Sports memorabilia superstar Howie Schwartz has taken charity fundraising to new heights. Get to know the man behind the auction mic and his groundbreaking company, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia.
When you meet Howie Schwartz, it doesn’t take long to understand why this Brooklynite has been so successful at fundraising. His outgoing personality allows him to easily connect with the public. Once he takes the mic at a charity auction he kicks into high gear. He soon has patrons opening their wallets to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and speciality items curated by Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia.
Grandstand’s first big exclusive for signed authentic sports memorabilia was in 1999 with then rookie basketball player, Vince Carter. The following year, they signed the entire “Miracle On Ice” 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team for the 20th anniversary of their historical achievement in 2000. In the midst of acquiring these world-famous athletes, Grandstand hosted it’s first charity auction with a unique spin. The benefiting charity didn’t have to do any work or spend any money. Howie and the Grandstand team brought all of the specialty items in for bidding, handled the setup, breakdown, and hosting of the auction. The charity exceeded their fundraising expectation and a new way of servicing non-profits and charitable organizations was born.
Over the last two decades, Howie and the Grandstand team helped raise over $100 million for various organizations. Their charity auction coordination services are free for both in-person and online events. They host and facilitate 1,000 no-risk auctions per year. Entrepreneur Magazine did a recent feature on Howie and Grandstand as well. The magazine ranked Howie as the #1 rated Charity Auctioneer in the country and also lauded Grandstand as the top provider of unique Auction Experiences. While other auctioneers charge for this, Howie offers his live auction services to schools and non-profits for free! Grandstand’s impeccable reputation has landed them exclusive deals with sports’ biggest names such as soccer legend Pelé and the most heralded Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. As Phelps stated in his Press Release, while there were many companies pursuing this exclusive , “I chose Grandstand because I really liked their ability to offer my items at so many different events, raising funds for so many worthy causes.”
In the age of COVID-19, Grandstand has adapted by offering both online & virtual auctions. In addition to in-person VIP Experiences, Grandstand now provides virtual VIP Experiences such as private Zoom sessions with legendary athletes like Vince Papale ( Mr. Invincible himself ), Ken Morrow (NY Islanders and 1980 Miracle on ice Hockey Champion) and Celebrity Chef Cooking Lessons by the likes of world renowned Chef David Burke.
The key to fundraising success is to offer “experiences that can’t be bought or found anywhere else,” Howie says. “There is nothing better than making a living while helping others”. Definitely words to live by in this day and age. Visit Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia to bid in an online charity auction now. To inquire about Grandstand’s free auction services and to have Howie lead the LIVE Auction at your next School or Charity Fundraiser, please email Howie directly at Howie@grandstandsports.com.
Check out some of Howie’s New York faves:
Best New York Pizza: Delmar Pizzeria on Sheepshead Bay Rd, BKLYN. Howie’s “perfect slice” in Brooklyn.
Best New York Kid Friendly Activity: NY Knicks game at MSG.
Best New York Bar: The Bar at Mastro’s Steakhouse on 6th Av & W. 52nd St. Great drinks, food, and sports are always on the tv screens.