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This past Tuesday Charitybuzz and Tibet House US joined forces for the fourth year in a row to produce the 10th Annual Tibet House Benefit, at Christie’s Auction House in New York City.

Tibet House was established in 1987 at the request of the one and only
Dalai Lama. Tibet House is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy; working to promote and preserve Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage. Tibet House has created numerous things including a cultural center, a 2,000-square-foot gallery, a library, various print publications and media productions. Tibet House serves to expose and share the civilization’s profound wisdom, beauty, and spiritual philosophy through innovative educational and cultural programs. This is all in an effort to protect and continue these treasured arts, sciences, and ways of living.

Charitybuzz is a major player in the philanthropy scene; helping nonprofits throughout the world raise funds through exquisite online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Charitybuzz also works with musicians, politicians, and major sports stars. Through online auctions, Charitybuzz offers bidders VIP entertainment experiences, luxury travel, couture fashion and rare memorabilia. Charitybuzz brings its online community of socially conscious individual’s an exclusive opportunity to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $65 million for charity globally.

In attendance this year were Uma Thurman, Eric Ripert and Arden Wohl who are all Honorary Chair Committee members for Tibet House. Other big names such as Donna Karan, Yoko Ono, Martin Scorsese, Jann Wenner, Trudie Styler and Sting, are also on the committee.

This year’s event, which has grown to be a staple on Manhattan’s social and philanthropic calendar over the past decade, once again featured luxury goods, exciting trips, rare items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one of a kind art pieces. Some of the items being auctioned were a behind-the-scenes experience with world-renowned chef Eric Ripert on his television show On the Table followed by dinner for two at Le Bernardin; a special menu dinner for two at Bouley in NYC with chef wine selection by David Bouley. A signature journey to Asia for two organized by Geographic Expeditions; a fabulous trip to a few of Bali’s exotic resorts including the newly opened Regent Hotel in Sanur; an exotic journey to the Royal Malewane and the Singita Hotel and Game Park in South Africa; a stay at the award-winning resort Soneva Kiri in Thailand; a week at the luxurious Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos; a relaxing retreat for two at Creacon Lodge in Ireland; a reunion with family or friends in your private villa in Acapulco villa Casa Dos Marias; a weekend for two at The Soho House in NYC;and an adventurous trek in Nepal for two. Bidders were also able to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience at the Donna Karan Company; an internship at the legendary Rolling Stone magazine and Hollywood magazine US Weekly; a guitar signed by Sting; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013; two tickets to a red carpet movie premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; a behind-the-scenes visit for two to the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network; a limited edition Star Wars item donated by George Lucas; two audience tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman; a visit for two to the set of the TV show Boardwalk Empire; a walk-on role in a David O. Russell film with actors Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper; a lunch at The Four Seasons in New York City with Robert and Uma Thurman; a behind-the-scenes NYC Fashion Week experience alongside supermodel Petra Nemcova who will bring you backstage and to the runway to see the hustle and bustle firsthand as designers Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel Black Gold and more prepare for Fashion Week shows.

In addition to these experiences there was Fashion and Jewelry from Ugo Cacciatori, PaulaCrevoshay, Doyle & Mueser, Mallary Marks, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross, Me&Ro, Gabrielle Sanchez, Kate Spade and David Yurman. Art and photographs from DonaldBaechler, Danny Clinch, Arthur Elgort, Milton Glaser, Bob Gruen, Sheila Metzner, Angelina Nasso, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney and cultural items from Tibet such as Tibetan rugs, sculptures and ceremonial objects.

Tuesday’s benefit brought the launch of the online auction, as well as a flawless Gala. Together, Tibet House and Charitybuzz will be hosting the online auction from November 28th, 2012 – December 19th. This year a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey. Most specifically, proceeds will go to support their new community center in Queens, New York. This program teaches children ages 5-19 Tibetan language, song, dance, painting and Buddhist philosophy. All these efforts are in place to help maintain their cultural heritage. Proceeds will also benefit the Tibetan Children’s Village, an integrated educational community for Tibetan children in exile and those escaping from Tibet every year.

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