Bill Clinton Goes on eBay for His Charity

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 06:14 PM

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Warren Buffett has made headlines auctioning lunches for charity.

Now Bill Clinton is following the example of the legendary investor and philanthropist.

Bill Clinton, eBay, CGI, foundationThe former president has turned to online auction powerhouse eBay to help raise money for his charitable organization, the Clinton Foundation. The featured item to be auctioned is a private dinner for four with the former president.

The winning bidder and three guests will enjoy a private tour of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., with Clinton as their guide, followed by a gourmet dinner in the executive suite catered by Forty Two, the restaurant at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The auction is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Clinton and support the Clinton Foundation’s work,” according to eBay.

The dinner auction began on Nov. 26 with an opening bid of $25,000 and will run through Dec. 2, with all proceeds benefiting the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton established the foundation after leaving the White House to identify and take action on global problems. Today, it works in more than 60 countries and in the United States to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment.

One project of the foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, has raised more than $57 billion since its 2005 inception for 1,700 philanthropic projects that have improved the lives of 220 million people around the globe.

Another project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, has helped provide AIDS care and treatment to more than 750,000 people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.

Dinner with the former president in Little Rock is just one of the items being auctioned on eBay to benefit the foundation. Participants in the auction can also bid on the following items, (with the early bids):
  • A saxophone signed by the sax-playing former president ($10,000)
  • Clinton’s used golf clubs, signed by Bill ($5,000)
  • Clinton’s Haitian Bizango statue ($5,000)
  • A collection of Clinton’s favorite books, signed and dedicated ($2,000)
  • Clinton’s signed 1997 State of the Union Address ($1,615)
  • Clinton’s engraved presidential cufflinks ($1,000)
  • Clinton’s signed and dedicated autobiography ($809)
  • A 1992 Election Day newspaper signed by Bill Clinton ($511).
To view the Clinton Foundation’s auction page, visit: www.ebay.com/clintonfoundation

For a listing of the items and bids, visit: stores.ebay.com/clinton-foundation

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