"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.
- Co-Curator of TEDxCherryCreekWomen
"As a co-curator of TEDxCherryCreekWomen for over 9 years I have come across a great many speakers. In the months leading up to our event, it was clear to us that Chelley's energy, passion, and enthusiasm was the spark we wanted to kick off our event; and thus it was an easy decision to have her as our first major presenter of the day. Her talk was empowering and inspiring for our audience and now for the world as it lives on at TEDx.com. She is a dynamic and powerful speaker; as one of our team put it, she has a firecracker spirit that can hardly be contained. We were incredibly honored to have her on our stage.“
- Benefit Auctioneer & Consultant at The Gala Team
"Professional, compassionate, funny, client focused, are just a few ways to describe Chelley. She is an absolute joy to work with and truly understands what it means to create a positive heartwarming fundraising experience for all involved. ”
- 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.”