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Original MTV VJs To Auction Advance Peek At Their 'UNPLUGGED ADVENTURES' To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To aid the ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts the four original MTV VJs ( Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn) have all signed two limited advance paperback proofs of their upcoming book, VJ—THE UNPLUGGED ADVENTURES OF MTV'S FIRST WAVE ( Atria Books; May 7, 2013), for auction on eBay Giving Works with all profits going to New York Cares and Best Friends Animal Society.  The perfect gift for any '80s fan, these will be the only signed copies of proofs. To bid, go to ebay charity at this link: The first auction begins on December 3rd and will last for one week, and the second auction will begin on December 10 th, also lasting for one week.

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Together, the original five VJs stood in as surrogates for viewers, offering a fan's-eye glimpse into the world of rock and pop during its 80's heyday. It was an era when stars like Madonna, Van Halen, and Michael Jackson were still routinely shocking and dazzling audiences and fans clung to every word that these culture makers broadcast from the MTV studios. Simultaneously part of the scene and outside observers, the VJs interviewed, hung out, partied with, and occasionally dated some of the most famous names of the day.

Auction 1: Best Friends Animal Society is the leader of the no-kill shelter movement in the United States and a veteran rescue organization from the days of Hurricane Katrina, has been working through its New York programs office and emergency first responders to distribute food and supplies to a wide area surrounding the hardest hit areas in New Jersey. Additionally, Best Friends has been transporting animals affected by the storm to shelters ready to take them and get them into new homes. Best Friends operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals in southwestern Utah.

Auction 2: New York Cares is New York City's largest volunteer organization. Its mission is to meet pressing community needs by mobilizing New Yorkers in volunteer service year round on over 18,000 projects throughout the five boroughs. New York Cares is proud to have been on the front lines of the relief efforts since Hurricane Sandy hit and continues to deploy thousands of volunteers to aid in the city's long-term recovery.

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website at

SOURCE Atria Books

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