Category: Fundraising Event

Choose Kindness: CGL Partners with Fangirl Shirts for Fundraising Campaign!

We are excited to have teamed up with our friends at Fangirl Shirts for an ongoing Choose Kindness fundraising campaign; t-shirts, sweatshirts and mugs with “Be The Fan You Wish To See In The World” on the front and #ChooseKindness on the back! Click here to peruse merchandise options provided by Fangirl Shirts via Teespring, including styles for all genders and sizes.

As you know, CGL strongly believes in channeling all fandoms toward the greater good. We hope to see a more productive and positive social media presence among online fan communities, and aim to continuously influence fans to make an actual difference in the world. Thus, we adopted the phrase “Be The Fan You Wish To See In The World” and always encourage people online and in person to #ChooseKindness.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of each Choose Kindness item purchased during this campaign will be donated to PanCAN (the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)! PanCAN is CGL’s charity of choice right now because it is personal; we are inspired to raise money for this organization because my mother-in-law is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Fangirl Shirts also kindly interviewed me about this campaign, which is here on their site if you’re interested.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

– Jo Garfein

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Cancer Gets LOST

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

Numbers: The 4.8.15 CGL Fundraiser! (*UPDATED!)

 

Our goal with Cancer Gets LOST is always to channel incredibly generous fans toward the greater good. With that in mind, we are supporting two amazing cancer charities this month via a small online CGL fundraiser beginning today (4/8/15, the best LOST date yet) and have fun incentives to encourage your contributions!

This will be EASY, and we are thrilled to be able to send you something rather cool when you make a donation.

If you live in the U.S. or Canada and you make a $15.16 donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand OR if you live in the UK and make a £10.80 donation to The Brain Tumour Charity by 4.23.15 – we will send you a limited edition numbered LOST badge set!

Created and kindly donated by RetroCo.com (which just happens to be run by LOST fans) exclusively for CGL, this edition is limited to 108 box sets. Each set contains 8 different LOST pins, every set contains different pins and no two sets are alike!

The charities selected to benefit from your generosity on this occasion both do amazing work; we chose Alex’s Lemonade Stand – a terrific organization working to eradicate childhood cancer, and Chris from RetroCo chose The Brain Tumour Charity because they raise vital funds for the scientific and clinical research of brain tumors.

At this time we have 60 of these badge sets available to those who make online donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in the U.S./Canada and 15 badge sets available to those who make donations to The Brain Tumour Charity in the UK.

We anticipate that these are going to be quite popular, so we must limit them to ONE SET PER PERSON/DONATION. First come, first claimed! And no, none of of THE numbers are available. 🙂

If you live outside the U.S./Canada/UK, you can still donate to either cancer charity organization, but you will need to be able to provide an address within these countries for us to ship to.

This giveaway will be open from 4.8.15 through 4.23.15. Please allow several weeks for shipping and delivery. We will cover ALL postage costs! Every penny YOU donate will obviously go directly to the charities.

* * UPDATE: As of 6pm PST on 4/9/15, all 60 of the badge sets have been claimed for donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand!! Thank you all everybody SO much for your amazing generosity! Please keep in mind that we are receiving donations to Alex’s from folks not using our link, but their contributions count too! If we receive their receipts, they are considered in the same order received as all others.

If you made a donation anyway – we do appreciate it!! We simply do not have any more sets to give away for contributions! HOWEVER, if you make a donation to either charity by 4/23/15, you are still eligible to win one of the bonus incentive items below!

But we wanted to sweeten the pot: if you make a donation larger than what we are suggesting, in a LOST related amount ($23.42/$42.23, etc. or £16.23 or more), you will be automatically entered to win ONE of the following bonus incentive items:

  • Autographed Harold Perrineau (Michael) LOST trading card
  • Autographed Sterling Beaumon (young Ben Linus) LOST trading card
  • Autographed Mira Furlan (Rousseau) photo 
  • Bad Robot mystery playing cards [2 decks available; First edition & Black edition]
  • LOST numbers wristbands (Jac Vanek) [2 available!]
  • Custom framed LOST character print (artist: Michael B. Myers Jr.)

Thanks to MJ Carpenter for donating the framed print to the cause!

To be eligible to receive a limited edition LOST badge set, simply forward your email receipts from Alex’s Lemonade Stand or The Brain Tumour Charity to us (cancergetslost at gmail dot com). We will respond to let you know we’ve received it, and let you know if badge sets are still available by that time.

* Please be patient, as we are overwhelmed by the sheer number of amazing responses thus far! We will email you back to let you know we’ve received your receipt! 

To sum up:

  • $15.16 donation or more to Alex’s Lemonade Stand (U.S./Canada)
  • £10.80 donation or more to The Brain Tumour Charity (UK)
  • 60 badge sets available in the U.S./Canada
  • 15 badge sets available in the UK
  • Limit 1 set per person/donation
  • Email receipt to: cancergetslost at gmail dot com (by 4.23.15), and please include your preferred shipping address

A huge note of gratitude to Chris L. for donating these custom badge sets; without him, this fundraiser would not be possible!

Thank you so much for your consideration and support of these two wonderful cancer charity organizations.

Namaste,

Jo 

@CancerGetsLOST

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

Orientation: CGL Charity Webcast & Fundraising Event This Saturday (8/25)!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Noon-4pm PST: live streaming charity webcast w/LOST alum
7pm-11pm PST: fundraising event at Monk Space in LA

WEBCAST

Tune in this Saturday from noon-4pm PST as we host a live webcast with LOST alum (both cast and creative team)! Although the webcast will be streaming live online for everyone around the world to watch, the event itself is closed to the public.

During the webcast, we will be reminiscing and catching up with LOST actors and editors/producers/writers, as well as debuting a series of original videos. We will also be promoting items in our charity auction, as well as reminding viewers that they can make donations directly to the National Brain Tumor Society through specific links (which will be released tomorrow) that will count toward our overall fundraising efforts! As you know, 100% of the proceeds raised during the auction, webcast and fundraising event will benefit the NBTS. Stay tuned for details about the limited edition items we will be giving out in exchange for charitable contributions to the NBTS!

* You don’t need to be a LOST fan to enjoy the broadcast; the guests will be talking about their new films and television shows, and it is very likely that a variety of pop culture topics will be discussed!

Bookmark the official Cancer Gets LOST live webcast stream in advance! {In the rare event of Livestream network outage, here is our backup webcast URL!}

CONFIRMED Guests for the Cancer Gets LOST live charity webcast:

  • L. Scott Caldwell, LOST: Actress (Rose), Seasons 1-6
  • Andrea Gabriel, LOST: Actress (Nadia), Seasons 1-6
  • Jorge Garcia, LOST: Actor (Hurley), Seasons 1-6
  • Mark Goldman, LOST: Editor, Seasons 1-6
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach, LOST: Supervising Producer & Writer, Seasons 1-2
  • Neil Hopkins, LOST: Actor (Liam Pace), Seasons 1-6
  • Jeff “Doc” Jensen, Entertainment Weekly: Senior Writer & Totally ‘LOST’ Analyst
  • Daniel Roebuck, LOST: Actor (Dr. Arzt), Seasons 1-6
  • Elizabeth Sarnoff, LOST: Executive Producer & Writer, Seasons 1-6

More special guests are pending (due to their filming schedules), and once they are confirmed – we will update the list here!

FUNDRAISING EVENT

On Saturday at Monk Space in Los Angeles from 7pm-11pm PST, we are hosting an official Cancer Gets LOST fundraising event for the NBTS! We will be featuring LOST trivia, giveaways and more, and items from our charity auction will be on display.

You don’t have to actually be a LOST fan to attend; the event is open to everyone, and will be a fantastic social gathering of fellow pop culture nerds – all for a great cause!

ADMISSION/RAFFLE TICKETS

No advance tickets are necessary, and admission at the door will be $20 ($10 for guests under 21). 100% of all money collected will be donated to the National Brain Tumor Society! We will have separate wristbands for guests over and under 21, so please bring your ID. You may want to bring extra cash, as we have many LOST and other TV related goodies to give away via $2 raffle tickets (proceeds benefit the NBTS), there will be 2 limited edition posters for sale (also to benefit the NBTS), and there will be a food truck outside of the venue (Philly Please)!

ADDRESS & PARKING

Due to space limitations and fire codes that we must observe at the venue, only 200 guests will be allowed inside at any time. Please keep this in mind when planning your travel and evening! There is ample street parking along Western Avenue, and you will see a Cancer Gets LOST banner hanging on the outside of Monk Space. Please read street signs carefully, as the venue itself is on a primarily residential street.

Monk Space: 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90004

AUTOGRAPHS

** Because our #1 goal is to raise money for the cause through the charity auction, we kindly ask that you please do NOT bring items to the event to get signed by special guests – as doing so would essentially be countering our fundraising efforts via the auction. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

RSVP

Please RSVP to the event on our Facebook event page, or email party[at]cancergetslost[dot]org.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Special guests will be invited, but we cannot guarantee appearances ahead of time. However, they will be announced here as they are confirmed. We are thrilled to announce that actress Andrea Gabriel will be joining us! As you know, she played Nadia on LOST for 6 seasons. She also just filmed an arc on Gossip Girl and will be appearing in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Namaste,

Jared & Jo