Fred Northup, Jr. is one of the Pacific Northwest's busiest entertainers: as a nationally-known fundraising auctioneer, host and emcee, author, and comedy improviser. For 10 years, Fred was a company member of Seattle's famed "TheatreSports" comedy improv group, and he travels the country emceeing and designing entertainment for major corporate events.
As a fundraising auctioneer, Fred raises millions of dollars each year for non-profits all over the country. His charity auction events range from small schools to multi-million dollar galas, with repeat clients that include Boys & Girls Clubs, The March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The American Cancer Society, The Museum of Flight, The Auction of Washington Wines, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Lakeside School, Blue Mountain Humane Society, MoPop, and more.
“My background in storytelling and comedy helps me keep an audience engaged, but that's so I can put the organization front-and-center. My humor, authenticity, and energy are all very important, but backstage I'm known as 'the guy who never leaves money in the room.' It's why I offer unlimted pre-event consulting on procurement, audience development, sponsorship, timeline, storytelling, paddle raise strategy, silent auctions, vendor selection, and more. The countless hours I spend before the event consulting and preparing are just as important as my time on stage."
In addition to his work on stage, Fred Northup runs a video and event production
company, Southdown Creative. He's also the co-founder of RainGlobes, the globe that rains! When not entertaining the masses, Fred can be found in Seattle entertaining his wife, Ashley, and their two children.