On Saturday, June 6 we had ourselves a time at Amoeba Hollywood! With Pride weekend around the corner, this month's charity auction recipient was the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Our neighbors in Hollywood, the LA LGBT Center is the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. As with all our charity auctions, we matched all winning bids which doubled the money raised for the center's incredibly important youth programs.
We teamed up with the awesome folks at NerdMelt for this auction and guest host Andy Kindler made us laugh out loud while keeping the bids on fire. Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world. Andy has been a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. Andy currently recurs on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, IFC’s Maron and FOX’s hit animation series, Bob’s Burgers. Andy is spot on hilarious and he drove the bids up while keeping the audience and shoppers in stitches. There were outright guffaws and, much to his chagrin, he didn't annoy anybody! Good times. Good fun.
Here are some of the highlights of the items scored by our faithful Amoeba Auction-goers:
- From the generous donation in honor of Theresia and Dale Cunningham: Box seats for John Fogerty at the Hollywood Bowl + a parking pass - $160.00!!
- Tickets to see The Roots at Club Nokia - $40.00
- Tickets to see Best Coast at Wiltern - $25.00
- Tickets to see Bill Graham exhibit at Skirball center and other goodies - $15.00
- NerdMelt Membership: free admission to all NerdMelt events for one month - $60.00
- Converse gift pack: one-of-a kind Amoeba high tops - $ 20.00
- Umami Burger gift card plus Lord of the Rings Goblets - $35.00
- Urban Outfitters gift card + Lord of the Rings glass goblets- $35.00
- Trader Joe's gift card PLUS a Lonely Island lunchbox - $50.00
- Amoeba in-store VIP pass - $60.00
- Pulp Fiction screenplay book signed by John Travolta + collector’s edition DVD - $35.00
- An extremeley rare Elvis Presely 10-inch of the 1953 recording "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" from Jack White’s Third Man Records - $40
- Crazy 45 Record label mirror - $10
All together the bids totaled $585.00 which means we're sending $1,170.00 directly to LA's LGBT Center for much needed services. A huge thank-you to our "auction regulars" who come in each time and support our auction. You guys are great, and we so appreciate your unending support for our community work.