"On the hunt for a knowledgeable, professional and dynamic auctioneer? Look no further. Nelson Jay of Gavelo Auctions does it all! If I could give 10 stars, I would. Working with various auctioneers over the last 10 years I can say with confidence that Nelson is the best. He brings the energy, can read a room, connect with guests and is on the front end of new auction trends to keep the event fresh but still mission focused. Nelson and his amazing team maximized fundraising efforts for us, resulting in a record year for our organization. I appreciate that Nelson did all that he could to ensure that we didn't leave any money on the table. I would highly recommend Gavelo Auctions for any of your auction needs. "
VP of Operations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington
"Nelson was the auctioneer for our first IGNITE gala at the Museum of Flight with 180 attendees. He is a fantastic auctioneer, and helped us with advice, planning, templates, suggestions, and most importantly being a great auctioneer to help us raise $124K in one evening. I can't thank him enough for his guidance and support! "
Event Chair, IGNITE Worldwide
"Hi Nelson, I am happy to report that we had the best ever auction with record funds raised! We exceeded fundraising totals of the previous year by more than 11%. I have heard wonderful, glowing feedback on the auction and your performance. You had command of the room and moved things along very nicely. "
Development Director, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
"I was in dire need of auction guidance when we first met fundraising auctioneer Nelson Jay for coffee one morning several months ago. Within minutes I knew I was going to hire him to help me with the yearly fundraiser for our organization. Such a kind, generous, and intelligent auctioneer, he quickly came up to speed on who we are and what we needed to achieve our fundraising goals. In fact, the fresh ideas Nelson offered and his immediate connection with the audience enabled Three Dreamers to MORE THAN TRIPLE previous benefit totals. We will most definitely be asking Nelson back next year!!"
Co-Founder, Three Dreamers
"For the past two years Nelson Jay has hosted an annual golf tournament and auction benefitting our foundation. He has been amazing!!! His warmth, humor, preparedness, confidence and auction experience absolutely took the event to another level (both in class and in funds raised). Everyone in attendance commented on how classy and funny he was. I was most impressed with how personable and professional he was, both one-on-one and in front of the audience. If you are looking for a super kind, witty, amazing auctioneer I would HIGHLY recommend him."
Founder, Ben Towne Foundation
"We hired Nelson Jay as an auctioneer for our charity auction, and with great results! Nelson was a true professional, remaining warm and charismatic to our guests while still highlighting and upselling the items we wanted to feature. The end result - we over-achieved our auction goal, and will definitely be inviting him back again next year!"
Special Events Manager, Pacific Northwest Ballet
"We hired Nelson as an auctioneer for a fundraising event. He was eager to learn as much as possible about our organization and its mission prior to the event, offering fresh ideas during the auction planning process. As an auctioneer, he was quick, effective, and connected with the audience. I would definitely recommend Nelson to anyone looking to hire an accomplished and personable auctioneer."
Associate Director of Development, Long Live the Kings
Thank you for the amazing job you did on the auction Saturday night. I know how important the quality, flexibility and creativity of the auctioneer is to success and you made us amazingly successful – thank you!
I had confidence from our first meeting and it also gave me the support I needed to be able to work with our team to guide them through the process, so thank you for that gift too.
Auction Chair, Lafayette Elementary School, Seattle
“Nelson Jay’s contributions to our annual youth auction have been exceptionally valuable. His engaging, intuitive, and fun energy make our auction come alive. Nelson has introduced innovative ways for auction attendees to contribute that have been extremely successful. He is very relatable and easy to work with, and offers a high level of professionalism throughout the entire auction process. Nelson combines his auction expertise with a great ability to connect the vision of our event with the live auction. I value his work with our auction tremendously, and would enthusiastically recommend him to others.”
Project Manager, Youth Mission and Ministry University Presbyterian Church
"We were fortunate to hire Nelson as our auctioneer this past year for our school’s inaugural auction. Throughout the planning process, Nelson was very attentive, personal yet professional, and helped us every step of the way. He was happy to answer any and all questions we had that were event-related, which was awesome. We had no idea how much an auctioneer would influence the outcome. Nelson has a wonderful ability to connect with the crowd and make it personal through humor and great timing. He was able to read our audience, knowing when to keep nudging the bidding higher and when to call it “sold!” It was incredible to tally up the numbers at the end of the night and realize we had not only reached our goal, but more than doubled it!"
Auction Chair, Sand Point Elementary School, Seattle
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