Having a celebrity auction for a local charity is a very fun, but somewhat difficult thing to do. If you have any connections at all to a celebrity, it would make it much easier to have them auction things they don’t want. Unfortunately not many people are actually close enough to someone famous to get them to auction off their personal belongings. Another catch is that the person has to famous enough that people actually want to buy their personal belongings, and that they want to pay enough for the auction to net a profit.
Many celebrities have ways for benefits to request donations because they receive so many requests every year. However, just because there is a way to request the donations, doesn’t mean you will be able to acquire one. There may be special guidelines as to which charity is being benefited, how much time there is until the auction, and whether or not the group requesting a donation can produce their financial report for the last year.
Collectible shops will sometimes be able to make a donation of previously owned or deceased celebrities items. You may be able to find a shop holder who will let go of a Nolan Ryan baseball or or a signed card. If nothing else, they may want you to pay for it upfront and ask for a discount.
The fact that the proceeds go to a charity can possibly make it easier to get cooperation from common people and business owners alike. Unfortunately, none of these things guarantee success. The people who auction their unwanted items can get benefits such as tax write-offs and notoriety for giving to a charity. It is also a great way to raise money for a local charity that really needs it. Having a celebrity auction can have great benefits for all parties involved and should be seriously considered by anyone who has the power to do so.