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Charity Auction Testimonials


Choice Auctions enjoys giving back to the community by supporting local charities and conducting their auctions. Subject to availability, one of Choice' auctioneers will come out and entertain the crowd at your live charity auction. It is a wonderful way to get top dollar for your items and make the most amount of money for your charity while still giving your guests an exciting evening.  Don't let your guests sit through another "typical" banquet, let yours stand out from the rest! Statistics show that live auctions bring between 38-51% more money than silent auctions. Call Victoria (512-560-1414  TXL#15257) today to book an auctioneer to liven up your next event and give your guests something to look forward to! Please read on to see what kind of response we have had from the community!!!

"Victoria, you did an awesome job!!!  Stacey & I were pinching ourselves, feeling so lucky that we had attended the seminar that told us to hire a professional event auctioneer.  I got so many comments about what a great job you did.” --Diane Lyerly: ISES President, Austin Chapter
 
“Victoria is a wonderful auctioneer.  Because of her our auction ran smoothly and was fun.  She's energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic.  I know that our event would have been poorer - in energy and money earned - if Victoria hadn't been our auctioneer.” --Jennifer Regalado, Pease Elementary School
  
“STOP LOOKING FOR ANOTHER AUCTIONEER NOW! Victoria's ideas, personality, and ability to keep her promises of a successful auction makes her leaps and bounds above the rest. Whether it be your first auction or just your first auction to REALLY raise some impressive funds, Victoria's expertise will help you along. I put my faith in her and was not disappointed. You won't be either.” --Michele Malooly, YWCA of Greater Austin Women of the Year, Gala Tri-Chair and Board Member
 
“Victoria is by far one of the most engaging and passionate people I have had the pleasure of working with. We were very impressed by her wealth of knowledge and experience along with her endless energy. She was so gracious with her time and talents preparing for our Live and Silent Auctions. SafePlace definitely benefited from Victoria’s expertise and we would highly recommend her for any non-profit who is hosting an event and needs a top notch auctioneer." --Christina Hiett, SafePlace: Special Events Coordinator
 
“Victoria was so easy to work with; professional, experienced and great at providing guidance to our young auction. Because of her help we managed to almost double our previous year’s proceeds. Victoria, Thank you very much, we could not have done this without you!"--Sara Wheiles, Make-A-Wish Event Representative
 
“Victoria has been an astonishing partner to Helping Austin and their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. For the past three years, Victoria and her work with Helping Austin have served as the principal fundraising agents of our organization. Because of her talents and dedication to our local community, Helping Austin’s monetary success has continually grown in its three year’s of operation. Not only could we not do it without her, we wouldn’t want to.”--Amy McFarland: Helping Austin, Gala Chair
 
“At first, our auction committee was hesitant to stray from the silent auction prototype that we had followed for so long, but seeing Victoria in action set our minds at ease. Her friendly, outgoing style was refreshing for the guests and staff alike, and her ability to encourage bidding is unparalleled. We basically had to force the guests to stop bidding! Our auction broke all records and exceeded our expectations in every aspect. The auction committee, Board of Directors, staff and guests were all extremely pleased and we look forward to working with her again next year!” --Emily George: Colorado River Foundation, Executive Director
 
“Helping Austin consistently relies on Victoria for support to create a world-class annual fundraising auction. This year she provided guidance starting several months out to help fine tune our execution and preparation. Her magnetic personality and enthusiasm transformed the auction into the evening’s entertainment. In fact, Victoria’s talents were responsible for exceeding our auction goal by over 25%. Thank you “Shorty V.” --Joel Douglas: Helping Austin, Executive Director
 
“Ms. Gutierrez was an incredible auctioneer at our recent Busby Foundation Flavors of the Town event.  Not only was she engaging and entertaining, she made a significant impact on our ability to raise additional contributions. I would highly recommend her to another organization!” --Chris Valentine, Executive Director, Busby Foundation
 
“I would highly recommend that if you have a live auction coming up you should definitely call Victoria! She did an unbelievable job with our live auction! Her dynamic presence and excitement energized the whole room - almost all of the participants at our dinner were drawn into our auction because of her enthusiasm - she really knows how to get a crowd involved! The feedback we received was so positive - we will definitely have her come again!” --Marie Brennan: Deer Valley Education Foundation, Executive Director
 
