Huge celebrity eBay auction will raise money for post-9/11 veterans; all proceeds go to Homes For Our TroopsHomes For Our Troops Celebrity Auction
This Veterans Day, Homes For Our Troops has partnered with dozens of celebrities to host its first Veterans Day Celebrity Auction.
Cher, George Clooney, Ben Stiller and Jake Tapper will be hosting the auction, which is offered through eBay for Charity. Bidding for this event will go live on Nov. 4 and run until Nov. 14, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Celebrities participating are rallying their friends and have received donations from dozens of celebrities, including autographed memorabilia from celebrities such as TV shot host Ellen DeGeneres, writer Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Game of Thrones cast. Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban has donated courtside tickets to Mavericks games. Talk show hosts Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Myers have all donated tickets to their shows. Additional celebrities contributing to the cause include Paul Rudd, Henry Winkler, Owen Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg.
CNN’s Jake Tapper has been a longtime supporter of Homes For Our Troops.
“Everyone who has witnessed an injured veteran receiving the keys to an adapted home from HFOT, has seen the impact these special adaptations make in their daily lives,” Tapper said. “I’m honored to be involved with HFOT’s commitment to further America’s promise to take care of its veterans, and I’m proud to bring attention to its reputation as one of the most effective veteran and military charities out there.”
Along with celebrities, eBay for Charity is likewise thrilled to partner with Homes For Our Troops.
According to its website, eBay for Charity was launched immediately after 9/11, and “Auction for America,” eBay’s giving program, originally raised more than $10 million through online charity auctions for organizations supporting the victims of the tragedy and their families. At the time, New York Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a personal appeal to eBay to help local nonprofits handle the flood of donations coming in from across the country. eBay’s team got to work building a fundraising program that could unleash the widespread generosity of its broad online community.
Chris Librie, eBay’s Senior Director of Global Impact, said: “At eBay, we’re committed to connecting our community to the causes and charities they care about, while also being able to shop for new and exciting inventory and experiences. Through this campaign, we’re proud to offer an exciting breadth of items for auction, while also giving 100 percent of the proceeds to Homes For Our Troops.”
For more information about Home For Our Troops Veterans Day Celebrity Auction, please visit the website.