Hi Dean!! Everyone had a great time and we are thrilled with the results! I don’t have the breakdown but in total we raised $295,000 with both the silent and live auction so nearly $100,000 more than last year.” -Katie
“With Dean’s help, our first even was a success and we look forward to a future partnership with him.” Read More
“I will not hesitate to use your services for our next event and look forward to more record-breaking events! Thank you so much…” Read More
Dean, I just wanted to say thank you for a job well done Saturday night. You were great at keeping us on schedule – if it had depended on the food service, we would have still been there on Sunday. As far as I can tell, there were no problems with check-in, or out, or with the live auction. The spotters did really well and you were great at getting prices up as much as possible. And to sell Italy 3 times went beyond expectations.
The whole evening was a tremendous success, and you played a very large role in making it that way. Thanks for everything.”
Auctioneer Dean McCurry and his team led an exciting live auction which included fantastic trips…” Read more
I was initially impressed with Dean’s knowledge, professionalism and excitement of auctions. What totally blew me away were Dean and his team’s dedication to our auctions great success!” Read more
Fabulous job last night and had many compliments as well as a lead for our services! They had never used a system like that and it was flawless……Thanks for your professionalism!”
It is with great honor and excitement, that I want to endorse Dean McCurry and his team. These folks are THE Anti-Stress! Everything about the signing in process was seamless, stress free, and encouraged
you to relax and enjoy the event.” Read more
I have been involved in a charity for 6 years raising much needed funds for our wounded military. We had absolutely no idea what we were doing in the beginning , but have learned from trial and error over the years. We have a cocktail reception , wine pull ( the easiest $ made – donated wine, COMPLETELY sells out ) seated dinner, speakers along with inspiring videos to SHOW the need, LIVE and SILENT auction items ( now using the mobile bidding system Qtego ), and live entertainment… I took over the job of Auction Chair 2 years ago – BUT – with the stipulation ,to the Board of Directors ,that I MOVE the Gala to a larger venue and HIRE an auctioneer! We are a 501c , so many thought that spending more money would minimize what we could give to our designated charities . ( I personally was horrified to take this leap because of all the “what ifs ” that could happen !!!)
MY First year stats – I moved the event to a hotel ballroom and DOUBLED the number of supporters and guests ( SOLD OUT ! ) I hired Dean McCurry as our auctioneer and took the amount of money raised from the previous auction $24,000 to $ 112,000 !!!!! Does he add value to an event ?!!!!!!!!!!
MY Second year stats ( August 26, 2016 ) – I had the weight of the world on my shoulders to take the Gala to the next level! I wanted MORE wow ! I personally paid for a AV company to come in and dazzle the room and audience ! SOLD OUT weeks before the event! The AUCTION total – $ $170,000!
DEAN McCURRY ……THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO CHARITABLE EVENTS !
Would I use him again ? I WON’T Chair an auction without him !( and the Board wouldn’t let me !!) Does he ADD VALUE ? He ELECTRIFIES an audience! He is funny, entertaining , connected , determined and 100% committed to raising top dollars for the cause ! I laugh when I say that people get so wrapped up in his presentation of items, that they bid on items they don’t even want !!! TRUE STORY !!! Over the past two years, Dean and his team have suggested and implemented NEW ideas to “Give for the Good ” and unique / quality auction items . He has resources that few others have to bring in wonderful items that make the auction appealing to ALL ! I have had to secure a separate room for the items because our inventory continues to grow and each year we have sold EVERY PIECE !!!! The mobile bidding system used by him is Qtego which allows guests to view each item from their phone , bid and receive instant updates to their position in the bidding war ! You never have to leave your seat and check up on your status ! This system allows a CAPTIVE audience to focus on the GOAL of the event- raising awareness to the charity and funding its needs. BRILLIANT !!!!! Dean has a top notch , professional team that MAKES the tedious , exhausting task of executing a charitable event almost easy ! Kayla , a gift from God , guides you through the technical side ( with the patience of Job ! ) . The ring-men are constantly engaging the guests in raffle sales ( this year we raffled a TRUNK OF LIQUOR -ALL donated – and raised over $10,000 !! ) and the assistants answer/ help with all questions . Check out is simple,quick and painless !! We literally have NO complaints from our guests . Dean brings a new dimension to an auction ! He steps on stage with fanfare and instantly the room is electrified ! He always starts with a “game ” that involves/ promotes participation from all ( $20 or up – again , Qtego ) and from there, he has you hooked ! The LIVE auction items are well researched and pictures/ videos are shown while bidding is taking place ….. You know what you are getting ! He will also ( if allowed by company or donor ) sell multiples of that item ! If a trip is being bid on, and several people are bidding , Dean will stop and sell the that item at the highest price to ALL bidders ! He can make a ” basket of hand lotion ” sound exciting and a MUST HAVE for a $1,000 !!!! He also has a list of celebrities that jump at the chance to help / work with him which adds another level of entertainment and excitement to the event ! He knows the RIGHT people !!!