“Victoria is one of the most engaging, vivacious auctioneers you'll find.  Before working with her, I thought of auctioneers as bland, dry and utilitarian.  Now I know that they can be exciting, classy and just generally fun.” --Cassie Hawk: Austin Junior Forum, Christmas at Caswell House Chair 
 
“Victoria, I’m not quite sure how that powerful voice and those insanely innovative ideas come right out of you, but they definitely do! Thank you for making this year’s Live Auction one of the highlights of our Annual Equality Gala. Your participation in our event raised the bar completely. I appreciate you and Youssef so much for all your ideas, your guidance, and your powerhouse show! You are the best!” --Victoria Graham, Austin Human Rights Campaign Equality Gala Co-Chair
 
“Thank you, Victoria! Without your involvement our auction would have been neither as successful nor as much fun!” --Michael Larkin: St. Edward’s University, Vice President of University Advancement
 
“I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful efforts on behalf of Easter Seals as auctioneer at the gala last week. I am still getting positive comments from attendees about your enthusiasm and style.  It is through efforts such as yours that we continue to serve our mission for people with disabilities.” –Kevin Coleman, President & CEO, Easter Seals-Central Texas: Helping Hands Gala
 
“The auction at our gala generated a lot more money than we had anticipated, with Victoria at the start of the event, her energy and enthusiasm carried over throughout the night. She is largely the reason why our gala was so successful and profitable.  We are looking forward to working with her every year.” --Amy Stanley: Helping Austin, President
 
“Victoria was great at our Red Ball! She was lively and entertaining and brought humor to our live auction! Thank you for a wonderful evening!” --Kerri L. Weiss, MAEd: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Development and Community Relations Manager 
 
“Our small non-profit was extremely hesitant about producing a first-time live auction. However, not only did Victoria deliver an exhilarating presentation, she exceeded our fiscal goal by 240%. Mesmeric, riveting, fascinating, that is Victoria!” --Sharon L. Mims: Candlelight Ranch, Director of Development
 
“St. Edward's University was honored to have one of its very own graduates (BA ’00 & MLA ’04) serve as the auctioneer for our 2005 Hilltopper Golf Tournament. Victoria’s lively spirit captivated the audience, encouraged participation, and resulted in a successful and profitable event. Her suggestions in advance of the event were extremely helpful and I look forward to working with her again.” --Mollie Butler: St. Edward’s University, Executive Director of Development
 
“I SURE hope I see you at our event next year! I’ll be sure to remind the committee next year about your energy. I’m not kidding and I’m not being nice, just honest. YOU made the difference in our live auction....!” --Jill Wilcox, Human Rights Campaign
 
Can she really make that big of a difference?
Give your guests more than an auctioneer! Give them an entertainer who will engage them, laugh with them and bring them to their highest giving potential. Victoria has conducted charity auctions in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas & Washington State but her services are not exclusive to these states; she will travel anywhere to make your next event a success! She donated $26,350 in services during the 2006-2007 charity auction season. She has conducted over 125 charity auctions and raised more than $5M via charity auction. Let her share the secrets with you to make this year’s event the most successful in your organization’s history. Use Fund-A-Need efficiently and effectively. Don’t let even one person from your event feel badgered after the Fund-A-Need portion of your auction. Let them walk away satisfied that they are making a difference and wishing they had done more. You may have mastered your event, now take your auction to the next level—hire a professional auctioneer extraordinaire and watch your numbers rise as you tighten your auction and give the audience more of an experience.
 
Services Victoria provides
Meet with committee via conference call or in person
Pass on resources for potential donors
Package items- provide input to committee chair(s)
Suggest most saleable order for items
Assist/edit PowerPoint for event
Bring 1 ring person per 75 guests or train your volunteers
Arrive at agreed upon time auction night
Create excitement amongst the crowd
Conduct auction
Give them an experience not just another auction!

 

Charity Auctions


Here are some of our Featured Auctions:
Helping Austin's "Trip Around the World"- August 2005

St. Edward's University's Golf Tournament- October 2005

Big Brothers Big Sister's "Spellbound"- October 2005

Austin Junior Forum's Christmas at Caswell House:

"Preview Party"- November 2005
"Candlelight Dinner"- November 2005
"Tiara Tuesday"- November 2005 
"Women & Wine"- November 2005 
"Texas Hill Country Christmas Wine Dinner"- November 2005

