“It Never Hurts To Be Handed A Mike”
Fundraiser, auctioneer, politician Wesley Davis is a man
blessed with the gift of gab.
Photography by Denise Ritchie
County Commissioner Wesley Davis, right, with daughter Taylor holding Ruger in the background.
Wesley Davis may be one of the more familiar figures in local politics, but without question he is the top-of-the-mind charity auctioneer. Name a cause and odds are excellent that Wesley made a cameo at one of its fundraisers. Quail Valley Charity Cup Gala? Yup. Youth Guidance Tropical Luau? Check. Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest? He was there. Many millions of nonprofit dollars have been raised because the guy knows how to pep up a party and rally for bids. Wesley’s volunteer efforts at Saint Edward’s School Pirate Ball last April brought in more than $300,000. The Benjamin School in Palm Beach County raised almost three-quarters of a million dollars at a Wesley-led auction a decade ago.
Auctioneering is how he makes a living, after all. It also “never hurts to be handed a microphone when you’re running for office,” says the longtime county commissioner. Wesley has never been one to shy away from public speaking.
Read the entire article in the May 2013 issue