Dean was such a welcomed addition to our fundraiser this year! He was able to engage with our guests prior to the live auction through a fun game of “heads or tails”. We surpassed our auction goal by $10,000 and this is largely in part to Dean’s expert skills in bidding up the items! He is easy to work with, knows his stuff, and would be a value add to any organization looking to have a live auction as part of their program.
Jeremy Keller, Aim for Advocacy benefitting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
I recommend Dean without hesitation or any reservation. Dean and his staff are the very best in the business! They helped us every step of the way with our school auction. He knows this business better than anyone. Before the event, he helped us organize and plan the auction. And on the night of the event, he brought an energy and spirit like no other. We had a fun, exciting, and very profitable night in large part because of the involvement of Dean and his staff. We can’t thank them enough, and we can’t wait to use them again!
Chris Schwegmann, Treasurer, The Kessler School Parent Teacher Organization
Dean, Kayla, Dustin, and the rest of the DM staff are outstanding! The team came down to Houston to help us execute our first live and virtual auction. No worries because was Dean a hit with our crowd and we had record-breaking success, raising over $75,000 in about 20 minutes! The trips are unique, the concierge service for our donors a huge plus, and Kayla manages all the bidding and reports for you. Trust your next hybrid, virtual, or in-person fundraiser to a crew of specialists who take care of all your auction needs!
Mary Ellen Butler, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston
We have used Dean and his team at DM Auction Services since 2018 for our annual gala. They are friendly and easy to communicate with. Dean brings LOTS of fun and excitement to any live auction. His energy pumps the room up and gets everyone bidding! A good time is always had by all! DM Auction Services is who you need at your next fundraiser!
April Keller, Boerne Education Foundation
Dean, Kayla, and the entire DM Auction Services team were phenomenal yet again. They were truly essential in our ability to host a virtual event this year. With their help, we raised more money online than previous events held in person! They were able to make our vision go more smoothly than we ever expected and coordinated with our whole team to make it come together seamlessly. We especially appreciated their responsiveness and willingness to answer each question and concern. Dean’s team will ensure your mission is shared and organization shines. We look forward to our continued partnership in years to come!
Christian Hancock, LifePath Foundation, 2/26/21
“On behalf of the Briargrove PTO (“PTO”) and the 2020 Auction Committee, we want to thank you so much for your generous support of the 2020 Briargrove Elementary Auction. By supporting the Auction, we were able to raise $88,000 for Briargrove Elementary and its students. This will enable the PTO to provide vital programs not funded by HISD such as the IB program, security, curriculum, teacher training and supplies as well as additional school and playground facilities. This is the most the school has ever raised and we could not have done it without your help and support. We are thrilled you have chosen to invest in the future of our Briargrove Elementary students!”
Lauren & Nancy
“Dear Pablo, Silvia, and the entire Pointer Outfitter team,
Pat and I can’t thank you enough for making our trip one for the memory books! The trip truly exceeded all of the expectations! From the first, email until we were dropped off at the airport to go home, I can’t say enough about the personal service from each and every one! Every detail of the trip from start to finish did not go unnoticed by the Pointer Outfitter team. T I marvel that “no” didn’t seem to be in your vocabulary! I have never met a more conscientious and hard-working team that gave 100% to the guests at every moment. It was not only that you went above and beyond, our every wish was delivered cheerfully and with a smile! Thank you just does not seem enough for the lodging, food and drinks, the hunting, the cooking classes and city tours.
Furthermore, Pat and I truly enjoyed the extra time that we got to spend with you and Silvia! Getting to know you was one of the highlights of our trip! She was so generous with her time to spend two days showing us the sites of Cordoba and Jesus Maria and wonderful shopping. I look forward to our new friendship!
Our most sincere and heartfelt thanks!
Amy and Pat Brooks
“The night of the event exceeded out expectations! Dean and his staff were there early to help set up, review our run of show, give guidance to our volunteers and ultimates help get everyone excited about our SOLD OUT show!”
“Good morning! Yes, indeed – the event was a huge success – thanks in large part to the professionalism, excitement, and determination of you and your entire team! Everything you did for us is appreciated so very much, and we are already looking forward to having you all at next year’s event! So happy that you were a big part of our event – thank you again!”
“Thank you thank you thank you for all your help! The mobile bidding process worked so smoothly and removes a lot of Gala anxiety that Tina and I have suffered with in the past. Looking forward to working with you all in the future!”
“Dean was not only the ultimate professional he was also very personable and friendly. He made me feel very comfortable as we walked through what all was going to be needed to make our event a success. I also found Dean to be very genuine and truly caring about me and the success of our event. Dean and his staff are a comprehensive auctioneering service, so it made it so much easier and one less thing I had to worry about. He and Kayla took a real interest in our event, he went with me to the venue, gave me guidance about what type of auction items we should pick, and logistics for that night. Dean and Kayla were very responsive always returning my phone calls and emails, and they were always respectful even though I had a lack of experience.”
“I gotta say, I was over the moon excited when I heard you were coming out for the Hoot Shoot! The spark you add is unreal and we are grateful….but mostly for the friendship. Thanks again buddy, appreciate all you do!”
Mark & Lynda
“I have to say I still continue hear great things and what a wonderful job you did.”
“Your ears had to be burning tonight! Over and over our committee members said how you were so spectacular and that you totally saved our event.”
“I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed working the Night for Nexus event with you last Friday. I watched a clip of you doing an auction before Nexus and thought then you were solid, but to see you do your thing live, in person – Wow! Big kudos to you for helping to raise all the money you did last week.”
