'Lost' Fans Help Kids
This year's event took place in the confines of historic Solar Studios, built in the 1930s, a loft-style building in
Among the production staffers who did make the trek to
The only cast members on hand were William Mapother, who appeared in seasons one and two as the now-deceased Ethan Rom, a member of the mysterious "Others" on the island where the doomed Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 crashed, and
"I blewed up real good," jokes Roebuck, who spent the evening circulating among the fans, taking photos and handing out personalized, signed photos of himself as Artz. He also auctioned off a lunch with himself, which took place the next day.
Asked why he answered the invitation, Roebuck says, "I have a lot of blessings in my life. I do exactly what I've wanted to do since I was a kid, and I recognize that I can sometimes serve. I have to give back.
"So when they call and say, 'Come to this,' instead of saying, 'I don't have any time for that,' not only was it not inconvenient, but it was nice to meet people.
"They enjoy the show so much, and that's good, so we can say thank you in some way for them watching."
The idea of hanging with fans also appealed to him. "I don't blame any other actor for not going, because they have served in a different way. But if you look me up and know a little about me, I'm a bit of a fan myself.
"I'm a guy who's always loved actors and actresses, old movies and TV shows. I go as a fan to these
"It's hard to not say something stupid."
Roebuck says he also put in a call to the "Lost" makeup artist and obtained a "fragment" of Artz -- who was literally blown to bits -- to be added to the charity auction, which raised a little over $5,000.
"I hope they made a lot of money on that," Roebuck says.
Interestingly enough, according to an event organizer, the top money-getter for the evening - at a high bid of $350 - didn't come from "Lost" at all. It was a bicycle signed by Victor Garber, the star of Abrams' other ABC show, "