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Rancho Obi-Wan’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 24th, Galaween
, will celebrate the ties between Star Wars
and Halloween with special guests, games, auctions, dinner and drinks.
Members can log in to purchase their tickets now.
Galaween takes place in the midst of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars
memorabilia and is hosted by master-collector Steve Sansweet. The Gala will raise funds for the ongoing costs of maintaining Rancho Obi-Wan and enable us to continue our mission of inspiring others. We look forward to spending an incredible evening with you celebrating our mutual love of Star Wars
and relaxing amongst friends!
SPECIAL GUEST: Don Post Jr. succeeded his dad as head of Don Post Studios, which was founded in 1938 (and was in business for 74 years) and provided masks and related items for both Hollywood films and the growing commercial and collectors’ market. Star Wars fans know it as one of the first Star Wars licensees and for its incredible range of over-the-head latex masks and helmets that were sold from 1977 through 2000. Thanks to Don, his successor company and Lucasfilm, Rancho Obi-Wan has become the repository for many original Don Post Star Wars mask molds and other pieces, which will be on public display for the first time at Galaween. Don will answer questions and chat about his early role in producing Star Wars memorabilia.
Add unique items to your collection:
Guests will receive a spectacular swag bag filled with exclusive goodies including a T-shirt and patch with the Galaween logo from our talented graphic artist Curt Hanks.
Vintage memorabilia and merchandise from licensees will be a highlight of a silent auction.
A live auction conducted by Steve will feature donations of original art by artists such as Dan Bergren, Ted Dastick Jr., Ingrid Hardy, Karen Hinson and Rhiannon Owens. The auction will also include one-of-a-kind Star Wars lighted permanent pumpkins carved by The Pumpkin Geek exclusively for Galaween.
Lots of games offer the opportunity to win prizes including the popular Balloon Pop, BB-8 Bobbing and plenty of themed surprises.
Door prizes and raffle prizes are always abundant!
SPECIAL GUEST: Alex Wer, aka The Pumpkin Geek was always obsessed with carving pumpkins. He began experimenting with using shading techniques and eventually shifted to “craft” pumpkins so that the pieces would last forever. Alex attends conventions, won a Geekie Award for his work, has been hired by Netflix, ESPN, and Legendary Entertainment; he has appeared on hundreds of blogs and was featured in People Magazine last year. Watch Alex carve one pumpkin live at Galaween and bid on a dazzling display of one-of-a-kind Star Wars pumpkins that will be offered at auction.
Indulge yourself with treats and services from our award-winning providers:
Dinner will be prepared by local chef Julie Warner of Twisted 2 restaurant.
Wine from many of Sonoma County’s 16 appellations will be served in addition to local beer and fizzy drinks.
Luscious desert will be baked by Rancho neighbor Let’s Do Cake.
Memories will be captured by Victoria Webb Photography, voted best photographer in Petaluma and best wedding photographer in Sonoma County three years in a row.
Members can log in to purchase their tickets now.
SPECIAL GUEST: Eileen the Light Coach, a “spiritual alchemist,” is a powerful Intuitive and Medium. As a child she grew up amidst palm and Tarot card readers and fortune tellers. Galaween guests will have the opportunity to have Eileen offer her insight through a special Force card reading.
Only current supporting members of Rancho Obi-Wan can attend. To become a member or to renew a past membership, sign up with a $40 tax-deductible donation
. Tickets are on sale at an early-bird price of $200* until midnight Pacific time
Oct. 4, when they will be regularly priced at $250**. Those who can’t attend in person can still buy absentee tickets to receive a swag bag and submit bids for the auction items, which will be listed and shown on the Rancho website.
* $100 of the ticket price may be tax-deductible. ** $150 of the donation may be tax-deductible. Members can purchase a ticket for themselves and a ticket for one guest.
All attendees must be 21 and over. There is no parking at Rancho Obi-Wan; we will have offsite parking and shuttle pick-up. Costumes will not be permitted.
Donate Items for the Auctions
by contacting Board Member Rich Smolen at firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange a donation for our live and silent auctions or for our swag bags. Donors will receive recognition in our social media, on our web site and at the event. Donors will be sent a receipt for tax purposes.
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