Dear Mike,

Thank you for your role as auctioneer at last night’s Gala. I am grateful for your thoughtful assessment of our live auction items. After tallying the live and fund a need portion of the evening I am pleased to report it was a most successful auction in our history. We will let you know how the silent auction turned out. I heard wonderful feedback from guests.

Sandy will be in touch to discuss future opportunities to work together.

My sincere appreciation,

Nora Boswell, Chief Development Officer - Sharp HealthCare
Dear Mike,

It was a pleasure meeting you and having your expertise a part of our special event. I heard nothing but rave reviews about your management of the auction. You pushed just hard enough and moved just quickly enough that I think we maximized our $’s while still keeping the event flow moving. You are a real pro, that’s for sure!

As soon as we have next year’s date, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Ann Laddon, Vice President of Institutional Advancement - San Diego Natural History Museum
Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Mike, for working your auctioneer magic and making The Seany Foundation’s annual gala a true success. It was by far the most fun and exciting (and successful!) live auction and raise the paddle I’ve ever witnessed and all thanks to your good humor and quit wit. Your ability to go with the flow of the evening was also a great help.

I’m so glad we’ll be working together again next year. In the meantime, keep up the great work! For those shopping your services, HIRE MIKE! You will not be disappointed.

Melanie Robins, Program Director - The Seany Foundation
What a night! We raised $69,000 last night! That is great for our school! That with the online auction brings us in at $90,000 raised.
We are super pleased and can’t thank you enough. The evening was great and I thought the live auction was terrific. Everyone had a lot of fun and I don’t think we left a single dollar on the table!
Thank you for your time and expertise! We surely enjoyed working with you!
I’m so glad we’ll be working together again next year. In the meantime, keep up the great work! For those shopping your services, HIRE MIKE! You will not be disappointed.
JEN WECK, Silver Gate Elementary
“Thanks for a great job WELL Done. I was able to rest assured that you and your staff would take care of all my needs. The auction was fabulous and I didn’t have to worry about anything, I knew it was covered! This Gala was our highest revenue generating event and I will make sure to recommend your services to the 2014 Gala Chair!
Elizabeth Mammini, 2013 Gala Chairperson - St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
“I just wanted to say Thank you! The “Memories in the Making” event was wonderful and everyone enjoyed it. We have been getting great reviews from the whole evening, and also on the live auction. Thanks for playing such a huge part in this event and helping us to raise money for our cause. We could not have done it without you and we are so pleased with the amount raised! I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any feedback for us please let me know.”
Malea Santos, Events Coordinator - Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial Chapter
“What an awesome night, Mike! You took St. Paul’s LUV Gala to a new, fundraising level! Your pre-event recommendations were excellent and during the event you made some wise adjustments as circumstances changed. I feel your years of experience as an auctioneer served us very well. We look forward to working with you again next year an will confirm a date this month.”
Todd Kaprielian, Director - St. Paul’s Retirement Foundation
“Hi Mike – What can I say another fantastic job this year, your energy and expertise as an auctioneer and emcee continue to help us exceed our goals. Thanks again for being so easy to work with and we look forward to seeing you again next June.”
Susan DeRose, Co-Founder – Survivors Rehabilitation Foundation
“Hi Mike – I couldn’t let any time go by without telling you what a GREAT job you did at our annual golf tournament auction last week. You were a dream to work with – before, during and after! Your knowledge of how to make the most from an auction is unparalleled. You have that special ability to take each item available for auction (both silent & live) and present it as the most unique and special piece ever! You read the audience like a pro and keep the energy up throughout the event, which results in a great fundraiser! Our success was made possible because of your involvement. Thank you so much. See you next year at Golf for Life!”
Leslie Greve, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
“Mike -Many thanks again for the great work! You were awesome and definitely added great energy and fun to the live auction. As a result of your services during the live auction at the Pinnacle Awards and during the Silent Auction at the VIP Reception, Athena successfully raised more money for our scholarship fund due, in large part, to your effort! Your energy, experience and ability to read the crowd was a real benefit to our event. Thanks so much for “inspiring” people to bid more. Please plan to join us again in 2014.”
Deborah Jondall, Event Chair – The UCSD Pinnacle Awards
“Mike – The “Classic Cars For Classic Kids fundraiser for the Preuss School raised over $300,000 to help fund bus transportation for the students. The evening was a smash hit and we exceeded our goals, greatly because of your involvement. I want to say heartfelt thank you for all your help, your talents as an emcee and auctioneer were a tremendous asset to the evening! If you ever need a reference please do not hesitate to contact.”
Tracey Amernick C.P.C.E., Bahia Hotel – Bahia Sternwheelers – Evans Garage
“I’ve been meaning to drop you a note for quite some time to thank you for all your wonderful efforts at Urban Campout. As you can see by the numbers below, the auction and the evening was a HUGE success and I truly attribute much of that to you. Having you as our emcee and auctioneer this year brought an air of professionalism that made a big difference. Thank you for all your help and we look forward to having you back next year!”
Shannon Kelly, San Diego Girls Scouts – Urban Campout Committee
“Dear Mike – Thank you so much for your wonderful professional assistance at our auction. You did a fabulous job for us again this year and certainly increased the bid amounts across the board. We had another record breaking event and were particularly thrilled with the live auction art prices!”
Sallie Estep Warren, Parents Committee President – Bird Rock Elementary School
“To those looking for a great Emcee and Auctioneer: Not only was Mike a pleasure to work with, he was professional, encouraging, and enthusiastic about our event and the items we offered for both the silent and live auction. Mike’s expertise kept people moving, informed, and excited about all that was happening at our school fundraiser. I highly recommend him and would hire him again without question! Thanks, Mike, for helping us raise a record amount for the school! We couldn’t have done it without you!”
Bridget Musante, Fundraiser Chair – La Jolla United Methodist School
“Mike Hogan transforms ordinary auctions into something magical! Every step of the way he offered his guidance and knowledgeable expertise – from planning the auction to every minute during the event. His work tripled the money that we brought in at our Event and he was a delight to work with. We won’t have another Event without him!”
Darah Grimm, San Diego Chapter of Room to Read
“Dear Mike – Thank you for doing such a great job as the emcee and auctioneer for this year’s fundraiser. Both the silent and live auction brought in more money this year due largely to your efforts. Your expertise and sportsmanship was truly a benefit to our event. Thank you so much for hangin’ ten with the Girl Scouts. Please plan to join us again in 2006!”
Debbie Fitzhugh , Fund Development Associate - Girl Scouts of America
“Hi Mike – Thanks for auctioneering on Sunday, you were great! The event sure was a lot of fun and I hope we can work together again.”
Betsy Shoup, Special Events Manager American Lung Association