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.
Richard A. “Dick” Foley is known throughout the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere as a musical performer, television host, and master of ceremonies. He began his professional career as lead singer for the internationally known folk-singing group, “The Brothers Four.” With hit records and concert tours, the “Brothers” took their music to many corners of the world for more than 30 years.
Dick spent 16 years in the broadcast industry as an on-air host of several programs at KOMO Television, Seattle’s ABC Affiliate Station. During his broadcast career he was awarded two local Emmys. More recently he applied his skills to producing clinical and educational videos at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Foley was a trustee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a board member for the Seattle Choral Company.
He remains active as an emcee for a wide range of events and as a video producer and voice-over talent for commercial and non-profit organizations across the community.
Foley and his wife Mary have four children and three grandchildren and they make their home in Bellevue, Washington.
Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers"
Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, and the music of Django Reinhardt.