Category: American Cancer Society

CGL in 2015: An Update!

Hello you all everybody! This is a long overdue update about what Cancer Gets LOST has been up to and what we have planned for the next two years.

Recent CGL auction item acquisitions and autographs include the shows LOST, Once Upon a Time & The Walking Dead

FUNDRAISING

In 2014, CGL raised almost $80,000 for the American Cancer Society through auctions and live events – thanks to your incredible generosity and support!

In April of this year, you helped us raise over $2,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand in the U.S. and The Brain Tumour Charity in the UK!

Later this year, we aim to host a smaller online fundraiser, in memory of our dear friend Bonnie Craft. 20-40 items will be up for bids via CGL on eBay; 100% of net proceeds to benefit a cancer charity (TBD).

REDESIGN

Thanks to Jared, CGL’s C0-Founder and Autograph Acquisitions Manager, Cancer Gets LOST has a new look! We are in the process of moving hosts/servers and updating this site, and will incorporate the new banner – as well as potentially create CGL t-shirts and other merchandise.

WALKER STALKER CONS!

Jared continues to work for Walker Stalker Con and travels with them to every city on their tour, which is fantastic – because the kind folks at WSC allow him to get items signed by the actors at the cons for our next charity auction! In addition to almost all cast members from The Walking Dead, Jared has secured autographs on auction items from actors on Breaking Bad and LOST (including our friends Nestor Carbonell, Mira Furlan & Harold Perrineau, and Henry Ian Cusick and Elizabeth Mitchell)!

DONATIONS

We are thrilled to announce that anyone interested in making a financial donation directly to Cancer Gets LOST is now able to do so via Paypal! Please click on the Donations tab above for more information.

2016 CGL CHARITY AUCTION

Our next large online auction will begin on August 15, 2016 (yes, LOST numbers: 8.15.16), hosted by our partner Blacksparrow Auctions, and will feature several hundred rare and/or signed items from various television shows and films! 100% of net proceeds from this auction will be donated directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a terrific organization that funds research to find better treatments and cures for children with cancer.

Thanks to amazingly generous actors, writers and producers that I’ve been meeting with (as well as lovely friends acquiring items on our behalf), we now have rare and/or autographed memorabilia for our next auction from over 25 shows (new additions include The 100, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, The X-Files) and films like Star Wars! For a complete list of shows and films represented in our next auction thus far, click on the 2016 Auction tab above!

Jo with Damon at the 2015 ATX Television Festival

Although neither are seeking credit for donating anything, we are delighted to share that both Damon Lindelof and Bad Robot have made incredibly significant item contributions to our 2016 charity auction! In addition to many rare and signed LOST items, we now have props and limited edition memorabilia from Alcatraz, Fringe and Person of Interest!

SDCC 2015

We will both be attending San Diego Comic-Con once again this year, doing what we love – connecting and collecting! There is a slight possibility that we will be hosting a casual CGL meet-up (with a charitable angle of course) on Saturday along with our friends at The 100 Charity Project, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. If you see us around, please come introduce yourselves and say hello!

In addition, we are strongly considering and looking into having a Cancer Gets LOST booth at SDCC in 2016! Charity auction items would be on display, and we would feature a Donation Drop Off area for attendees who are interested in donating any rare/signed items or memorabilia of interest that they acquired at the con for our next charity auction! We will keep you posted, should this become a reality.

Thank you for your interest in and support of CGL!

– Jo

Jo Garfein, Executive Director/Co-Founder

The (Holiday) Package: CGL’s Final 2014 Fundraiser!

The American Cancer Society recognized CGL as a community partner!

Hello LOST friends, and happy holidays!

As of today, we have raised a grand total of $78,586.57 for the American Cancer Society this year via 2 very successful charity auctions, online donations from kind fans/friends and percentages of proceeds from both LOST: The Musical and LOST 2014! Thank you all SO much for your heartwarming generosity – we are forever appreciative for your support.

We were thrilled and honored that the ACS kindly acknowledged Cancer Gets LOST at their Bay Area gala a few weeks ago; CGL is recognized as a community partner because of the amount we have raised for the ACS in 2014!

GIVING TUESDAY

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, and as 2014 comes to an end – we are offering up a few fun incentives to make last-minute donations to the ACS. Why not make a tax-deductible contribution AND treat yourself or another LOST fan in your life with a small piece of memorabilia? We are hoping to up our grand total of ACS donations to an even $80,000 if possible (or, in honor of LOST: $81,500)!

DONATION INCENTIVES

1) If you make a donation to the ACS in the amount of $10 or more, we will ship you a custom Squirrel Baby on Board window sign (commissioned by our good friend, the late Bonnie Craft).

2) If you make a donation to the ACS in the amount of $25 or more, we will ship you a Squirrel Baby on Board window sign, CGL poster and CGL wristband.

