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Welcome to Rancho Obi-Wan's Virtual Fundraising Gala 2020
Archived Gala stream now available for viewing
for ticket holders through 11/30! Tickets still available!

Your donations help us protect the collection, maintain the facility,
and develop new programs of inspiration and education.

Funds raised are used for insurance, utilities, taxes, fees, security, professional services,
maintenance on the buildings, and protection and preservation of the collection.

None are EVER used to acquire OR ship collectibles.
URGENT needs this year due to threat of fire in California:
32% increased insurance, installation of rooftop sprinklers, and maintaining defensible space!

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Rancho Obi-Wan is a nonprofit museum in Petaluma, California housing
the Guinness World Records™ largest Star Wars collection.
Our mission is to inspire people to be imaginative, creative, curious and to learn new crafts
by showcasing the toys, books, posters, comics, works of art, fan-made pieces, and more
in a warm, joyous, inclusive environment resulting in a fun, authentic fan experience.

In a non-pandemic year, we would invite approximately 150 of you to our home for a festive party with food, drinks, auctions, prizes, and live entertainment. In 2020, we are excited to present an online Gala for the entire galaxy that will provide as much fun, interactive entertainment, and interesting content as we could offer in our virtual space.

Rancho Obi-Wan President and CEO Steve Sansweet has candid conversations with influential folks in the Star Wars community and there are guided tours of usually unseen parts of the museum. Check out the costume contest and scavenger hunt winners and take a drawing class with Spencer Brinkerhoff.

Tickets to view Rancho Obi-Wan’s Virtual Fundraising Gala 2020 Archived Stream are $30 and are available through 11/30/2020.

Profound thanks to our Guests scheduled to appear:
Dave Filoni, Brian Rood, Ashley Eckstein, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Clayton Sandell, Matt Busch, Don Bies, John Scoleri, Jim Swearingen, Michael McMaster, Tom Hutchens, Sam Witwer, Matt Senreich, Dan Madsen, James Arnold Taylor, Jerry Vanderstelt, Howard Roffman, Chris Bartlett, Oliver Steeples, Mark Raats, Ryder Windham, Christine Taylor, Albin Johnson, Lawrence Noble, Ben Stevens, Chris Trevas, Ben Burtt, Joe Corroney, Bonnie Burton, Chris Reiff, Nita Strauss, Lee Towersey, and Seth Green.

Unending thanks to our Volunteers:
Steve Sansweet, Bob Canning, Anne Neumann, Stew Levy, Victoria Webb Photo, Duncan Jenkins, Gus Lopez, Michael Wistock, Pete Vilmur, Rich Smolen, Consetta Parker, Mark Rusciano, Dan Norgan, Jon Nagel, Marc Morita, David Buckley, Tracy Kelly, Tom Johnson, Eric Ehrlich, Richard and Sarah Woloski, Vaj Potenza.

Many thanks to our Donors and Sponsors:
Martin Lister, Peter DeForest, Janet Stearns, Richard Cowie, Geek Burning, Charmaine Cuddie, Michael Wistock, Brian Mah, Kim D.M. Simmons, Ben Stevens, Mary Thomson & Cherie Buchheim, Dwayne Smith, Patrick Scullin, Lucasfilm, Rob Amantea, Ryder Windham, Adam Schickling, Blender Bottle, Joe Corroney, Aileen Sweeney, Pete Vilmur, Geeki Tikis, and…


Get to know ROW below:

All times are Pacific Time. Be sure to adjust according to your time zone.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Schedule subject to change
~5:00-6:30 PM Scavenger Hunt
~6:30 PM Spencer Brinkerhoff Star Wars artist and author of You Can Draw Comic Book Characters: A step-by-step guide for learning to draw more than 25 comic book characters (Just for Kids!)
~6:37 PM Howard Roffman Former Executive Vice President, Franchise Management for Lucasfilm
~7:03 PM Brian Rood Star Wars artist and professional illustrator known for realistic paintings of Hollywood stars and characters.
~7:12 PM Christine Taylor Creative Manager for the Star Wars license at Hallmark & Creative director of PopMinded by Hallmark
~7:20 PM Jim Swearingen Jim was one of the original designers for Star Wars Toys at Kenner in 1977.
~7:36 PM Nita Strauss Nita Strauss is an American rock musician. She is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper and has a successful career as a solo artist.
~7:44 PM Clayton Sandell ABC National News correspondent
~7:51 PM Ryder Windham Ryder Windham is an American science fiction author who has written more than 60 Star Wars books, including novels, comics, and reference books.
~8:03 PM Albin Johnson Albin Johnson is the founder of The 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming group.
~8:17 PM Tom Hutchens Founder of The Mandalorian Mercs, a Star Wars costuming club.
~8:26 PM Joe Corroney Star Wars artist for Lucasfilm and Disney Patreon.
~8:33 PM Bonnie Burton Author of Survival Hacks, Movie Magic, Crafting with Feminism, The Star Wars Craft Book and more. Writer for CNET.
~9:00 PM Deadline extended for Costume Contest submissions

