent and service. Our 2016 UNITY gala was record breaking. We raised nearly $45,000 because of you! To help you understand how tremendous this is, note that prior to this year, The LOFT’s largest gala net revenue was $16,000. We exceeded all of our goal and expectations and now look forward to focusing on expanding, improving and developing vital programming and services for our community. Because of you and your amazing team, we have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Here are some offering we are most excited about:
• Topical quarterly health forums in partnership with Westchester Medical Center.
• A new and comprehensive Intimate Partner Violence program.
• More services and groups for our Trans and GNC folks.
• More social activities for our Seniors
• Increased focus on Behavioral Health Services.
• A variety of social and cultural events and activities, such as art shows and theater productions and course LOFT PRIDE 2017 on June 3rd 2017.
In addition to helping us raise vital funds you made our gala so much fun! We look forward to working with you again next year. ”

Judy Troilo

Executive Director, Judy Troilo

On behalf of Homeless Solutions, I want to take a moment to applaud you and your team for the amazing job you did at our recent Dream Builders’ Bash. It started with your pre-event consulting on our timeline and live auction items. Your suggestions were great and helped in making the night run smoothly. Your enthusiasm and control of the audience during our appeal was impressive. The Live Appeal results were just stunning. We were so impressed with how well you integrated the amazing success story of our shelter guest and the inspiration of our honoree into a seamless fundraising appeal. It was our best one yet. Watching you raise $78,750 in minutes was just remarkable. You and your team helped us to raise a total of $95,150 for our cause! We received many positive emails about the event. It’s been described as our “Best Bash” ever. Live auctions and appeals can be awkward but you and your team did a great job in entertaining and engaging our attendees while motivating them to give. We can’t thank you enough for helping to make our night an overwhelming success. We look forward to working with you again next year. Wendi Zimmerman

Event Manager, Homeless Solutions, 2016

Thank you so much for your exceptional performance as auctioneer at our past two auctions and for the tremendous service you provided before, during and after our events. We could not have been happier with the overall results! It was such a pleasure meeting with you and Jill Doherty to share our theme and package ideas before our last event held in April. The tips and information that you gave us during these consultations led us to redesign certain elements and resulted in a smoother flow to the evening. Your knowledge and expertise also proved to be very profitable towards reaching our goal for the auction. We have come to trust that the advice you provide is invaluable! We received many compliments from our guests at our auction in April, thanks to you and Star Benefit Auctions. Our guests told us that the live auction was fun, exciting, thrilling and fast-paced. You and Jill were engaging and captivating and our guests loved the interaction between the two auctioneers. For the first time in many years, our guests were having so much fun they wanted to extend the evening and didn’t rush to check-out their purchases! Finally, the sales records that you provide after the live auction are a resource that can be counted on. With such a fast-paced and exciting live auction conducted with over 200 bidders in attendance, it’s reassuring to know that you have dedicated assistants recording and double-checking all of the final sales for accuracy. Our committee members were delighted to hear that Star Benefit Auctions are available to be our auctioneers at our next event in 2014. Personally, I couldn’t be happier as well! Laurie Turchiano

Events Manager and Communications Associate

I would like to thank Erin and her team for their sensational performance at our school’s recent gala auction. Erin is a truly gifted auctioneer who captivated our audience with her exhilarating stage presence, sense of humour, warmth and sincerity and her genuine passion for hosting benefit auctions. She has a special talent for engaging everyone’s attention and making every auction participant feel valued and appreciated. I would also like to thank Erin and her team for being so generous with their time and for their professional guidance throughout the event planning process. Erin’s innovative ideas and flexible personality make her wonderful to work with. Star Benefit Auctions’ high standards and expertise made a world of difference in our ability to exceed our fundraising goals and to raise the “fun-factor” for our guests. I personally recommend Erin and her team in the highest regard—they are worth their weight in gold and they paid for themselves with creative ideas they introduced and incorporated into our event. I sincerely hope I get the opportunity to work with Erin and her team for many years to come. Jaeda Wooldridge

