GREAT SCOTT! The Nike MAG Release Party!

SEPT 8, 2011 — Last night, the world waited in bated breath for… the FUTURE.

Marty McFly contemplates the original MAG shoes, in Back to the Future II.

In the totally awesome movie trilogy Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly travels to the year 2015, and wears the Nike MAG shoe, which was often called “The Greatest Shoe Never Made.” Well no longer! NIKE says about the MAG shoes: It came alive, lit up and formed to Marty’s foot. The 2011 NIKE MAG shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original from Back to the Future II. The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent NIKE in the strap. The 2011 NIKE MAG illuminates with the pinch of the “ear” of the high top, glowing for five hours per charge.

Not only are these an almost inconceivable tangible creation of every 80s’ kids’ wet dreams, but these shoes were also made with a greater purpose in mind:

1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG will be auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the ten-day auction, one hundred and fifty pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. Thanks to a previous 50 million dollar match given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, all donations will be matched, effectively doubling the contributions from the auction.

With a worthy cause, an amazingly kickass shoe, and the supporting background of over 25 years of Back to the Future fandom, you can bet that Bubble Punch was on the scene to report on the opening party so that EVERYONE could experience this incredible event.

The slogan of the event was “IT’S ABOUT TIME,” referring to the overlying theme that the effort of the Nike AG was focused supporting research to provide a future without Parkinson’s disease.

The release party was held at the Monteblan theater in Hollywood, with a huge crowd of fans lined up down and around for blocks.Unfortunately, we heard that most people in line did not make it in 😦

Front of the theater, with Back to the Future playing on the screens.

Of COURSE the time traveling DeLorean was there! Bubble Punch's Chubby Bunny was able to attend the event, thanks to our buddy Jessica (right) who is an awesome friend.

Upon entering, a huge wall full of Nike MAGs was displayed in a darkly lit plexiglass case that stretched to the cieling, with only the lights of the MAGs shining through. (Don't worry, they light them up properly later, and we have photos!)

WAY TOO MANY photos after the jump, including presentations by Joel McHale, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, and more!

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#PrayForJapan Event Recap

Last Saturday, it was an amazing night of generous hearts and breathtaking artwork. We are so proud to have been a part of hosting this event that was solely for the purpose of raising money for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Caro of Sweet Streets curated the event, JapanLA generously offered to give the work a physical home, and Bubble Punch was called in to arrange the logistics of the event and coordinate volunteers,and organize the raffle, drink situation, DJ, and donation sale table. To plan and execute a show of this magnitude within a week was an amazing feat, made possible by Caro, for having many sleepness nights gathering artwork, the artists themselves for producing and shipping their amazing pieces in time, the generous donations of products to be used in the raffle and for the donation sale table, and the kind heartedness of friends and strangers alike who donated their time to setup and execute the show both on Friday and Saturday.

Caro, of Sweet Streets, speaks with an artist.

We're so happy for all of the donations that made the raffle a huge success!

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The space got pretty crowded! Photo by DrunkRockers!

Jamie, owner of JapanLA, and Luke Chueh, artist who also contributed work for charity, posing with a Bubble Punch flyer! (This is pretty cute because we didn't even tell them to pose with it haha!) (Photo by Dave Tada)

DJ R-Rated was so generous! (we've worked with him at other events, hosted by Munky King) He stepped in just an hour before the show opened to offer his DJ services and start rockin! (Photo by Dave Tada)

Todd and Misha volunteered their time on Thursday to help with set up, donated artwork for the show AND got their hands on this AMAZING Colin Christian piece!

For a complete look at the artwork that was for sale at this event, visit Sweet Streets’ website!

We are so proud and happy that the event was so successful, and also that we were able raise over $11,000 during this event, (art sales are still ongoing at this time!), to donate to the Red Cross in order to aid relief efforts in Japan.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who had a hand in this. No gesture was too great nor too small, and without everyone’s kind hearts this event would not have been possible. Everyone put the goal of raising money for the Red Cross in the forefront of their mind, sacrificing time, artwork, money, and (we know about this) a lot of sleep. This is what a labor of love truly is!

The rest of our photos are on our flickr!

Links!

Caro’s Photos on Facebook

DrunkRockers.com Photos

Orlando Welsh’s Photos

Southwest Community Center Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated some of their time, energy, and hearts into helping to replenish the donations that were recently destroyed in a fire at the Southwest Community Center (AKA SMEDA, AKA Annie Mae Tripp Community Center)

Bubble Punch collected donations from all over Los Angeles! Special thanks to JapanLA for offering their store as a donation drop off point!