Our next event is August 25, 2017 and we have already secured Dean.( He is very much in demand and it is best to lock him in early ! ) I have been told that people look forward to our event just to see what he brings / does NEW for the evening ! I would not change a single thing he does because he works for the GOOD OF THE CAUSE ! We are on the same book, page and sentence !
Well, we have just wrapped up our 6th charity event and rumor is that EVERYONE agrees it was the BEST and MOST SUCCESSFUL yet !! Registration, Qtego setup and auction checkout was simple and stress free for all…..due to Kayla (should be considered for sainthood!), Gail and their exceptional team! What a relief, to any organization, to have true professionals at the helm trying to situate 450 guests!
Personally, I have one regret! This year, while filling out paperwork for our event, I was asked what my goal was for the SILENT and LIVE auction! In 2015, after convincing our Board of Directors to hire Dean’s service for the auction, no one had any idea he would more than TRIPLE our previous gross revenue! This year, I was skeptical that we would see another significant increase. My one regret is that I UNDERESTIMATED the DYNAMIC, ENTERTAINING, POWERFUL and CONVINCING DEAN McCURRY!!!! There is NO DOUBT that the BEST AUCTIONEER AWARD goes to Dean McCurry!!! He is gifted with skills that creates excitement about an item then draws the crowd into a frenzied bidding war!!! He is funny, charismatic and guests WANT whatever he is showcasing! So, at the end of the evening, my goal was surpassed many times over!!!
There is absolutely no reason to plan a successful charity event without an auctioneer. There is absolutely no reason to have any other auctioneer than DEAN McCURRY!
Hey Dean, The Pat Green Foundation did great, still working on final numbers. You did great and everybody was very pleased! Thank you,” -BE
Dean and Kayla:
Thank you both for allowing me an opportunity to shadow you guys at last Friday’s event. Dean, you were awesome! Kayla, thank you for your patience – your team looked very professional.
You guys did a fantastic job – everything appeared to be very seamless on the behind the scenes.”
This thank you is long overdue, but no less heartfelt and sincere. Please accept my enormous gratitude to you and your amazing team, for helping ensure the overwhelming success of the St. John’s Episcopal School 2016 Auction: School of Rock. The auction revenues were some of the highest in our school’s auction history and we could not have done it without you.” Read more
We raised a record amount at event and are so grateful to you, Kayla, and your entire team!” Read more
Thank you again for all your help, wisdom, guidance, support, and enthusiasm. We are looking forward to another fantastic auction in 2017!” Read more
Once again, another great event. The auction went fantastic, and the support continued even after the event. Kayla continues to amaze with her efforts and quick responsiveness with all questions. Thank you!”
Your team has been such a blessing, from our first meeting. We had been through several auction services and had not been pleased with the companies and had all but given up on finding a company that would fit with our cause. After meeting with you, we knew this experience would be different, and we were right” (Click to Read More…)
Can I just say you guys are awesome! In the last four years that we have had an auctioneer and bidding technology, we have NEVER had as much response and help from the company as you guys have given. It is so appreciated!!!”
I have been involved in a local charity event, for the past four years, when I was approached to chair the auction portion. Previously, we had moderate success with donated items using the paper bid sheets. It was my belief that the event needed a fresh idea and a format that would encourage more participation. Fast forward, I hired Dean McCurry Auctioneer Services and this years auction tripled in revenue ! Dean and his team turned a tedious undertaking into a easy, fun and profitable evening! Using the mobile web app, QTEGO, guests bid on items from their phones, never having to leave the table . There was no special equipment needed and all those that were bidding were informed of their status on the item. What a great text to receive at the end of the evening”Congratulations , you have the winning bid ! “. Donors to the auction also gave more generously as their company was acknowledged on the web site . Dean is quite the entertainer and certainly promotes frenzied , competitive bidding in the audience! Check-in and Check-out is a breeze and there is a complete staff ready to answer any questions you might have. Our guests are already talking about next years event and I can promise this….I WOULD NOT plan it without Dean McCurry ! It’s a no brainier !”
