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Recap: Brently Heilbron Hosted a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 03:47pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, August 6th we were stoked for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron - the original host of our charity auctions! He auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets (Kraftwerk, Culture Club, Desert Daze Festival to name a few), plus collectibles, gift certificates from our amazing neighbors (Trader Joe's, Stella Barra & Urban Outfitters) and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

Brently Heilbron began performing stand up at the age of 14 and is the host and co-creator of the new PBS comedy series Stand Up Empire. We were so thrilled when he agreed to come back to host this auction 'cause he knows how to get it done! His quick wit and on-stage antics held the audience entranced while he heckled them into digging deeper into their pockets for a good cause. Jokes about....the portable CD player he was auctioning off ("CDs are gonna be cool again, mark my words!! And with this you can listen to your favorite Spin Doctors CD!!"). He brought chuckles and guffaws, and with his stream-of-consciousness commentary we got a small glimpse into his improv genius. While unfurling the giant Adele banner on the stage, we all-of-a-sudden felt the need to have her giant face on our living room wall! He was masterful and entertaining as always and we all felt good raising money for Inner-City Arts.

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood with Brently Heilbron

Amoeba has hosted many auctions and doubled the money for a diverse range of local and national charities. What started out as a way to raise funds for the post-Hurricane Katrina recovery has continued on to become an every-other monthly event and we've raised over $500,000 for charities including Doctors Without Borders, 826LA, The Silverlake Conservatory, Preservation Hall, and The Beagle Freedom Project. More information about our charity auctions.

Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists, Inner-City Arts’ students are immersed in a safe and supportive environment where they engage in a variety of visual and performing art forms in studio and theater settings. Services include classes during the instructional day for elementary students, after-school, weekend and summer workshops for teens and creativity-based professional development for educators.

Inner-city arts

Children who attend Inner-City Arts develop skills that are highly valued in the 21st century workforce such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. We have also found consistent and significant gains in student proficiency in English language arts— a 15% average increase among English language learners and a 10% average increase among whole school populations where we provide services, as well as a 6.5% average gain in mathematics.

Highlights from our charity auction:
  • Concert tickets to see Kraftwerk at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 18 - $60
  • Concert tickets to see Culture Club at the Hollywood Bowl Aug. 26 - $60
  • Concert tickets to see PJ Harvey at the Shrine Aug. 18 - $30
  • David Bowie fan pack - $25
  • Concert tickets to Ohana Fest (Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, Band of Horses) Aug 27-28 in Dana Point - $80
  • Concert tickets to Desert Daze Festival (Primus, Television, Washed Out) Oct 14-16 in Joshua Tree - $100!!
  • The Neon Demon poster SIGNED by director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez - $30
  • Gift cards to Trader Joe's, Stella Barra, Urban Outfitters - $100 total!!
  • The Beatles denim jacket - $20
  • Elvis lunchbox, whiskey decanter & pez dispenser - $15
  • KISS rubber duckies - $10

All together Brently shook out $545 worth of total bids which means $1,090 with the Amoeba match. Then a generous customer kicked in an additional $50 for a whopping grand total of $1,140 going directly to helping inner city kids learn and grow!!

Thanks to all the customers who came down for the auction and to our old friend, the amazingly talented and funny Brently Heilbron.

Brenly Heilbron hosting a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood

Customers at the Amoeba Hollywood Charity Auction

Brently Heilbron hosting a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood

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