Success Stories

Dean Crownover_b2The Word on the
Street About
Dean, My Benefit Auctioneer…

After all it’s not about what we say… it’s what our
satisfied client’s say.

Watch the video and read the testimonials below, then click HERE to get in touch with Dean

“I had the pleasure of working with Dean on our fall special event. I have worked with auctioneers for the past ten years, and found Dean to epitomize what an auctioneer should be: thorough, professional, respectful of the organization, and fun. Through the process, Dean’s sincerity was obvious – he genuinely wanted our event to succeed. And, it definitely did! Dean’s expertise and talent helped us achieve a 140% increase in night-of contributions over last year. We cannot thank him enough, and we look forward to working with him again next year.”

Lauren Grossman, March of Dimes

“After 26 years we finally incorporated an auctioneer into our program and Dean could not have been a better choice. The guidance Dean provided prior to the event was invaluable. His assessment of product offerings, value, and auction pace allowed us to increase revenue. His presence brought polish and professionalism to a typically challenging part of any banquet program.”

Daphne Hill, Atlanta Community Food Bank

“Thank you for doing such an amazing job and helping us raise so much money. It’s clear you have a passion for what you do and you are spectacular at it. I look forward to working with you in the future!”

Caitlin Rush, Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic



Testimonial from Atlanta Birth Center

“Dean took our auction to the next level! His knowledge of our Live Auction and enthusiasm on stage made a huge difference in our event. There are so many things to worry about before a large fundraiser and our auctioneer was never a concern. He was on top of everything!”

Maggie Dozier, Atlanta International School

“On behalf of Kate’s Club, I wanted to say a huge thank you for the critical role you played on Saturday evening. There were many firsts for us this year. Your suggestion of the live auction, lucky line item and mastering the fund-a-need took us to a net that was beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you for being a part of a night that our organization will never forget. We are huge fans!”

Megan Holder, Kate’s Club

“Dean took Agape’s fundable item auction from $7,000 to $28,000 in two years. His live auction enthusiasm is contagious and he is an expert. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a financially successful auction. Take it out of the non-revenue-generating food budget and get a real auctioneer. He’s worth it!”

Tony Conway, Development Director, Agape Community Center

“I have to confess I was initially skeptical about using Dean’s services. I had a previous bad (actually – terrible) experience with a different auctioneer, so I was reluctant to try Dean. My thought was “Why pay for an out-of-town auctioneer when I could get a local person to volunteer for free?” As it turned out, Dean was worth every single penny. He is worth his weight in gold! His advice was spot on and really helped us to transition our event from something people begrudgingly felt obligated to attend to something they are now looking forward to. The positive feedback we received was incredible, as was the jump in our revenue. Dean helped us to be smarter and more intentional as to how we went about it. Less work, more fun, and more money is definitely a winning combination!”

Julie Allen, Hancock Day School Savannah

“Dean Crownover is a real pro and knows how to get results! Our crowd of over 500 instantly connected with him creating an electric atmosphere and exciting the audience to jump into the action. Dean walked along side of us the whole way, taking the time to truly understand our auction and guide us to success.”

Wendy Moreland, The Wesleyan School

“Dean has truly been the common denominator in the increasing success of our auctions. Since hiring him 4 years ago we have steadily increased our revenue. While he does a fabulous job each year, this year he exceeded all of our expectations. His new ideas and strategic planning model directly contributed to the 35% increase to our bottom line ~ that’s $15K in one year! Thank you Dean for bringing your “A Game” each and every time!”

Alayne Adams-Hightower, The Friends School of Atlanta

“Dean Crownover is hands down the best auctioneer I have ever encountered in my fundraising career. Not only did he meet and exceed every expectation as it related to his intended purpose for the evening, but I received from rave reviews from my event coordinators and volunteers regarding how he pitched in to help with needs outside of his intended scope just to make sure it was tended to. As for the auction itself, Dean was funny, engaging, and helped us to raise the most funds our organization has ever raised the night of an event. I hope to collaborate with him for years to come.”

Susan Muscari Komoto, Executive Director, Drop Dead Gorgeous Charity

“What a night! Thank you so much for all your help along the way & the night of. We have only heard great feedback, and we raised the most money in history! We almost doubled last year’s profit! We can never thank you enough!”

Meb Ryan, Savannah Country Day School

“Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did! We exceeded our goal for the auction!”

