New York State auction champion Erin Ward is on a winning streak, having helped raise more than one million dollars for GLAAD this year at the LGBTQ advocacy group’s GLAAD Media Awards honoring Beyonce, JayZ and Madonna. The celebrity gala auctioneer dons designer dresses and fast-talks benefit attendees out of big bucks for worthy causes, inspiring guests to feel the magic of the evening and join in the collective bidding. Her special touch as a live auctioneer has her clients feeling she’s G.O.A.T., greatest of all time. To date, the fundraising expert and entrepreneur has raised more than $100 million for diverse nonprofits through her companies Star Benefit Auctions and Inspire Hearts Fundraising.
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the third-generation auctioneer is at it again when she takes the gavel for the Riverside Park Conservancy Gala at Sakura Park and International House of New York in honor of goats.
At the event, Ward will be auctioning off naming rights to one of the many kids that were unleashed on a hard-to-access part of Riverside Park in Harlem on May 21, 2019, by the Conservancy. The herd of goats is very effective in managing the ongoing weed situation in the park, by grazing them away. The nonprofit is employing the animals until August 30 as a sustainable, chemical-free way to remove an invasive species of plant.
“All ‘kidding’ aside, I am excited to be part of this event and help maintain the beauty of Riverside Park,” said Ward.
The award-winning fundraiser has a special touch that motivates donors to connect with deserving charities and dig deep in their hearts and pockets in support of their humanitarian missions — whether it be fighting cancer, championing equality, educating children or protecting the environment.
Earlier this month, in keeping with Girls Inc.’s mission to help empower the next generation of young women, Ward, the rare female in a male-dominated field, introduced 12-year-old West Coaster Ava Stewart to the New York fundraising scene. The duo was joined at the gala for the girl-power charity by their mothers, JillMarie Wiles and Jill Doherty, respectively, both international auctioneering champions.
Other upcoming events include the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (in Bethpage), Hudson River Museum (in Yonkers), American Heart Association (at its Hamptons Heart Ball in Southampton) and United States Merchant Marine Academy (in Roslyn, New York).
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Photo credit: 1) Erin Ward. 2) Erin Ward and Rosie O’Donnel.