Oprah Winfrey Yard Sale Raises $600,000 for Leadership Academy
TV mogul Oprah Winfrey raised $600,000 for charity by holding a yard sale on Saturday.
She sold various items from her Hawaii, Indiana and California estates. Pieces included a set of six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details, which sold for $60,000, and an enlarged print of a TV Guide magazine photo of the “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” actress, which went for $3,000.
The money raised at the yard sale will benefit Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
The Academy is open to academically gifted girls in grades 8 through 12, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students learn the necessary social and intellectual skills to assume leadership positions in South Africa and beyond.
The Academy emphasizes their values:
“We support the development of a new generation of women leaders who, by virtue of their education and service, will lead the charge to transform themselves, their communities, and the larger world around them. This goal adheres to the Academy’s principles of Ubuntu/Botho, which encompass the ideals of humanity, compassion, and service to others. The spirit of Ubuntu/Botho permeates the Academy and is central to the way in which students think, speak, act, and interact with others.”
“The Academy will prepare students for what awaits them on the other side of those doors,” Oprah said in her welcome message. “It is a place where young girls will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for their sisters, and for generations to come.”