Live Streaming Charity Auction to Feature a Week Stay on Richard Branson's Private Island, 2 Passes to the Masters, & VIP Tickets to the American Music Awards

Share Article (Bid Network Online) has partnered with Los Angeles based charity – Community Inspiring Today’s Youth’s (CITY) annual fundraiser – to host's first ever live streamed, interactive online charity auction on Monday, February 15th. (Bid Network Online) partners with Community Inspiring Today's Youth (CITY) for a new online benefit auction

We're excited to offer unique one-of-a-kind auction items such as a week stay on Richard Branson's Private Island and luxury vacation trips to premiere destinations all over the world including Costa Rica & Cabo San Lucas... all to support CITY's mission.

Bid Network Online (BNO),, the world’s first interactive, real time, live streaming online auction marketplace -- is partnering with City Gala 2016 to launch its first-ever live streamed charity auction. The "City Gala Fundraiser" takes place at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs(R) on Monday, February 15, 2016. The online auction will stream live at 2 PM PST, just hours before the event starts.

Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group). Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and American businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria (co-founder, Paul Mitchell and The Patron Spirits Company) will be honored at the event. Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honors ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, a fashion show, as well as a live and silent auction.

The auction will feature over 50 lots consisting of travel escapes, exclusive experiences and autographed collectibles. Online auction bidding is open to the public starting February 1st at

Highlighted lots in the auction include:

  • Sir Richard Branson's Private Island for a week stay
  • 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club (2 Daily Passes & 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations)
  • Country Music Awards in Nashville, TN (2 Tickets and 3 Night Hotel Accommodations)
  • American Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA (2 Luxury Box Tickets & 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations)
  • 2016 Kentucky Derby (2 Daily Millionaires Row Tickets & 3 Night Hotel Accommodations)
  • Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium Hosted by Legendary Yankees Pitcher David Wells (2 Luxury Box Tickets & 2 Night Hotel Accommodations)
  • Saturday Night Live NYC Weekend Package (2 VIP Tickets and 4 Night Hotel Accommodations)

"We're excited to offer unique one-of-a-kind auction items such as a week stay on Richard Branson's Private Island and luxury vacation trips to premiere destinations all over the world including Costa Rica & Cabo San Lucas... all to support CITY's mission." said Saul Escudero, auction manager for City Gala.

Proceeds from the auction and City Gala 2016 will go to benefit Community Inspiring Today’s Youth’s (CITY), a non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own start-up businesses in Los Angeles. Funds raised will also support From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting our Servicemen (SOS).

Event sponsors include JetSmarter, Seed Invest, BELLA Magazine, OK! TV, Modern Luxury Angeleno, Hemp Blue, Hemp Inc., Imbue Model Management and AirVuz.

For more details and City Gala 2016 admission information, please visit

About BNO
Bid Network Online ( is a unique, new auction website where a professional auctioneer hosts a live entertaining auction streamed online in real time. It offers an exceptional user experience, combining the exciting feeling of being immersed in a live, brick and mortar auction, with a user-friendly online bidding platform, and proprietary features for pro-bidders. BNO offers auctions in a variety of different categories including: Creations (Art & Collectibles), Autobahn (Automobiles), Real Estate (Land & Properties), and Charity (Fundraiser Auctions).

About CITY, City Gala 2016 Host Foundation
Founded by Chandra Stovall in 2013, Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles, California. The organization provides structured business development programs and technical support to at-risk and underserved teens and young adults throughout Los Angeles, resulting in the establishment of their own small businesses. CITY’s students launch fully functioning businesses through its 46-week micro-entrepreneurship program, illustrating how CITY students graduate as well-trained entrepreneurs with a positive mindset for business.

About From the Heart Productions, City Gala 2016 Fiscal Sponsor
From the Heart Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the fiscal sponsor for the CITY Gala 2016. Founder and president Carole Dean created the Roy W. Dean Grant in 1992. The grant awards cash, goods, and film services to financially struggling filmmakers who need help completing unique films that make a contribution to society. Donations to From the Heart support their initiatives to assist independent filmmakers, which include not only the grant, but also their fiscal sponsorship program that allows donors to films to get tax deductions, and the Intentional Filmmaking Class which teaches filmmakers the fine art of fundraising.

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