Testimonials

Raising more money than ever before or what clients thought were possible.

“Art Bra 2017 was spectacular! You brought fun, excitement, inspiration and engaged our audience as never before. Our models knew that you were there to take care of them. Thank you so much for truly going above and beyond this year. You were solemn when you needed to be; you were funny when it meant you could raise more money and you were on target this year – more than ever before! The audience loved you and I know loved hearing your story about Robin – even though, I imagine it was very difficult for you. Your skill and talent are legendary!” – Ray Anne Evans, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Resource Center

“We are beyond grateful of the role you played on the Ice Ball host committee this year in helping make it the most successful event in its 13 year history by raising $670,000. You’re an absolute rock star up on the stage and have a gift of sharing a story and the mission and honored to call you a friend. Thank you for the impact you have had on us personally as well as the deserving kids that we ultimately serve.” – Christine and Blake Absher, 2017 Ice Ball co-chairs, Big Brothers Big Sisters

It was such a pleasure working with you again this year. You bring so much pizzazz to our event. Your ideas played such a big part in this year’s $1 million success. Thank you for all you do and your commitment to the mission. Looking forward to 2018!” – Catherine Bruni, Associate Director, Heart Ball of Austin, American Heart Association

“Thank you for your very, very hard work and commitment to Heart Ball and the American Heart Association – we are truly grateful and feel lucky to have you as our auctioneer and partner. It was so fun having you with us for this special $1 million year. Thank you again for your big part in making that possible.” – Lauren Holcomb, Senior Director, Heart Ball of Austin, American Heart Association

“Thank you so much for making our event magical. It was everything we wanted it to be. Can’t wait for you to join us in 2018!” – Susan Ramirez, Founder Austin Angels

“Another amazing CASAblanca, raising more than $330,000 in the live auction and Fund-a-Need! We just cannot image a CASAblanca without you on the stage. Thank you for an amazing live auction, an amazing Fund-A-Need (8 gifts at $10,000 – my pyramid wasn’t even close!), an amazing Big Board close (you are fast!) and an amazing positive attitude the entire time. Your schedule plays a HUGE role in booking our date and venue in 2016!” – Kelly Perkins, Development Director, CASA of Travis County, Austin, TX

“After having watched you do what you do on the Art Bra Austin runway, I can only describe our partnership with you as a gift. It is clear your presence on that stage has an instrumental effect on the amount of money we were able to raise for BCRC, and for every woman out there who hears those words, “You have breast cancer”. You are incredibly talented and truly a gift to us! – Kate Rahill, Development Specialist, Breast Cancer Resource Centers, Austin, TX

“You finally did it! You made another Development Director cry and it was not from the record-breaking auction at Bobcat Bonanza: Gala on the Gridiron 2014, but rather not getting you as our Auctioneer for 2015. We need to get you on the books for 2016-2060!” – Travis Comer, Associate Athletics Director – Development, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

 “I just love working with you. You give me such energy and I adore your creativity as well as impeccable business savvy! Your 60’s outfit is perfect for our Beatles theme as is the music selection for your entrance. I know you’ll be rock n’ roll ready to raise more MONEY on 3/28/15! – Susan Dawson, Board of Directors, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, Denton, TX

“Gayle is quite possibly the most knowledgeable person, when it comes to events. If she hasn’t lived it, her instincts are spot on … every single time. She gave me courage to take calculated risks, confidence when I was nervous about the numbers and support when I was trying to get everything done. She helped me focus on what would bring in the most money. She is so much more than an auctioneer. She’s truly, a nonprofit Sherpa. The nonprofit world of Austin is lucky to have her!” – Rachel Mallernee, Nonprofit Development Professional, Austin, TX

“Well once again you have outdone yourself! Words cannot express the deep gratitude and respect I have for you and your many talents. Your warmth, enthusiasm and wit charmed the arms of every guest! Thank you for playing such a major role in the success of the NMF gala. There is simply no one like you that connects people with causes and motivates them to take action. YOU are the BEST! – Fran Irwin, Executive Director, New Milestones Foundation, Austin, TX