“Oh my my my, Dean! What a great night! You made our event so memorable. There really are no words… Thank you so much for your hard work and your energy, making the auction the centerpiece of our event! More accolades later. I was so excited I could not sleep!”
“Kayla you are quite possibly the best woman in the world… THANK YOU SO MUCH”
“Italy is spectacular…..and the Tuscan region is no exception! My husband and I took this trip in June and had a FABULOUS time. The hospitality, villa , food , wine , views and ambiance, wine , day trips , wine , local shopping in Cortona , restaurants…..and did I mention wine ….were OUTSTANDING! The beauty of this trip is that you can experience the “sweetness of doing nothing” at the Villa or take a quick train to Florence and be in center of artisans and history. You will NOT be disappointed….except for the day you have to say goodbye! ( a glass of wine will help )”
Review of Tuscany Trip:
Property: This tusan property is more than I could ever dream of! It is the most beautiful and tranquil place ever! My husband, my daughters and I are definitely returning. It is truly heavenly!
Location: This beautiful tuscan villa is located on top of a hill. The only sounds you hear are natures music.
Hospitality: Guisi and her staff are amazing! They took care of us and made us feel right at home. I’m so glad I know how to make homemade pasta and pasta sauce…it was soo yummy!
Check-In Experience: Very easy and fast.
Consierge Service: We didn’t take advantage of this portion but Guisi and her staff always mentioned they were there to make our experience better.
Staff Courtesy: Every single staff member was kind.
Email Communication: We always received a quick response from the email team.
Thank you for the GREATEST vacation!
But best of all was the live auction with auctioneer, Dean McCurry, rousing the crowd to spend as much money as he could get out of them. Some of the most excited bidding was for Mavericks Flagship Suite Tickets for 12 for the last home game Dirk Nowitzki would play with the Mavericks! Talk about frantic bidding! Everyone wants to be at this game! Needless to say, the package raised thousands of dollars!
Northwood Woman’s Club
HI Dean, Ron Corning and I just returned from Vegas and Lady Gaga. I cannot thank you enough for not only getting our seats upgraded but for also covering half the cost. We were in the 10th row, just right of center!!! Her show was incredible- would see it again in a heartbeat! She is quite a talent, and very real. Tony Bennett showed up and sang a few songs with her- the icing on the cake. Hope this finds you well and that you are keeping busy.
You did awesome!!! You helped us raise so much additional money. I’m already looking forward to having you back next year 🙂
2019 Dallas Mavs Foundation announced that the goal of raising $1 million for Mavs Foundation charities had been well-exceeded: $1.3 million. And with the record-setting live auction dinner with Dirk Nowitzki @ Nick and Sam’s raising $340,000!!!!
Dallas Mavericks Foundation
The 2019 21st Annual Bishop’s Gala was the most successful in Catholic Charities Dallas history, raising over $2MM. This record-setting night provides CCD the resources to help tens of thousands of families, seniors, children, and individuals who are living in poverty. We are so grateful for your support.
WAY TO GO! We are excited to announce the final profit from the gala… $700,000 !!!! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get us to this point – we blew away our budget to charities of $550,000! Gala, Auction, Corporate, Reservations, all of the Board and every member deserves a standing ovation. We are so proud to be a part of this organization with you all. This will allow us to grant more requests for our charities next Wednesday night! This is will be the highest amount we have given to charities ever!
The Children’s Fund
‘“Thank you so much for everything, Kayla. I am still playing catch up, and I am behind in giving proper thanks. The auction, along with check-in and check-out ran so smoothly. I really appreciate all your work on the front end to make that happen—not to mention everything you do on site and immediately following the event. Thank you for making the magic happen!”
“Thank you for helping Firehouse with a successful first auction!”
“Dean and his team did a great job at making our Big Dreams gala a success. Dean’s auctioneering skills helped the live auction part of the event go better than expected. Dean and Kayla were a great resource before the event helping our staff finalize trip packages that sold for more than we expected. In addition to the live auction, Dean did an excellent job getting the entire crowd involved in supporting The Concilio through selling raffle tickets and fun games. Overall it was a great night with a nice return.”
“Good afternoon Dean, On behalf of the AWARE team and HAS Events, thank you for a rousing Live Auction! Again thank you very much for a lively and fun auction! Looking forward to working with you again.”
“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.”
“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!”
Hey Dean, The Pat Green Foundation did great, still working on final numbers. You did great and everybody was very pleased! Thank you,”
“Dean and Kayla: Thank you, 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 behind the scenes.”
“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!”
“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!!!”
Kayla handled everything from A-Z for our 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.”
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 fundraisers 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 the 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.”
I would suggest you take a look at Dean McCurry Auction Services. They helped us with our RISD Boots and Bowties Gala, which was the first of it’s kind and they made it run so smooth! They created the ticket sales page, managed the table assignments, staffed check-in, supplied cute raffle girls/spotters and a great auctioneer during the event. I believe that partnering with them doubled the funds we raised at our event – ALL at a super affordable rate.
I wanted to reach out to you to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at your home in Sandpoint. We spent the week there with our children and grandchildren and had fun family time playing cards and games and jigsaw puzzles. We also did some hiking and touring of the area. We especially enjoyed the Tree to Tree adventure course in Athol. The hot tub came in really handy after that workout! It is not very often we are able to get all of us together in one place and your home was the perfect size!
Dusty and Kathy