Raising Paddles will see you at Raise® Fundraising Conference!

Raising Paddles Auctioneer & Consultant, Scott Jones Presents:

Fueling the Flames of Your Special Event Fundraising!

 September 13 | 11:20 AM – 12:15 PM | | Virtual

Discuss the fundraising cycle and come take a look through the eyes of Auctioneer, Executive Director and Wealth Screener to discover 4 key strategies for securing the gift from prospects and how to move donors to higher giving levels. The experts will elaborate on these 4 strategies: Culture of Philanthropy, Donor Centric, Cultivation, and Stewardship – demonstrating to donors the impact and value of their gift in advancing your mission.

Key Takeaways:

Create a strategic plan on who should attend their special event.

Designing creative means to securing at least 50% of your fundraising goal through pre-committed gifts and attendee wealth screenings.

Develop a stewardship plan that will keep your donors giving year after year.

Hiring a Professional Fundraising Auctioneer ensures your audience is engaged, entertained and excited to RAISE THEIR PADDLES and exceed your fundraising needs!


Successful fundraising events start with EXPERT PLANNING. In addition to auctioneering, we’ll help you design your benefit auction based on your event goals and budget. Our expertise in benefit and auction planning allows you to focus on growing long term relationships with your donors.


Our goal is to raise as much money and awareness for your cause as we can so you can do what you do best and to help everyone have a great time supporting your cause. Every gala is different, even from year to year, Let us help you keep your event fresh with new ideas each and every year.


Hiring a professional auctioneer makes the difference in reaching your fundraising goal and blowing it out of the water. Our expertise, certifications, extensive charity experience and passion for charity benefit auctioneering shows during the auction and in the results we achieve.

Our Team of Auctioneers

Our Team

Olivia Newbill

Client Success Manager

Jack Alotto

Consultant, CFRE

Organizations We Have Successfully Helped


“Dan is an absolute pleasure to work with for our live auctions, he keeps the excitement in a room of over 850 bidders and moves through items quickly to keep the momentum moving. Not only is Dan a great auctioneer, but a great person who truly cares for the cause and translates that to the audience during the paddle raise. We are thankful to have worked with Dan for over 4 years and a continued partnership for upcoming Galas.”

Ashley Nakayama, Cal's Angels

“Our organization was introduced to Shannon in the middle of the pandemic when we were trying to pull together an online auction and gala.  Shannon not only helped us as an excellent auctioneer but also helped us organize our online event,  find live auction items,  market our items and place them in the program to reap the most benefit and how to engage our donors and show our gratitude to them.  She worked to make sure our auction was a success and we were set up to keep donors engaged.  We had our most profitable fundraising event and auction ever and we are very grateful to Shannon and all of the Raising Paddles team!”

Dianne Kelly, Johnson County Interfaith Network, A Community Response to Homelessness

“Partnering with Raising Paddles took our fundraiser in an entirely different direction.  Shannon and Erin led us through establishing goals and reinventing our campaign during the challenge of covid.  They provided guidance and brought tremendous energy and fun to the campaign. Raising Paddles was part of a team that made our campaign successful and we’re excited to work with them again this year!”

Lori Thaman, Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis

“Shannon is a true professional. She was very thorough in her pre-preparation before the gala, making sure she took time to get to know us. At the gala she brought a team that was excellent in creating excitement and engagement in the room. We raised way more money with Shannon and Raising Paddles!”

Bret Heinrich, Wings of Hope