By Tim Saunders on
Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani has launched a massive online auction of memorabilia from her 2007 “Sweet Escape” World Tour, with all profits going to charity.
The Anaheim-raised singer has named two organizations based in her hometown as beneficiaries of the auction – the Orangewood Children's Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Orange County – and bids are now open in what is one of the most exciting charity auctions of the month.
The auction, which can be accessed via Stefani’s eBay page, is being run in two waves – the first wave ends on March 13, and the second wave finishes on March 20. Costumes and pieces of the stage set are all up for sale to the highest bidder, and some of the bids are very high already.
“When I saw how successful the last charity auction was, and how supportive and excited the fans were to be a part of it, I thought it’d be great to do another one,” said the 38-year-old, who also donated $160,000 to wildfire relief causes last year. “To be able to share these amazing costumes with my fans and raise more money for CHOC and the Orangewood Foundation at the same time is very exciting.”
The auction features 80 items selected from the 101-show tour that visited four continents in seven months. Included in the list are costumes worn by Stefani’s male and female dancers, as well as autographed belt buckles and caps. The boots Stefani wore during songs such as Rich Girl and the black and white shirt and vest she wore for Danger Zone are also available, as well as the crystal-adorned costume she wore for The Sweet Escape. Larger items such as a light in the shape of a “G” ($1,600) and the entire jailhouse set from The Sweet Escape ($2,000) are also up for sale to fans who think they have everything.
The Orangewood Children’s Foundation has been serving Orange County for over 25 years, and has provided shelter to thousands of children who suffer neglect and abuse. They work closely with the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country, who first opened their doors in 1964 and have been serving the community ever since.
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