Photos, left to right: Bob May (1939-2009); our Charity Auction Donation Room in 2015; Lalla Ward raising money for the Denville Hall trust in 2017.
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 event, has raised over $240,000 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, the Wounded Warrior Project, the LUMOS Foundation, the Denville Hall actors home, the Pop Hero Coalition, the LASFS Building Fund, Project MotorHouse, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Our target charity for 2021 will be announced prior to the convention.
The annual charity auction will take place on the Sunday of the convention, starting at noon. Our Auction Donation Room will be open taking merchandise donations that will be put up for auction; your contributions are welcome (see below). The Auction Donation Room has moved toward the back of the center hallway, opposite the rear door to the Dealers Room. In addition, we will once again be taking silent auction bids on merchandise throughout the weekend in this room.
About the Bob May Memorial Charity Auction
Gallifrey One’s annual charity auction, which takes place Sunday afternoon at each year’s convention, is named in honor of our friend Bob May. Best known for playing the Robot on the 1960s television series Lost in Space, Bob was also part of our convention family — for over a decade, he was a mainstay at our convention as a programming guest, dealer, raconteur, and beloved auctioneer at our charity event. Since Bob’s passing in 2009, and with the gracious and continuing support of Bob’s family, the event has been perpetually dedicated to his memory, and the proceeds donated in his name.
100% of the proceeds of the Bob May Charity Auction goes directly to the year’s target charity.
In addition to the charity auction, we have a full room dedicated to charity auction item donations and silent bidding! Details on that will be shared closer to the convention.
We Need You!
The Gallifrey One Bob May Charity Auction relies entirely upon donations of merchandise to auction for a good cause!
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 items from many different genres: a few examples include Torchwood, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The Expanse, Stranger Things, Westworld, The Prisoner, Blake’s 7, Outlander Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Red Dwarf and the myriad comics-related TV shows and films; as well as 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.