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Sal Corio is founder and President of one of New England’s leading auction companies – SJ Corio Company.  Over the past 25 years, Sal has conducted hundreds of auctions for his commercial clients as well as many local not-for–profit organizations.

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1983 with a BS in Finance, he received professional training from the nationally acclaimed Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sal’s number one priority is to ensure that a charitable organization maximizes the proceeds from its auction.  Drawing from experience is invaluable and is the most successful method to achieving maximum proceeds.  The auction process begins with much advanced preparation.  This pre-planning is the building block to the most successful auction possible.

Sal is widely known for his enthusiastic and entertaining approach.  Sal’s auctions are always run with a high degree of professionalism, although flexibility and the ability to ad-lib are always present in the fluid environment of his auctions.  Sal is especially well-known for his ability to embrace the cause and tune in to the audience’s preference.  It is not unlikely to see traces of Sal’s comedy club routine surface during live auction performances. Always willing to get completely in the spirit of the fundraising event is the key element to Sal’s success. 
Successful in benefiting over a hundred charities over the last few years, Sal has truly been instrumental in helping to meet their fundraising goals, totaling well over $4,000,000.

The live auction as a fundraiser has many benefits.  It is entertaining, it encourages competition, and it will bring more money for your cause.

Numerous charities have realized the financial benefits of Sal’s live auction performance and have continued year after year to include an auction in their event planning.  Some of those charities are:
CVS Charity Classic
Brad Faxon – Billy Andrade Charities for Children
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
Deutsche Bank PGA Tournament
Greater Hartford Open
Tennis Hall of Fame
Meeting Street Tournament
National Historic Preservation Society
University of Rhode Island
Tomorrow Fund
Providence Children’s Museum
Rhode Island Philharmonic
Cranston Chamber of Commerce
Big Sisters of RI
Amos House
RI Special Olympics
House of Hope
Trinity Rep Company
Niantic, CT Rotary
Lincoln School
Montessori Children's House
ALS Foundation
St. Kevin’s School
Chorus of Westerly
School One
Harmony Hill School
South County Hospital

When your organization is making plans for their next fundraiser, keep in mind, a live auction can bring more funds for your cause and will add an entertaining and fun element to the event. 

Please call us at 401-738-0400 if we can be of assistance to you in your auction needs. Hiring a professional auctioneer always proves to be a good investment for charities.  After all the hours invested in planning an event, comfort can be taken in the knowledge that a professional will raise the greatest possible return!


“Thank you so much for participating as auctioneer at the Federal Reserve….you played a key role in making the event a success!  What a great idea to position yourself on top of the revolving door.  It certainly got a positive response from the crowd.  We are grateful for your efforts in providing a fun and competitive atmosphere for bidding.”
- Rhonda Sincavage, Vice President, Preservation Action, Washington, DC

“Beyond his professional expertise at maximizing the value received from auction items, Sal’s humor and self-deprecating manner provide a real entertainment value to every auction.”
- Mike McGovern, Executive Director, Special Olympics Rhode Island

“On behalf of the staff and guests of Amos House, we thank you ….you were absolutely amazing!”
- Eileen Hayes, Executive Director, Amos House

“Thank you so much for your spectacular performance…I have heard you were great…but I never imagined what a ball of fire you are!  Thank you for the entertainment and most of all for the money you raised.”
- Danny and Maureen Pilkington, Event Chairs, Amos House

“Sal Corio is a gentleman who gives his time and expertise to our charity as an auctioneer.  Sal is a professional who knows how to excite his audience while inspiring them to win!”
- Brad Faxon, PGA Tour Professional

“Sal has a huge heart!  He works tirelessly for charity through the CVS Charity Classic Auction.  I am proud of my relationship with Sal.”
- Senior VP CVS/Pharmacy and CVS Charity Classic Tournament Chairman

“I just wanted to thank you again for your superb auctioneering talents…we raised about a million dollars total for Charity this year and almost 1/3 of that was directly attributed to you at the Gala.  We really appreciate all that you do for us and really enjoy working with you.  You’re the best Sal!”

- Karen Zyons, Peter Jacobsen Productions, Inc.