Last night I took my friend Sue to a fundraising gala for my employer's charitable foundation. I've never been to a gala before, so that was fun! There was a pasta bar! Free drinks!
And of course, there were several ways for those in attendance to give more money to the foundation. Like the silent auction, which had packages ranging from "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Beanie Babies" to "diamond necklace." I bid on (of course I bid on) a package called "Harry Potter and the Film Memorabilia," a Gryffindor scarf and Hogwarts messenger bag filled with unseen random stuff from other movies. (It was donated by a co-worker who used to work for film promotion company The Owens Group.)
I'm kind of surprised I won with my paltry bid, because the bag on its own is pretty nice.
And hey, now I have a scarf to go with the Gryffindor hat Jeff bought me!
But what crazy movie tie-in promotional items are hiding inside? Let's find out!
(I love this kind of thing.)
We've got hats! Hats from LOTR, Spider-Man 2, and ... what's The Express?
A DVD of Resident Evil: Apocalypse. I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, free DVDs are great! On the other hand, zombies are very scary.
A travel coffee mug from The Proposal. (There was coffee in that movie for all of about 5 minutes, but I guess when you're looking for a tie-in promotional product for your movie, a speedboat or a horrible wedding dress doesn't work so well.) I will totally use this - if the lid doesn't leak. (The lid's going to leak; I can tell. The lid always leaks.)
A flashlight for 30 Days of Night. Clever girl.
A tiny speaker set for your iPod, for August Rush. I hear that movie is terrible! But the speakers are kind of neat.
Fred Claus mug. Wait, what?
Wow, that's terrifying.
Hahahaha - the novelization of the movie Beowulf! This is a thing that exists! (It's written in the present tense, which is something you don't see that often in novels. Also: HAHAHAHAHA!)
And finally, two T-shirts - one from We Are Marshall, and one from ...
AWESOME! The Incredibles! My favorite Pixar movie is now my favorite casual T-shirt!
Well, that was a fun little grab bag! I'm very happy I was able to get it by donating a a bit of money to charity. Maybe (if you're lucky) I'll do some sort of blog contest to give away a few of the items. (Hmm, what sort of contest has a Fred Claus mug as its prize?)