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Schedule subject to change
 12:00 PM Welcome to the Gala!
 12:03 PM Seth Green Actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer and director. He is known as a co-creator, executive producer, and most frequent voice on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.
 12:24 PM Sam Witwer Voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Maul and Palpatine in Star Wars Rebels.
 12:38 PM Chris Reiff Chris Reiff is an illustrator and product designer with more than 20 years experience working on official Star Wars projects.
 12:51 PM Lawrence Noble Artist, sculptor and owner of Noble Studio. He is known for sculpting the statue of Yoda on display at Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center.
 1:07 PM Jerry Vanderstelt Official Lucasfilm Artist and
licensed Lord of the Rings and Hobbit artist.
 1:19 PM The “Rancho” in Rancho Obi-Wan Part 1
 1:34 PM Lee Towersey Lucasfilm R2-D2 builder & operator on The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story & The Rise of Skywalker.
 1:41 PM Oliver Steeples Oliver Steeples is a long-time member of the R2 Builders Club and known for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey.
 1:53 PM Michael McMaster Prop builder, Droid Wrangler for Lucasfilm and a member of the R2 Builders Club since 2001.
 2:06 PM Q&A w/ Chris Reiff
 2:17 PM Don Bies Special effects artist and actor who worked on the Star Wars special editions and prequels.
 2:31 PM Matt Senreich Producer and writer known for Robot Chicken.
 2:43 PM Matt Busch Writer and illustrator of dozens of Star Wars Books. Matt provided almost 400 drawings and paintings for the critically acclaimed You Can Draw Star Wars book from DK Publishing.
 2:52 PM Mark Raats Artist and official Illustrator for Lucasfilm/Disney with a long history of working in the film industry.
 3:11 PM Rancho Obi-Wan’s Action Figure Collection
 3:26 PM Q&A w/ Mark Raats
 3:37 PM The “Rancho” in Rancho Obi-Wan Part 2
 3:44 PM James Arnold Taylor Voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, voice-double for Ewan McGregor and many more!
 4:05 PM Dan Madsen Former president of the Official Star Wars Fan Club and the founder and former publisher of the Star Wars Insider magazine.
 4:24 PM Ben Burtt Lucasfilm Sound designer, film editor, director, screenwriter, and voice actor.
 4:47 PM Chris Trevas Chris has been an official Star Wars artist since 1995.
 4:58 PM Ben Stevens Star Wars fan and founder of Dallas-Comic-Con, owner of Galactic Gallery in Flower Mound, TX
 5:07 PM Rancho Obi-Wan’s Poster Collection
 5:26 PM Ashley Eckstein Ashley is the voice of Ahsoka Tano throughout the Star Wars franchise, actress, author and founder of Her Universe fashion label.
 5:45 PM Chris Bartlett His work includes portraying Star Wars character See-Threepio on television for the past fourteen years and Q9-0 “Zero” on The Mandalorian.
 6:04 PM John Scoleri Author of several books on artist Ralph McQuarrie, including The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES
 6:24 PM Q&A Chris Bartlett
 6:34 PM Dave Filoni Writer, Director, Producer of The Mandalorian, Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels. Former Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
 6:55 PM Closing ceremony
7:00-8:00 PM Skywalker Vineyards Virtual Wine Tasting via Zoom
9:00-10:00 PM Late night Trivia After-Party on Facebook
Skywalker Vineyards Wine Tasting Add-On

The wine tasting is over. Thank you for participating! Please visit Skywalker Vineyards to purchase wine.

First-Ever Gala Costume Contest

And the winners are:

Adult 1st Place: Chris Kowalski
Adult 2nd Place: Shelley Hawkins
Adult tie for Audience Favorite: Richard Woloski
Adult tie for Audience Favorite: Samuel Mauch
Child 1st Place: Max & Marcus Fong
Child 2nd Place: Asher Sheray
Child Audience Favorite: Jacob Ruth

Scavenger Hunt

And the winners are:

1st Place: Joel & Debra Luker (29/30 points)
2nd Place: Chadwick Miller (28/30 points)

How to Draw Star Wars with Spencer Brinkerhoff

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“I started drawing and making art at an early age and never stopped. After graduating with a Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University, I wasn’t sure how to find “real” work so I kicked around a bunch of different jobs. I’ve sculpted some of the horses for the PF Chang’s restaurants, animated an educational game for the World Health Organization, created and starred in a video that helped me Burt Reynolds’ Trans Am. But one of my greatest accomplishments is to be an officially licensed Star Wars artist. Oh! And a husband and Father! Whew! I dodged a bullet there. I am a full-time creative, a part-time Star Wars artist, and hold down a day job as a curriculum designer and trainer. In addition to those accomplishments, I’ve also created an in-camera special effect keychain called LightStickFX (it magically adds laser beams to your photos), and a drawing system called DrawingIsSimple (DIS, simply trace around the patented coin, mark the guides and you’ve already started drawing!).”

