In addition to managing all of the logistics for these online auctions, Auction Cause has opened many doors for Starlight and introduced our cause to an audience of supporters that we may not have met otherwise. For that opportunity alone, we are so very grateful.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Vocus) April 24, 2009
Starlight Children's Foundation and Auction Cause have joined forces to raise funds for Starlight's seriously ill children and their family members through unique online auction packages. To kick off this partnership announcement, the organizations are currently running two exclusive experiential online auctions at http://www.ebay.com/starlight - one featuring dinner with "Top Chef" Toby Young and the other providing a lavish Caribbean vacation for two.
"Top Chef" Toby Young has offered to: have dinner with two guests at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas; put up the guests at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel for two nights; and provide memorabilia from "Top Chef" including a season 5 t-shirt signed by the entire group of chefs and a "Top Chef" cookbook signed by Tom Colicchio. The auction is live now through tomorrow Saturday, April 25th at approximately 7:00 p.m. PST/10:00 p.m. EST. People can place their bids at http://www.ebay.com/starlight with all proceeds benefiting Starlight.
The second package is "An Exceptional Getaway to St. Lucia" for two. This auction includes a luxurious four night stay in a Harbor Front Villa at The Landings Hotel, breakfast each morning at the Club, a boat ride in the private Yacht Harbor, afternoon poolside massages and much more. For more information about this auction, interested parties should visit http://www.ebay.com/starlight. The auction is live now and ends on Monday, April 27 at approximately 7:00 p.m. PST/10:00 p.m. EST.
"More than ever during these challenging economic times, Starlight is turning to online auctions and other non-traditional fundraising methods in order to continue to provide programs for our children and families that have come to rely on us during the past 25 years," said Paula Van Ness, CEO of Starlight. "In addition to managing all of the logistics for these online auctions, Auction Cause has opened many doors for Starlight and introduced our cause to an audience of supporters that we may not have met otherwise. For that opportunity alone, we are so very grateful."
Starlight and Auction Cause have partnered before, most notably to provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a lucky winner who got to experience zero gravity with the world-renowned Professor Stephen Hawking. Another successful auction provided one-of-a-kind relics from the making of Henry Selick's latest stop motion animated film, "Coraline."
"We are fortunate to be able to introduce brands and celebrities to the great programs of Starlight. They understand the cause marketing relationship and offer an amazing opportunity to help give back in authentic ways," said Eric Gazin, President of Auction Cause.
About Auction Cause
Auction Cause is the leader in cause marketing campaigns, branding, and fundraising utilizing the eBay platform, generating more than 1 billion media impressions and counting. By integrating our clients' campaigns with social media outreach using Twitter, Facebook, blogs, viral videos, and more, Auction Cause is able to tap an even wider audience. The results are brand loyalty, nonprofit enthusiasm, and celebrity buzz - all while raising serious money for causes. For more information, please visit http://www.auctioncause.com.
About Starlight Children's Foundation
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For 25 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Starlight visit http://www.starlight.org or visit our eBay store at http://www.ebay.com/starlight.
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