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 prints, one-of-a-kind fan-made collectibles, autographs, posters, prototypes and many other items. Featured is a double-sided Revenge of the Sith theatrical poster autographed by George Lucas, Samuel Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen and others.
Donors include artists such as Dan Bergren, Katie Cook, Doug Cowan, Ingrid Hardy, Adam Hughes, Erik Maell, Eli Rutten, Allison Sohn, and Jerry VanderStelt. Other contributors include Tom Nelson, Prop Store, Paula Rosenberg, Walt Crowley, Gentle Giant, Highbridge Audio, Super7 and Funko.
Preview the auction items today.
Start bidding March 2 on eBay.
Also starting March 2nd will be a continuing series of eBay listings under the title Rancho Obi-Wan Dupe Deals. These are duplicate Star Wars items that owner Steve Sansweet has amassed over the years, usually by forgetting he already had an item and buying it again! Steve is contributing all of the items for the auctions, and proceeds will go to Rancho Obi-Wan. Each purchase will be accompanied by a certificate attesting that the item is a duplicate from the world’s largest Star Wars collection.
Following the success of last November’s World Record Night party and auction at Rancho Obi-Wan, the evening of Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 has been set for this year’s gala. Save the date now; details will be revealed in coming months. To see what a great time last year’s event was, check out Steve’s blog on StarWars.com.
All of the funds raised for Rancho Obi-Wan are used for such things as maintenance, security, professional services, providing tours for other charities to raise money, and community outreach. None is used for buying collectibles.
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
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
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
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
There are still a few World Record Night ULTIMATE SWAG BAGS available for a donation of $250.00. The bag is filled with record-breaking goodies: — A Rancho Obi-Wan “Officially Amazing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®” Drawstring Bag — A copy of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 book with special bookplate and bookmark … Continue reading
Rancho Obi-Wan has officially been recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 as housing the galaxy’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia! It’s been exciting to be one of a handful of top-featured record holders for 2014. So we’re celebrating and also helping to secure the future of what we do … Continue reading
“I don’t have the world’s longest fingernails, shortest dog, or largest collection of vacuum cleaners. But, according to the globally-recognized authority on such things, Guinness World Records 2014, I have amassed the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia” in the galaxy. But who knew that would be such a big … Continue reading
Rancho Obi-Wan has been officially recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as housing the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia” in the galaxy! Steve Sansweet has amassed more than 300,000 unique Star Wars items since 1977. The just-released GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2014 Edition features an amazing two-page photograph of part of … Continue reading