Fundraising

A real highlight of my career was getting invited to be the auctioneer for the Michael J Fox Foundation fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC; where I worked alongside Donny Deutsche.

 

Our auction services provide you and your organization
with the resources you need to help reach and exceed
your fundraising goals, year after year.

 
 

A professional auctioneer is an essential part of any fundraising event. If you can round up a motivated audience; Steve can walk onto the stage, get your guests engaged and spending in no time at all! Auctioneering at benefit fundraisers every week over a span of nearly three decades has garnered Steve lots of experience and a great reputation for good entertainment and the ability to hit, then surpass fundraising targets.

Most of Steve's fundraising work takes place in the greater Portland area; though he has participated in star-studded galas that have taken him as far as New York. At srdorsey auctioneering, we do all types of fundraisers - from grassroots charities to big name galas.

A successful fundraiser or benefit auction takes up to a year to plan. Taking the necessary steps, helps to ensure a fun-filled evening for your guests and financial success for your organization! Steve will have an introductory meeting with you on his dime because he wants to ensure srdorsey auctioneering is a good, collaborative fit for your organization's event. Then and there, you can ask questions and he will explain your fee options based on a fixed flat rate or a percentage scale. Our fixed rates start as low as $1,500 for a grassroots start-up.

 
 
 
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There really are some great venues for all kinds of events in Portland. I have been lucky enough to frequent many of these places and spaces. Ask me if you are on the hunt for a spot for your gathering and would like some ideas!

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One of the best things about an auction is how a guest feels when she finds out she has made the winning bid!

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The Wild Salmon Center 25th Anniversary Gala took place in San Francisco at the iconic Palace Hotel. We raised nearly half a million dollars to help preserve and protect the historical waterways of wild salmon from Alaska all the way through to California.

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From internationally renowned hotels to school gymnasiums...
Steve can work a room no matter where you put him! See him in action for yourself first-hand or check him out here on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pol06yn1dz11mc6VXAJsw

Spencer and Calvin at the Oregon Golf Club for Three Rivers Charter School's annual benefit.

The Melody Ballroom in SE Portland is one of my favorite fundraising venues. The sound is amazing in this room, plus the size and the ambiance are great.

170 Motivated guests + 11 Live auction items + 1 High school gym = $Half Million. De La Salle North Catholic School's 5th Annual Fall Scholarship dinner, where Steve's been their auctioneer since its inception.

Serious Steve.

The Three Musketeers of the Portland fundraising auction circuit! We have a lot of fun together.

It was a big night for Portland at Brian Grant's 2011 gala event, Shake It Till We Make It!

Hope Unlimited's fundraiser raises money to help teen-aged kids go to camp.

The elegant Crystal Ballroom in SW Portland.

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys...

Look who showed up to our Oregon Ducks Athletic Scholarship Program fundraiser meeting!

Anyone interested in spending an evening with Jay Leno at the Portland Art Museum? Me me me!

Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief: http://democratherald.com/albany/hundreds-gather-at-world-relief-festival/article_bf47100b-0a47-52d8-88e1-67e806ba9b10.html

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Steve doing what he does best; helped to make this year's fundraising benefit for WaterWatch of Oregon its best ever. They rebooked him for next year's right on the spot! Photo credit: Nina Lee Johnson

Special appeals are Steve's specialty. It is an amazing thing to watch him persuade complete strangers to dig deep into their wallets for a worthy cause. The true test of a capable fundraising auctioneer is his ability to raise money above and beyond the live auction. Cash donations via special appeal also give corporations and individuals the chance to actively participate and to directly impact the communities in which they live.

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Before and after shots of the room at the Portland Art Museum. We were there for the Friends of Baseball Swing for the Fences Gala auction and special appeal.

Special appeals are Steve's specialty. It is an amazing thing to watch him persuade complete strangers to dig deep into their wallets for a worthy cause. The true test of a capable fundraising auctioneer is his ability to raise money above and beyond the live auction. Cash donations via special appeal also give corporations and individuals the chance to actively participate and to directly impact the communities in which they live.