Round Rock Medical Center "Rock n' Doc Gala"- December 2005

Colorado River Foundation- May 2006

Texas Exes- Austin Chapter- September 2006
 
Helping Austin's "Monte Carlo Night"- September 2006
 
St. Edward's University: Golf Tournament- October 2006
 
Women's Council of Realtors: Phoenix Chapter- October 2006
 
Deer Valley Education Foundation- December 2006
 
Manos de Cristo: Los Colores de Manos~ Spring Benefit & Gala- March 2007
 
Human Rights Campaign: Austin Equality Gala- March 2007
 
Ronald McDonald House Charities: Bandana Ball- April 2007
 
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine: Red Ball- April 2007
 
Pease Elementary School: May Fete- May 2007 
 
Seton Fund's: Tailgate Party- August 2007 
 
Helping Austin's: Jubilee- September 2007  
 
Candlelight Ranch's: "Styles for Smiles"- September 2007
 
YWCA's "2007 Women of the Year Awards Gala: Celebrating 100 Years of Empowering Women"- October 2007
 
Human Rights Campaign: "Inspire," 11th Annual National Dinner- October 2007
 
CHW Foundation: Tickled Pink! Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala- October 2007
 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Culinary Flavors of Austin...A Masquerade Night- October 2007
 
HRC's Town & Country- Celebrate our Journey: New England Gala Dinner & Auction- October 2007 
 
American Youthworks: Help Clifford Help Kids- November 2007
 
Simon Evening of Giving- November 2007
 
Human Rights Campaign: Austin Equality Gala- January 2008
 
Manos de Cristo's Queen of Hearts Ball- February 2008
 
Austin Lyric Opera Ball: Bravissimo, Giacomo!- February 2008
 
Easter Seals Central Texas “A Show of Hands!” Gala- March 2008
 
Women's Council of Realtors: Austin Chapter- May 2008
 
Pease Elementary School: May Fete- May 2008
 
Cattlebaron's Ball: Brandin' a Cause, Ropin' in a Cure: Celebrating 15 Years- May 2008
 
PAPAS Fire & Ice Gala- June 2008
 
Helping Austin's Ice Ball- August 2008
 
Austin Bar Association's: Take Me Out to the Ball Game 2- August 2008
 
The Busby Foundation's: Flavors of the Town: ALS/Lou Gehrig Disease- September 2008 
 
SafePlace's: Austin Originals- October 2008
 
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas: Annual Night of Island Wishes- October 2008
 
H.A.N.D.'s: Fiesta Gala Celebration- October 2008
 
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado's 25th Anniversary: Share the Power of a Wish- October 2008  
 
Texas Parent-2-Parent's Vine 2 Wine- October 2008
 
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman's: Black Tie Ball- November 2008
 
BGCCA's: Black & White Gala- November 2008
 
Capitol School of Austin's: Starstruck!- November 2008
 
Human Rights Campaign: Black Tie Dinner's- Friday Night Luxury Auction- November 2008
 
Human Rights Campaign: Black Tie Dinner's- Saturday Night Luxury Auction- November 2008 
 
Manos de Cristo’s All You Need Is Love Gala- February 2009
 
Aids Services of Austin’s: Viva Las Vegas- February 2009 
 
ISES’s Culinart: A Fantasy of the Healing Arts- March 2009
 
Noche de Alegria-“SS Peter & Paul…The Keys & The Scrolls”- March 2009 
 
Easter Seals Central Texas “A Show of Hands!” Casino Royale- April 2009
 
St. Michael's Catholic Academy's 25th Anniversary- April 2009
 
POMF- Ride for the Fallen- May 2009
 
Moonlight in Morocco- not MYkid Gala- May 2009
 
Salvation Army's: Doing the Most Good Luncheon- May 2009
 
Pease Elementary School: May Fete- May 2009
 
American Gateways: Fire & Ice Gala- June 2009
 
Care Communities: I-Care Gala- August 2009
 
Helping Austin's Ice Ball- August 2009
 
Leukemia & Lymphoma: Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction- September 2009
 
Human Rights Campaign: Black Tie Dinner's- Friday Night Luxury Auction- October 2009
 
Human Rights Campaign: Black Tie Dinner's- Saturday Night Luxury Auction- October 2009
 
Texas Parent-2-Parent's Vine 2 Wine- October 2009
 
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's: Greer Garson Gala- October 2009 
 
Fore the Kids: Golf Tournament- October 2009
 
SafePlace's: Celebration- October 2009
 
American Gateways: Latin Nights- November 2009
 
KLRU's Auction - November 2009
 
Foundation for the Homeless- November 2009
 
 
 

 

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