Recap: May Charity Auction for Sweet Relief at Amoeba Hollywood
May Charity Auction Recap
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.
Highlights from the May 3 auction:
** Tickets to Tacolandia 2014 -- It is the food event of the summer featuring an amazing array of the best tacos in all of LA. - $40.00
** Tickets to American Idiot the Musical 5/13 at The Pantages - $40.00
** $50 Trader Joe’s gift certificate + cool vintage lunchbox - $45.00
** Yo Gabba Gabba fun pack - $25.00
** Poolside skate deck and Prodigy CD - $20.00
** Tickets to the sold out Rodrigo y Gabriela show 5/7 at the Hollywood Palladium - $50.00
** Tickets to see Luscious Jackson 5/30 at the El Rey - $30.00
** Coffee Bean gift cards + Amoeba mugs - $10.00
** Crazy pack of eclectic shows: Charles Bradley 5/17 at The Fonda; Liars 5/27 at The Fonda; Tycho 5/8 at The Fonda; and Mountain Goats at the Mayan. A whopping 4-pack of tickets for $40.00 (score!)
** Lewis Black hoodies + signed CD and t-shirt - $10.00
** What’s in My Bag? bag with signed LPs from Pet Shop Boys, Poolside and Warpaint - $35.00
** Charo signed CD with a cool Nick Cave toy - $30.00
** Fishbone Prize Pack: 3 t-shirts, signed DVD, ltd. edition “crazy Glue” colored vinyl and CD - $25.00
All together the people bid $515.00 and with our match it means that $1,030.00 will be going straight to Sweet Relief and a musician in need! Awesome.
Muchas gracias to Gustavo for his graciousness and grace in helping us raise this money for such a crucial need, and to all the folks who donated items and gift cards! Come back on Saturday, July 5th for our next auction!