Hobbiton Movie Set and Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic have auctioned off a range of Hobbiton Magic merchandise, including three of the player’s one-of-a-kind Hobbiton themed dresses, at the WBOP Magic’s End of Season event on Wednesday night at SkyCity Hamilton.
The dresses, worn and signed by Casey Kopua, Samantha Sinclair and Lenize Potgieter during the Hobbiton Movie Set themed Magic vs Mystics match on 27 June this year, a special team dress signed by the whole squad, a signed team poster, and a family pass to experience Hobbiton, all went for a combined total of $17,700 at the event.
The funds from the sale of Casey’s dress, which went for $12,000 at the auction, will go to the Tania Dalton Foundation, while the funds from the other items will go to the newly formed Hobbiton Foundation, Hobbiton Movie Set’s new community good initiative, which gives back to worthy causes that meet a series of selection criteria as determined by a committee.
Currently, Hobbiton supports a range of events and causes with complimentary passes and sponsorship, totaling over $100,000 of value per year, with additional initiatives such as the bus donation to Walton School in August 2017 and the fundraising event for local boy Brayden ‘Larry’ Coates in September 2017.
The new Hobbiton Foundation is a way of formalising this process and providing access to much needed funding and support for deserving charities, clubs, schools and other worthy causes. Hobbiton Movie Set will be launching The Hobbiton Foundation towards the end of 2018, with further information to come.