Bob May Memorial Charity Auction
It’s not just about fun and games… every year, we like to spend some quality time raising money for a good cause.
Gallifrey One’s annual charity event, the Bob May Memorial Charity Auction 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, and in 2013, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
This year, for our charity auction, we’ve made the decision to go a bit more personal, due to a recent tragedy in our own family. On the evening of September 9, 2013, one of our own was killed in a horrific accident caused by a drunk driver; Aimee Hoff, a 23-year-old member of our Operations staff, a young woman who has grown up with our convention (her father is Charlie Hoff, the head of our technical services department), was among the fatalities. This sudden and tragic loss silenced a young woman who was dedicated to theatre and music, and our entire staff has mourned her loss. To that end, Gallifrey One will be supporting the Aimee Hoff Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established at Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, California where she went to school. The fund will be set up to provide an annual scholarship to graduating seniors pursuing a college degree in the music field; as music was Aimee’s passion, we hope it will help continue her legacy and provide something positive out of this tragic event.
Our charity auction is named in honor of our late friend Bob May, best known for playing the Robot on the 1960s television series Lost in Space as well as for many years a participant in the Gallifrey One conventions as a program guest, dealer and auctioneer. Since his passing in 2009, our event has been perpetually dedicated to Bob May’s memory, with the gracious support of Bob’s wife Judy and daughter Deborah; 2014 will be the sixth year (of many more to come!) featuring Bob’s name on the event and donated in his name to the charity.
We are proud to say that 100% of the proceeds of the charity auction go directly to the charity.
The 2014 Bob May Memorial Charity Auction will once again take place on Sunday at our event. 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.
DONATIONS TO AUCTION
We are, as always, looking for items to be donated to this year’s charity benefit auction. Upon arrival, please drop off any materials you would like to donate to the Convention Office.
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 SG-1/Atlantis/Universe, 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.