Sports & Athletic Foundations
“THANK YOU profusely for all you brought to our event – your energy, passion, enthusiasm, creativity … it was all incredible and clearly the results ($2M!) are indicative of the success of your approach to auctioneering. We are forever grateful to you for lending us your talents!”
Health Care Foundations
“We can’t thank Chad enough for his terrific auctioneering talents that contributed to doubling our auction revenues over the prior year! He was a lot fun to work with, and has a unique talent for fast talking and keen observation skills in assessing the audience. He was able to gauge interest for an item by judging the expression on people’s faces that encouraged exciting bidding wars for popular items! Chad’s positive energy and infectious enthusiasm to help support our fundraising efforts made him an ideal choice as our auctioneer!”
“Chad Carvey is a true professional auctioneer, offering a unique blend of fast talking and witty banter that keeps the crowd engaged and wanting more. He is engaging, high energy and such a pleasure to work with. We raised much more money in our silent and live auctions than we expected and we have Chad to thank for it!”
“Chad came to our unique Dart for Art Fundraiser and not only was masterful at conducting the auction, he ended up being the Master of Ceremonies for the “dart” portion of the evening as well. During the dart, he kept the crowd under control and entertained at the same time. Our auction consisted of two high valued art pieces. Chad researched the artists and cleverly told a story about each art piece. He also had a creative warm up idea which got the crowd engaged and primed to bid. I couldn’t recommend Chad more highly. He was a pleasure to have at the event and willing and eager to help and become involved. Chad Carvey has quickly become LymeLight Foundation’s official Auctioneer and a key element to our event’s success.”
“Chad is FUN! Everyone at our event so enjoyed him that, when he asked, they gave him all their money! He adds such sparkle and interest! A skillful and intuitive very alive auctioneer, he produced far more funds for our non-profit than any silent auction could have achieved. I personally had a splendid time working with Chad and his lovely wife Carolyn at our event in December and hope that we will share the pleasure again. He delighted the audience with his charm and enthusiasm for our cause (Nancy’s List for the cancer community). I had the extraordinary experience of really feeling his support as a partner, totally participating in the event and making it a success. He is an amazing creative and very gifted human being and it is a true honor to recommend Chad to anyone and everyone. He has beautiful energy and it is always a joy to be in his presence.”
“Chad brought a new energy to our auction which resulted in increased giving levels for our Organization! His accessibility and guidance helped us garner new support and exceed our goals.”
“Chad and Carolyn truly care. I’ve worked with many auctioneers in the past and what this team delivers exceeds all expectations. Leading up to the event, Chad is most helpful in looking at the event as a whole, not just on the portions his services are needed most. He helped us rethink some of the elements of the event and strategized with us on how to make everything flow more efficiently, while also introducing new and creative ideas on how we could raise even more money. Their deep compassion and dedication to philanthropy has helped our organization do what it does best – raise financial support for people who need it most. We are so grateful for the vision, guidance, and expertise these two selflessly give!”
“Thank you for an outstanding job as our Principal Auctioneer! You were terrific. Not only did you raise almost twice our budget, but everyone had fun. You really connected with the audience and I had several comments from attendees about the great auction and how quickly it went compared to prior years. You also held everyone’s interest which has been a problem in the past. Thanks for listening to our requests and for making the auction fun and productive. Please mark your calendar for February 6, 2014 and we’re looking forward to your expert assistance again next year.”
Support for the Arts Foundations
Scholarships & School Foundations
“When it was first suggested we consider using Principal Auctioneer, I was hesitant, believing an auctioneer was way out of our league. We are just an average middle class public school. But in talking with Chad I was convinced that he could help us take our dinner and auction event to the next level. We hadn’t met our fundraising goal the year before, so I knew we had to do something different. His consultation leading up to the event was extremely helpful as he made us look at everything differently. We had never even considered a Fund-A-Need, and again I was hesitant about how our crowd would respond. Yet I entered the evening excited and confident we would indeed surpass our goal, but I tell you, I was blown away. We made 230% of our fundraising goal and almost tripled what we brought in the year before. You just have to see it to believe it!”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chad on two large charity events; Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Reed School Foundation Regatta. On both events Chad exceeded our goals and our expectations! We not only appreciate his professional attitude, his huge enthusiasm but also his opinion. He helped us in both events with planning and execution in our live auction and his suggestions were invaluable!! No way we could have reached our goals without him! We look forward to working with him again next year!”
