WHO WE ARE
Integrity, Teamwork, and Passion
We’re the help you’ve been looking for.
For over twenty years we’ve worked with people just like you to put on successful charity auctions. In that time, we’ve honed our skills and made careful notes about what works and what doesn’t. Ideas have been discarded for better ones, processes have been refined and clients have been beside themselves with relief over our involvement. With thousands of auctions in our history, it’s safe to say we know what we’re doing. We’re professionals.
Our office includes full time Auction Consultants, an Audio/Visual guru, and the kindest finance manager you’ll ever encounter. At the point your auction preparation moves into “night-of” planning, we bring in the auctioneers (who you get to pick, if you’d like), the emcees (again, your choice), plus professional bid-spotters. Our talented volunteer coordinators will oversee registration and checkout to ensure the back-of-house details are as smooth as the live auction. We can also provide event staff to handle these processes for you, which is probably what you were hoping we’d say.
Picture all these people on your team, armed with expertise, information, overwhelming masses of knowledge and enough charm to separate folks cheerfully from their money. In short, we are everyone you’ll need to pull off a successful benefit auction, from the very small to the extremely large.*
* While we say we are everyone you’ll need, we must confess that we don’t cook, hang streamers or blow up balloons. We don’t sing either, though if you set up a karaoke machine one of us will be happy to light up the room with Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. Other than that, we’re all you need on the actual auction side of things to pull off a successful event.
The mission of Stokes Auction Group is to assist charitable organizations in achieving their fundraising goals.
It’s not complicated. It’s not overly wordy and flowery. It’s not even particularly pushy. But if you look closely, you’ll see some things hiding in those words up there: determination, for example. A relentless interest in your success, for another. An unwavering focus on achievement. Plus, right in the middle of everything, you’ll notice the most important part of our mission: you. Your charitable organization. Which is right where you should be. Thank you for being there.
Stokes Auction Group grew from a long-established auction family on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. The auction life has a way of grabbing people by the heart and not letting go. There’s a feverish excitement to the whole business that can make it hard for any other profession to measure up. Add to that the tremendous good being done at the charity auctions and you come out with an altogether zealous bunch of folks.
Chief among them, Stokes Auction Group founders Jeff Stokes and Mark Schenfeld. The two were playmates as children, growing up around the Stokes family commercial auction barn in Port Orchard, Washington. After years and years of living, working and playing around the auction business, Mark and Jeff did what young men usually do: they set out to make their claim on the world.
This took the form of charity auctions, and they became Stokes Auction Group because you’ll remember, of course, that the auction life has a way of grabbing people and not letting go. In their new Stokes Auction Group, Jeff and Mark found the kind of success that meant their work was meaningful, useful to many people and a value to the community.
Stokes Auction Group has grown from a two-man company in the 1990s to a collection of professionals with the capabilities, expertise and drive to put on hundreds of charity auctions a year. We’re young still, but our history tells a story of wisdom, determination, passion and success. We’re glad you can be a part of it.