Durant Consulting Inc. (DCI), a national expert in hosting large-scale events and fundraisers, has selected three impactful Lowcountry nonprofits to provide hands-on expertise and execution for an online auction in fall 2020. The three nonprofit recipients of the customized online auction management services are The Undergarment Society, Going Places, and Charleston Community Sailing.
“The Lowcountry nonprofit community, as in most communities nationwide, has been severely impacted by event cancellations due to COVID-19, and fundraising goals are in flux,” said DCI owner, Alexandria Durant. “Once it was time to randomly select a winner from all of the entries, I decided to up the ante and pick three winners from the Charleston community. I want to use my experience with producing online auctions that generate mission-critical funds to help these organizations close the gap on lost revenue.”
Katie Blomquist, executive director of Going Places, said, “Winning the help for our online auction has truly been one of the biggest saving graces for us this year. Having to postpone our very first in-person gala several times has been really upsetting and a lot of work. Now we are 100% dependent on the online auction to raise any funds. Our biggest fear was having to figure out how to do an online auction on our own and accidentally do something wrong, resulting in us not raising the funds we so desperately need to provide the joy of a bike to the disadvantaged kind in our community. That stress has been lifted now that we have Alex’s help! We are so grateful!”
“We are so thrilled to be selected for this amazing opportunity. Our organization relies on parties to collect new bras and underwear for girls and women in need. Although we are all shuttered indoors the needs of the Lowcountry’s most vulnerable remain. We can’t wait for Alex to help us reimagine how we fundraise,” said Elizabeth Stribling, founder of The Undergarment Society.
Jessica Koenig, executive director of Charleston Community Sailing, said “We are thrilled to partner with Alex for our upcoming Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser as we shift the event to an online auction format given the pandemic. As we learn to manage events during this time, we are looking forward to using this platform to raise money to provide public access to our waterways and to engage the lives of children and adults, ages 5 and older in unique learning experiences through innovative programs to build character and promote a healthy spirit, mind and body. Now more than ever people need our services and they need to be outside and on the water because it is healing, and more importantly safe.”
Founded in 2006, DCI specializes in auction production for galas, golf tournaments and festivals. DCI’s notable auction clients include the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, NYC Wine & Food Festival, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, James Beard Foundation and Food Bank for New York City. Durant brings more than two decades of experience in auction management and has helped raise millions of dollars for countless clients.