eBay Kicks off Holiday Charity Auction

    December 8, 2004

eBay kicked off their spectacular holiday charity auction with a special Hummer H2 autographed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and personalized with the winning bidder’s name.

Proceeds from the sale of this one-of-a-kind sports utility vehicle went to After-School All-Stars, The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the new National Spokesperson for After-School All-Stars, will also be offering some of his time for Arnold’s All-Stars, the actor is putting up tickets to the Premiere of his new movie Doom and exclusive time with the star to benefit this incredible organization.

After-School All-Stars, The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation, a nonprofit 501, provides comprehensive after-school programs across the nation. Governor Schwarzenegger and the After-School All-Stars share a mission to have after-school programs available to all of the 15 million children who need them by 2010. After-School All-Stars serves inner-city youth through a variety of programs including: academic learning, homework help, service learning, life skills and enrichment activities.

eBay’s holiday charity auction, which began November 23, 2004, runs through December 22, 2004 benefiting a variety of charities including Teachers Count, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Leeza Gibbon’s Memory Foundation, Keyshawn Johnson’s Foundation, and Cher’s Foundation. The auction is comprised of an amazing list of one-of-a-kind celebrity experiences and other unique items.

Lucky bidders with a passion for music will have the chance to bid on: tickets and backstage passes to and upcoming Alicia Keys concert, a guitar lesson with Wyclef Jean, a meet and greet with Cher and two tickets to her farewell concert tour, a meet and greet with legend B.B. King, a guaranteed spot to perform at amateur night at the world famous Apollo Theatre, a signed guitar by the performers of Lifetime’s “Women Rock” concert, the chance to meet Snoop Dog and many more.

Have a sports enthusiast to buy for? You need look no further than eBay for the perfect gift, up for auction: a Super Bowl 2005 package from Keyshawn Johnson including two tickets to the game in Jacksonville, Florida, hotel accommodations and round-trip airfare on American Airlines, or if you prefer basketball excitement, Keyshawn Johnson is putting up his floor seats at the Lakers vs. Miami game, marking the first time Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neil are reunited on the court. Also up for bid: a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and a VIP ticket package to Magic Johnson’s 20th Anniversary “A Midsummer Night’s Magic” charity party.

Your favorite stars of film and television have also gotten behind this charitable cause, donating their time and memorabilia for charity, including: lunch with Star Jones, a set of autographed scrubs signed by all six original “ER” cast members and lunch with Julianna Marguiles, 2 VIP show tickets for a taping of “Will & Grace” with a signed cast photo, an outgoing voice message on your answering machine from Fran Drescher or VIP tickets, a set visit and a signed script from “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.”

Even aspiring Hollywood executives can bid on their big break, bidding to earn: a 2 week New York City internship with Esquire Magazine, a two week internship in New York City with Gotham Magazine or a power breakfast with Jonathon Tisch at the Regency with a signed copy of his book.

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