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Sherry Truhlar, CMP, BAS


I can answer questions about fundraising as it relates to the niche of silent auctions, fundraising auctions, training a "volunteer" auctioneer to lead your event, and games/raffles as it relates to non-profit and school auctions. I can't answer questions about raffle laws.

Experience in the area

My auction team and I have worked auctions nationally, and I have lead trainings internationally. Our client list includes non-profits in the United States, Australia, and Canada.


National Auctioneers Association (life member) ** Virginia Auctioneers Association ** Women in Film & Video


Certified Meetings Professional (CMP) - awarded by the Convention Industry Council. Sherry is believed to be the only licensed auctioneer to have achieved this top credential within the event management field. ** Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) - awarded by the National Auctioneers Education Foundation. Less than 1% of all auctioneers have achieved this designation. ** George Washington University (Washington, DC) –Certification in Event Management ** Missouri Auction School (Kansas City, KS) ** University of Wollongong (Australia) - MA ** Emporia State University (Emporia, KS) – BA and BS

Awards and Honors

2010 – Featured in The Eleusinian magazine 2009 - Featured in The Washington Post Magazine, The Georgetowner, and AUCTIONEER. 3rd place, 32nd Virginia State Champion Auctioneer Contest. 2008 - Two clients listed as two of the Top 100 Events in Washington, DC by BizBash magazine 2008 - Featured on TLC’s Take Home Handyman with Andrew Dan-Jumbo 2007 - Featured on E! Style’s ISAAC show with designer Isaac Mizrahi 2006 - 6th place, 29th Virginia State Champion Auctioneer Contest 2004 - Rookie of the Year, Virginia Auctioneers Association

Past/Present Clients

Visit my website to hear from my clients directly via videos.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Licensed auctioneers are required to attend auctioneer school.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Contrary to popular belief, volunteers who serve as auctioneer and cajole the crowd into giving do not serve the highest needs of your non-profit.

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