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With the 4th of July holiday ahead, you may not think you have the time to get to an event this weekend to bid on some of the fine, celebrity-driven auction items below. But, here’s the good news: Many of this week’s listings are available online for you to bid remotely. And believe us, you don’t want to miss these opportunities -- from VIP access to a Philadelphia concert to see The Police to watching tennis champ Serena Williams up close get her game on. And for those poised to fill their calendar with charity events for July? There are a few below for you, too (mingling at Russell Simmons Hamptons estate, anyone?) all in the name of great causes. So, check out the top auction items that Jim Cramer, from and CNBC’s Mad Money has highlighted this week. May each and every one ignite some kind of fireworks in the charity world!

July 8th: “See Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport And More Play At Stanford With 2 VIP Tickets To The Bank Of The West Classic Tennis Tournament” for Jenny’s Light
Need something to do on July 20th? Then get the thrill of watching the longest running, women-only pro tennis tournament at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California with a VIP package to the Bank of the West Classic finals, valued at $600.

It’s all to raise money for Jenny’s Light, a not-for-profit aimed to treat and fund continuing education for families dealing with postpartum illnesses, an ailment that Brooke Shields shed much light on by revealing her own personal battle with this mood disorder.
DATE/TIME/LOCATION: By 7/08/08. Online auction ends at 6 p.m.
OPENING BID: It is at $500 at press time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Log onto to bid.
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Jenny's Light is a not-for-profit organization created by the families of Jennifer and Graham Gibbs Bankston in response to their tragic, unnecessary deaths from postpartum illnesses to improve detection and treatment of postpartum disorders.

July 10th: “Join The Police On Stage During Sound Check In Philadelphia, Pa At An Exclusive Party For VIP Guests On Tuesday, July 29” for UNITUS
Win a chance to not only see Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police with two front row tickets at the Wachovia Pavilion in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 29th. This item also includes VIP access to a special sound-check party, a backstage tour and an autographed concert program signed by The Police too. This is just one of the few items up with The Police for online auction on Why is Sting, Inc. offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner up for charity on their 2008 tour? To support Unitus, a visionary nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate global poverty by providing capital investment to the working poor worldwide.
DATE/TIME: 7/10/08. Online auction ends at 6p.m. EST.
OPENING BID: $2,500 at press time
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Log onto the online auction here ( to bid or check out Unitus ( for more info.
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Unitus is a nonprofit organization that offers innovative solutions to global poverty by accelerating the growth of the world’s highest potential emerging microfinance institution. They aim to assist the world’s working poor’s needs to help them get out poverty and to build a brighter future.

July 12th: “Own Bruce Weber Artwork” for AIDS Community Initiative of American (ACRIA)
Where high style meets high stakes bidding. From Bruce Weber’s “Tony and Hoss After A Swim, Bellport, New York, 1994” (valued at $6,500) to Deborah Kass’ “Deb 2000” (valued at $9,000), all the artwork up for auction at the annual Cocktails at Sunset event for ACRIA, an organization with notable names like artist Ross Bleckner on the board of directors, will be extraordinary. Presented by Vanity Fair and Calvin Klein Collection, this party will be held at the Bridgehampton home of yet another high fashion name, photographer Steven Klein.
DATE/TIME/LOCATION: 7/12/08. 8 to 11 p.m. Steven Klein’s home, Bridgehampton.
OPENING BID: Opening bid prices were not available at press time.
TICKETS: Individual tickets are available at $250, $500 or $2,000.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more details please call 212-924-3934 x101 or buy tickets online at
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: The collaborative and independent not-for-profit, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), an organization that studies new treatments for HIV/AIDS and related diseases, and conducts a comprehensive HIV health literacy program.

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July 18: “Football Fantasy: Be A Dawg For A Day!” for the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Children’s Tumor Foundation and University of Georgia’s Pediatric Exercise Motor Development Clinic
If you’ve ever wished you could turn back the clock to go back to college again, now’s your chance—and for a great cause. The University of Georgia’s talented football team, the Bulldogs (a.k.a. the Dawgs) are offering two ultimate tailgate party packages for auction: ride with the team to the stadium and join them on the field for pre-game warm-ups or watch the Dawgs take on the Vanderbilt Commodores from the press box and attend the coach’s postgame press conference.

These items are all available at the Sic ‘Em Auction Party and Awards event which raises money for a group of organizations that provide support for a range of medical issues, from organ transplants to pediatric care in Georgia.
DATE/TIME/LOCATION: 7/18/08. 7 p.m. Classic Center’s Foundry Building 300N. Thomas Street, Athens, Ga.
OPENING BID: $500 per item.
TICKETS: $500 includes 2 tickets to the gala and a position at the charity golf tournament at University of Georgia’s championship golf course that takes place on that morning at 11 a.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit or or call Amanda McBride at (678) 514-1185
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: The Georgia Transplant Foundation’s mission to provide financial, educational and emotional support to transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Children’s Tumor Foundation serve to improve the health and well being of individuals and their families. The University of Georgia College of Education’s Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop physical and motor skills.

July 16: “Musician John Legend Will Sing You Happy Birthday” for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
How hot is this? For the ninth year in a row, the Russell Simmons backed Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is proud to present its Art for Life East Hampton, an annual benefit event celebrating the creative energy of New York City youth. And if the plethora of celebrity items available at online auction are any indication, from having musician John Legend sing you a happy birthday to attending the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, splurging on a ticket to the event at Russell Simmons estate in East Hampton is well worth every dime that goes toward funding to more than 70 nonprofit organizations in New York City and South Florida youth.
DATE/TIME/LOCATION: 7/19/08. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 dinner, program and live auction, East Hampton Estate of Russell Simmons. Online auction ends July 16th at 12 p.m. EST.
OPENING BID: Minimum next bid is $750 at press time.
TICKETS: Individual tickets start at $1,500; A table of 10 starts at $15,000.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Tracey Doolin at (212) 254-6677 or log on to for tickets.
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, founded by brothers Russell, Danny, and Joseph Simmons, is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts through three core programs: grants, exhibitions, and fundraising.

July 9th: “Meet Miley Cyrus’ Aka Hannah Montana’s Fave Band!” for Stand Up For A Cure (SUFAC)
This one is for the teens: Win them a meet-and-greet with The Jonas Brothers, a pop band from New Jersey that are now touring with Miley Cyrus in concert, on August 11th at Madison Square Garden. Not only do you get tickets to the show, but you’ll also get a chance to meet the band before the show, all for the sake of fighting lung cancer, a disease where 60 percent of the newly diagnosed have never smoked!

The charity behind this online auction is Stand Up for a Cure, an organization that funds programs related to cancer research, treatment and patient care. And even though this online auction item donated by SUFAC may be for those on the tad younger side, keep in mind that SUFAC is also raising money on July 11th with a Brian Wilson & Friends concert at Hammerstein Ballroom. While there’s no auction related to that event, SUFAC is certain to raise plenty of money with ticket sales to see the former Beach Boy.
DATE/TIME: 7/9/08. Online auction ends at 1:30 P.M. EST.
OPENING BID: $5,500 minimum next bid at press time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Log onto to bid or call SUFAC directly at 212-209-3871, Option #1.
PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Stand Up For A Cure is an organization dedicated to lung cancer research, treatment, and patient care. They provide both direct support and funding to programs that are developing new treatments, advancements in surgical treatment and scientific investigations of the genomics of the disease in an effort to cure it.