Dan McCrery’s Million Dollar Voice

Feb 28, 2018
Local Restaurateur Supports Area Nonprofits by Moonlighting as Auctioneer

Many people know Dan McCrery as the general manager of Tosi’s Italian Restaurant, but he is also the voice that has helped raise millions of dollars as an auctioneer for local non-profit organizations.

McCrery began volunteering as an auctioneer in 2009, and since then he’s worked some of the community’s largest fundraisers including the Curious Kids’ Museum event, the Humane Society’s Bids for Barks Charity Auction, the Lake Michigan College Winner’s Circle Scholarship Auction, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s “Dancing with the Stars”, and the Little Black Dress fund raiser for breast cancer.

McCrery began his hospitality career as a teenager washing dishes at Tosi’s, but he says he has always been fascinated by auctioneering.

“Auctioneers talk at this speed that gives an audience a sense of urgency to bid on items,” he said. “They have an ability to get people to bid on items they had no intention of buying. I’m a fast talker already – so I taught myself to be an auctioneer.”

The cost to hire an auctioneer can be as much as $5,000, but because McCrery believes in the work of the non-profits he supports, he provides this service for free.

Since 2014, McCrery has helped raise $375,000 for student scholarships as LMC’s Winner’s Circle Auctioneer. He is volunteering again at this year’s event on March 3. 

“An auction fundraiser has to be fast-paced, high-energy and fun - and Dan definitely delivers,” said Mary Klemm, Executive Director of the Lake Michigan College Foundation. “Sure, we save money by not having to hire someone, but it’s Dan’s passion for using his skill and talent to give back to our community that inspires people and adds more meaning to the whole experience.”

Since 1988, Lake Michigan College's Winner's Circle Benefit Auction has raised more than $4 million for student scholarships. To learn more, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/auction or call (269) 927-6849.