Testimonials

"Greg, my friend, you are getting RAVE reviews. Thank you for the fun, energy and expertise that took us to a new level of fundraising Saturday night."

Dana Whitelaw
Executive Director
High Desert Museum, Bend, OR


"Another great event with Greg. Always professional and ready to help us 'get the most' out of each auction lot. Our best year yet!"

Connie Sangiacomo
Events Coordinator
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley


"Worth his weight in 'Gold', Ed was such a help to our organization. He is personable, caring, responsive, and really helped our gala reach a new level. Our board was very impressed!"

Sonja Bohannan
Donor Relations Manager
Wildcare


"I know Greg from his many years of work with our organization's auction and gala. He's hands down, the best auctioneer I've seen in action. I've given more at auctions that are being led by Greg (both for our organization and for others) than at any other fundraisers, and it has so much to do with his talent for guiding the auction planning process and then, of course, his amazing ability to inspire a crowd at auction time."

Irma Laxamana


Ed was fantastic – he did a great job for us!  I think the best part of the deal with Ed was that he felt like a member of our team from the first meeting to the close of the event – his input was extremely insightful and always valued – an overall great experience for all of us on the committee, not just our live auction group.

C. Edward Turner, CPA
Treasurer
Windsor Rotary Community Foundation


“It was a delight to have Greg as auctioneer of OMCA NEXT, and we were thrilled with the energy in the room around the auction and with the outcome. He was able to make each of the lots very enticing, and to fully engage the room in the fund-a-need. We truly appreciate how good Greg is at his work.”

Lori Fogarty
Director and CEO
Oakland Museum of California


"Ed Gold is the best. His expertise and input have helped our event revenue grow from a $40,000 wine tasting to an extremely popular Kentucky Derby themed wine auction that has steadily raised $200,000 over the past four years. Ed is always available for advice and he has creative ideas for improving your event. He is truly a member of the Huckleberry family."

Heather Mathews
Director of Communications
Huckleberry Youth Programs


"We loved Devon! He really got an increase in bids over last year. It was hard to command our audience's attention, but he did it."

San Domenico School


"We love working with Greg. He really knows our organization and its goals and it shows in his performance. We appreciate all of the pre-work that Greg completes, from meeting with our Board to ordering the lots. Our crowd really responds to him and we look forward to having him back next year."

Anike Coates
VP of Development
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area


“Thank you for working with the Diversity Center and helping us reach new heights in our auction.  Stellar Auctions brought our fund raising to a whole new level and we did much better than anyone at the Center ever imagined.  We are very excited about what we can do in the future.
"Jacquelyn, thanks for being on top of everything and doing such a great job getting this together.
"Devon, you are amazing and really knocked this thing out of the park.  Everybody had a GREAT time and we learned so much from you guys.”

Dean Maynard
Auction Chair
The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz


"Working with Ed is a pleasure. I find that the way Ed ‘thinks’ is in line with my thinking. We just get the job done, have fun, and pay attention to every detail. When something is ‘bugging’ Ed it is driving me crazy. He knows when he needs to take control & I know when he wants me to BINGO! He knows Booker T. “Green Onions” & I know Taj Mahal “Fishin Blues”! Jacquelyn seems to work 24/7 and is always helpful & friendly!"

Maureen Kelly
Director
St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School


“Greg has been a catalyst for increasing our fundraising efforts at North Beach Citizens. At our largest fundraiser, he was able to think quickly on the spot leveraging a matching pledge of $25,000 into $50,000 in five minutes on the stage. He was able to single handily increase the donation of many of our long term donors by double and triple amounts..”

Kristie Fairchild
Executive Director
North Beach Citizens


"Having chaired numerous galas benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services, I have seen over and over again the added value of Greg's strategic outlook and deep experience as an auctioneer. His suggestions consistently drive increased engagement of guests and revenues in terms of dollars raised "the night of". His professionalism, high standards and consistent performance have received nothing but rave reviews from guests at Paving the Way. I can't recommend him more highly."

Annie Ellicott
Auction Chair
Larkin Street Youth Services


"From the initial auction brainstorming to ordering the auction lots and encouraging enthusiastic bidding, Ed and his tremendous experience are always there for us."

Paul Knudsen
Director of Development
San Francisco CASA


“We could not have asked for a better partner for this event than Greg Quiroga.”

Ellen McGlynn
Director of Development
Marin Country Day School


"We are very happy with Devon, he brought charm and wit to the event and I would highly recommend him."

Herb Foedisch
Auction Chair
Catholic Charities


“I have worked with Greg for the last ten years on our school’s two yearly auctions, and even after all these years, he never ceases to amaze me. Each year, Greg diligently researches each auction lot, and takes the time to know if the donor will be in the room, or history of the item. He also has an uncanny ability to capitalize on an event’s energy to raise funds, all while keeping an auction move along at a nice pace.
"Having the confidence in Greg’s ability allows me to be calm about the auction and focus my attention to other portions of our event.
"The partnership that I’ve formed with Greg cannot be replaced, as he plays an enormous roll in the success of our auctions year after year.”

Patricia Colin
Director of Advancement
International School of the Peninsula


"Ed was a huge help during the planning process for our dinner, and on the night of the event made sure our auction and paddle raising went exactly as planned. He got great reviews from everyone involved."

Andy Shin
Executive Director
Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School


“We have worked with Ed Gold for several years on our school’s live auction and he has done a terrific job – both on the advance planning for the auction and during the gala itself. Ed has brought us new ideas that have been a great fit for our fun-loving bidding crowd. For example, this year our raffle included a giant “golden paddle” for a lucky (and delighted!) bidder in the live auction. Ed has also helped in advance with packaging items to make them as appealing as possible. On the evening of the gala, it was wonderful to have Ed in charge of things like training our volunteer spotters. We are not a group of ostentatious bidders at our school – our community is quite low-key. But this year, one of our items reached our all time highest bid, making our school fundraising team and auction parent volunteers (including me), very happy! I highly recommend Ed and his team for fundraising and auctions.”

Kath Tsakalakis
Auction Team
Cathedral School for Boys


Regarding Devon: “You were phenomenal!!! Thank you so much for showing up to make our live auction spectacular. We raised three times what we made last year during our live auction!!!! I cannot thank you enough. I appreciate your professionalism, your guidance on the process and being a wonderful and fun auctioneer.”

Sharon Papo
Executive Director
The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz


“Ed did another great job. The heat was AWFUL and he never lost his cool. He's a real gem and we're glad to have him as our auctioneer.”

 

Susan Koza
Director of Development
SPCA for Monterey County