MVP Spotlight: Mabel Shike

Today we introduce a new series where we will be taking a more in-depth look at our amazing staff members through a variety of questions ranging from life at CBU and life outside of the office. Over the next two weeks, you will get to learn more about our two most recent staff-voted MVPs; and today we start off by highlighting ‘Project Completionist’, Mabel Shike.


Mabel Shike 2014

When did you start working for CBU?

March 2012.

What has been your favorite organization to work with during your time here at CBU?

Angels for Athletes stands out because of Kara. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met and she’s passionate about the foundation she started. She’s an overall good person, with a big heart.

Favorite movie?

Depends on the day, some days it’s Pulp Fiction, some days it’s The Fifth Element.

Favorite team?

Bring back the Sonics.

What has been your favorite moment while working for CBU?

If I had to name just one thing, having Dennis Rodman in our office was pretty interesting.

What is on your playlist?

Rilo Kiley, Seu Gorge, Bob Marley, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, and a lot of miscellaneous stuff.

If you were stuck on an island what are the top three things would you bring?

Assuming I’m stuck because I don’t have a phone- Sunscreen, Swiss army knife, and a Lifestraw (a water filter).

Favorite quote?

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things” – Rainer Maria Rilke

As previously mentioned, Mabel was voted on upon by her coworkers here at CBU as the MVP of the company for the 1st quarter of 2015. We here at Charity Benefits Unlimited are very thankful to have Mabel as a part of the CBU team!

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CBU Goes to Georgia!

Recently, Charity Benefits had the privilege of partnering with two fantastic charities and traveling to Lake Oconee, Georgia to help raise money.

The first event was hosted by the Bruce Arians Family Foundation. Before the foundation’s annual Celebrity Golf Classic, a gala dinner and concert was held, during which we raised money for the foundation. Athletes and celebrities from across the nation enjoyed a great dinner and bid on signature framed items, as well as our new jewelry line. You can connect with the Arians’ Foundation on Twitter at @AriansFF, and on Facebook at ‘Arians Family Foundation’.

The second event was the Enduring Hearts gala dinner before their 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic. Celebrities in attendance included former University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks! You can find Enduring Hearts on Twitter and Facebook at @EnduringHearts and ‘Enduring Hearts‘, respectively.

An inside look at Charity Benefit's setup at the Arians' Golf Classic Gala on June 28

An inside look at Charity Benefit’s setup at the Arians’ Golf Classic Gala on June 28

Over the course of the two events, CBU raised over $8,000 for the Arians Family Foundation and Enduring Hearts. One of our employees working these events was ‘Creator of All Things’, James Hunt, who said:

“It was a great week in Georgia helping raise awareness and funds for these two great charities. Always a pleasure working events like the Arians Family Foundation.”

Charity Benefits definitely echoes James’ thoughts and we look forward to working with these two amazing foundations, as well as CMPR, in the future!

Don’t forget to connect with Charity Benefits Unlimited on Facebook at ‘Charity Benefits Unlimited’, and Twitter at @CBUAuctions.


 Charity Benefits Unlimited Launches New Jewelry Line!

Charity Benefits Unlimited is excited to announce the launch of our new jewelry collection! CBU now offers charming pieces with starting bids between $295-$975, and range from necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Whether you have a preference in styles such as diamonds, variations of gold, or even different gemstones, we’ve got you covered. All of our items compliment any sort of style and are sure to help you stand out in a crowd.

This past weekend we debuted our new jewelry line at the LadyLike Foundation ‘Women of Excellence’ luncheon in Los Angeles, California. Along with our awesome sports and entertainment memorabilia, we were honored to have the opportunity to feature our newest product at this amazing event and raise money for the women of this great organization.

Charity Benefits Unlimited is thrilled to now be able to offer such high quality jewelry and reach out to a whole new array of customers. So now while you are looking for a favorite player’s autograph, you can also shop for your favorite piece of jewelry.

If you have any more questions about our new Jewelry line, or anything else Charity Benefits has to offer, feel free to call us at (480) 483-0525.


Why We Love Fundraising

We here at Charity Benefits Unlimited pride ourselves on our ability to exceed our partner’s fundraising goals. Being able to demonstrate our passion through fundraising allows us to give back to the community that helped make this company what it is today.

This past Sunday, June 7th, we attended a dinner hosted by the ALS Association. Through our silent auction, we were able to help raise money for medical research and general awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Partnering with amazing charities like ALS, Make-A-Wish, and Helping Hands, just to name a few, and raise money for fantastic causes is what we are all about.

Fundraising at these unique events allows us to not only raise money for diseases like ALS, but we also get to help with organizations that work with many other situations; such as wounded veterans, abandoned animals and children with life threatening illnesses. It allows us to span our work to countless charities, countries, and people.

We have executed over 5,000 silent auctions and have helped benefit well over 500 charities in our eight years, and each provides a different sense of satisfaction for us. Our love for fundraising allows us to come in each day knowing that at any given time we are helping someone, somewhere through our silent auctions.



On April 30, 2015 we presented one of our Auctions in Action partners, Arizona Broadway Theater, with a check for $1,547.99. The vision and goal of Arizona Broadway Theatre has always been to offer a total entertainment experience – a one-of-a-kind venue combining quality dining and professional theater while helping the community. We cannot thank our partners enough that remain diligent and dedicated to supporting their community in any way they can.

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Ridin’ Rocky Road

Last week, our Creative Product Genius, James, picked up a new hobby – bull riding! He, along with a few coworkers, headed out to Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek to test his luck against Rocky Road. Watch the video above for your enjoyment:

James' first ride

And check out this custom framed display using a memento from his first ride! Have a special moment from your family’s past? Or have a one-of-a-kind collectible you want to protect? Bring it in and we can create a masterpiece for you too!

Happy Halloween!

Here at CBU, we decided to have a group pot luck and dress up for Halloween to celebrate. Our staff turned into superheroes, a cat, mummy, “Cavey” Perry and a Legends of the Hidden Temple contestant to name a few. What did you dress up as? Send us your pics to and we’ll post our favorites.

Phoenix Suns Partnership!

Phoenix Suns!

We are SO excited to share the great news!

CBU and the Phoenix Suns have signed a multi-year contract to host auctions at select games and fundraising events for Phoenix Suns Charities. So come check out our silent auctions and bid to raise money for a great organization! We’ll see you at the first Suns game!

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Fiesta Friday!

Our beloved President and Chief Fundraising Officer, Kyle Bell, thought the office could use a cool treat for working so hard during our office’s big move (more on that later.) So he had a taco stand set up in our own front yard! It was a time to come together and enjoy each other’s company while chowing down on some seriously #goodeats. There was even a little contest between Jared and James to see how many street tacos they could consume – James was the victor with an impressive 17! Check out the pics below.

Thanks, El Buen Gusto, for the delish tacos!

September Charity of the Month: Your Choice!

After our first month of our new charity of the month program, we’re happy to report back fantastic results for Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. This month we will be donating $885.00 to their organization!

Our business is exceeding your fundraising goals and assisting charities raise money for their causes. We chose to further our efforts by taking a page out of our own playbook. Any in-office sales will automatically include a 10% donation to a designated charity each and every month!

This month, we’re looking for your help. We want you to submit a charity to us and tell us why they deserve 10% of our in-store profits for the month. Tell us their story—tell us what makes them thrive in our community. Tell us why we should donate to their cause—and we will! We are looking for that special story that changed the lives of those whom you help.

All submissions are due to by Friday, September 12, 2014.