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The Office Helps Its Crew by Auctioning a Set Visit

Some major casualties of the Hollywood writers' strike have been the non-writing staff and crews of the TV series that have stopped production. A few — like the late-night staffs — are still being paid, but crew members on many shows have been laid off without pay.

Fans of The Office have banded together to do something to help the 102 crew members laid off from the show. They started the Office Fans Christmas Fund, and now, with help from the show's producers, they've proposed one big-ticket item to get people to donate: a set visit to the show, which is being auctioned on eBay.

The visit will cost you; as of this writing, bidding is already over $5,000. But you don't have to front the money alone: The visit — including lunch with the cast and a special tour by co-executive producer Kent Zbornak — is good for four people.

If that's not in your budget, no worries: Everyone who donates any amount of money to the Christmas fund will get a special gift from Zbornak when production begins again.

Has anyone heard of any other novel ways fans are supporting their favorite shows?

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SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I just read this on the office fund website:
December 12- Everyone, I'm so so SO sorry to report that the Fund has to be cancelled. This is the email I just received from Kent: It is with heartfelt grief that we must close down our efforts to add a little holiday cheer in the stockings of our staff & crew- we will not be able to distribute these funds for all sorts of legal reasons. We truly appreciate all of our avid fans and their overwhelming desire to help, but unfortunately for legal and logistical concerns we cannot at this time partner with anyone in their efforts to show this support. As much as I’m personally saddened that we cannot proceed, please know that I’m going to tell everyone of our staff and crew how special our fans are and how our fans have thought of each and everyone of them. This will make the crew feel that much more proud of our production and validate how our show impacts humanity. This is a very difficult time for all of us and this gesture alone helps to buoy us. And it’s not the money - it’s the mere fact that all of you out there are concerned for us and were willing to reach into your pockets for us!!! This just shows us – all of us – that our fans ROCK and are THE BEST FANS in the world. If you can, please provide me with contact information for each individual that has donated to both the fund as well as who has been bidding on the charity auction. When we are back in production I will be sending each and everyone of these contributors something ‘extremely’ special for their beautifully generous thoughts to my staff and crew of THE OFFICE. Again- our MOST SINCERE AND HEARTFELT APPRECIATION for your thoughts and outpouring of love- and have no fear – we will all get through this! And we will be back – hopefully soon – producing what we all feel is the best television show on the Network. With the most sincere and deepest appreciation EVER- Kent
elanakat elanakat 9 years
i am so jealous of whoever won that!
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
this is great, and i just got my bonus, i will def. donate!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I need the tour to be from Jim. :oy: lol
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
Ok. I read those articles and I donated. That makes me feel really Christmasy, giving like that. It was really easy, too, just did it through PayPal.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
SweetPeasMom — It's legit as far as I can tell. Here are a couple of articles that quote Zbornak talking about it. There's also an e-mail address ( if you want to check it out further.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
is that office fund legit? I totally will donate something, but having it just on a myspace page seems kind of shady to me.
jennajen jennajen 9 years
That is the coolest thing ever. I'm with you guys, I wish I could bid on this! It'd be a cool Christmas gift for sure.
londongirl13 londongirl13 9 years
That's awesome! I'm with trixiefire -- I wish I could bid on this! The Office is definitely my favorite show and such a great idea to show support.
trixiefire trixiefire 9 years
Awww. Wish I were a wealthy woman. Or I wish someone who loves me were wealthy! LOL.
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