Glittering in Green: 2011 Bid to Save the Earth Raises $2.4 Million for the Environment

4/11/2011

Christie’s Live Green Auction Raises $1.4 Million; Companion Online Auction Powered By Charitybuzz Raises $752,000

New York –  Conservation International (CI), Christie’s and Runway to Green are pleased to announce that the second annual Green Auction: “Bid to Save the Earth” raised a total of $2.4 million between March 17 and April 7, 2011. These funds benefit four leading environmental organizations: CI, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Oceana, and Central Park Conservancy, and will be used to support important environmental initiatives.

Bid to Save the Earth funds were raised through the combination of a live, star-studded Green Auction held at Christie’s Rockefeller Center on March 29, 2011, an online auction powered by charitybuzz, a text to give campaign, and generous sponsorship.

The live auction, which took place on March 29th in New York City, was co-hosted by David and Susan Rockefeller, Graydon and Anna Carter and François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, was officiated by Lydia Fenet, Christie’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, along with emcee Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers. After the auction, guests were surprised by a special musical performance by cutting edge musical artist Nicki Minaj.

The online auction, powered by charitybuzz, ran from March 17 through April 7 and raised more than $752,000 in funds.  The top online auction items include:  a three night cruise on the Lady Sheridan luxury private yacht in Cannes for $100,000; Blue Ocean Indian Blue by Bunta Inoue for $31,000; a one hour tennis lesson with John McEnroe in New York City for $26,000; a ten night safari for four in Tanzania and Mozambique for $26,000; and a Girard-Perregaux Watch Specially Made for the Green Auction for $17,000.

Harrison Ford and Her Majesty Queen Noor were among several longtime CI supporters who donated once-in-a-lifetime experiences that helped drive enthusiastic bidding.  Ford, an experienced pilot and Vice Chairman of CI’s Board of Directors, offered a top bidder a future opportunity to meet him in Los Angeles, as well as enjoy a keepsake photo opportunity, before flying to lunch in one of his personal aircrafts. Ford’s lot also included round-trip business class airfare on Delta, a relaxing four-night stay in a luxurious suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and a commemorative Hamilton Watch from the Khaki Team Earth collection, which was designed in collaboration with Ford, and produced to support the work of Conservation International around the world. His lot fetched $35,000 in live bidding.

Queen Noor, an Emeritus member of CI's Board as well as author and international public servant devoted to world peace and justice, offered a winning bidder and guests the unparalleled chance to enjoy dinner with her in her Washington DC area home to discuss global politics.  Celebrated, James Beard Award-winning chef Art Smith, known for his best-selling books, his restaurants which include Washington DC’s Art & Soul, and his ten years of service as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, partnered with Her Majesty to donate his services in preparing an unforgettable meal with sustainably-grown local ingredients. This online lot sold for more than $15,000.

CI Chairman, CEO, and co-founder Peter Seligmann, who attended the live event in New York said, “I’m so excited about the Green Auction because it challenges all of us to make our own bid to save the Earth - whether that bid is a commitment to recycle, a pledge to volunteer, or an investment in the conservation of our planet’s precious natural resources.  Now more than ever, that commitment is crucial, and in our enlightened self-interest. We all have a stake in Earth’s health because own health and well-being is directly dependent on it.”

The 2011 Green Auction marked the inaugural partnership with Runway to Green (RTG).  The collaboration brought together top art collectors, philanthropists, financiers, and environmentalists with the fashion community, utilizing their combined influence to raise funds and awareness for the preservation and sustainability of our precious natural resources.  Pieces from the Runway to Green Collection are available for purchase Net-A-Porter, and will be available in stores now through the fall. 

Event and auction sponsors, who generously donated a total of $250,0000 in cash and in-kind sponsorships, included Tiffany & Co., Delta Air Lines, La Mer, Net-A-Porter, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, The Ionic Bulb, Rouge Tomate, Stella Artois, Patron, Betts & Scholl, Angelica Flowers and Events and MVS Photo Booth. 

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For media inquiries:

Kim McCabe, CI   +1.703.341.2546 k.mccabe@conservation.org
Toby Usnik, New York  +212.636.2680  tusnik@christies.com
Alexandra Buxton, London +44.20.7389.2117 abuxton@christies.com
Yvonne So, Hong Kong +852.29.78.99.19 yso@christies.com
Megan Salt, Vogue  +1.212.286.6884 megan_salt@condenast.com
Jenny Powers, NRDC  +1.212.727.4566 jpowers@nrdc.org
Kevin Connor, Oceana  +1.202.467.1910 kconnor@oceana.org
Scott Johnson, CPC  +1.212.310.6641 sjohnson@centralparknyc.org
Glenda Luft, Charity Buzz +1.646.315.2664 gluft@charitybuzz.com


About Conservation International
Built upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development – one that considers and values nature at every turn. Founded in 1987, CI has some 900 employees working in more than 30 global offices and 1,000+ partners around the world.  (www.conservation.org )

About charitybuzz
A leader in cause marketing, charitybuzz (www.charitybuzz.com) aligns nonprofits with international brands and celebrity icons to raise funds through innovative online auctions. Featuring pop culture experiences, VIP events, luxury travel, fine art, couture fashion and sports memorabilia, charitybuzz brings its online community of upscale, socially conscious bidders exclusive opportunities to make a difference. The company enables its bidders to truly doGOOD and liveWELL, generating millions of dollars for charities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com, email info@charitybuzz.com, fan us on facebook at www.facebook.com/charitybuzz or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/charitybuzz .

About Christie’s
Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2010 that totaled £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. Visit Christie’s on the web at www.christies.com 

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