Kayla handled everything from A-Z for check-in and our silent auction (bidder numbers, bid-sheets, registration, checkout, etc.). They got great reviews from our guests. Dean, of course, did our live auction, heads or tails, etc. He’s definitely one of, if not “the”, best in the business and keeps the audience involved at a high level. A number of companies have contacted me asking for my business but I wouldn’t even consider getting a quote because I’ve been so pleased with Dean and Kayla.”
I met Dean probably five years ago at the annual Henry House Foundation White Party that is put on by professional golfer J.J. Henry. Dean was the auctioneer for the live auction and I remember thinking, the guy was really good. Over the last few years I have observed Dean as the auctioneer at more and more live auctions.
There is nothing that can kill a party faster than a live auction that drags on and on. Dean has a reputation of helping bring in more money for live auctions, while keeping the momentum of the evening at a fast pace. He has a way of convincing people to part with more of their money for a good cause, without coming across pushy or aggressive.
I consider Dean a friend and respect him as a professional, accomplished auctioneer.”
We are so glad we hired Dean McCurry and his team to manage our auction! Moving into the 21st century with the Qtego bidding system helped to create excitement for our auction this year and ultimately helped us to reach our fundraising goals. The onsite team was knowledgeable, engaging, and committed to making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the evening. Before, during, and after, Kayla was our go-to person and there for us for any questions we had!”
I think the most telling thing I can say about Dean McCurry is that he has been doing our event since 2012-and has already been booked for next year’s event. That’ll be 4 years in a rowand I know next year will not be his last with us. He brings such a professionalism and enthusiasm for his work which totally enhances the event. He connects with the crowd-and I believe is able to elicit every single dollar that might be sitting out there for any auction item or appeal. He is enthusiastic-totally ‘above-board’ in all his comments-and he is VERY entertaining.
He gets to know the organizations he works with and makes it very personal in his presentation. He also brings a great wealth of information about what works and doesn’t work at auctions. He has recommendations as to what packages will sell best-and if a little ‘tweak’ is needed to raise a package to something that will sell for a few thousand dollars more-he’ll tell you. This year we had absolutely nothing in our auction on consignment-every penny we earned went to our bottom line.
Dean did not ‘sell’ us anything to add to the auction, he just made some suggestions which we followed and were able to get contributions of elements to the packages that made them more marketable. He also has great suggestions for other professionals who can help on an event such as oursideas for entertainers, MC’s, etc. We have trusted him-listened to his great ideas-and it has totally added to our bottom line results.”
Kayla, she has been a godsend to us, so helpful in so so many ways. She has gone over and above what she was contracted for having to answer, I am sure, so many more emails and phone calls than she expected (I am positive she will be so glad when we get this wrapped-up). The check-in and check-out has never been so smooth which made such a difference in the bidders checking out and picking-up their items. We were able to leave early from the Sunday pick-up and it only took a few hours on Monday morning to “clear” discrepancies. (last year it took until Friday). The video work she did was exactly what we needed and she “understood” Maureen and me when we didn’t understand exactly ourselves. She is GREAT!”
Dean is booked almost every week-end-sometimes for multiple events-and I can also speak to his participation in other events around Dallas. I couldn’t be more positive in my recommendation to have Dean McCurry as your auctioneer. I have chaired 4 major fund raisers in Dallas since 2000-and I have ALWAYS had Dean as the auctioneer-and he just gets better every time!”
Dean, your energy and passion created the most successful Live Auction and Fund-A-Child ever-I didn’t think it was possible but the numbers doubled from the previous year! Your sense of humor and enthusiasm kept the crowd in their seats until the last item was sold and last dollar spent!”
We would like to especially recognize Kayla Aalbers for her efforts and absolute professionalism in supporting our goals throughout the process. The QTEGO text-bidding system was amazing! It made our Silent Auction very profitable and exciting as well allowed us to open the bidding several days ahead of our event. We set another record this year which was greatly attributed to your services and staff.”
Thank you for serving as our auctioneer Saturday evening. You did a very professional and enjoyable job. And though I was quietly an initial skeptic about texting the silent auction, it was fun, it was easy and a great addition to our club process.”