When it comes to traveling for work with CI, many of my colleagues hike into jungles in South America, drive dusty jeeps among zebras and wildebeest on the African savannah or traverse the crystal clear waters in the South Pacific. As for me, this week CI sent me to the stars.
Well, not literally.
Conservation International had a night with the stars on Wednesday in Manhattan, as over 500 guests including Glenn Close and Grace Potter attended the third annual Christie’s Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth. The charity auction event, which raised over $4 million in its first two years, benefits CI and its NGO partners Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Central Park Conservancy.
Christie’s guests for the evening bid on a once-in-a-lifetime scuba dive trip in the Cook Islands with Sylvia Earle and CI’s Chief Scientist for Oceans Greg Stone; an Alain Ducasse-inspired culinary tour in New York, Paris and Provence; a VIP package at the Tribeca Film Festival; and a 7-day charter on the world’s largest luxury catamaran. After the bidding was done, Grace Potter — of the band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals — treated the crowd to a rare solo set.
The best part about an event like this — yes, better than spotting celebrities and beautiful socialites — is the message that the people of Christie’s trumpet every year: We need to join together to save our planet.
And the great news is, the Green Auction did not end when they turned up the house lights last night. The online auction — powered by Charitybuzz — has plenty of auction lots available for bid that will benefit CI, including a pair donated by Indiana Jones himself, CI board member Harrison Ford. This year to support the auction, Harrison donated an authentic whip and signed book, “The Making of Indiana Jones,” from his own personal collection — as well as a chance to meet him on the set of his upcoming film, “42.”
Also up for bid on Charitybuzz are: a lunch with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Jared Diamond in Los Angeles; a signed Pearl Jam 1989 Fender American Vintage ’62 reissue Stratocaster guitar, a Phoenix Islands sea star brooch By C. Greene and the chance to attend CI’s star-studded 25th anniversary galas in New York and Los Angeles.
To make a $10 contribution to all four of the NGOs involved in the Green Auction, you can also text GREEN to 80888.
Kevin Connor is CI’s media manager.