• FUN Year in Review, Part 2: Behind the Scenes

    In Part 2 of the FUN Year in Review, let’s go behind the scenes to highlight a few of the other activities I did that kept me extra busy in the community in 2017! You can also review FUN Year in Review, Part 1 and the highlights from raising more than $8 million in 2017. 

    Even before taking the test to become a licensed auctioneer, I joined the state and national industry associations for my profession. I start every New Year by renewing my memberships in the Texas Auctioneers Association and National Auctioneers Association, a member of both since 2005. 


    The Art of the Gala

    Honored to return for the second year as a presenter on benefit auctions at the Art of the Gala seminar, sponsored by GivingCity Austin, led by founder, Monica Williams.

    The Fabulous Working Ladies Lunch

    I was honored to be invited by Shari Arnold to participate as a guest panelist along with Heather Frierson, Dr. Lauren Crawford, Dr. Marsha Farney, Stacye Blake and Zelinda Elliott at The Fabulous Working Ladies Lunch. Each of the panelists gave a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of being self-employed and running a business, and then we took questions from the audience. 


    Texas Auctioneers Association Annual Convention

    I feel it is important to participate and give back to the industry that has given me so much! I was proud to be a sponsor for the 5th year for the Texas Auctioneers Association Annual Convention in Frisco, TX.

    Perfect timing to expand my business network and join the National Association of Catering and Events, NACE Austin chapter.


    Special thanks to Greater Giving and for selecting me to be featured on the topic of “Mystery Boxes” in the inaugural e-book, 26 Proven Revenue Enhancers for Your Fundraiser, produced by Greater Giving.


    FUNauctions was delighted to sponsor a Taste of NACE fundraiser for the National Association of Catering and Events, Austin chapter on August 16.


    Sponsor of Taste of NACE fundraiser for the National Association of Catering and Events.

    Had a blast in my red and black polka dots as the Presenting Sponsor of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN Austin) “Do Gooder Games Presented by FUNauctions” on August 22.

    Do Gooder Games Presented by FUNauctions









    Greater Giving seminar: Maximizing ROI at Your Benefit Auction

    Teaching 1/2 day seminars in Austin and San Antonio, TX with Greater Giving on Maximizing ROI at Your Benefit Auction.

    Time to renew annual fees for two designations earned through the National Auctioneers Association: Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS). Less than 1% of Auctioneers in the country hold both designations.




    Yours truly “swimming” underwater with The Institution Theater for Improv 201 class.

    The first lesson in Improv teaches, when in doubt say, “Yes, and …” build from there. Improv helps me take those same skills and apply them to running a business. This 8-week class finishes with a student performance in front of an audience to showcase the skills learned during Improv 201 at The Institution Theater.

    Did you know I have to renew my Auctioneer license (#16089) with the Texas Dept. of Licensing & Regulation every year and make sure I have completed the required 6 hours of continuing education courses as required by the State of Texas?  


    My FUN Improv 301 class with The Institution Theater.

    Back for more training and this time using only the suggestion of a sound from a member in the audience to inspire a 20-minute scene. This student graduation performance showcased the 8-week Improv 301 class at The Institution Theater.



    Follow the FUN in 2018!



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  1. Hi Gayle, Doing another test to see if you get this email from the bottom of a text posting on the website.

    Let me know. Thanks.
    Mary Alice