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Happy 75th birthday, Batman!

All of us at CBU hope you’re having a wonderful #batmanday!  Here’s some Batman related humor for you:

Q: What position did Bruce Wayne play on his little-league team?

A: He was the bat-boy.

Q: What does Batman put in his beverages?

A: Just ice.

Q: What is it called when Batman leaves church early?

A: Christian Bale.

Q: Did you hear about the new #batman actor?

A: Christian Bale fans have really Ben Affleckted by it.

Batman laser engraved

Welcome to our new website!

Check, one, two…are we finally live? Ok good, let’s get this started.

Welcome to our new website! We have been working on this for months now—and our whole staff is thrilled that we can finally welcome you aboard and to give you the grand tour. You will find all sorts of information from how our work can help your organization raise funds exponentially, to stories about some of the exceptional people we have affected on the front lines. Our website is there to give you a glimpse into our office, what we do, and how we go about doing it. However, if you have any questions, never hesitate to contact us directly! Our spot on customer service team is always willing to chat.

To all of our customers, we have an opportunity for you to help us spread the word!

Like and share this post on Facebook to enter to win a $100.00 gift certificate to use on any of our merchandise! Do you work for a 501c3? If you win and have an event coming up, even better. We’ll donate an 8×10 signed photo or one of our special edition laser signed pieces to your event—on us. Contest ends Friday, July 25, 2014.

Top Tips for Success

Every year, we set up nearly a thousand silent auctions. Some are more successful than others—and we’ve discovered that the host of the auction can take a few simple steps that can significantly make or break how much you raise for your cause.

  1. Location, location, location: Placing your silent auction in an area that is going to have high foot traffic for the duration of your event can drastically increase bids. Areas next to bars, buffets, and busy pathways tend to drive success. Avoid the “out of sight, out of mind” factor.
  2. Make it known: Advertising the items at your silent auction will help drive interest, encouraging your donors to bid. If there is any opportunity to advertise before the event—awesome. We encourage you to make frequent announcements regarding the progress of your auction. A countdown in the final minutes are important to boost competitive bidding.
  3. Variety is the spice of life: Having a variety of items at different price points is critical to having a successful silent auction. We want everyone to be involved, regardless of demographic.

Thursday means it’s Jersey Day!

Every Thursday we invite our employees (and lovely customers) to wear a jersey in the office! After all, we deal heavily with sports memorabilia so it fits the theme – and is super comfortable!

(And for those customers that participate, you’ll get an extra 10% discount!)

See you soon!

 

There is nothing better than seeing the smile on a childs face, especially when faced with huge adversity.

One of our employees, Lori, has a 10 year old son that plays on a little league baseball team with another boy named Andrew. Andrew has been diagnosed with an uncommon form of melanoma. The family had been preparing for Andrew to undergo treatment here in the Valley, but last week they received a blessing from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With their help and financial support, Andrew arrived in Memphis last night to begin treatment.

During their last game of the season, all of the families put together a going away gift basket for Andrew. Within that basket, Lori made sure there was an autographed baseball from Andrew’s favorite player, Joe Mauer.

As an employee at CBU, it’s infrequent that we get to see the direct results of our efforts. We see the memorabilia, we meet the charity fundraisers and event planners, but we seldom see the faces that it directly effects.

The smile on Andrew’s face is why our entire staff shows up to work day in and day out. That smile represents the hope that we can—we are, and we will continue to make a difference in the world one step at a time.

How we do what we do

Often, our customers ask how we get our memorabilia—and while we maintain a variety of sources, our favorite way is by conducting our own signings with athletes and celebrities. We have found that we are able to offer exclusive and unique items by hosting our own signings. This allows for charities and non-profit organizations to ultimately raise more for their causes.

Here’s how they happen:

It’s two in the morning. The alarm pierces through the still air of silence in my apartment. It’s time to crawl into “Old Faithful” our black van, stuffed with boxing glove after boxing glove on my drive to Los Angeles. Each glove was meticulously unwrapped and prepared to be signed. Usually such events are under extreme time constrictions—therefore we are required to complete a day’s worth of work in an hour or less.

