“Dear Mr. Ackel:

I wanted to thank you for all your hard work regarding my brother’s estate in Austin. You certainly did a wonderful job handling everything, especially since I am not in the Austin area. You were a godsend helping me understand all my options regarding selling the house in such a timely manner and figuring out what to do about the contents. I believe donating the belongings to such a worthy cause was a great idea. Forgive me for using such a cliché but you really went above and beyond not only with closing on the house and donating the contents but also setting me on the right path with the estate proceeds and even offering to assist after I got back home to Tennessee. It was a joy to get to know you even in such an emotional and difficult time and I hope to run across you at a wildlife organization convention sometime soon.” -Mary Miller

2015 Real Estate Auction – Austin, TX


“David Ackel provided guidance, strategy, and creativity that was central to the success of our gala’s live auction and cash call. David took the time to speak on the phone several times and to meet with our gala leadership to discuss the auction program in detail. David always had creative solutions to our challenges and helped us schedule the auction strategically. He has great energy and a fantastic attitude – not to mention great talent and comic timing as an auctioneer. Further, the two assistants (bid spotters) he brought were helpful, well-mannered and graceful in their interactions with our donors. We are grateful to David and highly recommend him to others.” -Ginger

Red, Hot, and Soul Gala


“It was difficult to select only three attributes to describe David. He was simply outstanding! I hired David as the auctioneer for my first Gala in the nonprofit world and he was amazing. Produced exponential results! I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to work with. Honest, personable, and innovative. He was willing to bring ideas to the table and listen to our needs. I will definitely hire David again, if we can fit our next event into his schedule. If you’re looking to produce stellar results and work with a gentleman with integrity and a heart for auctioneering…David is your guy!” -Greg

St. Marys Cathedral


“Thank you for your services, support and friendship during the time we worked together to sell my home in south Austin. I have no regrets about choosing to auction my home and only gratitude for the role you played in bringing me to the finish line! I can state without reservation that my decision to work with you and entrust you with the sale of my home was the best decision I could have made. From the beginning, you were honest, passionate about your commitment to the auction process, and articulate about the steps we would take in bringing my home to auction. You went above and beyond in all regards, providing not only a highly professional service, but also propping me up throughout the process as I readied myself for auction day. Looking back, I can honestly say that I could not have sold my house within such a short time frame and for such a great price without you!” read the full testimonial – Sarah

2012 Real Estate Auction – Austin, TX


“Thank you so much for leading the charge and making our live auction such an incredible success!! You did an amazing job and we so appreciate all that you did. We doubled what they made last year! Again we can’t thank you enough!” -Anna, 2015 Gala Chair

Bradfield Elementary – Highland Park, TX


“Thank you so very much for such a fantastic job at our auction!! It was our pleasure to work with you and we have had so many positive remarks about the Live Auction and how much fun everyone had with you. Heads or Tails was fantastic as well. The biggest compliment that we can give you is that almost everyone stayed through the Live Auction…and this is a first for our Auction. Your timing was perfect and kept the bidding and the fun rolling! We have officially handed the crown over to you when it comes to our auction. Our feedback to the School Board will be that it was the best expense we could have budgeted for and that we need to make sure that you are back again next year.” – Mary

St. Cecilia Catholic School – Houston, TX


“The auction Saturday night was awesome and you did an amazing job. I wanted to also let you know that one of our patrons came in to the school last week still beaming from the great time he had at the Gala. He especially noted how awesome you were and that you were the best he had ever seen. Can we go ahead and book you for next year? Let us know what’s good for you and thank you so much for the great work!” – Alpa

Holy Family Catholic School – Austin, TX


“David, you were fabulous! I’ve heard so many wonderful compliments about the job you did Saturday night and how you made it so much fun. 50% above our goal, you are incredible. Thank you so much for making our Gala so successful. You have a special gift from God. You make such an impact on so many non-profits here in the area. I bet the Lord above is very proud.” -Liz & Wendi, 2014-15 Chair’s

Sacred Heart Community Clinic- Round Rock, TX


“Mike, we can’t thank you enough for your work last night on our behalf!!!! I have to say that I had so many parents come up to me after the Live Auction and say how wonderful you were!! And today while going to 2 different birthday parties, I again had parents mentioning you. We’re thrilled! David–thank you for bringing your dad our way! I do want to thank you again for bringing the “heads or tails” and the “angel wings raffle” concept to our event. Both of these programs went over very well with our audience.” – Gretchen 2013 Auction Chair/Suzanne 2014 Development Director

St. Theresa – Austin, TX (Mike Ackel – Two-Time State Champion Auctioneer)


“Thank you and your family again for an amazing job at the Live Auction. As always, you make it! Your expertise and guidance has helped us all in making this event a great success.We want to thank you for your generosity and we feel so blessed to call you our “own” Auctioneer.” – Funfest Ministry