Karla Sadler, Georgia Center For Child Advocacy

“Without Dean our auction would have been a bust. His ideas made us so much more money than we ever thought we could make. Plus, his humor, energy and professionalism gave my Board the confidence he was worth every penny! We’ll book him again for our 2013 Bunkhouse Bash.”

Melissa Connor, Executive Director, Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House




Happy guests at the 2012 Drop Dead Gorgeous Charity event.

“We’d never had an auctioneer but we are so glad that we decided to give Dean a try! He brought so much energy and excitement to our group and we were able to raise double what we did the year before. He did such a good job of getting everyone involved with the Heads and Tails game and created a lot of positive energy during the live auction. Our group loved it and is still talking about how much fun they had!”

Ashley Sigmon, Medshare and Triage Consulting



Watch this testimonial from Tess Fjelland of Medshare on 9/15/12

“Don’t have a benefit auction without having professional help. If Dean is available to help you with your event, hire him. First, he will make sure that your event is organized for maximum income. Secondly, he will make sure that the auction will be run with a professional and entertaining approach. Most importantly, Dean will make sure that your audience has fun!”

Larry Little, Chairman of the Board of Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, Inc.

“Thank you again for your tremendous contribution to Amuse’um! You were outstanding and exceeded expectations — the live auction was a runaway success!”

Debbie Palay, Director of Development for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

“Dean Crownover’s input as our benefit auctioneer and live auction emcee lead us to double our revenue over last year’s auction. His ideas for live auction and performance onstage created a 60% increase over our goal and represented literally half of the total dollars we raised. Not to mention, people are still talking about what a great time they had and how they can’t wait for live auction next year!”

Aspen Kron, The Museum School of Avondale Estates

“First, booking you was one of the smartest things we did. Great job! I’ve gotten nothing but positive comments, and you did not exaggerate, you add tremendous (monetary and fun) value to the event!”

Becky K., The Hawthorne Foundation

“Thank you for providing the humor, energy and expertise that helped make our inaugural Gala a great success! We did not meet our fundraising goal, we surpassed it! Please put us on your calendar to return next year. Dahhling, you are mahhvelous! (And you can quote me!)

Susan Schroeder, Director of Operations, Smith-Gilbert Gardens

“Planning an auction is stressful – making sure you have enough items, enough guests, enough volunteers – but you never have to worry about how the event will run once you’ve hired emcee/auctioneer Dean Crownover. He is professional, he is entertaining, and he is always working hard to make your event a total success!”

Annie Minor, Development Associate, International Community School

“Dean took our auction to a new level, and not just monetarily, though that was certainly the case. He was expert at creating an ambiance that was welcoming, fun, and best of all encouraged participation.”

Waman French, The Friends School of Atlanta

“In planning for our Gala fundraiser, our primary focus was to make the evening fun and enjoyable. Dean contributed immeasurably to those goals and the results literally paid off!”

Doug Davis, Director, Smith-Gilbert Gardens

“You did a fantastic job and we definitely want you back next year! The whole exchange with Senator Wiles had me in tears!”

Leslie Edge, Kennesaw Museum Foundation

“THANK YOU!! Wow – you were amazing and I’m so thankful we were able to have you at our event!! It made a huge difference!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”

Kris Shea, Oak Grove Foundation

“Our receipts have gone up and we cleared well over the amount we hoped for. The word on the street is everyone loved you and had a great time!!! You made a lot of admirers Sat night… We are happy about making the money and think it is really great that everyone is talking about what a good time they had – thanks to you again!”

Connie Bryans, Avondale Community Club

“Thank you so very much for all that you did for us! You made it so that the evening flowed so well, our guests knew what was going on and you made the live auction so exciting. I couldn’t believe it.”

Suzanne Bridgers, Oak Grove Foundation

“The best money we ever spent on our auction was hiring Dean. We just finished doing our third wildly successful auction with Dean and we owe much of that success to Dean’s wisdom and skill. Well beyond the live auction, Dean walked with us from the timeline up to our event, solicitation ideas, decoration and room set-up, communications suggestions, and day-of coordination. Dean did not ask me to write this, but if you’re thinking of doing an auction or adding an auctioneer for your fundraiser, call Dean.”

-Brad Schweers, Executive Director, Intown Collaborative Ministries