Setup is meticulous—each piece of memorabilia needs to be ready and easily accessible to those working at the signing. Our goal is to get as many pieces signed within an allotted time frame as possible, so when I set up for the athlete, I always keep that in mind. Typically, we have one person putting items in front of the athlete, one taking them away, and another putting them back into the packaging for protection. Things are rigorously timed and organized.

Usually, we get a number of pieces signed with just their name and then an additional set of pieces with what we call inscriptions. These inscriptions can be anything from statistics from their playing careers to popular nicknames that they gained during their careers.

During these signings, you never know the day will turn out. Some athletes are eager to be there, others put their headphones on and just focus on the task at hand. This weekend, we are conducting a signing with a famous athlete who has heard the ringing of a bell many times. Hilarity will ensue…and stories—they’ll be posted right here shortly!

Wild Horse Pass Auction

Every time we book an auction at the Wild Horse Pass Casino we know we are in for a treat; especially when we know the wonderful Scotty McCreery will be performing for a full house! What a great gig we have! Not only do we get to raise money for two wonderful charities (Phoenix Theatre and the Valley Youth Theatre) but we get to enjoy a great show and some wonderful people!

Unlike our other auctions, during concerts we have a bit of down time so we tend to try to make things interesting! So, in the spirit of the American Idol star that we had all gathered to see we began giving our own commentary on his performance!

Jesse (as Randy): ‘You’re going somewhere, kid’
Chris (Simon): ‘I felt you could do a little more hip hop, widen your horizons for the crowd’

And then there was me, a lover of all things Scotty McCreery as Paula: ‘I love you, I loved your performance, everything you just did I love love loved!’

All in all, despite a lackluster review from our very own Simon, Scotty received a perfect 10 from our CBU judges! He brought the house to their feet and we raised money to help support the local arts! A great night indeed.

Every day, a new adventure.

With my desk located right next to our front door, I have the pleasure to meet every single person that crosses the threshold into CBU. Dad’s relive their favorite childhood memories as they step into our showroom. One man walks around the corner and finds two Yankee seats from the old stadium. He’s immediately thrown back in time to when his father took him to his first Yankee game in 1958.

There are the kids who take after their parents—knowing every single statistic of every single player that hangs on our showroom walls. I see our customers’ eyes light up in admiration of their favorite heroes.

I see event planners come in—horrified that they won’t be able to make their quota for the year. I see those same faces come in a week later with an ear to ear grin, speechless that they were able to raise the thousands that they did for their cause.

I can see Kyle from my desk, spending hour after hour making sure our inventory is forever expanding for our clients.

I hear Noelle on the phone with the next event planner—working out each meticulous detail so when our staff arrives for the event, everything runs just the way it’s supposed to.

Most importantly, every single day, I witness our paramount staff bend over backward for every single one of our customers. No matter who you are or what you’re looking for—we’re here to help and make your experience with us is absolutely impeccable.

A day in the life of a CBU employee.

Cortney’s Top Three Reasons for working at CBU:

  1. The atmosphere is unlike any other: we’re not co-workers, we’re not team members—we’re family.
  2. We make sure every single day is ANYTHING but ordinary. Whether it’s dress up day, a family outing to the Diamondback’s game, or a future Hall of Famer walking through our doors to get his own jerseys framed—every day is always different and exciting.
  3. We all have one goal in mind—to raise as much money as we feasibly can for as many organizations as possible. There are rarely moments in this building where our staff isn’t grateful for having the opportunity to do what we do on a daily basis.

Play Ball!

We work hard to get to play hard. After this last spring auction season, our parent company, Bell Sports Marketing, treated us to a Diamondback outing. We enjoyed the #suitelife with a wonderful buffet – and of course you can’t attend a baseball game without a few beers. Here’s a photo from our adventure!

The game ended in a huge loss for the Dbacks, 0-9 to the Mets, which was wonderful for the New Yorkers of our crew… but not so great for the natives. There’s always next time! Thanks again BSM and KB!