Month: September 2014

Numbers: 2014 CGL to ACS Donation Estimates!

While we would love to be able to share an exact grand total of money raised by Cancer Gets LOST for the American Cancer Society from our 2014 auctions, we will not have the final amount until all invoices from our online charity auction are paid in full to Blacksparrow Auctions. Hint, hint!

LOST sheet music custom framed, signed & donated by Michael Giacchino for the CGL charity auction; it sold for $650, which goes to the ACS!

In the meantime, the estimated numbers we can share are mind blowing, humbling, exhilarating and heartwarming. Our math was a bit high on both the initial online auction estimate and silent auction donation amount from LOST 2014 in Hawaii, but we aren’t complaining at all – these numbers are incredible!

Silent charity auction at LOST 2014: $10,372.19
Online charity auction (100% of CGL items + consignment percentages): $64,355.38
Squirrel Baby signs (commissioned/donated by Bonnie Craft): $315
Online donations to the ACS via CGL (that we know about!): $1,350

$76,392.57!

We want to thank every single one of you who bid on or won any items in our silent and online auctions – we are incredibly thankful for your amazing support! In addition – we are SO grateful for all of your fantastic contributions, from items in the auctions to financial donations to the American Cancer Society.

CGL silent auction at LOST 2014 (photo courtesy of Carrie W.)

SILENT AUCTION

In Hawaii at LOST 2014 last week during the LOST 10 year anniversary party on September 22, we were so surprised and thrilled to raise over $10,000 for the ACS at our silent charity auction! We reached that amount because many attendees kindly made additional contributions to their donation amounts after winning their items. It was a stellar success and we are stunned by and appreciative of that level of generosity.

Bonnie Craft’s commissioned Squirrel Baby on Board LOST car signs at the CGL silent auction @ LOST 2014 (photo courtesy of Carrie W.)

BONNIE

As many of you are aware, our dear friend Bonnie Craft passed away last week. A few months ago she had custom LOST Squirrel Baby on Board car signs made for CGL, which we offered at LOST 2014 for $5 text donations to the ACS. With the remaining signs, we will be sending one to anyone who makes a donation to the ACS in Bonnie’s memory. The details are in our previous post.

BLACKSPARROW AUCTIONS

A special note of gratitude to our auction host Blacksparrow Auctions. Erica and Fong are great friends and partners; their extremely long hours, dedication to the cause and overall organization made this auction possible. To give you an idea about what kind of people they are, Blacksparrow paid for the auction items that Bonnie had bid on and won before she passed away – and they are shipping the items to her family. It is a gesture that we are in awe of and appreciate to no end.

NAMASTE!

We are unable to express precisely how much these fundraising endeavors mean to us, but please know that we are honored to be able to raise funds for an organization like the ACS. For our families, for the Jensen family and for all of your families.

There are so many kind people to thank for countless favors, donations, autographs, etc. that we created an entire tab on our site dedicated to them, along with their Twitter handles or websites – we encourage you to follow/support these lovely human beings!

FUTURE FUNDRAISING

  • If you’re in the Los Angeles area, we highly recommend that you get tickets to see LOST The Musical! The play runs now through October 26, and they are graciously donating 5% of their ticket proceeds to CGL!
  • And…LOST 2014 will also be donating 5% of ticket sales to CGL soon! Namaste, Kelley!

Thank you all everybody, for every cent you donated to the ACS and for your support of this 2-person grassroots charity that we are proud to call Cancer Gets LOST.

Namaste,

Jo & Jared

 

In Loving Memory of Bonnie Craft (March 12, 1959 – September 25, 2014)

Bonnie with CGL co-founder Jared at The Barracks, SDCC 2011

Five days ago, we delivered the sad news about the sudden passing of Bonnie Craft, our great friend, a huge CGL supporter, and probably one of the biggest LOST fans to have ever graced this planet. The outpouring of condolences from everyone who knew her has been overwhelming, especially to her family. Many people have asked how they can contribute to Bonnie’s funeral expenses, and if they could send flowers or gifts of respect and tribute.

We have spoken with her family, and they have decided to continue Bonnie’s incredible legacy by doing what she did best: taking care of other people. As such, in lieu of donations, flowers, or gifts to the family, they have requested that donations be made instead to the American Cancer Society.

If you do make a donation to the ACS in any amount, in Bonnie’s memory, please email us a copy of your receipt (cancergetslost at gmail dot com), because we’d love to send you one of her custom LOST Squirrel Baby on Board car signs (we will ship them anywhere around the world). Bonnie had commissioned a squirrel baby sketch after seeing a version of one in a magazine article featuring Damon and Carlton’s LOST writing room. She then had car signs made of this sketch specifically for CGL fundraising endeavors, and many attendees at the LOST 2014 silent charity auction last week picked one up for $5 donations each to the ACS!

Bonnie’s custom LOST Squirrel Baby on Board car sign

If you would like to share a memory of her with her family, her good friend Caleb Woods is leading an effort to do just that. Please check out his message if you would like to contribute.

Even though she has left us, we continued to feel Bonnie’s support during our Cancer Gets LOST charity auction: the items that she donated helped us raise an astounding $3,531 for the American Cancer Society. In the weeks before she passed, she had even placed bids on the very items that she had donated herself (classic Bonnie)!

The messages of condolences and tributes from people all over the world reflected the sheer number of lives that she had touched, and the common theme among all these messages – even from people she had only met online was that Bonnie’s heart was boundless. It is thus our honor and indeed privilege to continue Bonnie’s passion for philanthropy, and we hope that you will join us in doing so.

Namaste, Bonnie. We will see you in another life, sister. – Jared & Jo

Bonnie, age 4 (1963)
Bonnie in her late teens
Bonnie with Henry Ian Cusick & Nestor Carbonell. She flew from Memphis to Los Angeles just to catch Ian’s premiere of Frank vs. God. Her family said that this was one of the biggest highlights of her life. This picture was actually taken on the insistence of Nestor, who was particularly impressed by Bonnie’s dedication.
Bonnie with her “I’m on Oceanic 815!” face, taken at the LOST exhibit at the Paley Center for Media.
Bonnie with fellow LOSTies at a meet-up following the PaleyFest 2014 LOST 10-year Anniversary Reunion panel in Los Angeles

 

Saying Goodbye to the Best LOST Fan Ever

It is with incredible sadness that we are letting the LOST community know that Bonnie Craft passed away this morning.  As most of you are aware, Bonnie was quite possibly the world’s most dedicated LOST fan and this community was her family. Known as @andalone on Twitter, Bonnie kept an amazingly detailed site about the treasure trove of LOST items she collected over the years (http://amazingexgirlfriend.blogspot.com).  She was a major contributor and good friend to Cancer Gets LOST; Bonnie donated many items to our charity auctions and volunteered to assist us at every opportunity. Bonnie and her passionate enthusiasm will be missed, and we know that the entire LOST community shares our grief for this tremendous loss.

Bonnie was in Hawaii at the time of her passing. But we ask that you please do not inquire about the details, and respect her family’s privacy at this time.  As soon as we know more and are allowed to share, including memorial and/or donation information, we will let you know.

Jared & Jo