#BidForTheKids, the mantra echoing the interwebs as we strategy the ultimate hours of the 2019 Cancer Will get LOST charity public sale that was featured throughout Conageddon2 in Boston this previous St. Paddy’s Day weekend. Fan Fest attended the intimate event, which was revealed in its second yr to be the brainchild of The 100 forged members Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, and Zach McGowan (RIP King Roan). Fan Fest sat in on panels, took dozens of selfies, met so many superb individuals, and naturally watched all the passionate fans come together with one widespread aim: supporting the show (and kicking cancers tukus). For those who’re unfamiliar with CGL, the non-profit channels fandom for the larger good and after solely partnering with Conageddon for its 2019 online auction, it was solely becoming that this one would function The 100 gadgets, the majority kindly signed by the forged. Each cent raised will probably be donated to the youngsters’s most cancers charity CURE Childhood Most cancers in memory of Isla, a young family pal of Eliza’s that just lately lost her battle to cancer.
In an sudden turn of occasions, CGL’s co-founder Jo Garfein, and The 100’s main woman spontaneously decided on the final day of the convention to public sale off, LIVE!, selfies of her and former co-star Alycia Debnam-Carey from set that fans had been longingly waiting for since point out of their existence fairly some time in the past. Because it was Eliza’s con, Garfein tells Fan Fest that “it seemed like an natural answer and state of affairs.” Not only would this put to mattress (pun meant) the growing want inside the fandom to see the selfies, but because of auctioning them off their proceeds would assist honor Isla’s reminiscence. The stay selfie public sale raised $6800! The silent public sale of two Pop units raised $660, speak about fandom coming collectively for the higher good!
Jo was type enough to talk with Fan Fest during Conageddon about her latest auction, and its influence on the planet. She additionally solely shared with us what her upcoming public sale will function… (must learn on to seek out out!) which is tremendous freakin’ thrilling!
Along with the stay, and silent public sale amassing over $7400, what’s operating by way of your thoughts as you strategy the $5,000 mark for the web public sale?
Genuine gratitude! There isn’t a approach to ever really understand how a charity public sale may do, so I try to handle expectations with regard to fundraising objectives. I spend loads of time “studying the room,” which is to say that I pay shut attention to how fandoms are responding to their exhibits and casts on-line at any given time.
And naturally CGL all the time takes into consideration the fact that many followers aren’t capable of afford auction gadgets at larger costs, so we function very low beginning bids and embrace decrease priced gadgets like unsigned artwork and clothes. Our aim is to channel all fans toward the higher good, and we hope that the vast panorama of sort fan communities on the market feel that our charity auctions are open and appealing to all of them!
Each Cancer Gets Lost public sale has a unique charity that you are raising money for, how do you go about choosing the charity– this public sale can be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer, are you able to converse concerning the journey to that call?
There are lots of of wonderful most cancers charities on the market. CGL selects a special most cancers charity to obtain our proceeds from each auction, to unfold the love and funding throughout many varieties of essential organizations that target most cancers analysis and household help.
Alas, there’s all the time a personal connection for us, which is why we chose CURE Childhood Cancer to obtain 100% of the proceeds from our CGL Conageddon 2 On-line Charity Auction. We’ve labored intently with our pricey pal Eliza Taylor on CGL auctions for many years, and share an incredible reference to regard to the social duty of our charitable endeavors. A number of years in the past I hosted a small online charity public sale with Eliza to assist fundraise for medical bills her younger household pal Isla in Thailand. Sweet Isla lately misplaced her battle with most cancers, and CGL was inspired to both donate our Conageddon 2 auction proceeds to a youngsters’s cancer group and dedicate the auction in her reminiscence.
Why do you assume it’s been so easy for The 100 forged to rally round this charity initiative?
As most The 100 fans are conscious, most of the forged are concerned with their very own charitable causes. This forged, in addition to the crew and artistic staff, collectively consider in giving again. And like everyone else on the earth – many in their lives have been touched by most cancers. Getting to know all of them during the last several years has been an ideal pleasure. There is a belief and luxury degree between all of us, and The 100 forged are the first to step forward and volunteer to sign gadgets when auctions are introduced. My appreciation for these pretty human beings is countless.
What do you attribute to the success of CGL? How necessary is something like this to those (or yourself) affected by incurable illness.
I truthfully consider that the success of CGL is completely because of the collective kindness of each the followers and the casts/crews of the exhibits and films they admire. Because cancer has affected the lives of just about everyone, it is a widespread trigger to rally behind. I’ve watched too many pals and beloved relations lose their lives to most cancers, so it’s of the utmost importance to me that cancer charities benefit from a grassroots fundraising effort like ours. Many most cancers non-profits are quite underfunded, and every single fan I’ve ever met or interacted with on-line shares CGL’s want to keep cancer analysis at the forefront as know-how advances.
How lengthy have you ever been getting ready for this specific public sale? Walk me via your course of with regard to attending to that remaining product all of us saw because the public sale went stay.
CGL auctions take about one hour of time per item to construct, from start to finish: communication about and item acquisition, delivery and/or receiving item to get signed, item authentication and images, auction development, PR & advertising on social media channels, cost affirmation and verification, packaging and remaining shipments.