St. Thomas More – Austin, TX


“Working with David was enjoyable from start to finish. I especially liked the fact that, in the weeks leading up to the event, he called or emailed to share his ideas to make our auction event better. We put those ideas to work and it really “did” make our event more successful. David genuinely cared about our success and I really appreciated that.” -Sr. Elizabeth Ann

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist- Georgetown, TX


“Thanks for your great work last night! It was really amazing. We did SO much better this year than last year. The event was a success and we had an 80 percent increase. I got numerous compliments on your personal skills, and people said you were the “best” they have ever seen. You were funny, engaging and really entertaining so thank you! We look forward to partnering with you next year!” -Rebecca

LaunchPad – Austin, TX


“I saw David at an event for another church and knew that I had to have him for our own parish auction. David has been our auctioneer for 3 years and we’ve seen great results each and every year. David is extremely personable, professional, and knows how to get the job done. We had our best year ever this year and David helped us get there with his ideas and energy. We’ll continue to work with David as long as he lets us! – Fr. Dean Wilhelm

St. William Catholic Church – Round Rock, TX


“It was a pleasure to work with David at the Cedar Park Chamber Gala. His guidance, knowing that this was my first time putting an auction together, was very much appreciated. Giving us great tips on what we should collect and how to package them was a tremendous help! He is an amazing auctioneer and we are ready for the next one!” – Michelle 2013 Auction Chair

Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce – Black & White Gala


“With David as the auctioneer for our 3rd Annual Gala, we were thrilled to increase our live auction results by 50 percent, our Fund-A-Need by 160 percent and our Heads and Tails game by 75 percent! David and his ringman had an engaging and dynamic rapport with our guests. The audience was entertained and the bids were flowing. David is easy to work with and brings many ideas to the table. We look forward to next year’s event! Thank you David!” – Michelle, V.P.

Hill Country Education Foundation – Austin, TX


“David we want to let you know we were thrilled with your entertaining performance and with the money you raised. We made 20% more than our fundraising goal. You’re a fantastic auctioneer! You offered fresh ideas and seemed truly invested in the overall success of our event. Very professional, great attention to detail, and an excellent fundraiser – you truly exceeded all expectations.” -Aimee & Jen

TX 4000 Cancer Tribute Gala – Austin Music Hall


“David, I just wanted to write you on behalf of the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center and thank you for making our Literacy for Life Gala such a success this past Sunday. We received so many compliments on your efforts and appreciate you being a part of our event. You went above and beyond to make sure the event’s fundraising activities were running smoothly. You are such a pleasure to work with. We appreciate you celebrating our cause and making the night memorable and fun for our guests. Thank you for being such a great auction host and supporting our center’s mission!” Lindsay-Executive Director

Literacy For Life Gala-Scottish Rites


“David, You were awesome, best I’ve ever seen. Congratulations on making our evening so special. We did a great thing for the families of fallen/wounded soldiers. Looks like we’ll be able to write a check to the Folds of Honor for $50K. Again, incredible performance.” Steve, GM – The University of Texas Golf Club

Folds of Honor Charity Classic ’13


“To know that you have someone working in your best interest is priceless! Thank you to David Ackel Auctions for helping facilitate our event, specifically, the live auction. Your expert and insightful auction advice before the event and professional yet fun auctioneering during the event helped create an atmosphere that was comfortable and exciting for our guests. Ultimately, all things working together helped create a memorable and successful auction. Thank you!” MJ -Regents School of Austin

Regents School of Austin


“We used David Ackel as our auctioneer for our “A Night Together with Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)” fundraiser benefiting Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach. Great energy and the perfect amount of push! Everybody loved y’all! You were professional and courteous while engaging our audience to continue bidding. I’ve never had so much fun at an auction! We will definitely be using you for years to come! We wanted to be sure you knew how much we appreciated you coming and doing such a great job at our event! Sue/Jennie-2014 Event Chair

Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach


“David, Thank you for the incredible work you did at the TVS Auction. You were simply invaluable Saturday night and made the Live Auction a huge success! Our results were absolutely incredible compared to our events in the past. The Live Auction raised more than twice as much as last year! Your ideas about the parking spaces and the concert tickets worked out great for us and our audience. Hope to work with you again in the future. With sincere thanks and gratitude” Ashley-2014 Event Director read the full testimonial

Trinity Valley School – Fort Worth, TX


“Thank you very much for helping to make our auction a success! David you were wonderful. You were very easy to work with and we truly appreciate it! Thank you very much again!” Katie ’14- Co-Chair

Christ The King Catholic School Gala- Dallas, TX


“Thank you so much for an incredible job Friday evening! I wanted to run up on stage and hug you! Everyone was very excited about the auction and thought you did an amazing job! Hope you made it back to Cedar Park safely …and hope to see you again soon! ” -Judy, Executive Director

A Wish with Wings – Fort Worth, TX