AS A FUNDRAISING CONSULTANT AND STRATEGIST I work with nonprofit boards, planning teams and volunteers to ensure every fundraising opportunity is tapped.


I enjoy the task of culling every dollar from a room of supporters and positively, dynamically and effectively representing my client organization and its mission.

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I BEGAN MY CAREER ALMOST 25 YEARS AGO at an Oakland, California auction gallery managing fine art and antique estate auctions.  At age 26 I became the gallery's first female auctioneer - a full-time post I held for 3 years before relocating to Colorado, the place my husband, children and I are proud to call home.  I have since worked for and with a variety of nonprofits in communications, event planning and fundraising.  In 2012 I was called back to the auction block...

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I WORK WITH 20+ ORGANIZATIONS ANNUALLY - schools, philanthropic and arts organizations, charitable groups of all kinds.  

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Testimonials and References

"I can't thank you enough for being our auctioneer - you did a phenomenal job

and we're blown away at how well we did.  So many people commented to me

about how wonderful you were and how much they enjoyed both the live

auction and paddle raise (as evidenced by their giving).  I also so appreciated

how well you represented our mission and were able to expound on our

fingerprint theme.   Thanks again for all of your hard work - you helped make

the Hoedown amazing!"

- Susan Mooney
  Founder/Fairy Godmother-Tall Tales Ranch
  September 2017

“Heather - our fundraiser was a record breaking success and that is in large part due to having you as our auctioneer. What a wonderful night it was to raise much needed resources.   I was so impressed with your dedication to learn about our organization prior to our event that you even went so far as to drive up to our campus in Estes Park to get a feel for the work that we do.  Your ideas and experience proved very valuable in the planning stage.  You were a breath of fresh air, everyone felt included and your sense of humor created a really fun atmosphere.   You are definitely on the books for next year!!”

- Heather Dines
  Philanthropic and Alumni Relations, Harmony Foundation 
  December 2016

"I have had the pleasure of working with Heather on two different fundraising auction events. With years of experience working with many different auctioneers, Heather stands out above the others. I would describe her style as engaging, friendly, and approachable. Make no mistake, this style still leads to excellent results! Another reason she stands out is her level of engagement with the event committee before the event. I have never worked with an auctioneer who was so willing to provide guidance and recommendations on the best ways to increase the success of your auction. If you hire Heather for your event, I am confident you will be pleased with the results!"

- Cindy Grubenhoff, Fundraising Strategist
  In the Know, Inc.
  February 2015

"Kudos to you.  I only heard rave reviews about you!  So grateful you were on our team. Thanks for your pre-event guidance and your winsome performance!"  

 - Helen Young Hayes,
   Mercy & Sharing,
   Nov. 2013

"Heather's a terrific benefit-fundraising auctioneer and event planner.  She captures the crowd with her charming smile and engaging personality the night of the event, and she's an incredible resource during the planning sessions in the months leading to it."

 - Gary Corbett, 
   Benefit Auctioneer

   December 2013

"I highly recommend Heather Lauren Quiroga as an auctioneer for a fundraising event! She is detailed oriented, intelligent and brings with her a wealth of information about event planning. She handled the audience professionally. Frankly, she is like a breath of fresh air in the room. We used for our emcee as well as auctioneer. And ... we raised more money than in the last nine years!"

- Debby Novotny Doig, Chair
  Highlands Ranch Rotary Gala
  November 2014

“Heather, you were (and are) AMAZING!!!!  I know we would not have been as successful without you.  And, for the record, I would love to have you as part of the post and pre planning for next year…as far as I’m concerned, I want you at all our events :).  So many people commented on how easy and fun you were.”

-Candy Brad, Executive Director
 Project V.E.T.S.
 September 2014

"Heather - thank you so much for working with us, especially on such short notice.  You were absolutely amazing and definitely helped us exceed our goals in a huge way!  THANK YOU - you were so, so good!"                    

-  Meghan Curtis, Development Director   
   Project V.E.T.S
   September 2014

"You ROCK."        

-  Bill Cherf, President
   Sertoma Club of DTC
   September 2014

"I cannot recommend highly enough Heather Lauren Quiroga as a Benefit Auctioneer and Fundraising Strategist. Her professionalism, winning personality, and attention to detail make her an outstanding candidate for such a position. She has a real 'problem-solver' mentality that inspires confidence and trust in all with whom she works."

 - Scott Finlay, Director of Development
   Central City Opera
   February, 2015

"Thanks so much Heather - for jumping in at the last minute. It was great and easy to work with you. You were a great fit for us. Thank you, thank you."

-  Suzy Mackenzie, Executive Director
   Eagle's Nest Ranch 
   August 2014

"Heather with HLQ Events supported us on an event that has been happening for nearly 30 years that added a live auction component to the event newly this year.  Heather guided us through the process including doing a lengthy initial call, meeting with our coordinator in advance at the venue, and follow-up through the process to give suggestions and ways to make more money.  When our audience was not what we expected she brainstormed with us to make a new offer on-site and successfully provided the planned paddle raise in a challenging environment.  In the moment she could have been an obstacle to our success, but she graciously took the high road and helped us create a new plan to achieve our goals on this new element of the program.   I would highly recommend HLQ events should you need support in planning a non-profit event or as an auctioneer for your fundraising program.  Well done!"

- Steven Stokes
  Event Supervisor, City of Northglenn 
  December 2015