"Folsom Prism is a high-energy, solid Johnny Cash tribute band. They hold true to Cash's songs while providing a distinctive edge in their performances designed to reach out and engage the audience. Their catalogue delivers all of the Sun Records classics and the Rick Rubin-produced final years of the American Recordings. Folsom Prism features an impressive line-up of musicians with the passion to bring Johnny Cash, for the moment, back to life. Based in Tacoma, Washington; they are Corey Wilkins, as The Man in Black; Shane Gillispie on lead guitar; Mark Monteiro on drums, Michael Anderson on bass, and Heidi Anderson as June Carter Cash. If you're a Johnny Cash fan you'll appreciate both the traditional and modern views of Johnny through the live performances of Folsom Prism."
MIKE MERRILL, EMCEE
Mike received an invitation in 2001 from Jeff Stokes to join the charity auction world. Mike started as a Bid Spotter, moved on to Auction Announcer, and in 2008 graduated from Western College of Auctioneering. Mike’s warm smile and friendly demeanor are a great addition to any fundraising event.
A proud native Washingtonian, Mike has enjoyed traveling the country, meeting new people, learning about their cause and helping them reach their fundraising goals.
Outside of auctions, Mike has served our public schools as both Football Coach and Athletic Director. His teaching experiences in the classroom and on the field have made him a skilled communicator. He can command a room while maintaining a fun and entertaining environment.
When not assisting charity organizations, he enjoys spending time with his family or being knee deep in a Washington river fly‐fishing for salmon, steelhead, or trout. He and his wife enjoy local restaurants and retail therapy throughout the greater Pacific Northwest.
JEFF STOKES, AUCTIONEER
Jeff Stokes is co-founder of Stokes Auction Group. He is a second generation auctioneer with a lifetime of experience in the auction profession. His passion for the auction craft is evident in his single minded purpose of serving the charitable community. The role of the auctioneer is all about communicating the greater underlying purpose of the charity and its mission. Jeff’s blend of auctioneering talents and the charity’s purpose culminates in an exciting auction where the atmosphere is not only conducive to giving, but a celebration of the cause.
Charities across the country have benefitted from Jeff’s entertaining style. He is the official auctioneer for Celebrity Fight Night which benefits Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Disease research. The David Foster Foundation, JDRF, Boys & Girls Clubs, along with numerous schools, zoological societies, child-related causes and many other worthy charitable foundations have all benefitted from Jeff’s talents.
Jeff began in the auction business at the age of 15 by attending the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana, where he continues to teach today. He began working in the family business performing estate sales and business liquidations. Jeff claimed the title of Washington State Champion Auctioneer at the age of 16. His pursuit of the profession also included the titles of World Champion Livestock Auctioneer in 1987, the World Champion Auto Auctioneer in 1997 and International Champion in 2003. He was the first of only two individuals to have accomplished what is known as the Triple Crown of Auctioneering. Jeff was also inducted into the National Auto Auction Hall of Fame when he received the Bernie Hart award in 2006. He has been active in state and National Auctioneers Association which is a reflection of his true passion for the art of auctioneering while always focusing on serving those in need.