Global charity auction site, Charitybuzz, recently announced that the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) “School Day” Auction raised $450,000 to benefit Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA). The auction brought together such entertainment and business icons as Academy Award®-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, Oscar®-winner Morgan Freeman, business magnate Warren Buffett, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and Disney CEO Bob Iger among many others in support of CISLA’s programs empowering students to stay in school. CISLA has also received nearly $115,000 in financial contributions bringing the current total to $565,000 for the “School Day” campaign.
The chance to meet Warren Buffett after an all-you-can-eat tour of See’s Candy factory in Los Angeles brought in the highest bid of the auction, at $156,000. Jack Staub, an engineer and business owner who lives in Newport Beach, will be attending the all-you-can-eat tour at See’s Candy with his wife Jade and their two kids – who are ready to do some serious damage to See’s inventory.
Staub said, “Jade and I were very impressed with Communities In Schools of Los Angeles and their focus on underserved kids. Last year we lost a dear friend, Kathy Godshalk, to cancer. Kathy taught math at Cypress College and proved supporting our future generations through education, caring and guidance makes an enormous difference. We would like to keep the cycle going through this worthy cause.”
Other top auction packages included lunch with Disney CEO Bob Iger; lunch with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone; golf with Morgan Freeman; lunch with Reese Witherspoon; and lunch at Whole Foods Headquarters with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.
More than 120 packages have been auctioned to date, including incredible experiences from Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Alyssa Milano, Dylan McDermott, Ron Howard, Joe Pesci, Stacey Snider, Amy Pascal, Morgan Spurlock, Whitney Port, Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci and many more. While bidding for some of the items has closed, there are still several experiences such as tickets to X Factor, set visits to popular television shows, a private screening on the Warner Bros. lot among others still available for several more weeks. The campaign will culminate with many of the experiences being redeemed on or around September 20, 2013, “School Day.”
One hundred percent of net proceeds from the auction will benefit CISLA, which serves over 16,000 students each year at 12 of the highest-need traditional public middle and high schools. CISLA, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life, is addressing the Los Angeles dropout crisis by modifying the fundamental way in which student supports are delivered to schools and families in our city.