From Fear to Fire on Commitment with The Gavel Girl

From Fear to Fire on Commitment with The Gavel Girl

From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success

This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and Host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire. Today we talk about commitment and how staying passionately focused beyond self can increase your level of joy!

This week’s theme: Commitment

In addition to beautiful stories filled with life lessons, you’ll hear today the reason why passion and commitment for what you do is so important. And how it can carry you through difficult times. Guest expert is auctioneer, emcee, and fundraising consultant, the dynamic DawnMarie Kotsonis.


ignites the auction stage with her passion and heartfelt commitment to the organizations she serves.

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. A very personal request as the disease later claimed the lives of both her nephew and her best friend.

It did not take long for DawnMarie to realize that working on behalf of nonprofits was far more fulfilling than any commercial auction career would ever be. So she abandoned the commercial side and never looked back!

In the ensuing years, DawnMarie was recruited to serve as Executive Director of a large Southern California hospital where she experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of fundraising from a new perspective. Unknowingly, these ended up the building blocks of her true calling. Armed with these new insights, DawnMarie launched the expansion of her business, including a higher level of consulting that has helped take her clients’ fundraising efforts to new heights.

What are the numbers and how can I find her?

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 hundreds of millions and the number grows every week.

She is based in Southern California and can be found at

Generously, DawnMarie is offering a Free consultation for any listeners that are wondering how they can help their favorite charity not just survive but thrive during this time of great change. She says, “Whether they’re a staff member, board member or volunteer, I’ll happily chat with them about their cause and share my 30+ years of experience helping non-profits navigate in good times and tough times.” Contact her HERE – make sure you mention the From Fear to Fire podcast for the free consultation offer.

“It is heaven upon earth to have a mind move in charity, rest in providence and turn upon the poles of truth.” ~Francis Bacon

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