"Every day I ask myself, "Who are we if not for each other?" and strive to make a positive impact on the community through my work. I am honored to have the opportunity to step on stage and bring awareness, excitement and a deluge of donations to such worthy causes."
Chelley's background in performing arts and emceeing, combined with her years
fundraising for nonprofits in Denver and New York City, uniquely prepared her for her role with
The Gala Team. Her parents raised her to have a heart for service,
and her work with TGT affords her the opportunity to further this legacy every day.
Chelley was born in South Texas, raised in Littleton, Colorado and currently resides in Denver.
Her interview series podcast on wellness and spirituality, Lighthouse Conversations with Chelley Canales,
can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and more.
- Event Planner for Intercambio
"We recently booked Chelley for a hybrid gala. I was working as a consultant for the organization and they had never hired a professional auctioneer before. I convinced them the ROI would more than make-up for the added cost and Chelley did not disappoint. She personally worked with me beforehand on the strategy for the paddle raiser and was so flexible when things changed even the night of. But most of all, the energy she brought to the event was palpable. She was relatable, funny and kept people engaged. The organization had a banner event raising more than they ever had. Everyone commented on how great Chelley did and the entire event committee voted to hire her again for next year’s event! ”
- Development, Marketing & Communications of EChO
"Chelley [was] very instrumental in the process of planning the event and adding in two surprise live auction items! [She is] very supportive, professional and lively.“
- Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit
“Chelley emcee’d the 2020 Rocky Mountain Young Professional Summit for us. She brought the perfect amount of energy to our first ever virtual event. In a year that required our committee to be agile and sensitive to the needs of our community we could not have asked for a better person to lead our attendees through a meaningful virtual experience. Chelley came prepared and brought her own experience to the event. We would work with Chelley again in a heartbeat.”
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