Danny Hooper Productions

CANADA’S #1 FUNDRAISING AUCTIONEER


Since 1987, Danny Hooper has been raising millions and millions for good causes. As Canada’s top-rated fundraising auctioneer, Danny has mastered the 3 E’s of a successful auction—Entertainment, Engagement, and Extraction.

Organizations like the David Foster Foundation and the NFL demand the very best in the business, and that’s why they call Danny Hooper.

Whether it’s selling a dinner for two with Andrea Bocelli for $100,000 at a David Foster Gala, or six rings of garlic sausage for $35 at a church basement charity dinner, Danny delivers the same high energy, high skill, and always hilarious performance to each and every client—it’s the Danny Difference.

Danny now hosts a highly rated fundraising podcast called EVENTS WITH BENEFITS.

Produced in Southern California with Winspire and Donation Match, each episode is chock-full of valuable information that will help your organization achieve amazing results at your next fundraising event.

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“The team at Danny Hooper Productions are remarkable at what they do. What do they do? They transform fundraising events from good to great…actually no, from good to spectacular! I have had the opportunity to work with Danny on several fundraising events – from golf tournaments to galas – and he never ceases to amaze me at what he can do for an audience and a live auction. Danny’s talent supersedes any normal expectations – he is kind and funny and knows how to warm a room. Many clients have been astonished at what he is able to bring in with their live auctions, catapulting their revenue targets through the roof and beyond. As an example, one event brought Danny in to emcee and auction for their second annual gala with similar valued items from the previous year, and he was able to increase bids and sales by over 150% – nearly doubling what they brought in the year before! Needless to say, the man knows how to conduct an auction and is a fundraisers best shot at maximizing proceeds for events! I would recommend Danny Hooper for your next fundraising event!”

 — Sam K February 29, 2016

I met you yesterday at the Valley Zoo Development Society golf tourney and I have to say that my friend and I both agree that watching you emcee and auction at the event was a master class in comedy, charisma and professionalism.

As a you may remember I mentioned I’ve done several similar events throughout the last 20 years. However, what you do is much more impressive than just doing 20-30 minutes of stand up, then handing out the golf prizes. There is no question you’re one of the best at what you do and I’m sure you’re highly in demand across Canada.

— Kevin Stobo, Comedian & Golf Tournament Guest June 11, 2015

Have you ever heard that Sesame Street song “One of These Things is Not Like the Other?” – well that’s definitely true! In the spring of 2015, after years of average success with our live auctions, we decided to take the leap and hire Danny Hooper Productions. Danny truly made the difference – we nearly DOUBLED what we were able to bring in for our live auction and cash appeal! Danny was a true pleasure to work with – professional, entertaining and a genuine host for our guests. Thank you!

— Shelley Breen, Youth Empowerment & Support Services May 22, 2015

Working with Danny is easy and fun. I’ve done several events with him, and I have to say that I am always blown away by how thoroughly he learns the information he needs, whether about auction items, attendees, or whatever hair-brained scheme we throw at him to try. When Danny is working your event, he’s always 100% in the game. Experimenting with new fundraising ideas is his forte, and he’s always learning from the events he attends. Danny is a wealth of fundraising knowledge that can help make your event a success.

— Kristin Glass May 20, 2015
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We hired Danny to be our MC/Auctioneer at our first fundraiser – “Nellys’ Project” Sept 2014. We were hoping to have net proceeds of around $40,000 for our 2 charities. We ended up writing 2 cheques totalling more than $160,000! We were astounded – Danny did a cash appeal for one of our charities and raised $58,000 in a matter of 5 minutes. Needless to say he is our MC/Fundraiser again this year for Nellys’ Project II. He is professional, funny, serious, hardworking and down to earth and we would recommend him in a second! Thanks Danny – can’t wait for this years event.

— Christine Vachon – Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation May 14, 2015
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Why Choose Danny for your Next Benefit Auction


Danny understands the highly specialized field of fundraising auctioneering

As Canada’s first accredited Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS), Danny—an honours graduate—is one of only three in Canada and just forty in all of North America.

