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Charity Beat: Scary Spice Auctioning Spice Girl Swag

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If you’ve ever wanted a piece of Spice Girls history, then Melanie Brown (aka, Scary Spice) has got what you’re looking for. The singer announced on Perez Hilton that she’s putting some of the items from her career as a Spice Girl — and her stint on Dancing with the Stars — to benefit charity. “100 percent of what you bid on these clothes is going to two charities,” Mel said in a video clip. “One is LA Children’s Hospital and the other one is Meals on Wheels so you get to help the young and the elderly.” [More info…]

Celebrities helped raise more than $80K for Mekhi Phifer‘s youth charity, The Vine Group, by participating in the 7th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational last weekend. Stars throwing down dollars included Jon Hamm, Brad Garrett, Don Cheadle, Shanna Moaklar, Nicky Hilton, Rikki Lake, Shannon Elizabeth, and Benji Madden.

One of the shirt/suit/tie ensembles worn by Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of real-life hero Harvey Milk has been auctioned off for $12,500. The money is to benefit benefit both Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York City. The gentleman that won the auction, activist Tom Gregory, had also previously successfully won two of the shirts famously shown in Brokeback Mountain. I detect a theme here…[Read more…]

Finally, Tony Bennett is auctioning off a one-hour painting lesson for two at his private studio in NYC. How cool would that be? Current bids are just north of $10K with less than 24 hours to go. Estimated value is $25K — for that cash, let’s hope he sings a few too! [Read more…]

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