About Gavelo

Gavelo offers professional fundraising auctioneer, fundraising consulting and emcee services. Expertise includes benefit and charity auction fundraising consultation, donor retention, spirited and fun live auctioneer performances, emcee and event hosting, and marketing and communication services.



Meet Fundraising Auctioneer Nelson Jay


Nelson Jay, BAS is the principal fundraising auctioneer and owner of Gavelo Auctions. Mr. Jay is licensed and bonded as a professional auctioneer and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and holds the NAA Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation.


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and the University of Washington. While brand building for a Seattle brewing pioneer during the heady days of the craft-beer revolution, Nelson developed a passion for producing rousing consumer-engagement events as he worked both behind the scenes and behind the microphone to deliver unique and memorable guest experiences that built brand loyalty and increased sales.


In the 1990’s Nelson attended a benefit auction where he was amazed and inspired by the late great Seattle auctioneer extraordinaire, Dick Friel. That event was the catalyst for Nelson to become a fundraising auctioneer, a passion that offers him the opportunity to bring people together to build community, raise funds and promote program missions for a wide array of organizations.


Over the years Nelson has helped produce events that engage audiences, connect people with brands and raise millions of dollars for charities, schools and other organizations.



The Gavelo Auctions Philosophy


Every event is important. The annual auction is likely your organization’s best opportunity to connect with its audience and key stakeholders. Make the most of the moment. Build community, raise funds and retain donors with a well-organized, effective and professional fundraising auctioneer partner who has a proven history of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals. Fundraising auctioneer Nelson Jay is committed to helping your organization connect with and retain donors via dynamic and engaging live auction performances.


Fundraising Auctioneer Nelson Jay is committed to:

• Personal service

• Flexibility

• Efficiency

• Delivering a high quality customer experience

• Donor retention

• Elevating the perception of your event

• Maximizing fundraising

• Spontaneous and topical repartee



The Gavelo Name


The name Gavelo was inspired by combining two of Nelson’s great passions: auctioneering (one of the auctioneer’s tools is the gavel) and cycling (the French word for bicycle is velo), gavel + velo = Gavelo.





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