“Our school fundraiser had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation, so we consulted with our auctioneer and decided to go virtual. Dan helped us create an amazing virtual experience, and consulted us throughout the process. Not only did we achieve 125% of our fundraising goal, we raised more money than last year, simply amazing! We had a lot of fun, and Dan made it exciting and energizing for our audience to participate”

Cecily Morse, Hobson School

“Honestly, my head is still reeling from what happened in the room on the night of our event.  I have been a fundraiser for over 20 years and I never experienced anything like it.   Your team is incredible.  The Auction Team!  Four people, with Scott as the lead.  Our event was a casual Super Bowl themed event.  Scott and his team came with  with whistles wearing referee outfits.  They were kind and gracious to our guests, never assumed they were the stars of the show (which they were!) and did everything perfectly.  I have worked with other auction groups and none come close to the way they can captivate and motivate guests. ”

Diane Lillwitz, Charitable Fund Manager, DuPage Medical Group

“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

“Dan worked with us for our annual Kick-off for Kids fundraiser last September. His style motivated the audience to bid more and he was able to help us have an outstanding fundraiser! If you need an auctioneer, I would recommend Dan to help you get more out of your fundraiser.”

Dan Duffy, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

“Dan has lead our charity auction for over 5 years… Dan does a superb job of engaging the audience, encouraging generosity while adding the fun of a professional auctioneer.  I would highly recommend Dan for your next event!”

Jane Combs, Board President, St Charles Education Foundation

“The R.Ed.I. Foundation’s live auction plays an integral role in meeting our gala fundraising goals. Dan Campbell is extraordinarily adept at engaging his audience, he reads the mood and crowd with exceptional skill. He is superior at quickly captivating the guests. He creates an exciting environment that sets the stage for achieving the highest possible bid. Dan, takes the time to learn about each live auction item. He is brilliant at assisting the guests in understanding and embracing the call to heart, he then masterfully combines the information to create a generous environment of giving. Dan Campbell’s experience, excellent skills and professionalism were the catalyst for the tremendous increase in gala revenue we experienced.”

Kimberly Farah, President, R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation

“We have had the privilege of having Dan serve as our auctioneer at Sharing the Blue for a number of years.  He is one of the most  professional, personable and approachable people I have had the pleasure of knowing.  He has an intuitive skill in communicating the benefits of our cause and in creating an enthusiasm amongst our guests.  His high energy and positive attitude make everyone want to participate in the fun.  Of course, this translates to more money for our auction and our charity.  Last year, he was able to sell not one custom painting but two additional for the artist to deliver at a later date.  It was fantastic!!!! I have been to many charity events over the years and Dan is just the best I have ever seen!  He is a “class act”!

Stacy Bell, Sharing the Blue

“Planning and running a charity golf tournament with 125-150 golfers and banquet attendees is a challenging endevour in itself. Inviting a performance artist to create a piece of art which required a professional auctioneer was a daunting task as well. Luckily, Dan Campbell came to the rescue! Dan is he the epitome of professionalism. When I thought of the prospect of working a crowd, in a highly competitive auction/bidding situation, I simply could not imagine attempting to raise the types of bids that Dan was able to achieve for our charity. He has been an integral part of helping our organization’s annual fundraiser reach new records! I couldn’t be more grateful or recommend Dan any more enthusiastically!”

Ron Newman. Golf Committee Chairman, Knights of Columbus

“Dan has lead our charity auction for over 5 years… Dan does a superb job of engaging the audience, encouraging generosity while adding the fun of a professional auctioneer.  I would highly recommend Dan for your next event!”

Pat Bertsche, Superintendent, Westminster Christian School

Working with Raising Paddles has been amazing. Scott has been our auctioneer for 2 years. Our revenues have skyrocketed using the techniques and strategies that Scott has suggested. He is way more than a night of auctioneer. He works with us from conception of our event to execution the night of, offering suggestions and best practices. He has sat in on board meetings and presented to our board members about how they should set personal fundraising goals for the paddle raise and auction and how they should talk to their guests. He has coached the staff on positioning our guests to be ready to donate before they even arrive. He even convinced our staff and board to bring back the live auction and ditch our silent auction. Following his advice, we raised more at our 2022 event than in the event’s 15-year history. We are very happy with the services and have recommended Scott to many others. You can’t go wrong!

Jennifer Olson, Youthbuild Lake county

This will be our second year of working with Scott Jones and the Raising Paddles team. They are a phenomenal resource, expert fundraisers, and just make you want to work hard to have a successful event. (However, with them on your side, the work is pretty easy and oh so fun!) I’m happy to provide a personal reference if anyone has any questions!

