“I Started with a Vision”

Hands down, the auction at this year’s gala was the best one ever, not only because of the innovative auction items, but also because it raised $19,850.  And BVMI has volunteer Cynthia Chazen to thank. 

“I started with a vision,” said Cynthia. Cynthia met BVMI’s executive director Amanda Missey through Bergen LEADS, a year-long civic leadership experience for adults in Bergen County. She has a professional sales background and is a licensed auctioneer. 

Now, with her six years of volunteer experience – Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels and The Stigma Free Zone are favorites – her goal is to work full time as a fundraiser for a local non-profit. Cynthia had specific auction packages in mind prior to reaching out to the community. 

“People are busy; they don’t have a lot of time,” explained Cynthia.  “Before I called a donor, I knew what I wanted to ask them for.”  Thankfully, half the people she contacted returned her call – and said yes to her request. 


“Once they heard about BVMI and what it does, donors were very willing to help,” she added.  Cynthia’s vision created the most successful auction BVMI has had. 


Thank you, Cynthia!