SARLACC has attended both Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW) annual fundraising galas from 2013 and 2014. The event is an opportunity to tour Steve Sansweet’s amazing Star Wars collection. While there, guests are treated to dinner, entertainment, a silent and live auction, carnival games and even a scavenger hunt. The admission and proceeds of the event go to cover the cost to run the museum and keep it open so all generations of Star Wars fans can continue to be inspired by the force of imagination. You can find out more about Rancho Obi-Wan here: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org
For 2014’s ROW Gala SARLACC members Gus Lopez, Tom and Michal Stewart, Curt Hanks, Ryan Beise, and Amy Sjoberg were in attendence.
We landed in the Oakland airport late and drove to Petaluma to check into our hotel for the night.
Influenced by the wine country surrounding us we went to lunch at Francis Ford Coppola winery.
Of course this meant having the added bonus of viewing the impressive movie prop collection on display as well.
After lunch we went back to the hotel and awaited the shuttle van to Steve’s gala. The shuttle is included as part of the ticket to the evenings events. We ran into our Canadian collector friends Ross Cuddie and Elling Haug on the shuttle and met a new collector friend in Ryan Dooks also visiting from Canada.
Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and welcomed into the collection by Steve who made introductions and announcements.
We were free to walk through the collection before dinner. SARLACC’s own Curt Hanks designed this years event logo.
Steve was the auctioneer for the live auction. Founding SARLACC member and board member of ROW, Gus Lopez, was also a volunteer for the evenings events. Here Steve auctions off an Oola velvet painting donated by artist and collector Bruce White.
For SARLACC, the fun continued the next day when we returned to meander down side aisles and find hidden treasures within Steve’s massive collection on our own. But first we had breakfast with Canadian Star Wars collectors Elling, Ross and Ryan. Good thing we packed our extra giveaway for Steve (now an annual tradition). Admiral Ackbarf’s medicine remedy for collector envy.
Tom Stewart, Ryan Beise and Amy Sjoberg found all sorts of new things in the collection even though they had been there before. At ROW there’s always something new to discover and displays are always changing.
After a few hours it was time for lunch. While waiting for the pizza we ordered to arrive, we entertained ourselves by going through trash bins full of special offer cards in order to make as many complete sets as possible. Ah, the glamorous life of a collector!
Before we knew it it was time to return to our homes and end another fine trip to the ranch. But we know, we’ll be back.
Tickets to the ROW 2015 Gala are already on sale. Gala-ween will be held the Saturday before halloween. Members can purchase tickets to the event here: