The CharityBuzz auction will benefit New York City’s Family Justice Centers, serving victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as New York City Housing Authority’s Early Childhood programs, which provide children in public housing communities with high-quality early care and learning opportunities.
Featuring a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences and merchandise, the auction can be found online at www.charitybuzz.com/fete until October 6.
The benefit auction includes exclusive experiences such as a backstage tour at Rachael Ray's show and lunch with her after the taping; tickets to Jerry Seinfeld's Atlantic City show followed by a meet and greet with the comedian; set visits of shows including Law & Order: SVU; VIP sports and travel packages; Broadway and runway show tickets and much more.
Other top auction lots that bidders can win include:
- Lunch at Le Cirque with fashion maven Tim Gunn and New York’s own eye on celebrities Liz Smith
- Jewelry from renowned designers including Me&Ro and Jennifer George
- Set tours of hit shows including Two and a Half Men; and a chance to play an extra on Curb Your Enthusiasm
- An internship with famed fashion design house Donna Karan International in NYC
- A special dinner with NYC restaurant gurus Tim and Nina Zagat
- Courtside seats to see the New York Knicks and rinkside to the Rangers
- A chance to see watch the NY Yankees from the Delta Skybox and sit courtside at a NY Knicks game
*An outfit Mary J. Blige wore at the Lilith Fair concert tour in July 2010
- Tickets to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a meet and greet with the host
- Guitars signed by Keith Urban and Sting
Online bidding is open to the public through October 6th. Bidders must complete a simple registration process with a valid credit card at www.charitybuzz.com to place a bid.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s online auction also compliments the 2010 Fete de Swifty benefit, taking place in NYC on September 29. Honorary Chairs are Mary J. Blige, Tim Gunn, Mariska Hargitay, Nicole Kidman, John Starks, Steve Stoute and Malik Yoba. To purchase tickets to the event, go to www.nyc.gov/fund or call 212-788-7794.
About the Beneficiaries:
Administered by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the Family Justice Initiative reduces barriers faced by victims of domestic abuse, allowing them to access a variety of services, such as prosecutorial, counseling, housing and financial assistance, under one roof. Mayor Bloomberg opened the first Family Justice Center in Brooklyn in 2005. In 2008, a second center opened in Queens, and the City’s third center opened in April in the Bronx.
The benefit auction will also support the New York City Housing Authority’s Early Childhood programs, which provide children in the City’s public housing communities with high-quality early care and learning opportunities for overall child development, and school and lifelong success. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in the nation, serving more than 650,000 individuals and it oversees a network of over 400 community facilities. Nearly 30 percent of NYCHA’s residents are under age 18.
About the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City:
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, which aids public programs to support innovation and emerging needs. The Mayor’s Fund devotes 100% of contributions to programs, and does not retain an administrative fee. For more information please visit: www.nyc.gov/fund.
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