I estimate that the CGL Conageddon 2 Charity Public sale took about 55 hours to create and launch. However it is a particularly satisfying expertise, due to the top outcome: we’re capable of donate a substantial amount of cash to a most cancers charity that makes an precise distinction in the lives of young youngsters dealing with this terrible disease.
The very fact is that I run CGL in my spare time, above and beyond my regular day job. So CGL comes to life throughout lunch breaks, after work every night time and on weekends. And I’d by no means complain about that! Cancer Will get Lost is a labor of love, and it has illuminated a path I consider I used to be destined to comply with for as long as I am in a position.
At this point, being a reputable and well-known non-profit, do individuals seek you out to donate gadgets? What’s the good merchandise you’ve got ever acquired?
On common, CGL receives 1-2 emails or direct messages per week from individuals providing to donate gadgets for future charity auctions! It is a blessing, given the shortage of time to pursue gadgets ourselves. Most are from followers across all kinds of exhibits and movies, but many are also from actors, writers and producers. The DNA of CGL is word-of-mouth social media love and goodwill amongst business associates which have beneficial us to their castmates, writers room, and so forth.
The good merchandise we’ve ever acquired was truly a private acquisition of mine. 5 years in the past I purchased a huge piece of the Oceanic Flight 815 airplane wing from LOST, had it reduce into smaller items and CGL auctioned them off individually. I consider we raised over $5,000 in complete, for our designated most cancers charity at the time. However did I maintain a small piece of the infamous airplane for my workplace? In fact I did! I’ll never take without any consideration how LOST changed my life, and that piece is a visible reminder to be pleased about CGL every single day.
Picture Courtesy of Jo Garfein
CGL likes to say that “the one factor we ship is packages”– are you able to clarify the importance of this assertion in the fandom.
It’s common information that certain fandoms interact in “delivery wars” about their favorite fictional characters online. We respect people who interact constructively, but we definitely try to avoid any negativity on the subject of what we function in our charity auctions. Thus, the one things we DO ship are charity public sale packages!
Particularly online, we see a lot negativity surrounding The 100 fandom, but but those with differing opinions and backgrounds have come collectively to boost money for a worthy trigger. How has this expertise modified your view on fandom or individuals typically?
While a number of subsets of The 100 fandom on-line are likely to solely supply destructive feedback and commentary, 99% of this fandom has been unbelievably supportive of our charitable endeavors (as well as many others)! At occasions, I really feel as though this complete fandom has been unfairly lumped together and dismissed as poisonous. However CGL has found the other to be true! In each charity auction we’ve hosted since 2016, most of the prime promoting gadgets are The 100 related.
In my expertise, probably the most generous followers (in coronary heart and spirit) in any on-line group are typically the quieter ones. Their voices and polite contributions do not receive the identical degree of attention because the small number of louder, disrespectful voices breaking by means of the noise on Twitter. But I am inspired and inspired by fans that all the time select kindness!
Which gadgets did you anticipate can be an enormous hit in helping to boost money to CURE Childhood Most cancers?
It is no secret that candy Alycia Debnam-Carey is a magical unicorn, within the sense that she attends only a few Cons and and only indicators FTWD gadgets at Comedian-Con occasions hosted by her present community (AMC). Thus, as a result of she has signed so few gadgets out there, any Lexa artwork that CGL has been fortunate enough to get signed by ADC winds up being THE prime selling item in our charity auctions! In our current Conageddon 2 public sale, as suspected, the highest 2 highest bids as of now are for 2 items of fan art that Alycia has kindly signed for us! That being stated, the unique The 100 Season three forged/crew jacket can also be a scorching ticket merchandise on this auction as properly!
Picture Courtesy of Jo GarfeinPicture Courtesy of Jo Garfein
What did you sit up for most about Conageddon weekend? Whiskey and naps?
Ha, neither! My favorite facet of fan conventions is the opportunity to reunite and meet up with great pals from the fandom, and Conageddon presents a uniquely chill experience by which to take action.
And truthfully, I just love with the ability to update the forged in individual concerning the public sale gadgets they contributed to for Cancer Gets Lost; their faces mild up once they see how impactful something as seemingly small as an autograph could be. This forged particularly could be very aware of how their particular person characters have affected fans from around the globe, and watching them interact with the fans at this Con is one thing special to witness in individual.
Now, the question of the hour– as soon as this public sale closes on March 20th, what’s subsequent for CGL? Can you give FanFest the inside track on what you’ve been working on…
I can solely reveal that CGL might be internet hosting a small on-line charity public sale, in the summer or fall of 2019, that includes all custom doodles from numerous TV writers rooms! It’s the brainchild of my excellent good friend Javier Grillo-Marxuach, previously of LOST and The 100, and now Co-Government Producer of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (coming soon on Netflix). We’ve featured Javi’s terrific writers room sketches in previous CGL charity auctions, they usually all the time raised a pleasant sum of money for the trigger. And now Javi is within the means of amassing a fun variety of doodles from writers rooms throughout many genres and networks! Once details and dates have been finalized, we’ll share them with our followers!
I might identical to to take this chance to thanks for choosing to do a story about Most cancers Gets Lost, and highlight our present online charity public sale! In addition, we are very grateful for all fans which might be collaborating in the public sale, as you make an essential difference in the lives of younger youngsters who are dealing with unimaginable challenges with most cancers. #BidForTheKids!
For extra details about Cancer Gets LOST, go to their website.
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