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Recap: August Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train One of Our Most Successful Auctions

Posted by Amoebite, August 5, 2013 02:38pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo Amoeba Hollywood AuctionOn Saturday, August 3 we had the hilarious and spot-on comedic patter of Jimmy Pardo guest host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood. Jimmy hosts the hugely popular podcast Never Not Funny and The Pardo Patrol for Conan O'Brien, plus he hosts monthly nights at the Upright Citizens Brigade. No joke---HE'S FUNNY ! Jimmy has hosted our auctions before and he came with an experienced swagger to drive those bids up and UP and UP! He managed to create some electric bidding wars on collectible items, as well as concert tickets and fun one-off toys...

This month's recipient is Smile Train, the world's leading cleft surgery organization with thousands of partners and programs operating in more than 80 countries, including some of the world's poorest and most in need. Their mission is to help the millions of children in developing countries who are suffering from unrepaired clefts. And in addition, Smile Train trains doctors and educates families. The proceeds from this month's auction will help so many children live happy and healthy lives. Lives they would otherwise not had.

Smile Train

As has been said many times before Jimmy Pardo "always finds the funny" and he certainly did on Saturday. His quips and his live, free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness improv helped us raise one of the highest amounts in our recent auction history!!

Here are a few of the highlights:

Recap: July Charity Auction to Benefit Downtown Women's Center

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2013 12:53pm | Post a Comment

Beth Stelling at AmoebaWe were thrilled to have comedian Beth Stelling host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 6. We were thrilled because she is damn funny! She is right at the top of the list of LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013, and she happens to be one of Patton Oswalt's favorite up and coming comics.

Beth was up early at 4PM on a holiday Saturday, so she was amped and ready to drive those bids up! Her deadpan yet sassy delivery proved to motivate people to bid and she helped raise a lot of money for LA's Downtown Women's Center. Nice.

Amoeba's monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000+) for New Orleans musician relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids and 100% of all auction bids go straight to the charity. This month's beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center, provides permanent, supportive housing, a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and advocates ending homelessness for women. 

Saturday's auction item highlights include:

  • Queen Latifah with Roy Ayers – Hollywood Bowl tickets -$30.00
  • Belle & Sebastian – Santa Barbara Bowl tickets - $35.00
  • Savages – El Rey tickets - $40.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of choice - $25.00
  • Beatles Special Pack (tote bag, t-shirt, mug, magnets, coasters, McCartney at Amoeba poster) - $35.00
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! signed poster and buttons - $20.00
  • Trader Joe's $50 Gift Certificate + vintage lunchbox - $47.00
  • Urban Outfitters $50 Gift Card - $40.00
  • Four passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $35.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Cards - $12.00
  • Special wacky, crazy weird and wonderful promo surprise pack (Lady Gaga disco ball keychain anyone? They Might Be Giants fez) - $ 15.00
  • Signed book/CD/DVD from Josepsh Gordon Levitt’s HitRECORD collective - $30.00
  • Warped tour package (custom skate deck, water bottle, t-shirt/tote) - $40.00
  • Signed book and poster from Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - $20.00
  • World War Z movie poster (signed by composer Marco Beltrami) - $21.00
  • Madonna package (rare postcards and mug) - $7.00
  • Eric Andre Poncho - $3.00
  • Wine Tasting package - $53.00
Downtown Women's Center
All together the entranced audience bid $542.00 and with the Amoeba match it means $1,084.00 for the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles, an amazing organization.

Beth was quirky and charming, and she charmed the dolla bills right out of the hands of our holiday weekend shoppers. This auction had some awesome prizes and people scored some amazing stuff for a mere fraction. Score! It's great when you get to help a great cause AND score good stuff.

Recap: June Auction to Benefit My Friend's Place

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment

On Saturday, June 1 we had the mad auction skills of the hilariously droll Matt Ingebretson (yeah, we didn't know how to pronounce it either), who produces his own comedy showcase "Art Fuck" and contributes to Funny Or Die and The Onion. He also has a brand new comedy album Holy Fuck.

My Friend's PlaceThis month's auction beneficiary was My Friend's Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Through their nonprofit drop-in resource center and programs in Hollywood, they offer a comprehensive continuum of care, health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,700 homeless youth and their children each year. They're a really great organization which is close to our hearts here at Amoeba. And of course, as always, we match any bid so the bid is doubled!