This past Friday, the truckload of donations that were collected were dropped off at the Orange County United Way, which was handling the donations for SMEDA.

Luckily, many other people and local communities opened their hearts to the needy this year, and the center, when I arrived, was filled with donations from all over!

Our pals from Sanrio also got involved in the event when they heard about it, and sent down several boxes full of Hello Kitty toys as donations! Check out below for some quick pictures snapped of the events…..

Chubby Bunny's little SUV was filled to brimming with donations to drop off at SMEDA!

Chubby Bunny's little SUV was filled to the top with donations to drop off at SMEDA

It was pleasantly surprising to see the OC United Way brimming with donations from all over!

Once at the OC United Way, Terri (left) and her coworker were there to greet donaters and organize the items to be shipped out to SMEDA.

One of Sanrio's many donations, an adorable Hello Kitty tricycle!

This room was filled with JUST the food donations!

Sarah, the fundraiser organizer at the OC United Way, was so nice, and grabbed a dolly to help move the donations from my car to inside the center. Pictured here unloading some of the donations Bubble Punch acquired!

Thanks again to everyone who donated to the SMEDA center. Happy Holidays indeed! =D

[Sorry I wasn’t able to get correct spellings/ last names of the OC United Way staff! If anyone knows them, please let us know!]

URGENT! Donations Needed for Fire Damaged Soup Kitchen!!

The Southwest Community Center / Soup kitchen in Santa Ana, CA burned down yesterday, damaging all the food, clothing, and toys that were to be donated to needy families this SATURDAY for a big Christmas event for Adopt-a-Family.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Workers board up the offices of the Southwest Community Center on West Second Street in Santa Ana.

They desperately need DONATIONS and HELP!!!!

In support of SMEDA and the recent fire that severely damaged their building, resulting in a loss of food and gifts for 1,000 in-need Santa Ana residents, Orange County United Way will be offering our office as a drop-off point for anyone interested in donating for the organization’s Adopt-A-Family event scheduled this weekend!!

Here’s a link to all the info about how you can help!!!

If you are TOO FAR AWAY to drop off donations yourself, JapanLA has agreed to be a drop off point for those too far north!

To drop off donations at JapanLA:
Drop off Dates: Tuesday, December 15th through Thursday, December 17th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Drop off Address: 648 N. Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

To drop off donations at the Orange County United Way in person:
Drop off Date: Tuesday, December 15th through Friday, December 18th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Drop off Address: Orange County United Way, 18012 Mitchell Ave. South Irvine, CA 92614


Needed Items:

Canned Food for food baskets (corn, beans, rice, tuna, etc.)
NEW & USED Clothing for men, women and children
NEW & USED Blankets
NEW unwrapped toys for children aged 0 – 12

Online Donations:
Monetary donations can be made at http://www.unitedwayoc.org.
Click  Donate Now
Click Secure Credit Card Donations
Enter Promo Code SMEDA FIRE

If you are a Los Angeles or Orange county resident, please donate if you can! or if you are far away, you can overnight or 2-day mail them your donations OR a monetary donation!!!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) A Lakers bobblehead doll -- one of the gifts that was to have been distributed at the Southwest Community Center's holiday meal in Santa Ana -- was among the fire casualties.

We strongly believe in giving back to the community, and philanthropy at this time of the year and in such a case, is desperately needed. Please consider giving just one item or even one dollar to this organization, or any other charity of your choice, because that one thing you give is something precious that someone in need did not have before!

PLEASE REPOST THIS IN YOUR BLOGS, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER! GO GO GO PEOPLE! CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TIME!

NOTE: Don’t forget, you can be reimbursed for ALL DONATIONS when you file your taxes! Keep your receipts and keep philanthropy at the top of your mind!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) The fire at the Southwest Community Center destroyed $50,000 in food and holiday gifts that was to have been distributed to the needy.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Staffers at the Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana grieve over a fire at the facility, which has been serving meals to the needy for more than 30 years and was getting ready to host its annual Christmas meal this Saturday. At center is Connie Jones, director of the center, with longtime volunteers Elsa Alvarado, left, and Jessie Allen. Jones is the granddaughter of Annie Mae Tripp, the center's founder.