It’s a difficult time around the world, where health and safe-keeping comes before any other considerations – we will have to deal with those later – but if you are in a position to assist in any way, Rancho Obi-Wan always needs our help to keep the lights on and the mynocks away from chewing on the power cables.
Our friend Ringo Davil decided to do something about it this year and asked that instead of giving him birthday presents, we make a donation – no matter how big or small – to Rancho Obi-Wan.
For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Rancho Obi-Wan, Petaluma, Ca. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I’ve included information about Rancho Obi-Wan, Petaluma, Ca. below.
Rancho Obi-Wan serves to inspire through the preservation and cultivation of the Star Wars legacy.
And in case you don’t know what ROW is all about, here’s a look at what Steve and the team do in Petaluma.
Rancho Obi-Wan is a museum that contains the world’s largest privately-owned Star Wars collection. It was amassed over 40 years by super-collector Steve Sansweet. It is housed on private property in rural Sonoma county just outside Petaluma, California. The 9,000-square-foot (828 m²) museum building was once home to over 20,000 chickens during Petaluma’s egg-producing heyday.
Rancho Obi-Wan was originally established in 1998 after Steve moved from Los Angeles to become Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm. The first “Rancho Obi-Wan” was one of three old hen houses on the property. After an extensive renovation Steve had plenty of space to display his collection with room to grow. During this time, Steve showed his collection only to friends and colleagues.
Steve retired from Lucasfilm as a full-time employee in April, 2011, after 15 years. At the same time, after three new movies and eight Star Wars Celebration conventions, the collection had outgrown its original space. An expansion project incorporated a second hen house into the museum and reorganized the entire collection into a space that could be shared with fellow fans and collectors from around the world.
In October, 2011, Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., was founded as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation to manage the collection. It serves the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts, using the collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences to a wide array of audiences and to carry out other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal.
As a publicly supported, federally recognized charity, Rancho Obi-Wan’s mission is to inspire! Star Wars has transformed our own lives. We hope to further inspire others by giving guided tours of the private collection in Petaluma, traveling to conventions with carefully curated displays, supporting other organizations in their charitable efforts, and reaching out to children (and adults) of all ages.
Every little helps, so click here and give whatever you can to help Rancho Obi-Wan navigate through these troubling times.