MaryLee Guthrie, Director of Development, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

We hired Dan Campbell for our 38th Auction. We had 1/3 of the crowd due to Covid-19 restrictions. We had the best year ever! Our fund-a-need brought in over $210,00 (double of the previous year). Dan had so many awesome ideas and did a fantastic job. He greeted our guests! He said good-bye with big thank you’s! We loved working with him and can’t wait to do it again in 2022. Highly recommed Dan Campbell and Raising Paddles.

Bonnie Prokup, St Bede

Scott is the best auctioneer in El Paso! Love his energy day of event and all the help before our event.

Sandra Gonzalez, El Paso Diabetes

We were thrilled to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charity event this evening. It is such a worthy charity, but what made giving even better was Shannon Eason & her enthusiastic team, who brought an energy to the event that was both amazing, inspiring and classy. We were proud to be a part of their magic tonight!

Joann Coughlan

We have been using Raising Paddles for a number of years and love working with them! The whole team is very professional and Dan is just amazing as the auctioneer. Dan has a way of getting the crowd excited and making as much money for our organization as possible!

Anna Culver, Cal's Angels

I love Raising Paddles! I’ve had the pleasure to work with Scott Jones for two gala events. He knows his way around the crowd, brings an energetic team, and we’ve had two of our most successful fundraising events with Scott as part of our team!

I will always recommend Raising Paddles.

Anna Corbitt, Paraquad

Raising Paddles is a fantastic company to hire for any auction! Both Erin and Shannon have made our last two auctions seamless from the stage, but I know how much work they put into the night plus all the planning meetings they set with you before the event ever happens. We’ve received many compliments on their work and we know they have helped increase the amount of funds raised with their expertise! Other than the venue, they’re the first call I make when we have an auction date set – we couldn’t do it without them. Thank you guys!

Laura Smith, SIUE Athletics Foundation

Erin was unbelievable! She was such a gift to our team and truly felt like she was one of our staff members. She walked with us from the beginning through past the event to ensure effective prep and follow up. Her heart and passion shine through and we had so many donors come up after the event sharing what a delight she was and how much joy, fun and laughter she brought to the evening. We will work with Erin and Raising Paddles for as long as they’ll have us for each of our events 🙂

Annie Schomaker, Eden's Glory

Raising Paddles brought our annual fundraiser to the next level. Erin and her fabulous team of professionals were amazing and were seen by our guests as being apart of our organization – that is how well versed they were in our mission. We had multiple meetings before the event where Erin had many good ideas to contribute to a successful event. I highly recommend.

Robin Doerge, Josslyn

Erin and Raising Paddle team were amazing to work with pre-event, during and after. Erin has incredible energy and lit up the room. We are grateful for having her support and experience with our event, A Night for Josselyn, in raising funds and awareness to achieve our mission of Mental health for all

Katie Nahrwold, Josselyn

Raising Paddles and Shannon (our award winning auctioneer) have become tremendous partners for KC Shepherd’s Center’s events. Last year we tripled our income over the precious year. Shannon is amazing on stage and on camera. She truly gets to know and care about the mission of each organization. You can’t go wrong hiring Raising Paddles for your auction team. They provide a lot more than a ‘night of’ auctioneer. I won’t work with any other team.

Terri Goddard, KC Shepherd's Center

At the recommendation of a colleague, I reached out to Dan Campbell at Raising Paddles as we were considering a shift in how we manage our annual Gala. Dan was very responsive to my initial outreach and assured us that they would be a great partner as we navigated from virtual back to an in-person (with a streaming component) event. He was right, and the team at Raising Paddles did not disappoint! The night of our event Shannon Mays and Erin Williams (and their team!) went to work and it was magical to see how our guests responded. Our Live Auction, Raffle and Fund-a-Need numbers were the best ever and we exceeded our fundraising goal by nearly 25%. We are grateful for their work with us and look forward to our continued partnership in support of the LOGOS mission.

Dee Harvill, LOGOS School

Raising Paddles and Shannon Mays (our award winning auctioneer) has not only become our auctioneer but our PARTNER. The night of our event Shannon and her team went to work and it was magical to see how our guests responded. Our Live Auction, Raffle and Fund-a-Need numbers were the best ever and we exceeded our fundraising goal. Shannon is amazing on stage and off! She was always available to meet with us prior to our event whenever we had questions! She truly gets to know and care about the mission of your organization. You can’t go wrong hiring Raising Paddles for your auction team. They provide a lot more than just the ‘night of’ auctioneer.

Sherri Monaldo, JoCo IHN

My first experience with a professional auction expert could not have been better! We celebrate 70 Kansas Citians who are 70 or better each year, and have had to do the last 2 virtually. I could never have imagined how Shannon could have been SO engaging VIRTUALLY and helped us raise more awareness and $$ to serve more older adults in KC. We’re excited for our LIVE event this year and to see her actually be able to ‘work the room’ in person! Thank you, Raising Paddles and especially Shannon!

Janet Baker, KC Sheperd