Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher hosted our bimonthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood last Saturday, February 4th with proceeds going to the ACLU and their work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Sponsored by our friends at LA WEEKLY.
For almost one hundred years the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the laws and the constitution of the United States. The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. They brought their first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. They are dedicated to making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion.
The brilliant and quick-witted Cameron and Rhea gave our auction a real shot in the arm with their brand of dry, high comedy. The two of them held the audience rapt and drove the bids up with their pithy banter, all the while reminding us how important it is to keep vigilant and to keep working to protect our civil liberties. A great time was had by all and we thank them so much for hosting our auction!
Some of the auction highlights:
- Mickey Mouse Cruiser Turntable + Mickey Mug + Vintage Mickey Button $90.00
- Dinner at Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse at the Grafton on Sunset along with a Ukulele and harmonica ("to serenade your fellow restaurant-goers!") $120.00
- $50 Urban Outfitters gift card $65.00
- Women's March posters designed by Shepard Fairy, Ernesto Yerena & Jessica Sabogal, plus women positive stickers and buttons! $200.00!!
- Grateful Dead prize pack $35.00
- Tickets to The Internet's SOLD OUT show March 19th at the Fonda Theatre $50.00
- Tickets to see Galactic February 17th at the Fonda Theatre $35.00
- Tickets to see Cloud Nothings February 22nd at the Teragram Ballroom $25.00
- Amoeba VIP in-store pass + Trader Joe's Gift Card and Lunchbox $100.00
- IMPOSSIBLE Polaroid Camera and Film $75.00
- Barry Manilow calendar from 2013 ("the good old days...) and a Barry Manilow tour book $35.00
- Lemmy and Motorhead pack $35.00
- Cameron and Rhea Signed Record and Pin!! $130.00!!
All together the audience bid $1,065.00, and with Amoeba's match that means $2,130.00 will go directly to the ACLU and their work with the LGBT community.