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Recap: November Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 3, 2014 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, November 1 we had an amazing charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood featuring a repeat appearance by comedian Jimmy Pardo as our illustrious guest auctioneer! We were raising funds for Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft repair surgeries to those in need while helping to train local doctors. This makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breathe, speak properly, and smile.

Smile Train logo

Jimmy Pardo is host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny," and a recurring guest on Conan and Comedy Bang Bang. He has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and has recorded three comedy albums: Uno, Pompous Clown and 2013’s Sprezzatura, which Entertainment Weekly named one of the 5 Best Stand-Up Albums of the year.

Jimmy did a bang-up job as usual, making people giggle and guffaw while driving the bids to new levels. His timing is impeccable and his one-liners irresistible. The crowd was way into it, and the folks showed up with their wallets and pocketbooks open. And when they weren't quite open enough, he helped pry them open with quippity quips. It was a really great time.

Highlights of some of the items on the auction block:

  • Tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! at Shrine Auditorium Nov. 22 + kids fun pack - $35.00
  • Beatles pack with lithos, t-shirt, mugs & more - $30.00
  • 2 pairs of VIP tickets to a Conan O'Brien taping - $60 each
  • Led Zeppelin pack - $65.00!!
  • Primus & the Chocolate Factory pack  ("just in time for HALLOWEEN") $40
  • Tickets to Mike Birbiglia at the Wilshire Ebell Theater Dec. 6 - $90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at the Fonda Nov. 10th - $40.00
  • VIP in-store front of the line pass - $40.00
  • $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox - $70.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card + a limited edition One Direction picture disc - $50.00
  • Jimmy Pardo's own Mystery Box of handpicked CDs - $60.00
  • Dog lover’s gift basket featuring a $25 gift card to Tailwaggers pet store, toys & treats - $15.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug with coffee cards - $35.00
  • Random bag of promo t-shirts - $45.00
  • Michael Jackson transfers - $6.00
  • Bob Marley poster with button pack and postcard - $10.00

Amoeba Hollywood Charity Auction prizes

Recap: May Charity Auction for Sweet Relief at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 6, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Sweet Relief

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!

Gutavo ArellanoGustavo 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.

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Recap: March Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit New Orleans

Posted by Amoebite, March 5, 2014 11:51am | Post a Comment
Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood charity auction

Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be on a rainy Los Angeles afternoon in March. Our pal, Brently Heilbron, made for the most hilarious stream-of-pop-consciousness hour ever! And it was all for a cause that has special meaning to us as we were raising money for two New Orleans charities.

tiptina's and NOMAF logosOur March charity auction benefitted the ongoing work still needed in New Orleans via two amazing organizations, Tipitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). Their services grew even more vital out of the damage done during Hurricane Katrina and they both continue to do great work with and for the musicians in New Orleans. The rich musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans is a unique part of the core of American music--from Jazz to Rock and Roll; from Country to Hip-Hop. We encourage you to learn more about what they do and the musicians they've helped. 

Mr. Heilbron, the original host (and originator) of our charity auctions, made a triumphant return appearance at our auction on Saturday, March 1, sending the rain-drenched onlookers into peels of laughter with his random delightful musings. Musings about such things as the political and social impact of the greatest movie of all time (Goonies) and the best band of all time (Spin Doctors) and everything in between. His encyclopedic knowledge of music and pop culture made for grins and giggles as he regaled the crowd and hyped up a slew of wonderful items. The crowd ate it up!

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Recap: January Charity Auction to Benefit Five Acres

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2014 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Drew Droege at Amoeba HollywoodOur first charity auction of 2014 was a hoot! On Saturday, January 4 we had the sweet and wonderful (and slyly hilarious!) Drew Droege host our monthly charity auction. On the heels of our holiday toy drive which brought in great gifts for the children at 5 Acres, this month we wanted to raise even more funds for this organization by auctioning off an array of items. We had a blast with actor/comedian Drew Droege, who was gracious enough to come back to Amoeba for an encore auctioneering appearance!

Our guest auctioneer, Drew Droege, is an alum of The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. He is known on the Internet for his portrayals of Chloe Sevigny, Tanya Roberts, Feathers in "Planet Unicorn," and Professor LaFrange on Starz' new web series Hollywood Acting Studio. He's appeared on numerous television shows including Chozen, Drunk History, Sean Saves The World, Chelsea Lately, NTSF: SD: SUV, Burning Love, Happy Endings, Key And Peele, House Of Lies, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and Up All Night

five acresIf you're not familiar with Southern California's Five Acres, they promote safety, well-being and permanency for at-risk children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. Five Acres has served vulnerable children and families since 1888 by providing family-centered support services on their campus in Altadena and through outreach programs in homes, at schools and in off-site offices.

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Recap: December Charity Auction to Benefit the Philippine Red Cross

Posted by Amoebite, December 9, 2013 12:13pm | Post a Comment

Cameron Esposito at Amoeba HollywoodIt was the first Saturday of the month which meant Amoeba Music in Hollywood had a slew of cool and interesting items up for auction to the highest bidder! And it meant that people got to help out where the need is greatest while they scored cool and interesting items. This month we were raising money for the Philippine Red Cross with the help of comedian Cameron Esposito.

On Saturday, December 7 our guest auctioneer Cameron Esposito, the host of the live show and podcast Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito Tuesdays at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, rocked our auction! Esposito has been named a top Comedy Act to Watch in 2013 by LA Weekly and she has appeared at clubs and festivals across the country. Her network televison debut on Late Late with Craig Ferguson garnered attention as "the most memorable first time on a late night show for any comedian in recent history."

If you weren't at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday you missed all the zingers and one-liners she dished up to help the Philippine relief effort. She had the audience chuckling and raising their hands to donate! "C'mon, you know the movie Die Hard is worth $25.00 in your heart."

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Trader Joe’s gift card ($50) + vintage monkees lunchbox - $55.00
  • Urban Outfitters gift card ($50) + vinyl records AND – a John Denver cloth tote - $40.00
  • Tickets to see Lissie at the Fonda theater - $20.00
  • Tickets to see Suicidal Tendencies at The Fonda theater - $40.00
  • 4 passes to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $30.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of your choice + CD and first in line for signing - $35.00
  • Ringo Starr limited-edition tote + drumsticks along with a cool Beatles package filled with all sorts of collectibles - $50.00
  • Record Store Day bag filled with limited-edition releases and a T-shirt - $15.00
  • Holiday Horrors! Vincent Price tote bag + tickets for two to see Abel Ferrara's lost horror-revenge film Ms. 45 at Cinefamily – Dec. 20, plus DVD horror classics - $10.00
  • Hollywood Holiday pack! Hollywood sign photo/canvas + the holiday classic Die Hard - $10.00
  • Special "kids" pack with signed Yo Gabba Gabba! stuff and Despicable Me 2 doll - $15.00

Philippine Red CrossWe began hosting charity auctions when Hurrican Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we’ve raised  over $475,000 for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids (up to $1,000) and 100% of funds raised in the auctions go straight to the charity.

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