Recap: July Charity Auction to Benefit Downtown Women's Center
Recap: July Charity Auction
We were thrilled to have comedian Beth Stelling host our monthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 6. We were thrilled because she is damn funny! She is right at the top of the list of LA Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013, and she happens to be one of Patton Oswalt's favorite up and coming comics.
Beth was up early at 4PM on a holiday Saturday, so she was amped and ready to drive those bids up! Her deadpan yet sassy delivery proved to motivate people to bid and she helped raise a lot of money for LA's Downtown Women's Center. Nice.
Amoeba's monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000+) for New Orleans musician relief, green charities, animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. Amoeba also matches all winning bids and 100% of all auction bids go straight to the charity. This month's beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center, provides permanent, supportive housing, a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and advocates ending homelessness for women.
Saturday's auction item highlights include:
** Queen Latifah with Roy Ayers – Hollywood Bowl tickets -$30.00
** Belle & Sebastian – Santa Barbara Bowl tickets - $35.00
** Savages – El Rey tickets - $40.00
** Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of choice - $25.00
** Beatles Special Pack (tote bag, t-shirt, mug, magnets, coasters, McCartney at Amoeba poster) - $35.00
** Yo Gabba Gabba! signed poster and buttons - $20.00
** Trader Joe's $50 Gift Certificate + vintage lunchbox - $47.00
** Urban Outfitters $50 Gift Card - $40.00
** Four passes to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $35.00
** Amoeba coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Cards - $12.00
** Special wacky, crazy weird and wonderful promo surprise pack (Lady Gaga disco ball keychain anyone? They Might Be Giants fez) - $ 15.00
** Signed book/CD/DVD from Josepsh Gordon Levitt’s HitRECORD collective - $30.00
** Warped tour package (custom skate deck, water bottle, t-shirt/tote) - $40.00
** Signed book and poster from Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - $20.00
** World War Z movie poster (signed by composer Marco Beltrami) - $21.00
** Madonna package (rare postcards and mug) - $7.00
** Eric Andre Poncho - $3.00
** Wine Tasting package - $53.00
All together the entranced audience bid $542.00 and with the Amoeba match it means $1,084.00 for the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles, an amazing organization.
Beth was quirky and charming, and she charmed the dolla bills right out of the hands of our holiday weekend shoppers. This auction had some awesome prizes and people scored some amazing stuff for a mere fraction. Score! It's great when you get to help a great cause AND score good stuff.
Thanks to all the folks who donate wonderful items to the auction! Thanks so much to Beth for being our wonderful guest auctioneer.
The next auction is on August 3rd, so be sure to come by when the always hilarious Jimmy Pardo will be our guest. We will have Depeche Mode tickets and tickets to the FYF Festival, as well as other concert tickets and signed collectibles. It's always a good time.