Development Director, CIS, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

We were lucky enough to have Erin Ward at our annual public school fundraiser this year. We had never hired a professional charity auctioneer before — always having had a parent serve in the role. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ has never been more to the point. We have seen the light, and the light’s name is Erin Ward. Erin was amazing. She easily handled our crowd of 400 patrons and raised more money for our school than we’ve ever had in in the 17 year history of our auctions. Erin made the process exciting and fun. We found her extremely flexible and easy to work with. As is usually the case, we needed to throw in a few new items at the last minute, and Erin was more than able to seamlessly work them into our lineup without any issues. Everyone that attended our event spoke very highly of Erin and her talent as an auctioneer. She is truly wonderful and a great asset. If you have an opportunity to use her, you must. We booked her for next year before the lights went down at this year’s event. We can’t wait PS 199 Auction Team

We extend our heartfelt thanks for the hard work, time, and talent you put into helping to make our annual fashion show a great success, financially and socially, again this year. Very enthusiastic, supportive, and a strong group of women. We sincerely hope that you will join our successful team once again next year. Marianne H. Wagner

Executive Director, Mercy Center, Patchogue, NY

We want to send a huge thank you to Erin Ward and her team at Star Benefit Auctions for their amazing efforts at the CEW Foundation’s 2015 Beauty of Giving Luncheon! This event is Cancer and Careers biggest fundraising of the year, benefitting all of our programs that empower and educate people with cancer to thrive in the workplace. Erin was professional, organized and thoughtful throughout the whole process. Her expert consultation and guidance – from the planning & strategy stages to event execution – helped to make this our most successful and impactful auction to date! Our guests had an extremely positive experience as well. They were engaged and entertained, raising their paddles to donate over $160,000 through our Live & Direct Pledge Auctions. We’d highly recommend Erin and Star Benefit Auctions to any nonprofit looking for an auctioneer who is as pleasant to work with as she is talented! Becky Nelson

Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Cancer and Careers, CEW Foundation, 2015

Thank you again for doing such a great job with our auction last night. The feedback we’ve received from our members, staff and executives is all positive. Everyone had great fun… you made it lively, held everyone’s interest, added timely humor to keep everyone engaged, and made it entertaining. I appreciate your guidance and advice prior to our event… all went smoothly. And what a treat to see you in action, and to have your mother participate as your assistant auctioneer. You make a fabulous team… we all loved the interplay and handoffs Karen Ferraro

Director of Development, Guideposts Foundation

I was referred to Star Benefit Auctioneers by a friend who had an event a few years ago. Given that our organization is so small, I was very reluctant to engage the services of a professional auctioneer at the time we started planning our event. I wasn’t even sure how many live auction items we would get. After a brief introductory call with Erin Ward, I was 100% sure I wanted to use her. It was absolutely the right decision and I am so excited to have found such a professional, helpful, warm and efficient auctioneer for all our future events. Erin and her team were amazing. Their input before the event was invaluable and their performance and achievements during the event far exceeded my expectations. This is one thing you should not look to cut back on. Star Benefit Auctioneers pay for themselves and your guests will know they are at a high quality event when they see Erin and her team. Kristy Gordon


Notre Dame School is delighted to have Erin Ward as our school’s auctioneer for the past several years. Erin and her team provide a professional, energetic, and fun evening. The crowd is entertained and motivated throughout the evening. The annual auction has turned into one of the most important fundraising tools for our school, and we have seen tremendous growth in our bottom line throughout the years. Maryanne Schillinger

President, PAVE, Notre Dame School, New Hyde Park,NY

I want to thank you for the outstanding job you did last night at our Youth Ministry Fundraiser Auction. You have a terrific personality, and that came through as you led our auction. I liked the way you added humor to the auction. You were very personable and you knew how to get people to feel comfortable bidding. The event went better than expected, and we more than exceeded our fund raising goal. If you ever need to give out my name as a reference to a potential client, don’t hesitate to do so. I will heartily recommend you and your services. Thanks also for donating your time to us. That was so invaluable. Mike Cassara

Pastor, Nesconset Christian Church Nesconset, NY

I would like to extend my personal thanks and congratulations on a very successful Salute Your Staff Luncheon and Auction. Having you both there helped the Chapter raise the funds necessary to continue to provide the programs and services that are so important to children and adults on Long Island who are suffering with the pain and debilitation of arthritis. Once again, thank you for your support and participation at the event. Having a professional auctioneer adds to the unique and fun atmosphere we try to achieve. I look forward to working with you again. Patrick T. McAsey

President, Arthritis Foundation, Long Island, NY