It’s not often you see the Dalai Lama, Robert DeNiro, and a B-list celebrity from Dancing With the Stars participating in the same event. Make that never.
But throw in a good cause that is backed by the name “Kennedy” and magical things start to happen.
Robert F. Kennedy Center
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is once again running its annual online auction from now until May 28 and includes more than125 once-in-a-lifetime experiences with amazing stars of TV, film, music and sports. Some experiences are affordable while others are for the wealthy but all are for a good cause.
The RFK Center is a non-profit international human rights advocacy group founded by the friends and family of Robert Kennedy to carry on his legacy.
Oprah, CSI, Dalai Lama
The auction gives fans and philanthropists alike the opportunity to bid on dazzling celebrity packages such as meeting Oprah Winfrey, buying Dr. Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie of House) cane, and the chance to visit the sets of Desperate Housewives and CSI.
Or get a singing lesson from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. (Current bid is $5,000.) From our humble perspective the item of a lifetime is the opportunity to bid on a chance to meet the Dalai Lama during his Holiness’s visit to New York City in 2010. Richard Gere will be your guide.
The funds raised benefit RFK Center’s work including promoting the rights of hurricane survivors along the Gulf Coast, victims of torture and violence in Darfur and farm workers in the U.S.
Bid on the following:
Visit Ben Stiller or Robert DeNiro on the set of the next installment of Meet the Fockers.
Fans can own a piece of cranky Dr. Gregory House as actor Hugh Laurie puts his iconic cane up for auction . The current bid for the cane and set visit is $20,500. The winner gets to meet Laurie and the other cast members of House at a filming next season and take home a signed script
Meet Oprah Winfrey backstage. The current bid to meet the high priestess of daytime TV is $27,500.
Visit the set of The Office and meet funnyman Steve Carrell and cast – $4250
Dance Lessons, Lemonade with Martha Stewart
A dance lesson from Dancing with the Stars contestant Jason Taylor – $500
Lunch with Project Runway ‘s Tim Gunn at Bryant Park Grill (wear your best duds) – $425
Have lemonade and cookies after Martha Stewart guides you through her garden – $2750
Meet Bobby Flay at a taping of Iron Chef America – $1600
VIP tickets to Saturday Night Live and dinner – $3501
CSI, Desperate Housewives, Rachel Ray
Meet Laurence Fishburne on the set of CSI – $550
Dinner with TV legend Bill Cosby, with 4 bottles of wine from the comedian’s own cellar – $2350
Tour Wisteria Lane on the set of Desperate Housewives – $1000
Lunch with Dennis Haysbert of The Unit – $250
Go backstage at Rachel Ray’s show, take home pots and pans – $425
Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Bill Maher
Take home a pair of Larry King’s suspenders and visit Larry King Live to meet him – $150
Visit CNN set of Anderson Cooper 360 and meet Anderson (OK, this is a bargain!) – $2000
Meet Matt Lauer and tour The Today Show – $900
Tour the set of This Week with George Stephanopoulos – $900
VIP tickets to Real Time with Bill Maher – $225