The Bob May Memorial Charity Auction

It’s not just about fun and games… every year, we also like to spend some quality time raising money for a good cause.

The Bob May Memorial Charity Auction, Gallifrey One’s annual charity benefit event that takes place every year on Sunday at 12:30pm at our convention, has raised over $100,000 for charity over the years for some very worthy causes, including the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death, the Downs Syndrome Association, the American Red Cross, the Dyslexia Scholarship Fund, the Hurricane Mitch Disaster Relief Fund, the War Child Charity, the Afghan Women’s Mission, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Starlight/Starbright Foundation, the American Heart Association, Actors and Others For Animals, the American Cancer Society, Direct Relief International, Pet Orphans of Southern California, Students Run LA, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, the Aimee Hoff Memorial Scholarship Fund, and in 2015, the Wounded Warrior Project.

nerdermysteriesThis year we’re partnering with Nerder Mysteries, a nonprofit geek and nerd themed production company local to Los Angeles who produces shows and events with a focus on family-friendly murder mysteries, as they sponsor our convention-wide game LET ZYGONS BE ZYGONS. Prepare to become a part of the adventure as you are immersed right in the middle of the action on a fun filled exploration through the convention: Doctors, companions, UNIT soldiers, and civilians are all welcome. Collect special convention-exclusive ribbons and enter to win fantastic prizes… and best of all, it’s all for charity! For more information about Nerder Mysteries or to get involved, visit nerdermysteries.com

lumosNerder Mysteries events help raise awareness and donations for various charity foundations, most especially LUMOS. Lumos is a non-governmental charitable organization founded by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that is dedicated to helping to transform the lives of up to eight million disadvantaged children who live in institutions and so-called orphanages around the world. Together with their worldwide partners, Lumos helps replace institutions with community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs. This supports families to provide the loving care their children need to develop to their full potential and build a positive future for themselves. More information and details about the services Lumos provides are at their website, wearelumos.org.

Nerder Mysteries will have a table in the front of the fan table hallway; that table will be your home base for your participation in the convention-wide game, as well as a place to find out more details about the charity. Your Convention Program Book will have full details and rules about the game inside (and we’ll publish that information a bit closer to the convention) and the Nerder Mysteries table will be your home base for participating in the game.

By joining in the fun and actively participating in the convention-wide game event, you can help raise funds and awareness for the Lumos Foundation… but even more importantly, you can join us for our charity auction, as Gallifrey One has joined forces this year with Nerder Mysteries to make LUMOS our auction’s target charity for 2016.

bobmayOur charity auction is named in honor of our friend Bob May, best known for playing the Robot on the 1960s television series Lost in Space. But for us at Gallifrey One, Bob was part of our family — for over a decade, he was a mainstay at our convention as a programming guest, dealer, raconteur… and beloved auctioneer at our charity events.  Since Bob’s passing in 2009, and with the gracious and continuing support of Bob’s family, our charity event has been perpetually dedicated to his memory, and the proceeds donated in his name.

As always, 100% of the proceeds of our charity auction goes directly to the charity.

The 2016 Bob May Memorial Charity Auction will once again take place on Sunday at our convention. Auction donations are readily accepted at our convention all weekend! Science fiction merchandise and memorabilia of any kind, both new and collectible, are welcome. You can stop by the convention office during the weekend to donate any merchandise; you will receive a statement for your donation.

What are we looking for? In short: donations of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror or genre related material, most especially Doctor Who and its spinoffs. This includes genres such as Torchwood, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Prisoner, Blake’s 7, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Red Dwarf, anything related to science fiction film and television, SF/fantasy literature, comic books, or collectibles. Anything that has a tangential relationship to the SF/fantasy/horror genre which is in at least very good condition. Autographed photos, commemorative items, one-time prints, illustrations, etc. are also welcome. If you find it to be a valuable collectible, chances are good that others will, too. Just be sure: this is not a disposal service for items you wish to throw away!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.