Category: Damon Lindelof

Post-Auction Instructions & Notes of Gratitude!

Thank you so very much for your spectacular participation in our charity auction! As you know, the 2016 Cancer Gets LOST Charity Auction came to a close on Saturday. It was a rousing success, thanks to the tremendous generosity of fans bidding from across the globe!

Below you will find a list of the steps to follow if you’ve won items in our auction, as well as special acknowledgements of those who went above and beyond to bring the CGL auction to life.

BUYER RESPONSIBILITY

  • Within the next two days, Blacksparrow will be emailing all winning bidders an itemized invoice for items won in the 2016 CGL Charity Auction, including shipping costs. * If you win multiple items, they will be combined on one invoice. In the email, there will be a link to the Cancer Gets LOST Paypal account, for winning bidders to complete payment. You will have 7 working days to complete payments for items won.
  • PLEASE make sure that you enter the exact amount from your invoice when you make your Paypal payment! You do not have to have a Paypal account, but we strongly recommend it. Paypal does offer the option to pay via credit card.

TAXES

  • Residents of California must pay applicable sales tax (9%) on final bid prices of items.
  • If you won an item in the CGL auction valued at over $75, you will automatically receive a tax receipt from CGL/FJC. If you won an item valued under $75, you may request a tax receipt from FJC (please email CGL: cancergetslost at gmail dot com), or your Paypal receipt can serve as U.S. tax substantiation.

* LOCAL PICK-UP OF AUCTION ITEMS *

If you live in the Los Angeles area or are visiting soon and would like to pick up your auction items in person, PLEASE NOTE: you must pay applicable CA sales tax (9%) on final bid prices of items, even if you live out of state! * Please contact Blacksparrow Inc. ASAP if you’d like to schedule local pickup (info at blacksparrowinc dot com) and to clarify further.

SHIPPING OF AUCTION ITEMS

Because CGL is a 2-person operation and CGL’s charitable fiscal sponsor FJC, a 501c(3) public charity, has to process all payments to the CGL Paypal account, please note that shipment of your items from Blacksparrow will take place throughout September and early October. We appreciate your patience in advance!

  • All domestic packages will be shipped via USPS or FedEx, depending on expediency and costs. Blacksparrow will choose the best option for you at the most reasonable cost. All packages will include insurance and tracking. Shipping notifications with tracking info will be emailed to winning bidders.
  • All overseas packages will be shipped via USPS International First Class (for packages weighing less than 3 pounds), or USPS International Priority (for packages 3 pounds or higher).
  • * For Canadian auction item winners, if you are concerned about the current postal strike – Blacksparrow would be happy to hold your items until the issues are resolved. Just let them know!
  • All oversize items, e.g., large wall panel-size posters on foam core, will require 3rd party shipping (Box Brothers, Freighters & Craters, etc.).

Every item from the CGL Charity Auction will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

Once all auction payments have been made, items have been shipped and details have been finalized with our fiscal sponsor FJC, Cancer Gets LOST will be donating 100% of the net proceeds from this charity auction to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer! We will let you know the total amount donated once all of the details above have been finalized.

THANK YOU!

A note of sincere gratitude goes out to CGL’s fiscal sponsor FJC – and to Program Manager Nikki Carpenter, who works hard to ensure that all of the details behinds the scenes run smoothly for us!

We were able to successfully and seamlessly build this auction because of our auction host and friends at Blacksparrow, Inc. Huge thanks to Fong and Erica for working with us for the last two years to bring this charity auction to life, for their beautiful photography and catalog, meticulous auction details and shipping management!

Our long LOST friends Showrunner/Executive Producer Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) and Supervising Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, Xena) each donated and signed an absolute treasure trove of items to CGL for this charity auction, and we are forever grateful for their amazing contributions! Former LOST Showrunner/Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Colony, The Strain) and Jorge Garcia (Hawaii Five-O) also kindly signed stacks of items for our auction. And LOST Executive Producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis (Once Upon a Time) continue to spoil CGL with their kind item donations and autographs!

Once again we are stunned by the sheer number of items that Bad Robot generously donated to CGL for this charity auction from several of their shows – thank you very much, Noreen O’Toole!

The cast, crew and creative team from The 100 went above and beyond for Cancer Gets LOST this year, and we so appreciate their many item and autograph contributions to this auction. In particular, we must thank The 100 Writers Room, Props Department and both Eliza Taylor & Lindsey Morgan for their ongoing generosity and friendship!

Paul McQue is a legend in both the LOST and Star Wars communities, and with good reason! He is a lovely, kind and generous human being and terrific friend to CGL; Paul traveled the globe to acquire and get rare items signed for our auction, and we are honored that he donates his contributions to our cause.

CGL’s co-founder Jared “Jay” Wong works for Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in his spare time, and ensures that items from shows and films represented at those events are signed for our auctions! We would like to especially thank Jay, The Walking Dead cast for always signing many items for us, and the folks that run WSC & HVFF for partnering with CGL for the greater good.

To Bobby Moynihan, John BernsteinSesame Street and Warner Brothers Television, we extend our gratitude for your fantastic auction item donations and support!

FANS!

To every single person from all fandoms that donated an item or autograph to our charity auction, know that we are so grateful for your contributions and appreciate them more than you know! Your generosity fuels our desire to continue channeling fans toward the greater good, and we are only able to do so because of your ongoing support.

FYI: there is a Thank You tab on this site where we tried to list out every single person that donated items, their time or autographs for our charity auction!

2017 & BEYOND

Once we have finalized and closed the 2016 CGL Charity Auction, we will start to focus on two events in 2017: the CGL Charity Concert at the Unity Days Con (January in Vancouver), and the onsite CGL silent auction we are hosting at LOST 2017 next October in Hawaii!

CONTRIBUTING TO CGL

Year-round, we are open to item donations, from custom art and handcrafted items to screen-used props, signed scripts & photos, trading cards, limited edition prints & posters, sealed collectibles and more! If you are interested in possibly contributing something for our next major online charity auction (slated for 2018; date TBD), please email us any time: cancergetslost at gmail dot com!

If you would like to support Cancer Gets LOST by making a financial donation to help us cover operating costs, we have a Paypal button at the top right of this and every page on our site.

If you make a contribution in any amount, we will send you a CGL wristband!

Thank you again for your outstanding support, retweets/social media posts & shares, generous item donations and incredible bids in our charity auction!

If you’re going to either the September 22 or September 23 “We Have to Go Back” LOST Concerts with Michael Giacchino in Los Angeles, we are attending both nights and will see you there in a few weeks!

– Jo

Jo Garfein, Executive Director/Co-Founder

 

Cancer Gets LOST in 2016

LOST skateboard deck, donated to CGL by Bad Robot!

Hello, friends! We wanted to end the year by thanking you for your incredible support of our charitable endeavors, and for making financial donations both to cancer charities we support AND to Cancer Gets LOST. As most of you are aware, we now have a “Donate to CGL via PayPal” option (button on top right side of the page) – in case you might be interested in making a contribution to our charity in any amount before the end of 2015 or beyond!

Javi Grillo-Marxuach signing & donating rare LOST items for CGL!

We must send a shout-out of major gratitude to LOST show runner/executive producer Damon Lindelof, supervising producer/writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach and our friends at Bad Robot, who all individually donated absolute treasure troves of rare and signed items in 2015 for future CGL auctions. They are incredibly generous human beings, and we are very lucky that they kindly reached out to CGL with items that will no doubt help us raise thousands of dollars for charity. In addition, our friend Paul M. donated a majority of the autographed and rare Star Wars items for our next auction, and we are thrilled to be able to feature them in 2016. Thank you, ALL!

The Walking Dead Glenn Pop! figure, signed by Steven Yeun for CGL!

Our next major online charity auction will debut on 8.15.16 (three numbers familiar to LOST fans everywhere)! Hosted by our partner Blacksparrow Auctions, this will be our largest auction yet, featuring over 400 items from 30+ TV shows and 10+ films! 100% of the net proceeds from the 2016 CGL Charity Auction will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in support of a cure and research for childhood cancer.

In addition, we may host a live fundraising event in Los Angeles in 2016 – will keep you posted!

The 100 script (signed by the cast), donated to CGL by Jason Rothenberg & Layne Morgan!

Rare and/or autographed memorabilia in the 2016 CGL charity auction includes:

The 100, Agent Carter, American Horror Story, Arrow, Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, Castle, Doctor Who, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Hawaii Five-O, The Leftovers, LOST, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, The X-Files and many more of your favorite shows/movies!

To all of the writers, producers, networks, studios and actors who have donated items to our charity auction – we tip our hat and offer our sincere thanks. To the fans from all shows and communities that have also donated items or money to CGL – we love and appreciate your support so very much! Being able to channel fans toward the greater good is a gift and an honor; without YOU, there is no CGL.

Happy holidays to you and yours! We’ll see you on the other side.

– Jo

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

316: The LOST 10 Year Reunion PaleyFest Panel & Walker Stalker Con!

Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Ian Somerhalder & Maggie Grace at the LOST 10 Year Anniversary Reunion panel at PaleyFest (photo courtesy of @PatMc4Fun)

In March, we were fortunate to be able to attend both Walker Stalker Con in Chicago and the LOST 10 Year Anniversary Reunion panel at PaleyFest in LA! Below is a rundown of our fantastic experiences at both.

WALKER STALKER CON

Jared joins Nestor Carbonell on stage at his Walker Stalker Con panel (photo courtesy of @erikaolson)

Jared had the great pleasure of meeting and spending time with Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) at Walker Stalker Con in Chicago, and Nestor went above and beyond in support of CGL. He signed a variety of LOST and Bates Motel items, invited Jared on stage to join his panel to talk about CGL and even created a video promo for us (which we will reveal soon)! Special thanks to The Walker Stalkers themselves, James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff, for this opportunity – they’ve been so very kind to CGL!

CGL CHARITY AUCTION ACQUISITIONS

While Jared was in Chicago, Jo met up with a few very good friends of CGL in LA about our big charity auction in September. Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, show runners for Once Upon a Time, kindly signed items and also donated additional memorabilia! In addition, our friends at Bad Robot generously provided a few boxes of rare LOST prints and screen used props! Once again, the generosity from both parties was tremendous and we are always incredibly grateful for the contributions they make to our charity auctions.

Jo with Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz at the Once Upon a Time offices

Leading up to our big auction in September, we will be releasing preview teases of items that will be featured – and stay tuned for an official announcement about our new auction host partner! This year, we have designated 100% of the proceeds from our auction to benefit the American Cancer Society.

LOST 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY REUNION PANEL

Moderator Paul Scheer, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Ian Henry Cusick and Malcolm David Kelley – the LOST 10 Year Anniversary Reunion panel  (photo: @PatMc4Fun)

Jared quickly returned to LA to join Jo for the LOST 10 Year Anniversary Reunion panel at PaleyFest! Due to a variety of fortuitous circumstances, we were able to join the cast in the green room backstage before and after the panel. They allowed us to set up a table of auction items and the cast all stopped by to sign and chat with us. We were thrilled to have that opportunity, and once again this experience confirmed that all involved with LOST continue to be the most generous and supportive cast and creative in the business. The show debuted ten years ago and ended four years ago, and yet – they all still recognize and appreciate the amazing community and camaraderie they were responsible for creating.

CGL GUESTS OF HONOR

Jo and Sandy

We were very honored to have been able to provide two very special guests with tickets to the panel; two cancer survivors and huge LOST fans that made the journey specifically for the event. Robert traveled all the way from Europe, and Sandy drove up from San Diego! It was such a pleasure meeting both of them, and we will continue to send them positive vibes for good health.

MESSAGES FROM THE ISLAND

Jo, Damon, Jared & David backstage after the LOST PaleyFest panel

As a side project a while back, Jared had the idea to gather notes of encouragement and support for Damon Lindelof after his abrupt departure from Twitter. He created Messages From the Island, put all of the notes into a nice Dharma wine bottle and was able to deliver it in person after the PaleyFest panel. The look of joy on Damon’s face was genuine and heartwarming, and it was one of the more memorable moments we’ve experienced in the many years of LOST adventures together!

We have many exciting announcements on the horizon, so please stay tuned!

– Jared & Jo

LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion at PaleyFest – Ticket Giveaway!

