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

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2015 01:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, February 7 we had our first charity auction of 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood! We are right around the corner from our annual Mardi Gras festivities and parade, so it was apropro that the auction benefited two amazing New Orleans charities, Tipitina's Foundation and New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Our guest host was the hilarious writer/performer Kristina Wong, who seemed to have a blast at her first appearance on our auction stage. The East Bay Express has described Kristina as "brutal but hilarious… a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously" and she really brought it with the zingers and one-liners! She was relentless at driving up the bids and she definitely helped raise a lot of money for New Orleans.

Kristina Wong Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

We have a long history with both of the recipient's of this month's auction. Tipitina's Foundation provides instruments to youth in New Orleans through their Instruments A Comin' program. The program is now in its thirteenth year and has placed more than $3 million dollars worth of musical instruments in over 95 Louisiana school music programs. And it's just one of the things Tipitina's does to help preserve and further Louisiana's music and culture.

Our second beneficiary was the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, an organization near and dear to our hearts for keeping New Orleans music and musicians alive and well. They provide comprehensive health care and mental health/social services for more than 2,500 local musicians and tradition bearers. Their Culture of Caring Model provides cost-efficient access to high quality healthcare and wellness programs for our patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Kristina Wong is a solo performer, writer and cultural commentator who was named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. Her new stage show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and premieres in June 2015. She spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording “Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers. Kristina’s mail order bride website is www.bigbadchinesemama.com. :)

And here are the highlights from Saturday's auction:

  • Tickets to see Father John Misty's sold out show Feb 9 at The Roxy - $100.00!!
  • Converse prize pack including a $100 gift card, Converse Rubber Tracks tote and limited-edition 7” - $55.00
  • $50 Umami Burger gift card - $45.00
  • Urban Outfitters gift card - $30.00
  • $50 Trader Joe's gift card + rad vintage lunchbox - $60.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP pass - $40.00
  • Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor pack, including the LP, CD + buttons - $15.00
  • Beatles package including bags, mug, hat, keychain & stickers - $25.00
  • Led Zeppelin prize pack including t-shirts, stickers, coasters & buttons - $20.00
  • Undead pack featuring Walking Dead Blu-ray, Buffy the Vampire Slayer toys, Darryl Funko figure - $40.00
  • Crazy mystery pack of rock t-shirts and patches - $45.00

Auction items at Amoeba Hollywood

Kristin Wong Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

Photo by Kristina Wong (Instagram)

All in all, the bids brought in $470.00 which was matched by Amoeba for a whopping $940.00 going to the musicians of New Orleans! Thanks to all of our customers who came out to support in the Southern California rain! Stay tuned for our next charity auction on April 4th and be sure to join us on Tuesday, February 17 for our Fat Tuesday celebration. Proceeds from our sales that day will also go to Tipitina's Foundation and NOMC.

Mardi Gras at Amoeba Hollywood

 

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