You’ll need blank paper, a pencil with eraser, and a coin (like a quarter). Practice by downloading the Official Drawing Practice Sheet. Then download the Official Drawing Sheet and follow along with Spencer.

Spencer’s newly published book You Can Draw Comic Book Characters is available on



Late Night Star Wars Trivia After Party

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The Gala Wheel

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Geeki Tikis Millennium Falcon Punch Bowl SOLD OUT Celebration 2020 Excl Geeki Tikis AT-AT Punch Bowl Celebration 2020 Excl Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Black Kyber Crystal “Star Wars” Ralph McQuarrie triangle logo crew t-shirt original image dye transfer 1976 “Star Wars” X-Wing above red planet crew t-shirt original image dye transfer 1976 Skywalker Ranch Lot! T-Shirt, Cap, Patches and More
Framed Captain Phasma artist-made print by Joe Corroney Lot of 6 Limited Edition 18×24 prints by Joe Corroney Revenge of the Jedi fold-out ad supplement 1982 Set of 2 Blender Bottle 26oz Stainless Steel Shakers Queen Amidala original art by Adam Schickling
The Mandalorian Season 2 double-sided poster SIGNED by Dave Filoni & Jon Favreau

“The Child” Hand-Crocheted Blanket

The Mandalorian & Child artist-made print by Patrick Scullin

Funko Pop! Praetorian Guard Prototype

Funko Chewbacca & Porg Wobblers Prototype

Funko Wobblers Boba Fett bobblehead prototype

Complete Set of 20 StarTots from Celebration Chicago 2019 w/ Display

Hallmark Complete Set 2020 Ornaments + Rare Exclusives

Complete set of 37 Convention Medallions CIV 2007, CE 2007, CJapan 2008, SW Reunion 2007

“Mando & The Child” wood-burned original art by Michael O’Shields

Hallmark Complete Set 2019 Ornaments + Rare Exclusives

Darth Vader original art by Randy Martinez

Kenner Imperial AT-AT Walker 3 3/4 in. scale electronic sound vehicle

Loungefly Executioner Trooper Dome Handbag

“Starkiller Base” Centerpiece 6in scale lighted figure by Hasbro

Two Dewbacks at the “Imperial Donuts” original art by Randy Martinez

Ewok and Line of Helmets original art by Randy Martinez

Haslab Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) Unopened!

“Rey Skywalker” Original Sculpture by Brian Mah

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder Radio Flyer

Marvel Darth Vader Comic 003 Slabbed & Graded 9.8

Boushh itty bittys by Hallmark Celebration Chicago exclusive

“Star Wars Chronicles” hardcover book by Deborah Fine, Chronicle Books

“The Star Wars Archives” hardcover book by Paul Duncan

Shadows of the Empire Boba Fett’s Slave I 3 3/4 in. scale vehicle by Kenner

Power of the Jedi TIE Bomber vehicle by Hasbro, Wal-Mart exclusive 2001

The 30th Anniversary AT-RT Assault Squad by Hasbro Target Exclusive 2007

Elite Series: General Grievous die-cast figure by Disney Store

Hallmark itty bitty set & pin, 2 Rare exclusives

Kim D. M. Simmons Kenner Toys Dagobah Swamp poster & coin

Fossil Star Wars logo watch and pin in Death Star case

Rise of Skywalker Ladies Large ILM Crew T-Shirt

Fathead Darth Vader 78″ tall removable wall decal

Fathead Han Solo in Carbonite 78″ tall removable wall decal

Darth Vader in Flames wood wall decoration by Regal Robot

Wampa Warning Sign wood wall decoration by Regal Robot

Rey Hi Boot shoes by Po-Zu Size EUR 38

Rey II High Tops shoes by Po-Zu Size EUR 41

Kylo Ren II High Tops shoes by Po-Zu Size EUR 37

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Secret Missions Series of 4 Books + 2 Posters SIGNED by Ryder Windham

Sand People (Tusken Raider) wearable fan-made mask

Cara Dune fan-made artist-made print by Patrick Scullin

Return of the Jedi Trading Cards Series 2 Display Box

Return of the Jedi Trading Cards Series 1 Display Box

Kylo Ren & Rey triptych fan-made artist-made print by Patrick Scullin

“Fill the Barge” fan-group album with complete set of 15 challenge coins

The First Ten Years lithograph poster SIGNED by Drew Struzan

Loungefly Captain Phasma Dome Handbag
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