Author and LOST star Evangeline Lilly recently signed a copy of her book The Squickerwonkers specifically for CGL!

3) If you make a donation to the ACS in the amount of $50 or more, will will ship you a Squirrel Baby on Board window sign, CGL poster, CGL wristband – AND you will be automatically entered to win an autographed copy of Evangeline Lilly’s book The Squickerwonkers or a LOST Season 6 DVD signed by Damon Lindelof! We have one of each to give away.

Season 6 DVD, signed & donated by Damon Lindelof for CGL!

Yes, we will ship anywhere around the globe. If you’d like participate in our fundraiser by making a contribution to the ACS, simply visit their website and then email us your receipt (cancergetslost @ gmail dot com) by December 15!

* In addition, everyone who makes a donation in any amount will be entered to win a randomly selected LOST bobble head or action figure (while supplies last)!

Namaste – and thank you in advance for your consideration.

J0 & Jared

The Hatch Door is Now Open: Welcome to the 2014 CGL Charity Auction!

The time has finally arrived! Two years in the making, we are very proud to present the official 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction hosted by Blacksparrow Auctions! HERE is the link for auction, which is open 1 day early! It will remain open online until September 27, and anyone around the world is welcome to register and bid!

Bid Together, Buy Alone

If you are interested in participating in our 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction by bidding on any of the 455 items, registration is now open! There are a few simple steps to register on the auction home page, and the approval process is quick (usually same day).

Questions? 

All auction instructions, bidding, payment and shipping information is located right on the home page of the auction! If you have any logistical questions about the auction or auction items consigned by Blacksparrow, please contact them via this Contact Us form or email (blacksparrowauctions@gmail.com).

If you have any questions about Cancer Gets LOST items specifically, please email Jo (jo@jopinionated.com).

Charity of Choice

As a reminder, 100% of final bids (“hammer price”) from all CGL designated items will be donated to the American Cancer Society. We selected this charity because cancer has affected our own families recently, as well as so many of yours – and the ACS is a fantastic resource for cancer research, programs and services.

The auction itself is dedicated to the memory of Amy Jensen, wife of our good friend Jeff Jensen from Entertainment Weekly. Amy passed away in June after bravely battling brain cancer for many years. We are honored to be able to raise money for an organization that offers support for families like the Jensens.

If you are interesting in supporting the cause but not bidding on anything in the auction, we encourage you to please make a donation to the ACS on their site. Of course you do not need to designate that it is for CGL; donate in honor or in memory of anyone you choose. Please email Jo your donation receipt for any contribution amount (jo at jopinionated dot com); we would love to send you either a CGL wristband or poster.  And your name will be added to our list of 2014 CGL ACS supporters.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and FB for daily auction item highlights and updates. Thank you in advance for your interest, support and helping to spread the word!

Namaste!

Jo & Jared

2014 Charity Auction Details!

In just two weeks, our huge online charity auction opens! Beginning September 1 and ending on September 27, the official 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction will be open to fans and collectors around the globe.

Jared models an authentic Dharma jacket, donated by Sterling Beaumon, that will be available in our charity auction!

Hosted By An[other]

The CGL charity auction is hosted by our partner Blacksparrow Auctions, and we will be posting Further Instructions about their bidding, payment and shipping processes next week. A digital catalog of items in the auction will be available on September 1; we will link to that here and on Twitter/FB.

Charity of Choice

100% of the proceeds from all CGL items in the auction will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society! In addition, a percentage of the proceeds from a few items in the auction that are consigned through Blacksparrow Auctions (entirely separate from CGL) will also be donated to the ACS! Auction items will be very clearly designated as CGL or Blacksparrow.

If you prefer to support CGL by making a financial contribution to the ACS rather than bid on items in our charity auction, here are simple instructions to do so. We already have a generous friend who has offered to match the first $500 donated to the ACS via CGL!

Our Hearts and Minds

We selected the ACS as our charity of choice this year because Jo’s mother-in-law has pancreatic cancer. The auction itself is dedicated to the memory of Amy Jensen, wife of our good friend Jeff Jensen from Entertainment Weekly. Amy passed away in June after bravely battling brain cancer for many years. We are honored to be able to raise money for an organization that offers support to all families facing cancer with and on behalf of their loved ones.

The Items Behind the Curtain

On September 1, we’re so excited to be able to share with you the incredible items that have been donated and that we’ve been collecting for this charity auction over the last two years! Here is a list of the films and television shows with signed or rare memorabilia featured in our auction.

Alcatraz
Alias
American Horror Story
Animaniacs
Arrow
Bates Motel
Breaking Bad
Community
Dexter
Dr. Who
Felicity
The Following
Fringe
Game of Thrones
Ghostbusters
Heroes
The Hunger Games
Intelligence
The Leftovers
LOST
Once Upon a Time
Orange is the New Black
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Liars
Revolution
Scandal
The Simpsons
Star Trek
The Strain
Super 8
Survivor 
The Voice
The Walking Dead
Young & Hungry 

 

We would not be able to put this auction together without the incredible support of the many who have kindly taken the time to either sign or donate items. Your contributions are so very appreciated.

Our friend Daniel Roebuck stopped by the Blacksparrow Auctions warehouse recently to sign a Dr. Arzt bobblehead for the auction, and we also attempted to make this silly promo video!

Stay tuned for more auction details and frequent updates!

Namaste,

Jared and Jo

 

The Long (San Diego Comic) Con!

Last weekend we attended San Diego Comic-Con once again, with the primary focus of networking for the charity and getting on the radar of folks who may want to contribute videos or auction items in the future! We are happy to report that with the help of many CGL friends, many pieces of memorabilia that will be featured in our upcoming charity auction were acquired during this trip! As a reminder, our online charity auction (hosted by Blacksparrow Auctions), opens on September 1, 2014 and runs through September 27. The auction is open to anyone around the globe, and proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society!

Sam Underwood, currently starring as Luke/Mark on The Following and formerly Zach Hamilton on Dexter, kindly signed this Dexter: The Final Season DVD for our auction!

Dexter: The Final Season DVD

In addition, Sam also arranged to get the SDCC 2014 name placards signed by his co-stars and show runners from The Following for us!

The Following cast & show runner SDCC placards

Just as she did at SDCC 2013, the very sweet and generous Evangeline Lilly (Kate on LOST, Tauriel in The Hobbit, soon to be Hope in Ant-Man) signed a copy of her book The Squickerwonkers for our charity auction! We will have signed copies of both last year’s soft cover version and this year’s hard cover updated version of her book in the auction.

Jo with Evangeline Lilly at NerdHQ, SDCC 2014

In other LOST-alum related news, Jo was also lucky enough to run into Harold Perrineau – who was at SDCC promoting his new show Constantine. Although he was literally running from one event to the next, he took the time to sign a Michael & Walt costume card for the auction!

Jo with Harold Perrineau at SDCC 2014

We are so grateful to those behind and in front of the camera in the film/TV industry that continue to support our cause; their contributions significantly elevate our auction offerings and fundraising opportunities.

Stay tuned for many more auction updates and instructions this month!

Namaste,

– Jo & Jared

 

The Shape of Things to Come: CGL in 2014!

Hello, LOST friends – and happy 8.23! We’ve missed you and have been feeling unusually nostalgic lately, for two specific reasons.

First, because tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of our first Cancer Gets LOST live events (webcast and fundraising fan party)! One year ago this week, so many of you generously bid on items in our charity auction, watched the live webcast or attended the fundraising event in Los Angeles. That was an experience that we continue to look back upon quite fondly, and we are still in awe of your incredible contributions and support.

Second, because next year marks 10 years since LOST entered/changed our lives – and we are thrilled to announce that CGL will be hosting and/or sponsoring a live event (to be determined) at LOST 2014 on Oahu! As many of you know, LOST 2014 is the official fan gathering in Hawaii to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of LOST’s debut (9/22/14). To answer the most obvious and frequently asked next question – not yet (cast/crew will be invited but due to their filming schedules/locations and unknown career moves in 2014, we aren’t able to confirm anyone until later next year)! [Side note: I am actually working with the LOST 2014 organizers as their talent liaison, so rest assured that WHEN we are able to announce special guests – you will be among the first to know on all of our various social networks!]

Right now, CGL is in the planning stages for our involvement and partnership with LOST 2014, but here are few details about our plans for next year that we can share:

  1. We are very aware that those of you who plan to attend LOST 2014 will be spending a great deal of money to do so; therefore rest assured that whatever CGL winds up hosting/sponsoring – it will be an affordable option, and every cent will be donated to charity!
  2. There will be a CGL online auction featuring rare and signed memorabilia from a wide variety of television shows and films, which will run concurrently with the events in Hawaii (starting 1 week before and ending 1 week after)! We wanted to offer something for those of you who aren’t attending to participate! Of course the auction will be open to everyone around the world, regardless of whether or not you’re going to be in Hawaii. * Please note: winning bidders will be responsible for all auction item shipping costs and insurance.
  3. 100% of the proceeds from the CGL LOST 2014 event and CGL 2014 auction will go directly to the American Cancer Society, our charity of choice for next year!

Stay tuned for more details – and thank you for your continued interest and support!

Please ‘like’ the official LOST 2014 Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. The Team Behind the Curtain is working very diligently in the hopes of offering fans good travel deals, island tour options and (fingers crossed) a Pilot screening! By the way – if you’re interested, they just started a LOST re-watch and are also seeking a logo designer; all of the details are on their site and FB page!

Just a reminder – you can also follow CGL on FB & Twitter. 🙂

Namaste!

– Jo