In perhaps the strangest contest news ever, FX is teaming up with eBay to launch The Riches Charity Auction, which runs from March 12-23. The winning package includes $100,000 and an opportunity to meet movie/pop star Minnie Driver. Now if you’ll remember, I had the chance to sit down with Minnie a few weeks ago, and you have my word that this chick is awesome!
The strange thing about the contest is that you’re bidding money to win money. I’ll say it again: you’re bidding money to win money. In fact, this is the first time in eBay’s history that visitors are able to do this.
All the proceeds from the winning bid (but not the 100,000 dollars FX is dishing out) will be donated to Oxfam America-a charity that Driver actively supports. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice…and we here at Ecorazzi think they’re just swell!
Stephanie Gibbons, FX Executive Vice President of Marketing & On-Air Promotions, explains her rather backwards auction this way, “On The Riches it is all about the big score, but this show has heart. With this auction we’re able to tie in both themes, giving someone the chance to get the win money while making a difference. We couldn’t be more excited to work with eBay and see this auction come to fruition.”
This is cool, but wouldn’t it be cooler if the winner donated the $100,000 back to Oxfam? If you want to meet Minnie (I mean who doesn’t) and have a chance to win some cool loot, visit The Riches Charity Auction page and place your damn bet! Word to the wise: Minnie is taller than you think, so make sure you wear high shoes on your date!