“Chad Carvey is an expert auctioneer! Thanks to his enthusiasm, energy and ability to read the crowd, both our live auction and raise your paddle were highly successful. We look forward to working with Chad again next year!”
“We used The Principal Auctioneer for the first time this year. With much trepidation, we set a goal vastly higher than anything we had raised during any other time in our charity’s history. We not only met that lofty goal, but doubled it! One our major donors commented that he has never felt such satisfaction in a charitable giving event.
Prior to the event Chad was accessible via phone or email at a moments notice with a plethora of advice and experience. When we choose to ignore some of his advice he was more than gracious with us still needing to do some things ‘the old way’.
Like all things, we had things not go ‘according to plan’ the night of our event. Again, he was purely professional, handled the minor mishaps with ease and no guest was the wiser.
After the event, our guests said it was the most fun they’d ever had at our event. The energy Chad and Carolyn brought to the event was electric and we look forward to working with them again next year.”
“Chad, Thank YOU for being the auctioneer for our record-breaking fundraiser! Your calm guidance, good humor, enthusiasm, and ability to improvise helped us realize a goal that we didn’t think was possible. You also made the evening fun! There’s so much that I have to process after such an amazing night. Looking forward to working together again. ”
Thank you for helping create an amazing event for our district! Your energy and commitment are so contagious, you enlivened the room and made it fun for people to spend more than they’ve ever spent at our auction!
It was wonderful to have your strategic advice in planning – all of which turned out as you predicted. Your approach to Fund-A-Need and Last Hero allowed so many people to participate. I’m excited not only for the fundraising we did during the event, but to see the potential and willingness of our parents to step up when called upon. I think it’s clear we can cast a wider net and can continue to find ways for our community to give at all levels to help us hit higher goals.
Thank you for all your work making this a success!
Gala/Event Planner Testimonials
“Chad Carvey – the best Principal you wished you had! Chad is a delight. A consummate professional and a fabulous fundraiser and auctioneer, it is hard not to wish he was your principal when you were in school. As an event producer who works mostly with nonprofit organizations, I rely on a cadre of amazing individuals and vendors by my side to make every production a success. With Chad as a partner, the auction and fundraising components are seamlessly integrated into the guest experience. The very first event I did with Chad, he helped us to increase the in-room fundraising more than 300%! WOW! I can’t say enough good about him – I love watching him in action, enjoy every interaction with Chad and Carolyn and look forward to many years working together!”
“As the owner of ABCey Events, I have had the pleasure of working with many MC’s and fundraising professionals. Chad is by far the best auctioneer and MC that I have ever seen! He is knowledgeable, experienced, charismatic, fun, and he raised a ton of money while making everyone smile! At my last event, he raised nearly $50,000 MORE than the charity had expected…their most ever. When I need an auctioneer or MC, Chad is the best!”
Animal Rescue & Wildlife Foundations
“Chad is personable, has an engaging energy and really pulls the audience in. I have been fundraising for 8 years and the last auctioneer I hired was more expensive and was simply horrible. I highly recommend Chad and will use him for future events. His wife did an exceptional PowerPoint presentation for our live auction which helped maximize our items. An all around great team!”
