On Saturday, May 3, just a few days before Cinco De Mayo, we had a wonderful auction with one of our absolute favorites, Gustavo Arellano. The beneficiary for this auction was the outstanding organization Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, now in its twentieth year of providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it was time to give a little back!
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author, lecturer, and the nationally syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist. This was a return engagement for Gustavo as our auction host and he outdid himself. We were so excited to have him back, and he definitely delivered, putting together some crazy packages (a signed Charo CD along with a Nick Cave toy, or a Star Wars Toy with a Cumbia CD), and holding the audience rapt with his rapid-fire auction patter. And he made sure everyone understood that every bid had meaning, making jokes all the while driving the bids up and up.
As always, Amoeba matches each and every bid. We started the Auction tradition when Katrina hit the Southland in 2005, and we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and global organizations in the last nine years. We have raised money for so many worthy organizations; from Doctors Without Borders disaster relief to NKLA and many more. It's a huge part of our community efforts and we appreciate so much the people who come out to support, and our guest auctioneers over the years (who have included Bob Odenkirk, Garfunkel and Oates, David Cross, and many other comedians and luminaries). Check out our auction page for a deeper list.