The BAS designation was created by the National Auctioneers Association to provide advanced training in the preparation and execution of winning benefit auctions.

Through his ongoing association with BAS, Danny networks with the best in the business and thus provides your organization with a direct connection to the latest techniques and approaches that will ensure the success of your next event.

Danny’s absolute professionalism guarantees a thoroughly positive perception

When the crowd is gathered and the auction begins, your Benefit Auctioneer becomes the foremost representative of your organization. Unquestionable professionalism, genuine appreciation, and seamless management skills are critical to the attainment of your goals. These are exactly the elements that Danny brings to your organization’s on-stage event.

Like a skillful quarterback, Danny controls the myriad moving parts of your Benefit Auction, from the flow of the agenda and crowd control to the live and silent auctions, raffles, door prizes, unexpected incidents, and more. Danny ensures that your event runs seamlessly, and, as a result, makes your organization truly shine.

No-one in the business can sell like Danny

A great auctioneer is also a great salesman, and Danny is one of the best in the business. A former RE/MAX hall of famer, Danny understands the unique qualities of Benefit audiences, and knows exactly how to work with your buyers’ hot buttons.

Danny thinks on his feet to engage and hold your audience’s attention, build excitement for each item, qualify the buyers, remove objections, and close the deal, all in a matter of moments.

Danny brings entertainment and levity to the serious business of Benefit Auctions

Everybody loves to laugh, and Danny loves to make laughter happen. Danny knows more than anyone that an auction infused with great humour and entertainment will hold your audience’s attention until the very last item is sold. Maintaining control of the room translates directly into your bottom line, and Danny’s entertaining style and tremendous sense of humour is extremely effective at sustaining audience engagement throughout the entire auction.

There’s another reason why humour and entertainment are such an important part of successful Benefit Auctions. Charities are often focused on some very sobering concerns—emergency shelters, cures for diseases, hospices for the dying—and keeping things light at your event is a wonderful counterbalance to the underlying seriousness of the business at hand.

With his “tricks of the trade”, Danny ensures a significant increase in the success of your Benefit Auction

When you engage Danny Hooper for your event, you are virtually guaranteeing a significant and measurable increase in your charity’s bottom line, often by as much as 40% when compared to previous “non-Danny” events.

Danny’s unique Benefit Auctioneering skills include innumerable “tricks of the trade,” many of which are his own inventions. The Wild Card™, the $100 Signature, the Blind Hat Auction, Spontaneous Double-Ups—these and more will add significant real dollars to your event’s revenue.

Auctioneer Qualifications

I love watching someone who has mastered their craft, and this guy is the best in the business.

Jack Canfield, co-creator of the
‘Chicken Soup For the Soul’ series

In May 2014 we attended The Danny Hooper Fundraising Auction Seminar. This one day seminar left us invigorated and inspired. We felt our brains would explode! When we implemented some of Danny’s ideas along with his OUTSTANDING emceeing and auctioneering expertise, our event doubled its live auction results.”

Leslie Ritchie, Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta

Danny, thank you for helping to make the 2012 True Blue Gala a huge success! Thanks to your humour and wit, our guests were treated to a memorable evening of laughs and fun. You managed to keep the mood light and entertaining while raising money for an important cause–a safer Edmonton. As they left, our guests commented they hope you’ll be back next year! A heartfelt thanks Danny!

Elan MacDonald,
Edmonton Police Foundation

Our event was by all accounts a great success as a direct result of your consummate professionalism and skill. We chatted briefly about the importance of working with the best and there is no doubt that is what you are. Once again it was a privilege to work with you and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Kenneth L. Cantor
AB Diabetes Board

Your fee was recovered as soon as the Auction began; your comedic skills delighted our guests and provided a financial windfall for us

Sheila Edmonds, Devon Craig,
Co-chairs, Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala
supporting WELCA (Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association)