See you next week at the AFP Arizona Conference!



Call To Auction is so excited to be an exhibitor at this years Association of Fundraising Professionals of Arizona Statewide Conference! Our auctioneers and consultants, Frank Kitchen, Daren Shumway and Oscar Guerrero will be on hand to answer questions and give ideas of who to add energy and dollars to you next fundraising event.  Be sure to drop by for free drawings for our upcoming fundraising event seminars and other gifts that can BOOST your

Call To Auction and Bobby D. are excited to invite you to the Fundraising Auction Seminar and A Higher Bid Book tour with Best Selling Author, Kathy Kingston.

Double Down for Homeward BoundKathy Kingston

Best-selling author Kathy Kingston and Bobby D. reveal powerful and innovative strategies from her blockbuster Bestseller book A Higher Bid.

Register for this content rich and highly interactive seminar where you’ll take away fresh profit-making tips you can use immediately to raise more money. Kathy created this seminar just for you because she knows that nonprofits and schools need these proven strategies to maximize fundraising and to engage new donors now.

Sedona September 26, 2016

Phoenix September 27, 2016

Tucson September 28, 2016


Excited to Present at the “Event Auction Strategies and Secrets” Workshop presented by the Arizona Nonprofit Academy

I can’t wait for this great opportunity to share the experience and expertise I have learned by working with so many organizations over the past years to raise more money, help more people and change the communities they reside in.

I’ll be co-presenting with Robyn Broshears of Auction Events Solutions and we will be discussing the key fundraising areas at your next Fundraising Auction Event.

Silent Auctions


Live Auction

Paddle Raiser or Fund A Need

This is an opportunity for you to learn directly from years of experience in fundraising and auctions. You will be able to take these methods and secrets to directly affect your bottom line. Please join us!

You can register here!

Hope to see you soon!

Bobby D

Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014: Building Buzz for Your Next Event

Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014: Building Buzz for Your Next Event

Come learn from the pro’s on how to take your fundraising to new heights with cutting edge technologies and techniques. Is your non-profit ready to play by for-profit rules? Is your organization ready to raise as much money as possible while building a bigger donor and volunteer base? Are you looking for more active board members who can draw on their circles of influence for donations and support? Do you need amazing auction items that don’t cost a dime? Do you need to effectively share your story and impact of donations through the powerful use of video? We will teach you these and more! You will learn how to:

  • Exciting Donors/volunteers by creating that buzz around town through social media, so everyone is talking about your event.
  • Effectively reach out to donors by getting in-front of them and sharing mission, vision and impact they are having
  •  Engaging Donors/volunteers by giving opportunities to give and to help
  • Inspiring current/past/future donors and volunteers to give more time, support and donations by showing the impact of past work and donations
  • Find an out pouring of auction item donations from your local business community
  • Sell out every event and continue to grow your support throughout the year
  • Create a powerful and effective video marketing campaign to swell donors hearts and open their wallets.

Join us on Monday February 3rd, 2014 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Tempe Library.

Register here.

Professional Presenters to include:









Participate in a panel discussion with all presenters and get your questions answered! Lunch is included! By signing up you will receive the video of the previous Call To Auction Seminar “Secrets to Supercharge Your Fundraising Auction” Free Ticket to Endless Range Marketing’s newest Seminar Series And much, much more!!! For a few hours of your time invested, you will learn from professional fundraisers, marketers and film producers to take your fundraising to new levels!!! Please join us and take part in the Non-Profit Revolution!!!

Ready to Register? Click Here

It’s 2014! Ready to get buzzed?

Happy 2014 to you all!

I hope your holiday season was relaxing and rewarding and your year ended on the right note. With 2014 now upon us, it is time to get back to work raising big dollars for those we love to help, and I love to help you do just that! To begin this year off right, Id like to give you a gift that I came across just last week. One of my favorite authors in the non-profit world Dan Pallotta @danpalotta was interviewed by the NPR Ted Radio hour about his Ted talk on Non-profits Playing by For-profit Rules that I featured in one of my past blog posts. Please take a listen to this recent interview and learn more about ways to level the playing field in the non-profit vs. profit world.

