Master of Ceremonies: Giselle Fernández, Television Journalist, Communications Strategist
Julian Coryell Trio
After Party Band: Daniel Jimenez Afanador
Auctioneer: DawnMarie Kotsonis, The Gavel Girl
DawnMarie Kotsonis ignites the auction stage with her passion and heartfelt commitment to the organizations she serves.
As the Development Officer of a large Southern California hospital, she experienced first-hand the challenges of fundraising and, unknowingly, began the building blocks of her true calling.
Her introduction to the world of charity auctions began in the 1980’s while running a successful commercial auction firm. She was asked to help raise funds on behalf of cystic fibrosis research, and it was a very personal request. The disease claimed the lives of both her nephew and her best friend.
It did not take long for her to realize that working on behalf of nonprofits was far more fulfilling than any commercial auction career would ever be. She also recognized that her background in Development gave her unique experience and insight into the world of fundraising. So she abandoned the commercial side and never looked back.
Since then, DawnMarie has presided over countless record-breaking charity auctions nationwide including a number on the Wine Spectator’s Top 10. The dollars she has raised are in the tens of millions and the number grows every week.
DawnMarie is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit Gavelgirl.com.