“You and your team were INCREDIBLE Saturday night!! Thank you for the excitement you stirred up!! That room was ELECTRIC!!!!” – Marianne Moore Lagerstrom, Gala Co-chair, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, Lewisville, TX

“I can hardly begin to express my thanks and appreciation for all you did to make this event a HUGE success! In just 2 years, we have increased the live auction revenue by 553%. You bring so much knowledge, charisma, and wow-factor to our event all year long, not to mention on stage where you absolutely shine! My board of directors (and more importantly my parents!) can’t stop raving about you. I know the numbers are hard to believe but they are REAL!!” – Alida Tallman, Vice President of Development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

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“I wanted to send you another personal note thanking you for all that you did for Komen Austin and me! I couldn’t have survived the first year without you. Hope you know that you are a lifetime friend and partner for me! I will continue to sing your praises. So excited about Perfectly Pink Party 2013!” – Tania Leskovar-Owens, Development Director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Austin, TX

Austin Humane Society“Gayle has grown our event revenue exponentially in the past two years and has brought much energy and enthusiasm to our organization while doing it! She has brought the Fund a Cause portion of our gala from less than $10k to over $50k her first year and over $85k the following year, all while steadily growing Live Auction income each year as well. Her understanding of and commitment to our mission was evident in all areas of her work and connected her with our donors in a meaningful way. Gayle has become an integral part of the Austin Humane Society’s annual gala, and we look forward to continued success with her as our Auctioneer.” – Megan Russell, Major Gifts Officer, Austin Humane Society, Austin, TX

“Gayle is a true auction artist. I would never dream of hiring another auctioneer! Who else but Gayle would think to bring ‘Vera Karp,’ aka the actor Jaston Williams from Greater Tuna, onstage for a mini-play to sell ‘An Evening with Vera Karp.’ It’s obvious that she cares about helping us raise money, as proven in how our auction revenue has tripled over the past three years.” – Jenny Smrekar, Director of Development & Communications, The Girls’ School of Austin

“Many thanks for serving as Eanes Education Foundation’s auctioneer for our annual gala. You were fabulous—entertaining—and most important—helped us raise more money than last year! Thanks so much for your commitment and dedication to helping us raise lots of money for our kids, while breaking a fundraising record in the Paddles Up. I look forward to working with you again. – Christie Byee, Vice President of Development, Eanes Education Foundation Board of Directors, Austin, TX

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Washington Area Bicyclist Association“While we have used professional auctioneers in the past, Gayle’s performance was far and away the best we’ve ever seen. In fact, I thank that many of our guests in the audience were giving money not for a particular item, but just to watch her perform!? – Eric Gilliland, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Washington, DC

thinkery“Gayle may well have the superpowers as an auctioneer, but what sets her apart is how hard she works for you. She was just as committed to the success of our auction as any committee member, logging many hours alongside our volunteers lending her expertise. When the big day arrived and she took to the stage, we were all speechless with how far she hit it out of the park for us.” – Lisa Lee, CFRE, Director of Development, The Thinkery, formerly the Austin Children’s Museum, Austin, TX

Down Home Ranch“Your guidance in putting this thing together was truly invaluable. You’ve got it—panache, pizzazz, and all the rest. I knew you did and was eagerly anticipating seeing it all come together and Wow! What fun when it did, especially watching all of those hands go up during the Fund-a-Need!” – Judy Horton, Founder & Director Emerita, Down Home Ranch, Elgin, TX

Travis Audubon“Your energy and enthusiasm, along with your auctioneering expertise, made for a truly exciting and FUN auction. We have received so many comments about how entertaining and lively the auction was, while keeping our mission in front of the donors to remind them why they were there.“ – Nancy Manning, Executive Director, Travis Audubon Society, Austin, TX

mission_capital_digital_2“We cannot thank you enough for all you did to make our 10th Anniversary a big success! Our event was just as I hoped–and you were such a big part of making that happen. We’re so lucky to have you as a partner and friend. Greenlights loves Gayle!” — Amy Silvey, Development Director, Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights for Nonprofit Success), Austin TX

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