It’s Sunday morning and you log into Zoom. Natasha Lyonne greets you and, as a pair, you begin to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle. As you get up to make yourself a coffee, you check in on the mural Lena Dunham is currently painting in your living room. The doorbell rings and you greet Adam Scott on your front step; he’s there to take your dog for a walk.
While it may sound like a random, yet oddly fun, celebrity-filled fever dream, it’s a scenario that could potentially be yours — provided you have enough money and excellent online bidding skills.
The Union Solidarity Coalition’s Exclusive Auction
The Union Solidarity Coalition, a group of actors, writers, and directors on strike, is raising money for the healthcare of their crews. They have launched an exclusive charity campaign on eBay showcasing amazing items and experiences that could be yours.
To support their cause, the coalition members have come together to auction off unique and sometimes peculiar personal experiences and memorabilia to the general public.
Unique Celebrity Experiences
The list of items includes an in-person dinner with “real life besties” Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, an opportunity to pick the brains of Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham, a round of 20 Questions with Sarah Silverman or Maggie Gyllenhaal, or a signed fedora from singer-songwriter Tom Waits.
You can also bid on lunch with Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale, have your relationship squabble mediated by Rosemarie Dewitt and Ron Livingston, or attend a two-hour pottery class with Busy Philipps.
If interacting with a celebrity makes you nervous, don’t worry. There are other interesting items up for bidding as well. The cast of Bob’s Burgers will write and sing you a personal song, John Lithgow, a six-time Emmy winner, will create a watercolor portrait of your dog, you can get a “Weird” Hawaiian shirt signed by Daniel Radcliffe and Weird Al, or you can grab one of the signature blue aprons from The Bear signed by Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ayo Edebiri.
Supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund
The Hollywood movie and television industry has been at a standstill due to the strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the actors joining the picket lines in July. As a result, thousands of union members and individuals associated with studio productions are now out of work and struggling to afford healthcare.
All proceeds from the auction will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, providing healthcare for members of unions IATSE, LIUNA, and Teamsters.
The auctions are now open for bidding and will run until September 22. However, it is important to note that bidders must behave appropriately and cannot attempt to solicit personal gain from the celebrities during these interactions. The terms state that the talent has the right to end the experience at any time, for any reason, with no refund.
If you have the means and desire to support this cause and potentially have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, go ahead and place your bid!
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