Steve loves to engage strangers in conversation!
“On behalf of the thousands of seniors we serve each year and all my colleagues, a huge THANK YOU for your work last night. We raised the most money we’ve ever raised and are so grateful for your command of the crowd and the energy that you infused into the room. All we can say is WOW and THANK YOU!”
"I thought by now you would’ve heard through the media that Cygnet netted $****** - more than twice as much as last year’s fundraiser! Of course, the venue was mostly responsible, but I know better! YOU were the magic ingredient that I believe made the significant difference. Coupled with the high quality live auction items, your expertise knew exactly how to work the room to get very close to the value of each. Thank you, thank you
on behalf of Cygnet Theatre.
You were terrific to work with."
The Orange County Register
“I've attended a lot of fundraisers, but I've never seen what happened at the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala on January 21st at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The auctioneer Steve Hamann opened the live auction by introducing LaDonna Whipple, a valet attendant at the hotel. The item offered the highest bidder the opportunity of having his or her car ready and waiting when departing, thanks to Whipple. The bidding was fierce and actually ended at $15,000, with David Pyle of Newport Beach the winner. "I did it for two reasons," Pyle said, "for LaDonna, because I've watched her park cars here for 20 years, and because it's a great cause."”
A Little History.
About twenty years ago Steve was attending a fundraiser as a guest when the Auctioneer failed to show! Being the shy kind of guy, he stepped up and did the auction himself. Someone in the audience asked him to be the Auctioneer at their golf tournament and the next thing he knew he was doing 20 events a year! When the Cedar Fire burned the family business to the ground in 2003, he decided to make it a full time career.
A San Diego native, Steve resides in San Diego’s East County with his wife of 37 years, Lorraine. They have two fabulous adult children, Sarah and Ben. Steve and Lorraine have traveled the world, from South Korea to China, Monte Carlo to Croatia, Mexico to Canada, and over a dozen cruises. In 2008, with just backpacks and three days worth of clothing, they rode the trains throughout Italy, Switzerland and Austria, in the dead of winter! In 2010, they rented an apartment in Steve’s favorite city, Barcelona, Spain, enjoying the food, people and nightlife, exploring the city by foot and public transportation. 2014 brought their travels to Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruges and Brussels.
2010 El Cajon Citizen of the Year.
Although not a resident of El Cajon, Steve was named the 2010 Citizen of the Year for his continued support of numerous El Cajon organizations. He has volunteered his time, energy and talents to Stoney’s Kids, the Salvation Army, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County and the Rotary Club of El Cajon.
Steve currently sits as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and is the Vice President of the Heartland Regional Fire Training Foundation, established to provide financial support for various programs that benefit the people of our community through education, training, prevention and enforcement.
AYSO Youth Soccer.
During Steve’s three year’s as Commissioner of the Lakeside AYSO, he started a program called Kid’s Zone to try and combat the increasing verbal violence occurring on the sidelines. The program was such a success that it was picked up by the National Offices of AYSO and is now in place in over 50% of AYSO programs internationally. Visit the AYSO website and click on Kid’s Zone - History to learn more.