“Chad you were a marvel! Absolutely awesome! Everyone I spoke to after the event, if they commented on one thing — it was you! Glowing reports and enthusiasm for your presentation and methods – the people who you got to give thought you were amazing! Really great, and yes indeed eye-opening to what a difference you can create and how you get the money flowing!! Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts and the pit -a-pat of happy little feet and wagging tails! Absolutely we want to sign you up for next year’s MILOFEST 2! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”
Civic and Community Foundations
“Brilliant is the word for Chad Carvey’s auctioneering skills! Repeatedly and skillfully he has inspired surprisingly high bids, from members of our Lions Club in Brisbane . We have enjoyed his warm and enthusiastic approach to getting our bids, often making us laugh, and compete with each other in the process. (I believe Chad could auction ice cubes to igloo dwellers! ) What a wonderful and multi-skilled person. We are proud to have him in our Lions Club and would recommend his auctioneering skills to anyone or any organization who wants a fun and very profitable event.”
“Chad served as auctioneer for our 2010 corte Madera Lions Club Crab Feed and due to his enthusiasm and ability to read the crowd we raised several thousand dollars more than we had anticipated for the renovation of the Corte Madera Recreation Center Patio. It was a huge success and fun for everyone that attended. Chad also did a great job of pulling it together as it was our first live auction and we needed a professional to make it come off like we really planned it that way.”
Religious & Cultural Foundations
“Thank you so much for your help at our fund raising event. We have never made as much on our live auction! You brought the event to a new level, we never dreamed that we could bring in so much needed funds especially during these tough economic times. You were the right person for the task and I have no problems recommending you to any group that is thinking about hiring you for a charity event. You have the ability to read a crowd and know where the real bidders are. You were able to get the crowd outside of themselves and i nto the feeling of raising funds for our school. Not only did you raise funds, you entertained the guests and finished within a short span of time, the guests were not worn out or bored. The banter you carried on kept the group engaged and enthused. I am so glad we were able to get together not only for what you were able to accomplish for us but you are truly a caring and understanding individual.”
“I’m pleased to report that our Outreach Fund raised more than double of what we hoped! We had gone into the evening with very low key expectations, but thanks to your leadership, we were able to inspire people to great levels of generosity. You were spot on in reading the crowd and figuring out just the right blend of enthusiasm, humour and good old fashioned arm twisting. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone planning an auction—a job very well done!”
“Chad’s expertise as a benefit auctioneer really makes a difference – with his help, we doubled the proceeds of our Live auction and exceeded our fund raising goals for this event! He made the live auction fun, exciting, and connected with the audience on an emotional level. He has the ability to balance competition and heartstrings appeal, inspiring people to give (and give generously) to the cause. He’s a pleasure to work with and shared lots of helpful tips and strategies, always eager to help us with any question we had.”
Music & Theatrical Foundations
“From beginning to end Chad Carvey is professional, creative, brilliant. Chad’s incredible ability to see the big picture coupled with his energy, enthusiasm and pizzazz make him the ultimate auctioneer. With amazing intelligence he helped us far exceed our fundraising goal. Thank you Chad and the rest of the Principal Auctioneer team.”
“Chad Carvey has been hosting our Annual Academy Awards Party for the past six years at the Lark Theater. In the past has also helped with our outdoor fundraising Barbeque event, and emceed our Guys Night Out Parties. His kindness, enthusiasm and positive energy as well as his expertise as an auctioneer have helped us raise funds effortlessly. He is entertaining, has a great sense of timing and is in good communication with his audience. His voice has a warm and pleasant, yet commanding quality. People love him and so do we! We look forwarding to working with Chad for many years to come. It is a privilege to have an emcee of his quality supporting our efforts.”
“Thank you for being our auctioneer at Jump Jive and Swing on last Saturday night. Your efforts made it a huge success. It was amazing to see way you worked the crowd with your enthusiasm- you really got them going.
Please accept our gratitude for your great skills at auctioning while working a rather difficult crowd at our event which ultimately produced an sizable increase in proceeds for the Marin League of the San Francisco Symphony. These proceeds help fund our series of free classical concerts in Marin as well as the community and educational programs of the San Francisco Symphony.
It was a great evening for a wonderful cause- thank you again you made it just so much more- literally.”