An online auction sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial is giving bidders a chance to fulfill their celebrity fantasies, including a walk-on role on “Desperate Housewives” or lunch with Richard Gere at his new restaurant.
The auction, which started Tuesday and runs through April 6, also includes tickets to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and set visits to “House,” “24” and “Boston Legal.”
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said auction organizers, including her mother, Ethel Kennedy, hope to raise at least $600,000. The human rights organization is named for Townsend’s father, Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. senator and attorney general.
“That will help our human rights defenders all around the world,” Townsend said by telephone.
Last year the auction raised more than $360,000, said Jeffrey Buchanan of the RFK Memorial.
Those with a more political bent can bid on lunch with former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, at an unofficial, secret location jokingly dubbed a “Safehouse” by auction organizers.
“They have to decide what is safe. Who knows what will be safe at that moment,” Townsend said.
The auction is being held on the charitybuzz Web site.