Okay, so stop me if you've heard this one‚Ä¶
What happens when four top NGOs team up with a world renowned art dealer for Earth Day?
You get an unprecedented partnership that culminates in Christie‚Äôs First Annual Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth. Wait, did you think I was telling a joke?
Oceana, along with Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International and The Central Park Conservancy, NBC Universal, Barney‚Äôs of New York, Deutsche Bank and Target have been working to put together the April 22 auction that takes place at Christie‚Äôs in Rockefeller Center in New York as part of the 40th celebration of Earth Day.
Christie‚Äôs is waiving its usual fees, so every penny from the live auction and silent auction goes to the four charities. A ton, and I mean a ton, of amazing artwork and items are up for bid the night of the event, but you don‚Äôt have to be at the event to make a bid to save the earth.
Today the online silent auction launches and along with the artwork and items up for bid there are a boat-load (pun most definitely intended) of experiences on the block including swimming lessons with Oceana supporter and gold medalist Aaron Peirsol (with a $5,000 bid as of 10 a.m. this morning) and sailing lessons with Ocean Conservation Yacht Club Commodore Kristen ‚ÄúThe America‚ÄĚ Berry.
Here are a few of my personal favorites: