Thanks to all of you who bid on items in our Rancho Obi-Thon fundraiser, donated those items, or spread the word. While final income and expenses are still being calculated, it looks like we raised around $15,500 for maintenance, utilities, security, community outreach programs and other outlays.
There was one problem—again! For the second time, eBay closed down our auction for the iconic “Dave Filoni Clone Wars Hat,” autographed by Dave, the supervising director of the series; Matt Lanter, voice of Anakin; Tom Kane, voice of Yoda; and Sam Witwer, voice of Darth Maul. It would take a supercomputer with years of special programming to figure out some of eBay’s arcane rules on wording and how and when they’re applied. So we’re going to complete the auction ourselves, with Steve running it.
When the auction was terminated, the high bid was $860, and we know who that was from. To be fair to other bidders who were waiting until the end, we will be doing an email auction this weekend. These are the rules:
If you’re interested in entering the auction—remember, there’s a current top bid of $860 on the table—please send your email address and the subject line “Filoni Hat Auction” to email@example.com. Deadline for getting on the list of bidders is 9 PM Pacific Daylight Time Saturday night.
On Sunday night, the auction will be open from 6:30 PM to 7 PM Pacific Daylight time. That is when to submit any bids topping $860. At 7 PM we will email ALL active bidders with the current high bid. You will have five minutes to enter a higher bid. This will continue, if necessary, until a five-minute period passes without any new bids. We will then let all bidders know that bidding has ceased and inform the winner. Payment is accepted through PayPal only (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must be paid within 24 hours. Many thanks for your understanding!
Announcing our fundraising plans for 2014! An amazing eBay auction starts this week and an annual gala at Rancho itself will occur later this year. First up is Rancho Obi-Thon, a seven-day eBay charity auction to raise funds for the ongoing cost of running Rancho. There are original artworks and … Continue reading
The Rancho Obi-Wan 2014 membership kit pays homage to two artists, one central to the making of the original trilogy, and another whose artwork helped kick off the Star Wars renaissance in 1993. The kits, upgraded from last year, will be shipping soon. Become a member of Rancho Obi-Wan and … Continue reading
How would you like to live with the terrifying Sith Lord Darth Malgus? We’re about to find out at Rancho Obi-Wan as the more than 7-foot tall, 3-foot wide dark-side warrior has staked out a space in front of the museum’s art gallery. And he’s not leaving! Malgus is the … Continue reading
Rancho’s current Board of Directors consists of a multi-talented group of individuals who are dedicated to our mission of Inspiration. They have guided the non-profit through its first two years of operation with valuable insight and real-world experience. Last month, we added two additional members, each of whom will contribute … Continue reading
Blink and you’ll miss it on screen in The Empire Strikes Back! On a list of the 200 top vehicles in the Star Wars saga, it wouldn’t make last place. I’m embarrassed that there’s not even an entry for it in the 1.1 million word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, which … Continue reading
Many of you may know that Petaluma, California was once the “World’s Egg Basket.” More eggs were produced here than anywhere else between 1890 and 1970 or so. The egg incubator was invented in Petaluma and the temperate weather and soil provided ideal conditions for raising large flocks. It was … Continue reading
Without quite meaning to, I’ve developed a bit of a “tauntaun focus” in my collecting. I’ve always loved the noble beast of burden and the way it was brought to life in The Empire Strikes Back through stop-motion animation. Combine that with my love of handmade and fan-made items, and … Continue reading
The museum at Rancho Obi-Wan recently hosted its first wedding reception, with guests dining in splendor with a catered meal set up in front of the Art Gallery and under the watchful gaze of a giant Darth Vader. The couple, Charmaine and Ross Cuddie from Saskatchewan, Canada, were joined by … Continue reading