Our Auctioneer, Emcee & special guest performers
Laura Michalek - Auctioneer
Fundraising Auctioneer Laura Michalek still relies on the endurance and discipline she possessed when at the age of 15, she was the first female winner of the Chicago Marathon. While Ms. Michalek has hardly missed a day of running since then, it’s this intention to excel at what she loves that is most evident.
“To me Auctioneering is about giving a lot of yourself, before and during the event, in a way that most folks wouldn’t expect.” Her style, fundraising insight, and commitment to her clients, and their mission, not only sets her apart, but has created a career beyond Ms. Michalek’s wildest dreams. “I’ve always been deeply interested in how non-profits I care about are going to sustain themselves, so it is nothing less than a thrill to know I can personally and professionally be part of that.”
As the youngest winner in the history of the Chicago Marathon, it has not been lost on Ms. Michalek that this experience informed her whole life. “When I start Auctioneering, it’s like being in the starting block all over again, and I still set out to win, however this time it’s for the organization I’m representing.”
John Fisher - Emcee
John Fisher has been on the radio airwaves of Seattle since 1992, when he moved to the Northwest to begin a 20-year run on the legendary, late great eclectic music station 103.7 The Mountain. During that time he interviewed scores of musicians, from David Bowie to Paul Simon to Sting. These days he's the morning host on 94.1 The Sound from 5 to 9am, and he’s a voice actor on commercials and corporate multimedia productions. He's also a modern abstract painter who exhibits regularly around Seattle. John lives in West Seattle with his wife Melinda, their seven-year-old son (that’s right, John was a little late to the parenthood game!) and their two dogs Hazel and Gizmo.
Eric Jensen - Voice of God Announcer
Eric Jensen has been a theatre artist in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years.
He has performed at 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Rep, A.C.T., S.C.T., T.A.G. and The Empty Space as well as being involved in several touring productions across the country as well as venues in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Barcelona.