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Celebrities, Politicians & Business Leaders Unite for 5th Annual RFK Center Spring Auction
Presidents Clinton and Carter, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Cast of Mad Men, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson & More Hit the Auction Block for Human Rights
New York, NY – April 23, 2012 – The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFKCenter.org) launched its 5th Annual Spring Auction today with support from some of the world’s most recognizable leaders spanning government, sports, arts and entertainment. President Clinton, President Carter, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, John McEnroe, Lenny Kravitz and Clive Davis are just a few of notable figures who are featured to raise funds for the RFK Center’s work supporting fearless human rights defenders and inspiring a new generation of defenders through its powerful human rights curriculum. The auction, powered by leading online charity auction house Charitybuzz, is open to bidders internationally through May 17th at RFKCenter.org and www.charitybuzz.com/RFKCenter.
"The RFK Center is dedicated to carrying forward Robert Kennedy's legacy and his vision for a more just and peaceful world. Our supporters have donated truly magical experiences to help advance our global programs--we’ve been blown away by their generosity and are thrilled to be able to offer these experiences in the 2012 Spring Auction," said Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center.
The RFK Spring Auction features nearly 100 incredible adventures donated by A-list supporters of the organization, with more celebrities joining every day. A few of the most coveted opportunities on the auction block include - lunch with Steve Job’s biographer Walter Isaacson, meeting the cast of Mad Men on set in Los Angeles, a game of backgammon with Woody Harrelson, walking the red carpet at Meryl Streep’s next premiere and the chance to meet Lenny Kravitz in Italy.
Additional auction highlights include:
- Meet President Bill Clinton at a VIP reception following an upcoming speech
- Meet President Jimmy Carter at The Carter Center in Atlanta
- Meet Alec Baldwin on the set of NBC’s 30 Rock
- Play tennis with John McEnroe at Sportime Randall’s Island in New York City
- Jumpstart your music career with a 30 minute meeting with Clive Davis in New York City
- Meet Betty White at her Friar’s Club Roast on May 16, 2012
- Up your game with Tiger Woods’ Golf Coach Butch Harmon in Las Vegas
- Tour the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. with Senator John Glenn
- Enjoy Lunch with Rolling Stone Magazine founder Jann Wenner at his New York office
Plus experiences with Ed Harris, Cheryl Hines, Angela Lansbury, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Jason Wu, Yo Yo Ma, Andy Cohen, Kevin Bacon, Michael Bacon, Brian Williams, JR Martinez, Christina Baranski, Mia Hamm, Bryan Adams, the cast of NCIS: LA, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Melody Thomas Scott, James Lipton, Patti Austin, Mike McCurry, Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Michael Pena, Alton Brown, sports teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, the White Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, Falcons, Sixers, Broncos and more.
To date, the RFK Center Annual Charitybuzz Auctions have raised more than $3 million for the Center’s human rights work.
"Charitybuzz is proud to mark its fifth year working hand in hand with the RFK Center to raise funds for its important mission supporting human rights defenders in all corners of the world. It’s a partnership we truly value, as it exemplifies the power of philanthropy, pop culture and technology uniting to change the world," said Coppy Holzman, CEO and Founder of Charitybuzz. "We encourage our bidders around the globe to bid to give and check back often, as more celebrities will be joining the auction each day."
About The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights was founded in 1968 by Robert Kennedy's family and friends as a living memorial to carry forward his vision of a more just and peaceful world. At RFK Partners for Human Rights, we engage in long-term partnerships with human rights activists who have won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to initiate and support sustainable social justice movements. We recognize authors and investigative journalists who bring light to injustice through the RFK Book and Journalism Awards. Our Speak Truth To Power program educates the public and provides students with a toolkit for action to create change in the classroom, the community, nationally, and internationally. The RFK Compass Program provides a unique platform for discussion of structural economic imbalances, human rights, the environment, societal responsibility and corporate governance, as crucial elements of investment management. Partnering with RFK Europe, we provide human rights education advocacy programs to schools and communities across the continent. With RFK Children's Action Corps, we urge legislative reform of juvenile justice systems. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. To learn more, please visit www.rfkcenter.org, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RFKCenter) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/rfkcenter).
Charitybuzz, the leading online charity auction house, raises funds and awareness for nonprofits around the globe through online charity auctions with the world’s biggest celebrities and brands. Featuring celebrity and pop culture experiences, VIP events, luxury travel, fine art, couture fashion, upscale merchandise, rare sports memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of socially conscious bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $60 million for charities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com, email
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Glenda Luft Felden
Director of Communications