RFK Spring Auction: Backgammon with Harrelson or Tennis with McEnroe?

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May 7, 2012; Source: NY Daily News

This year’s Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ spring auction has attracted an impressive list of celebrities and politicians. The online auction now features over 100 prizes donated by A-list supporters of the organization. Proceeds will be going to the RFK Center as a memorial to Robert Kennedy’s vision of a peaceful world. The Center supports courageous human rights advocates globally and also honors investigative journalists and authors raising awareness of injustices through the RFK Book and Journalism Awards.

Here are some of the extravagant celebrity gifts to be auctioned:

  • Play backgammon with Woody Harrelson
  • Have dinner for ten with Jason Alexander
  • Visit the set of the hit show Mad Men
  • Play tennis with John McEnroe
  • Go backstage with Lenny Kravitz at his concert in Italy
  • Meet and greet Betty White at the Friars Club Roast
  • Go falconing with Bobby Kennedy, Jr.
  • Walk the red carpet at Meryl Streep’s movie premier

President of the RFK Center Kerry Kennedy, who is Robert Kennedy’s daughter, said the auction will primarily benefit Speak Truth To Power, the center’s human rights education program. “We teach kids from primary school all the way up to law school students about the theory and practice of human rights.”

The online auction is organized through Charitybuzz and is open from April 23 to May 17, 2012. The annual auction has raised $3 million in the past, but this year’s list of unique auction items has potential to draw more contributions. Okay, NPQ Newswire readers: assuming you had the money to give, which celebrity gift would you be shooting for? –Aine Creedon


CORRECTION: Based on inaccurate reporting in the New York Post article from which this newswire article was sourced, an earlier version incorrectly stated that two of the RFK Center prizes were a meeting with the cast of “Mad Men” and a walk with Yoko Ono. NPQ regrets the errors.