More than $130,000 was raised Thursday night at the City of Hope’s “A Night for Hope,” an auction of music memorabilia held at Christie’s Beverly Hills.
The charity’s music and entertainment industry arm presented the one-time event, which was attended by more than 250 people and boasted bidders from across the U.S. via telephone.
A pickup basketball game with Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal netted $12,000 and a concert and backstage visit with Hanson fetched $16,000.
The Hanson hang was snapped up by the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee, who aggressively bid for the item amid fierce competition. She said she bought the package for her 13-year-old sister, but she’d also attend.
Other top-selling items included a dinner with Sam Donaldson, which went for $4,400, and a dinner for 10 prepared by Wolfgang Puck in the winner’s home, which nabbed $16,000.
“It was a great success, and we had a wonderful turnout,” said David Simone, Geffen Records A&R chief, music and entertainment industry arm board member and event creator. “Through the generosity of these talented artists, the money we raised will undoubtedly help save lives.”
Proceeds from the event, the cost of which was picked up by American Airlines, will go to the City of Hope National Medical Center, which treats cancer, HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.