Speaking of giving back, I love giving back to all charities and organizations and would love to invite you to my newest seminar series: Maximizing Profits for Non-profits in 2014, with an invitation to the first seminar in the series: Building Buzz for Your Next Event. This will be held on Monday, February 3rd from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the Tempe Library. I will be partnering with two great presenters sharing their expertise in ways to create buzz about your upcoming event that can turn into large donations. Hillary St. John of Endless Range Marketing and Nathan Kinkel of Nak Productions. They will be helping me share the newest techniques and technologies in ways to create and build relationships with those that want to give to your organization. They will teach you ways to maximize your mission video and optimize your Facebook page and much, much more. For more information please click here:

Id love to help you break donation records at your next event this year, but my weekends are filling up fast and we have limited dates available.

Please email me at: or call me directly at 855-GO-GAVEL to see if your date is open for us to partner together for a successful event.

Thanks and looking forward to working with you in the ?coming new year!

Bobby D. Ehlert BAS

Lead Auctioneer

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#FFFF2013 Seminar Review

Facts, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising 2013 Seminar Synopsis

August 28, 2013

W Hotel Scottsdale, AZ
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A number of nonprofit organizations development directors, CEO’s, executive directors and other support members gathered on this warm August morning to meet with local businesses looking to help maximize their events in style, feel, taste and inspiration. As guests arrived, they mingled with the vendors to see what is on the cutting edge of fundraising events. Auction & Event Solutions was the organizing group of the event and had a full staff and display of the newest technologies in the fundraising sector. Smartphone and touch screen electronic bidding platforms, speedy guest check in and check out are AES’s specialty. Phone and touch screen electronic bidding platforms and speedy and easy guest check in and check out is there specialty.

Attendees were treated to a wonderful breakfast by the W Hotel and settled in for a fun morning. Robyn Broshears of AES opened the event by welcoming everyone and sharing why we were there, to raise more money for nonprofits and their beneficiaries. Sonoran Studios provided the audio and visual displays making this look and sound like a world class event and the beautiful table settings and decorations provided by Classic Party Rentals of Phoenix.
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Next, Julia C. Patrick of Frontdoors News gave a wonderful keynote speech on unlocking your fundraising potential. She also took questions from the floor in regards to the concepts covered and fundraising in general. Robyn and Julia then picked three lucky nonprofits out of a hat to earn the funds raised during the event from registration, sponsor fees, the live auction and centerpiece sales provided by table tops etc. find out here. Above & Beyond Communications selected Fresh Start Women’s Foundation to receive the ticket/sponsorship proceeds: $1,650!
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Then it was time for fun, Bobby D. Ehlert BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist) of Call To Auction, a local professional benefit auction and consultation firm, excited and inspired the crowd to bid in a live auction. He sold a special event marketing package donated by Frontdoors News and valued at $5,200.. Bobby D. used his unique wit, charm and auctioneer style to get hands in the air for the auction and shared some information on why it is important to use a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist. The winning bidder’s funds went to Arizona Broadway Theatre: $1,600!
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After a quick break, the group split into two groups to hear talks from Kari Yatkowski of Corporate Citizen about enhancing current fundraisers and Alissa Pierson of the ASU Alumni Association about creating new fundraisers for nonprofits. Both talks shared valuable information about raising more dollars for the organizations in attendance. After closing the session, groups were invited to visit with each of the vendors again, including event planner EMP Management, and partners Don Dear Photography & Studio ADT who create high quality, branded photo keepsakes.There was a fun and fundraising buzz in the room as guests mingled sharing ideas for their next event.
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The 2013 Fact, Fiction and Fun of Fundraising in its 3rd year proved to be a success for all involved. The nonprofit groups gained some valuable information and tips about raising more money, the vendors met some potential clients and everyone had a ton of FUN!