[photo courtesy of The Paley Center for Media, from PaleyFest 2010]
Hello friends, and happy new year! We are so excited to have had the opportunity to purchase a few extra tickets to the LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles. We acquired 2 pairs of tickets to give away to two very special LOST fans! The event will take place on Sunday, March 16 at 7pm PST, at the Dolby Theater.

Who is eligible to receive these tickets? We are seeking two specific Candidates to attend the panel – LOST fans that are either currently battling cancer or are cancer survivors.

If you fit the description above, and are a huge fan of LOST –  please email Jo (jo at jopinionated dot com) by Friday, January 31. You may also nominate a LOST fan with cancer or a cancer survivor, as long as they wouldn’t mind and will be able to attend* if selected. We would love to give these tickets to true LOST fans that have stories about how the show has affected their life and even perhaps their health. Of course we appreciate your privacy and have no intention of posting or sharing any information contained in your emails.

* While it isn’t necessary that those who win the tickets live in the Los Angeles area, they MUST be able to provide their own transportation, lodging, etc. for themselves and their guests. Cancer Gets LOST is only providing two LOST panel tickets to two winners. In addition, the two fans that win the tickets must be able to guarantee that they can attend (barring any medical emergencies of course); we can only transfer the tickets to another name one time.

We will randomly draw 2 names from a hat after all entries have been received, and notify the winners by February 1.

It will be a great honor for us to share this experience with fellow LOST fans, to attend this incredible event with those who inspire us every day to continue channeling the generosity of passionate fans into raising money for cancer research and cures.

Namaste!

Jared and Jo

Help Us Help Alex (Not Rousseau)!

As you know, earlier this year we raised over $60,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society through an online auction, live webcast and fundraising party – all of which was a direct result of your overwhelming and very appreciated generosity!

For those who are interested in making another (or first time) charitable, tax-deductible contribution before the end of 2012, we would like to offer you an incentive! Among the many causes that Cancer Gets LOST supports, we are a huge fan of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – an organization dedicated to childhood cancer research. If you make a donation to their foundation in any amount by December 31, 2012 and email us your receipt, you will be automatically entered to receive one of the following items in return:

  • 1 limited edition “Jacob Loves You” 14×20 mini-poster, created by Cancer Gets LOST co-founder Jared W! [50 available] – OR –

  • 1 LOST S6 DVD set, donated & signed by Damon Lindelof [10 available]

PLUS: everyone who makes a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in any amount will receive one of our limited edition CGL wristbands!

To recap:

1) Make a donation directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand via this link by December 31, 2012

2) Email your receipt to jo [at] jopinionated [dot] com

3) PLEASE note in your email which item you’d like the most, in order (i.e. 1 – DVD, 2 – poster). We will try to accommodate your preferences but supplies are very limited and names will be drawn randomly!

4) Include your shipping address. Apologies, but this giveaway is open ONLY within the U.S.; our personal shipping funds are depleted from the auction, and we can only afford to ship within the U.S. IF you live outside of the U.S., make a donation and are willing to pay for shipping via Paypal, we can make an exception.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Namaste,

Jo

The Transmission: A Message from Damon Lindelof

To be very honest, when we received this video, our first reaction was: WOW. Our second reaction was: THANK YOU! We are absolutely honored to have Damon’s support, and are extremely grateful that he created this video for our cause, given what is currently on his plate:

  • Promoting Prometheus (a film he co-wrote that will be in wide release starting tonight!)
  • Releasing a new comic book that he wrote (you can purchase a digital copy of “Legends of the Dark Knight: The Butler Did It” here)
  • Producing the untitled Star Trek sequel (which he also co-wrote)
  • Co-writing a new film (1952) with Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen

The fact is that Damon created and wrote the show that spawned the community that inspired this charity; we realize the magnitude of his video contribution, and how it will affect our fundraising efforts for the National Brain Tumor Society. Thus, we really appreciate and want to thank both Damon Lindelof and his amazing assistant Josie, for coordinating efforts in support of Cancer Gets LOST!

And in case you missed our recent announcement, here are details about the official Cancer Gets LOST charity auction and live webcast, with an introduction from another familiar friendly LOST face!

– Jo & Jared