We were also accepting donations of new socks for My Friend’s Place – so it was our own "Sock Hop" – and customers donated socks for a $2.00 off coupon.

We started hosting our charity auctions back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000 +) for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. It is a great place to score all kinds of rarities and signed items, as well as concert tickets and crazy promo items.

Matt was addictively funny, with his dry "I don't understand Bjork, do you?" and..."we're all dying!! Dying every single day!! Go to a show already. Buy some tickets to a show! Do something for the youth of LA...buy these tickets!" He was also deceptively wry. Meaning, you didn't even know how funny he was until about a minute after he said something, and then you started laughing out loud. There was a 60 second delay on Matt's dry, deadpan delivery – but it was bitingly hilarious.

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Recap: March Charity Auction to Benefit Doctors Without Borders

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Doctors Without Borders logoOn Saturday, March 2 we had the hilarious Kurt Braunohler all the way from New York host our charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood and he did a fabulous job with a very tough crowd. He drove home our reason for being there ("Hey guys, it's for Doctors Without Borders...C'MON! Doctors who have no sense of their own boundaries! "). The crowd was enjoying the show, but it was tough to get them to bid. Sometimes it's like that. You never know what the temperature of the crowd will be! But Kurt did a great job and we ended up having a very successful auction.

The concert tickets went well, as always, and thanks so much to our neighbors at Trader Joe's and Brew Coffee, as well as Goldenvoice, for getting us such cool prizes.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Brew Coffee gift card with Amoeba mug $25.00
  • Tickets to Jim James at the Fonda $30.00
  • Tickets to The Black Lips at the El Rey $25.00
  • Tickets to Django Django at the Fonda $20.00
  • Trader Joe's Gift Card and California Raisins lunchbox $50.00
  • Passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles $40.00
  • Special VIP Amoeba in-store pass $66.00
  • Sundance Theater passes 30.00
  • Classic rock package featuring Doors documentary, Led Zeppelin and Doors t-shirts & more $70.00
  • Limited edition Record Store Day package $60.00
  • Tiny Furniture DVD signed by Lena Dunham $35.00
  • Super DVD signed by the cast $15.00
  • Ozzy and Sharon talking Beanie Babies with lunchbox and Black Sabbath pen $10.00
  • Beatles package featuring totes, poster, mug and more $30.00

There was a grand total of bids of $485.00, and then with our matching that meant we raised $970.00 for Doctors Without Borders, an organization which has helped tremendously with Hurricane Sandy (in addition to their work in all corners of the world). This one was great. Thanks all for the help!

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Recap: November Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2012 05:54pm | Post a Comment

Auction RecapOn Saturday, November 3 we were all excited to have the inimitable Billy Calhoun step up to the mic and charm the dollars out of the peeps....and....he....DID ! :) Billy did an amazing job of being funny, sincere, and charming while reminding people WHY we do this and what it means---and how each dollar is matched so it feels good. He was also gracious enough to donate several cool, kitschy vintage items from his own collection to spice it up even more. This month's recipient was a new partner for us, Good Neighbors, and they do amazing work around the world. Billy made sure to educate us about the works they do as he was auctioning off Dennis Rodman dolls (with switchable heads, no less! :). So it is even better since we are happy to be involved with what these guys are doing.

 Here are some of the highlights, which are especially impressive since there was a small crowd this time around. Several people overbid and doubled their own bids---which was just the spirit we needed:

 
** Pee Wee Herman Vintage T-shirt and Button Pack  -- $17.00

** Cat Power Concert Tickets and Signed CD -- $30.00

** Patti Smith Signed Horses CD and Poster -- $17.00

** Steve Martin T-shirt -- $5.00

** Monkees Concert Tickets -- $40.00

** Urban Outfitters Gift Card -- $45.00

** Lana Del Rey Signed 45 -- $25.00

** Dolly Parton Doll -- $30.00

** Minus The Bear Concert Tickets -- $25.00

** Gene Simmons Mask -- $25.00

** Amoeba VIP In-Store Pass -- $35.00

** Signed Doctor Who Blu-ray -- $40.00

** Trader Joe's Gift Card with Lunchbox -- $55.00

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