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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

FOX TV's 'House' Sells Tees for a Good Cause a Charity Auction

Hugh Laurie as House on Fox TV never holds back his opinion as most of us know...
Now you too can proudly sport sayings from Dr. Gregory House, television's most misanthropic doctor.

T-shirts emblazoned with "Everybody Lies" -- the "House" catchphrase that sums up his rather cynical bedside manner -- are on sale for a limited time at www.housecharitytees.com. Plus, tees, DVDs and other items autographed by the cast will be auctioned May 1-8 on the site. All proceeds go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The shirts ($19.95 each) are made by American Apparel.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Food Network hosting 4 Day Live Events with Silent & Live Charity Auctions!!!

What better combination but Good Food, Wine, and Live and Silent Auctions?????

A live and online silent auction at this year's Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is poised to be one of the most talked about events at the four day affair. With last year's auction raising over a quarter million dollars, and this year it is expected to soar to new, record breaking numbers.

Net proceeds from the auction benefit Florida International University's School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and its Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

The Food Network's South Beach Wine & Food Festival ( in it's 6th year)presented by Food & Wine Magazine , takes place on Thursday, February 22nd to Sunday, February 25th, 2007. Alex Durant, Auction Coordinator, says this auction is becoming a star studded event, with donations from Hollywood, the wine and food industry majors, local businesses, technology and fashion. Imagine bidding on dining and concert experiences with Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, and Billy Joel. Wow what great auction items just in time for Valentines Day.

The online auction has reached over 250,000 people nationwide: www.sobeauction.cmarket.com

If you are in the area -other events during this weekend include: the Fontainebleau Resort Presents Wine Spectator's Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, Moet & Chandon BubbleQ Hosted by Al Roker and Friends, Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen, the Publix Grand Tasting Village with culinary seminars hosted by Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence and more, the Tribute Dinner in Honor of Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze, and the Amstel Light Burger Bash.

Visit www.sobewineandfoodfest.com for more festival information

Friday, January 26, 2007

Mens Vogue Premiers Charity Auctions of Rare Sports Items for Ninemillion.org

This auction caught my eye, since I yearn for the days when i could have graced the pages of MENS VOGUE (cough, cough).

Men's Vogue has commissioned a handful of one-of-a-kind sports-themed items (some featured in their Jan/Feb issue) that are being auctioned at igavel.com to benefit Ninemillion.org, a UN Refugee Agency-led campaign to raise awareness and funds for educational and sports programs for refugee youth.

Items include:
Baseball Mitt: One custom-made baseball mitt (in any one of a range of colors, for any position -- catcher's mitt, first baseman's glove, etc.-- MENS VOGUE asked them to design a fire-engine red glove lined in cashmere!) from Nakona. Estimated value of $200 (starting bid is $50).

Bill Amberg Cricket Bat: A cricket bat by famed Notting Hill designer Bill Amberg. The core is solid willow tree wood; the leather is hand-stitched English-bridle quality. One of only six bats (and the last available) especially produced for customers as a sign of Amberg's appreciation. Estimated value of $1000 to $1500 (starting bid is $350).

Football and medicine ball: One custom, handmade football and one handmade leather medicine ball, each of chrome-tanned glove leather, designed by the Lineaus Athletic Company. Estimated value of $200 (starting bid is $75 each).

Ultimate Cell Phone: A limited-edition sports-themed cell phone (LE of less then 1,000) from Vertu. Assembled by hand with a sapphire crystal screen and keypad constructed from a ceramic similar to the kind used on space shuttle hulls. Engraved with symbols of one of the world's premier racetracks in stainless steel or gold. Estimated value of $6,000 (starting bid of $2,000).

New Timex TX Sports Watches: Once promoted as "the watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking,” Timex has just introduced the new TX, a new collection that combines Italian design and German engineering at an affordable price, $400-$600, compared to other similar luxury watches priced at $1,000 or more. Choose from cases made of steel, rose gold, or titanium and straps of leather, rubbery resin, or metal, all designed to withstand the rigors of active use (starting bids of $125 and $175).

The auction begins Monday, January 22, through Monday, February 12th.

Go to iGavel.com or visit mensvogue.com for more information. Items can be viewed by visiting:http://auction.igavel.com/ClientInfo.taf?source=mv&_function=info&skip=1&id=1796

Proceeds are to benefit Ninemillion.org, a UN Refugee Agency-led campaign to raise awareness and funds for educational and sports programs for refugee youth.

Check out some of the items, they are unique, and can surely give fundraisers some ideas to generate bids for future items.

Keep submitting those charity auctions for us to showcase..... richard@fundraisers.com

Friday, December 08, 2006

cMarket Launches Biddingforgood.com for Cause Conscious Auction Shoppers

cMarket has launched a new site that helps shoppers find gifts that benefit charitable causes. BiddingForGood.com aggregates the items from cMarket's non-profit clients into one site. Cause-conscious shoppers can then search the site by item, organization, cause category or geography.

cMarket has over 2000 clients, and this site aggregates their clients to one specific web address.
Some interesting items up for bid......
Take a look

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

auctiontalkradio.com is on the air to help charity auctions

Auctiontalkradio.com is "on the air". A Good friend and colleague of ours recently launched auctiontalkradio.com and this weekly podcast ( and most recently a segment on KNX 1070 Money Talk program ) is a potpourri of Auction related news and issues. But integrated within the content are stories about current charity auctions- and I am advising all cause marketing PR folks to get their information into auctiontalkradio.com so they can expose the causes and auctions to their growing audience base. Check out auctiontalkradio.com !


Wednesday, November 01, 2006


The cast of NBC's hit Sci-Fi series Heroes will host an online charity auction starting Nov. 6 to benefit co-star Greg Grunberg's Pediatric Epilepsy Project , a charity that supports the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Grunberg, who plays mind-reading cop Matt Parker on the superhero series, has a son, Jake, who suffers from the neurological condition.

The auction, which runs through Nov. 27, will feature autographed character illustrations by each cast member, as well as a limited-edition Heroes promotional items autographed by comic-book artist Tim Sale, who also does the paintings and illustrations for the show. Bids will start at $20.

Cast members contributing items include Santiago Cabrera, Tawny Cypress, Noah Gray-Cabey, Grunberg, Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Leonard Roberts and Milo Ventimiglia. The Pediatric Epilepsy Project at UCLA was formed to raise funds, provide financial support and increase community awareness to help sustain the Division of Pediatric Neurology at UCLA.


Heroes airs Monday Nights at 9pm on NBC and is the breakout TV hit of the season!