Givergy Recommended Auctioneers
Givergy is passionate about bringing your events to life in creative and engaging ways, which is why we offer access to energetic Fundraising Hosts. Check out our recommend partners across North America below to give you a head start on planning your next event.
Company: DM Auction Services
Serving: Texas, USA
Dean McCurry (Texas Auctioneer License #16260) has been a full-time charitable auctioneer for 15 years and it all began as he was calling Bingo (as a substitute) for his kids’ school. He was asked to become the auctioneer for the gala because they enjoyed his Bingo calling skills, and the rest is history! After retiring from Western Digital in 2009, auctioneering became a full-time endeavor. The enthusiasm and humor of Auctioneer Dean McCurry is unmatched in North Texas charity circles. Dean knows how to energize a room, having helmed over 700 charity events, raising in the aggregate of over $40 million for organizations that support veterans, homeless, senior citizens, schools, churches, animals, victims of crimes, abuse, disaster, special needs and many more.
Dean and his wife, Gail have been married for 42 years and have three children, as well as six wonderful grandchildren. When asked why he specializes in charity auctions Dean’s response is “The key for me with charity work is the personal involvement and positive results. With so many outstanding causes, I enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of kids, parents and those in need!”
By partnering with Givergy, their mission is to provide local services in Texas that will enhance the organization’s fundraising efforts. We partner with the organization to gain insight into their mission and financial goals creating a rewarding and an exciting event.
Company: HSO Productions
Harry is a professional auctioneer and experienced fundraising consultant with a passion and proven ability to help not-for-profits raise more through their auctions and pledge drives.
Born and raised in the UK, Harry began his fundraising career in London. He worked closely with many of Europe’s largest not-for-profits, utilizing technology and an engaging methodology to help them raise more at gala benefits. Identifying New York as the fundraising capital of the world, he ‘hopped the pond’ full time in 2014 and has not looked back since.
Harry fast became a market leader in the US, supporting many of the largest not-for-profits campaigns stateside as a pre-campaign consultant and on stage during the events themselves. Harry has a methodical approach to fundraising, utilizing data from previous years and analysis of event formats and guest demographics to help clients set and challenge their audience to achieve ambitious fundraising goals.
Harry prides himself on maximizing audience participation through in the auction or pledges drive call to action.
Company: Black Tie Auctions
Serving: Louisiana, USA
A second-generation auctioneer, Chuck Mutz, LA License 748, has worked in the auction industry for more than 30 years. His father, Tim Mutz, founded ServCorp International, Inc. (originally named Sencore Auction Service) in 1976 where Chuck first learned the Auction craft. Working for a traditional auction company, Chuck called bids on almost everything, from antiques to bulldozers to – literally – kitchen sinks.
In early 2017, Chuck earned his Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) Certification and his company is now the only full service BAS auction company in Louisiana. BAS Auctioneers must meet specific qualifications, undergo specialized training and participate in continuing education. In addition to Live Auction and Fund-a-Need services, he offers consulting, traditional & mobile silent bidding services, revenue enhancers and other key techniques in partnership with Givergy to increase donor participation in Louisiana.
Layne “The Auctionista”
Company: The Auctionista
Energetic, trustworthy and inspiring, Layne, The Auctionista is an accomplished entertainer in the fundraising and event space. They have over 1,200 successful events under their belt and has raised millions of dollars for charities across North America.
Layne has been leading the wave of philanthropy-based entertainment for over a decade. An experienced not for profit fundraiser, and performer with unparalleled energy and charisma, Layne is a game-changer in the live fundraising landscape.
Layne is also a keynote speaker; engaging audiences about the importance of breaking down barriers and the power of finding your voice. Raw, honest and powerful, Layne delivers their story in a way that will motivates those listening to make life changes. They are a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community and uses their platform to encourage positive change, educate and inspire.
Company: Red Apple Auctions
Sherry Truhlar, CAI, BAS is President of Red Apple Auctions, a boutique auction firm that works with nonprofits and schools to improve the profitability of their fundraising galas via strategic planning and engaging auctioneering. Sherry left her corporate career in marketing to become a cheeky auctioneer onstage and a trusted resource offstage for Development Directors seeking to improve the profitability of their fundraising galas.
Though her work has taken her to nearly every state and placed her alongside A-list celebrities, most days she is collaborating with her clients via Zoom, helping them plan their events as a trusted resource. She’s spoken at many AFP conferences, collaborated with fundraising colleagues to write a book for small nonprofits, and been covered in dozens of newspapers and magazines.
Though based in the Washington, D.C. area, she maintains her bliss by sidestepping the political scene.