Who Are We?

Years of experience.
Millions of dollars raised for charities.
Powerhouse performance-based appearances across North America.

The Auctionista brings the power of philanthropy, humanity, energy, and entertainment to every event. We are bold and innovative subject matter experts in Event Revenue Strategy, Event Ideation and Performance. Dedicated to exercising creative instincts and proven strategies that inspire charitable giving, we deliver intuitive and entertaining live fundraising experiences that produce results.

CEO/Founder, Layne, is “The Auctionista,” a fundraising powerhouse devoted to “moving the dial on philanthropy.” Layne’s distinct value is loyalty, determination, and desire to bring best practices and proven strategies of the Benefit Auction world to clients and business partners.

The Auctionista Difference

With The Auctionista on your event team, you will get a high energy, performance-based live auction: entertaining, captivating, and one that inspires giving. A record-breaking night.

We create a unique, cause-connect experience that empowers your guests to make a difference. By the end of the night, your supporters know they are critical to your organization’s success.

Move the dial on philanthropy.

Raise the
fund factor.

Make our communities stronger!

Meet The Auctionista Team

The Auctionista

Layne, The Auctionista is not your average auctioneer! Layne ignites the power of philanthropy with their signature high-octane, live fundraising style. A bold and entertaining “Philanthro-tainer”, Layne’s performance combines philanthropy with entertainment, equaling full-on engagement as a Live Auction Performer and Emcee at every event. To standing ovations and wild applause, Layne never disappoints a room!

Trained at World Wide College of Auctioneering and a former Director of Development in the charitable sector, Layne applies their experience and profound niche knowledge to every aspect of fundraising planning and performance. As a top Benefit Auction Specialist with over 1,000 events under their belt, Layne raises millions of dollars for charities every year and believes that “by inspiring giving, we make communities stronger,” which is why they have made a career of fundraising for over a decade..

Through the development of The Auctionista Fundraising Techniques, Layne travels across the country educating non-profit staff and volunteers; giving them a step by step breakdown on how to move the dial on philanthropy and make the most of their fundraising events. Layne also acts as a keynote speaker; engaging various audiences about the importance of breaking down barriers and the power of finding your voice.

Alanna Di Mauro
Director, Talent & Operations

With years of talent and client management in her back pocket, Alanna brings her passion for both entertainment and philanthropy to Team Auctionista! Alanna is responsible for client relations and growing partnerships; tracking, booking and taking care of any client needs, even after the event concludes. Alanna makes sure Layne is in the right place at the right time and has all the information about the event so The Auctionista can deliver a record-breaking night!

Lauren Drambis
Benefit Auction Specialist,
Fundraising Consultant

Lauren is a second-generation Auctionista, trained and groomed by her mother and mentor, Layne. Lauren was formally educated at the World Wide College of Auctioneering and the National Auctioneer’s Association as a Benefit Auction Specialist (less than 1% of North American Auctioneers hold this designation). Lauren is an innovative fundraising consultant who works with our clients to ensure they reach their fundraising goal. Not only with her knowledge of fundraising components, but on topics such as item acquisition, public relations, and donor and audience development. You can also catch Lauren on the auction floor at our events, inspiring guests to go that one extra bid!

Our Clients

When you choose The Auctionista, we become a part of your team to lead you to success.

We’ve worked with charitable organizations in a variety of sectors and brought them incredible results!

CEO/Founder, Layne, is “The Auctionista,” a fundraising powerhouse devoted to “moving the dial on philanthropy.” Layne’s distinct value is loyalty, determination, and desire to bring best practices and proven strategies of the Benefit Auction world to clients and business partners.


Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce

Alzheimer Society of London

Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay

Comic Vision Calgary, London, GTA West, Toronto

Credit Valley Hospital Foundation, The

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice

Durham and Community Health Care Foundation

Foundation Fighting Blindness, The

Georgetown Hospital Foundation, The

Grand River Hospital Foundation

Hats On For Awareness

Heart of Hastings Hospice, The

Homewood Health

Hospice Kingston

Hospice Peterborough

Hospice Prince Edward County

Hospice Toronto

Hospice Waterloo

Hospice Wellington

Hospice West Parry Sound

Humber River Hospital Foundation

Huron Hospice

Huron Shores Hospice

Interim Place

Jessica’s House

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

Legate Personal Injury Lawyers, in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities

Lissard House

London Health Sciences Foundation

Medical Ministry International

Northwood Foundation

Pink Dress Society

Ronald McDonald House, South Central Ontario

Saakate House

Serenity House Hospice

Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

St. Joseph’s Hospice

Stratford Perth Hospice

VON Durham

VON Hamilton

VON Oxford – Sakura Hospice

West Park Healthcare Centre Foundation

Bethany’s Hope Foundation

Bethell Hospice

Brant Community Healthcare System

Breast Cancer Society of Canada

Canadian Liver Foundation – Halifax

Canadian Liver Foundation – Toronto

Cancer Assistance Program


Community Care Foundation – Lindsay Hospice

Social Justice & Activism

Beth Jacob Synagogue, in support of Empowerment Squared

ACCESS Employment

Action Against Hunger Canada


ArQuives, The

Caledon Community Services

Creating Alternatives

Daily Bread Food Bank

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Dare to Be You Foundation

Dress for Success Aurora

Dress for Success Barrie

Dress for Success Orillia

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, The – Canada,

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter

Explorers Club, The – New York City

George Hull Foundation

Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis


Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph

Halton Women’s Place

Harmony House Women’s Shelter

Huron County Food Bank

Journalists for Human Rights

Kerr Street Mission

London Military Family Resource Centre

Nova Vita

Pinball Clemons Foundations

Rainbow Railroad

Rotary Norfolk Sunrise

Schools of Dreams

Sheena’s Place

Thames Talbot Land Trust


Western Area Youth Services (WAYS)

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Women’s Place of South Niagara

Yellow Brick House


Art Gallery of Guelph

Art Gallery of Thunder Bay

Arts Project, The

Canadian Stage

Elgin Theatre

Grand Theatre, The

Guelph Museums, City of Guelph

London Children’s Museum, The

London Lesbian Film Festival

Manitoba Children’s Museum

Museum London

Theatre Collingwood

Private Sector

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Balpex Inc Tradeshow

Brands for Canada

REALTORS® Association of London and St. Thomas

REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

Education & Employment

Halton Learning Foundation

Hillfield Strathallan College

Science North

St. John’s Kilmarnock PSE

TMS School

St. Joseph's Hospice logo

“Layne captivated guests. The deep understanding of the cause, accompanied by wit and charm, and WOW energy! I sincerely write that NO other individual could have had the same terrific results at the end of the night.”
– Gabriella Catolino, Campaign Director at St. Joseph’s Hospice

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